Celebrating 25 Years of NYC Restaurant Week

Walking down into Delmonico’s mahogany and marble private dining room, the history of the 180 year old iconic restaurant (the first fine dining restaurant in the country, older than both the statue of liberty and the Brooklyn bridge) was the perfect setting to celebrate and kick off the 25th anniversary of NYC restaurant week.

Since it’s inception in 1992 by creators, Tim Zagat and Joe Baum, restaurant week has flourished to 72 other cities internationally. Hosted by NYC & Company, this year will mark it’s largest reach ever with 390 restaurants participating across all five boroughs beginning on July 24th and ending on August 18th. During this time, each restaurant will provide a version of a pre-fixe menu – 3 courses for lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner at $29 and $42 respectively – and while some menu’s are fixed with a certain selection, more restaurants than ever before are offering entire menu’s with slight supplements allowing for patrons to create a seemingly endless combination of dishes and places to give a try.

Another exceedingly exciting part of this restaurant week? The launch of NYC Restaurant Week Summer Tasting Series. Each week, you can buy a $75 ticket (with proceeds going to City Harvest,Citymeals on Wheels and Food Bank NYC) in order to participate in a special chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings at either Amada, Maiella or Buttermilk Channel.

“NYC Restaurant Week has always been a unique celebration of dining in the world’s most exciting city and this summer is no different,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company president and CEO. “We are so pleased to be commemorating the program’s 25th anniversary milestone this summer and to acknowledge its continued success over so many years as an initiative that has not only sustained our dining sector during slower periods but has also provided New Yorkers and visitors with memorable experiences in the dining capital of the world.”

“The success and growth of NYC Restaurant Week over the past 25 years is an achievement the New York City dining community is very proud of,” said Tracy Nieporent, chairman of NYC & Company’s Restaurant Committee. “Dining is integral to the New York City experience, and NYC Restaurant Week allows us to showcase our vibrant, high-quality and world-class restaurants in both summer and winter by inviting diners to enjoy 34 diverse cuisines across all five boroughs.


Diners can follow @nycgo and @nycrestaurantweek on Instagram and @nycgo on Facebook and Twitter for NYC Restaurant Week content. Furthermore, an Instagram photo contest will award four weekly winners (one each week of the program) with $250 in gift cards from participating restaurants by using the program hashtag #NYCRestaurantWeek.

To view a full list of participants, make reservations, browse menus and more, visitnycgo.com/restaurantweek.

Among the restaurants participating this summer are 12 original participants from the 1992 season: Barbetta, Delmonico’s Restaurant, Felidia, Gallaghers Steakhouse, Gotham Bar & Grill, Le Cirque, The Russian Tea Room, Shun Lee Palace, Tavern on the Green, Tribeca Grill, Victor’s Cafe and The Water Club.

This season also features 33 new restaurant participants: Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Boucherie, Bâtard, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Farmer & The Fish, Feast, Fifty Restaurant, Flinders Lane, Fowler & Wells, Freds at Barneys New York–Downtown, The Gin Parlour, Haru Hell’s Kitchen, Jams, Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, Lupulo, Meet the Meat, Mission Chinese Food, Nobu Downtown–Bar/Lounge, Ousia, Palm Tribeca, Philippe, Porsena, Rafele, The Ribbon, Rotisserie Georgette, Rouge Tomate Chelsea, Salvation Burger, Society Cafe, South Fin Grill, The Tuck Room, Untitled and Wallsé.

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