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New York Restaurant Week 2013

Restaurant Week 2013Woo-Hoo!! It's New York Restaurant Week again. Twice a year, in January and June, there is a unique opportunity to experience some of New York City's finest restaurants for a fraction of the usual price. Throughout the city, restaurants participate in "Restaurant week" where they offer a three course lunch for $25 and dinner for $38. At the finest restaurants, this can be a fraction of the usual prices. That why Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out a restaurant that may usually be out of the budget, or test some new restaurants with a little less financial risk. Restaurant Week began as a lunch only promotional event in 1992 and is considered the first "restaurant week." It was so popular since it started, it not only allowed a lot of people to have a taste of the restaurants they usually can't' afford, it also helped the restaurants boost their business by bring in more customers during lunch hours.  Restaurant Week has seen an increase in appreciation, followers and footfalls to such an extent that it has inspired people to create their own version of the event in various cities across the globe. Case in point: Bangalore Restaurant Week. Hundreds of top NYC restaurants will participate in NYC Restaurant Week this winter. The list of participating restaurants usually includes the Megus uptown and downtownSpice MarketDos CaminosNobuTaoOne If By Land, Two If By SeaBlue Water Grill, and many others. Here are just some picture of what they're offering, just enough to get you salivating..... [caption id="attachment_637" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Miso Glazed Cod at Nobu Miso Glazed Cod at Nobu[/caption] [caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Seared Tuna @ Dos Caminos Seared Tuna @ Dos Caminos[/caption] [caption id="attachment_639" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Seared Steak at Boulud Sud Seared Steak at Boulud Sud[/caption] If you have never participated restaurant week before, here are some helpful tips for you:

1. Reserve Early

Popular Restaurant Week choices will be booked up quickly, so the sooner you get on the phone (orOpentable.com) to make your reservations, the better. Reservations for lunch and dinner early in the week (Monday - Wednesday) tend to be easier to get than Thursday and Friday.

2. Be Selective

Check out our Recommended Restaurant Week Restaurants, read websites likewww.chowhound.com and ask your friends and family for suggestions or to share their experiences at various restaurants during New York Restaurant Week. Some restaurants are outstanding the rest of the year, but abysmal during Restaurant Week, so keep that in mind.

3. Check Out The Restaurant's Website

Nearly all the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week have websites. Check them out to see if they offer the Restaurant Week deal year-round (particularly with lunch, this is more common than you might think) and also look to see whether the normal menu seems to offer a good value for Restaurant Week (would you ordinarily be able to have lunch for less than $25?). The restaurant may also be willing to fax you the menu for Restaurant Week if it's not posted on their website.

4. Understand the Price

The $25 lunch prix-fixe ($38 at dinner) doesn't include beverages, tip or tax. Beverages can be a pricey up sell, so if you're concerned about your budget, ask about prices before you order. Bottled water is also a common up sell -- there's nothing wrong with asking for tap water.

5. Tip Your Server Well

Just because you're getting a discount on your lunch (or dinner) doesn't mean that the waiter or waitress is getting a break on their rent this month, so tip generously if you get good service. This also goes a long way toward dispelling the myth that Restaurant Week diners are cheap and don't understand proper restaurant tipping etiquette.

6. Dress for Success

It's unfortunate, but the truth is that at some restaurants if you're dressed like a slob, you'll be treated like one, but if you're dressed like a business person, you'll be treated like one too.

7. Be Open Minded

Most restaurants offer fairly limited choices on the Restaurant Week menu, so if you're a very picky eater, it might not be the best option for you. Even the best Restaurant Week restaurants tend to offer 5 or fewer choices for each course.

8. Want to Dine Quickly or Slowly?

If you want to be able to squeeze your lunch in to a single hour, try booking near noon, if you want to linger, book a later lunch closer to 2 p.m.
So... That's that for you. Eat, drink, and be happy, people!!!

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