As all you star gazers know, we’re deep into the Dog Days of Summer, the 20 days before and 20 days after Sirius, the dog star, aligns with the sun. Welcome to the sweatiest days of the year.
But the heat-soaked Dog Days overlap with a more pleasant New York City ritual — Summer Restaurant Week. Now in its 29th year, SRW 2019 unfurls July 22 to August 16. This summer’s tasty line-up includes 381 restaurants serving up two-course lunches for $26 and three-course dinners for $42.
For hotel enthusiasts, Restaurant Week includes a bi-annual subset of dining opportunities at hotels. And here’s the good news: with 49 offerings, this is the biggest Hotel Restaurant Week we’ve come across since we started keeping count in 2012.
New to the summer RW line-up are the Ambassador Grill & Lounge, the renovated Mad Men-esque restaurant at the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza, Bellini at Cipriani’s new(ish) Mr C Hotel in lower Manhattan, Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret at Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island — a hotel RW first for Staten Island, The Osprey at the gorgeous 1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, Standard Bar and Grill, known for its penny-covered floor, at the Standard High Line and Tao Downtown, the cavernous Asian restaurant at the Maritime.
Returning after a break are Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown and Maialino, the stylish Italian restaurant at the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Bowing out is this round is Clocktower at the Edition, which has introduced a new three-course $38 prix fixe lunch on weekdays (sounds like a year-round RW substitute to us). Off the list permanently is Calle Ocho, which is departing the Excelsior for more spacious digs that include a garden further uptown. Alas, they’ll no longer be in a hotel.
Here’s where to bring your appetite during New York Summer Restaurant Week 2019 if you’re a hotel geek. And keep in mind: many of the participants offer RW-style prix-fixe meals year round.
2 West at Wagner on the Battery (formerly the Ritz Carlton Battery Park) — Battery Park City
Ai Fiori at the Lanesborough — Midtown South
Ambassador Grill & Lounge at the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza — Midtown East
Astor Court at The St. Regis — Midtown East
Atrio Wine Bar/Restaurant at Conrad New York – Battery Park City
Augustine at The Beekman — Lower Manhattan
Bellini at Mr. C Hotel — Lower Manhattan
Benjamin Steak House at Dylan Hotel — Midtown East
Bistrot Leo at Sixty SoHo — SoHo
Blue Fin at W Times Square — Times Square
Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown — Meatpacking District
Cafe Boulud at The Surrey — Upper East Side
Charlie Palmer at The Knick — Times Square
Clement at The Peninsula — Midtown
Cut by Wolfgang Puck at Four Seasons Downtown — Lower Manhattan
DB Bistro Moderne at City Club – Times Square
Dos Caminos at W Times Square — Times Square
Gaby Brasserie Français at Sofitel New York — Times Square
Jams at 1 Central Park — Midtown West
Kingside at The Viceroy — Midtown West
The Lambs Club Bar at The Chatwal — Times Square
Lexington Brass at Hotel 48Lex — Midtown East
The Library at the Public — Lower East Side
Little Park at The Smyth— Tribeca
Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret at Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island — Staten Island
Maialino at the Gramercy Hotel — Gramercy Park
Marta at the Redbury New York Hotel — NoMad
Mercer Kitchen at The Mercer — SoHo
Monkey Bar at Hotel Elysee — Midtown East
The Morgan Dining Room at The Morgan — Murray Hill
Narcissa at the Standard East — East Village
The National Bar and Dining Rooms at The Benjamin – Midtown East
Nice Matin at The Lucerne — Upper West Side
Nougatine at Jean Georges at Trump International New York– Upper West Side The Osprey at 1 Brooklyn Bridge — Brooklyn
Palm Court at The Plaza — Midtown West
Perrine at The Pierre — Midtown/East Side
Public Kitchen at the Public — Lower East Side
Sarabeth’s Upper East Side at Hotel Wales — Upper East Side
Scarpetta at the James NoMad — NoMad
The Shakespeare at The William — Murray Hill
Society Cafe at The Walker Hotel — Greenwich Village
Standard Grill at The Standard High Line — Meatpacking District
Tao Downtown at the Maritime — Chelsea
Temple Court Tom Colicchio at the Beekman — Lower Manhattan
Todd English Food Halls at The Plaza — Midtown West
The View Restaurant and Lounge at Marriott Marquis New York — Times Square
The Wayfarer at The Quin — Midtown West
The Whitby Bar and Restaurant at the Whitby Hotel — Midtown West