NYC Restaurant Week® is New York City’s original dining celebration. As the country’s first-ever restaurant week, NYC Restaurant Week debuted in 1992 when it was developed as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City. Though created to appeal to delegates and other DNC attendees, the program also found a strong following among residents excited to dine at some of the City’s top restaurants for a fraction of the usual cost—$19.92 for three courses—and who wanted NYC Restaurant Week to be a recurring event.
Over the past 18 years, NYC Restaurant Week has grown tremendously. It has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offerings—three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 and $35, respectively—and extended to two weeks (including Sundays for some restaurants) in both the summer and winter. And this year, the NYC Restaurant Week Truck will make its debut, giving those on the go an opportunity to enjoy exclusive Restaurant Week soups at lunchtime.
Due in no small part to these enhancements, NYC Restaurant Week now stands apart as one of the City’s most exciting and anticipated events and a pioneer in the dining community.
This winter marks an all-time high of more than 260 participating restaurants—representing a cross section of the NYC culinary scene that encompasses a diverse range of cuisines and includes some of its most time-honored restaurants and buzz-worthy newcomers. Through its evolution, however, the program has been guided by an unchanging commitment to give visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the quality, variety and hospitality that embody the NYC dining experience.