Eat Up! These NYC Hotel Restaurants Offer Deals on Meals During Winter Restaurant Week 2018

As NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2018 roars into town for a three week stint from January 22 to February 9, this seems a good time to pause and take a look at its history.

Dozens of cities, large and small, offer promotional prix-fixe meals once or twice a year, but until 1992 that wasn’t the case.


Restaurant Week started small as a goodwill gesture to the 15,000 reporters in town to cover the 1992 Democratic National Convention. It ran for just four days and was limited to lunch, $19.92 for three courses at participating eateries. “Frankly, we thought it would be a short-term money loser but have long-term PR benefits for New York and the restaurant industry,”  Restaurant Week co-founder Tim Zagat of Zagat Restaurant Guides fame wrote in The Atlantic.

Instead, it grew and grew, to twice a year for two week stretches, and then to three weeks. And as Zagat points out, many restaurants extend their offers beyond, turning Restaurant Week into an unofficial Restaurant Month. What better way to fill tables and court new customers during the year’s slowest times?

With 376 participants, Winter Restaurant Week 2018 is big (four years ago there were 291). Hotel restaurants account for 44 of them, up from 30 in 2014. Prices are up, too, but it’s still a good deal: $29 for a three-course lunch, $42 for a three-course dinner.

Here’s where to dig into NYC Winter Restaurant Week if you want to eat at a hotel:

2 West at the Ritz Carlton New York Battery Park — Financial District
Ai Fiori at the Lanesborough — Midtown South
Atrio Wine Bar/Restaurant at Conrad New York – Battery Park City
Augustine at The Beekman — Lower Manhattan
Benjamin Steak House at Dylan Hotel — Midtown East
Blue Fin at W Times Square — Times Square
Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown — Chelsea
Breslin Bar and Dining Room at Ace — NoMad
Cafe Boulud at the Surrey — Upper East Side
Calle Ocho at The Excelsior — Upper West Wide
Charlie Palmer at The Knick — Times Square
Clement at The Peninsula — Midtown
Clocktower at The Edition — Flatiron District
Cut by Wolfgang Puck at Four Seasons Downtown — Lower Manhattan
David Burke Kitchen at The James — SoHo
DB Bistro Moderne at City Club – Times Square
Gaby Brasserie Français at Sofitel New York — Times Square
Jams at 1 Central Park — Midtown West
John Dory Oyster Bar at Ace — NoMad
Kingside at the Viceroy — Midtown West
The Lambs Club Bar at the Chatwal — Times Square
Lexington Brass at Hotel 48Lex — Midtown East
Little Park at the Smyth — Tribeca
Mercer Kitchen at the Mercer — SoHo
Momofuku Ma Peche at Chambers — Midtown West
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
North Square Restaurant & Lounge at Washington Square Hotel – Greenwich Village
Nougatine at Jean Georges at Trump International Hotel – Upper West Side
Perrine at The Pierre — Midtown/East Side
Public Kitchen at the Public Hotel — Lower East Side
Salvation Taco at Pod 39 — Murray Hill
Sarabeth’s Upper East Side at Hotel Wales — Upper East Side
Sessanta at SIXTY SoHo — SoHo
The Shakespeare at The William — Murray Hill
Society Cafe at The Walker Hotel — Greenwich Village
Temple Court — Tom Colicchio at the Beekman — Lower Manhattan
Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza — Midtown West
Triomphe Restaurant at the Triumph Hotel — Times Square
The View Restaurant and Lounge at Marriott Marquis — Times Square
The Wayfarer at the Quin — Midtown West

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