Restaurant Week makes me as giddy as a child on Christmas day. This summer from July 24th to August 18th go nuts and reservations without guilt. Many New York City restaurants are offering three-course lunches and brunches for $29 and dinners for $42. A Secret Tip – Keep your eyes opened because some places keep the deals going for a few extra weeks.
The Leopard at des Artistes (1 West 67th Street) The Leopard is exploring three beloved Italian regions during NYC Restaurant Week. Visit from July 24th to July 31st for The Venetian Cuisine, August 1st to August 9th for The Royal Cuisine of Naples and August 10th to August 18th for The Roman Empire feasts. Visit three times and experience unique Italian fare from all over the country. Regional wines will also be offered by the glass. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays with live jazz and bossa nova on Saturdays. The elegance of the dining room and exceptional service are reminiscent of old school New York City dining. I’ve never had a pasta here I didn’t like.
Felice 83 (3 locations) Felice cuisine was inspired by the bustling streets of Florence and the sunny warmth of the Tuscan countryside. Inside you’ll find a quaint wine bar serving delicate pastas and fresh cheeses. I recommend the Polpettine and Spaghetti al Pesto for your main course. They can seat 30+ outside for al fresco dining while inside is dimly lit and perfectly romantic. If it’s a date night you crave, this is the spot. I am a sucker for gelato and theirs does not disappoint. The ricotta crostini with truffled honey and toasted almonds is delectable and good for sharing as a starter. Every week Felice offers a three-course $26 lunch menu Monday through Friday.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (53 Great Jones Street) Il Buco is a restaurant, market, salumeria and bakery that feels like an Italian village inside a restaurant. The seasonal menu features salumi and cheese boards, small sharing plates, fresh pastas and roasted meats and fish. Their extensive market is where you’ll find house-cured salumi, local and imported cheeses, fresh made pastas and breads baked daily. After enjoying a meal, you can try to recreate it at home or simply book another night during Restaurant Week. If you want to splurge, try the olive oil tasting for $12 with the house made bread ($2). The food is high end while the dining room casually rustic.