Here’s Where It’s Safe to Eat During Restaurant Week

Monday, July 23, 2018
Boston Cooked mussels

Looking for a restaurant that won’t be flooded with tourists looking for a deal? Listed by cuisine, here are some of our favorite dining hotspots whose owners have wisely chosen to opt out of the frenzy that is NYC Restaurant Week.


Named by Zagat as one of the “most romantic restaurants in NYC,” Il Buco serves up housemade pastas in a beautiful, candlelit space that was once an antique store. With its legendary wine cellar and an upstairs Chef’s Table, you can’t go wrong at this NoHo restaurant known for its fabulous risotto and delectable fish dishes.

Il Buco

47 Bond Street, New York

You probably already know all about Elio’s, the Upper East Side Italian eatery that caters to the who’s who of Manhattan. This cozy little restaurant serves up some of the best pasta New York has to offer—and the best wine.


1621 2nd Avenue, New York


You’re living under a rock if you don’t know that Le Bernardin is one of the top dining destinations in the world. Chef Éric Ripert’s refined seafood menu has earned him a three-star Michelin rating and a four-star rating from The New York Times. Order the langoustine and the crispy black bass.

Le Bernardin

155 West 51st Street, New York

Raoul’s has been catering to the stars for over 40 years, prompting its steady throng of patrons to utter to themselves between bites of steak au poivre, “If these walls could talk.” Esquire Magazine calls Raoul’s “one of the last great old-school neighborhood restaurants in downtown Manhattan.”


180 Prince Street, New York 


This historic NYC steakhouse was established in 1885, and besides serving up the most mouth-watering cuts the city has to offer for more than 130 years, Zagat also named its burger one of Manhattan’s 10 best. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to score a reservation at Keens Steakhouse.

Keens Steakhouse

72 West 36th Street, New York

If you’re feeling particularly hungry but don’t have time to eat, do yourself a favor and avoid reading about Benjamin Steakhouse. Nearly every restaurant critic agrees that this Manhattan landmark serves one of the best porterhouses in the land.

Benjamin Steakhouse

52 East 41st Street, New York


Located in the famed Pool Room of what was once the Four Seasons, the restaurant known simply as The Pool serves raw selections like blue fin tuna with smoked sungold tomatoes and shiso and entrées like the Block Island Monkfish and Maine Lobster.

The Pool

99 East 52nd Street, New York

Serving mussels prepared every way you can possibly imagine, the Upper East Side’s Flex Mussels also offers what they call the Flex Donut Collection for those looking to indulge.

Flex Mussels

174 East 82nd Street, New York


Housing one of the most beautiful dining rooms in all of Manhattan, Buddakan can be found at the top of most favorites lists, including Zagat’s, which named the Chelsea hotspot one of the best Asian restaurants in all of NYC.


75 9th Avenue, New York

Asiate, the Asian-New American restaurant located atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, boasts some of the most breathtaking views in the city, not to mention a caviar menu that’s to die for. It’s hands down the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion this summer.


80 Columbus Circle, New York


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