Earlier today, NYCgo.com posted the official list of NYC eateries participating in New York Restaurant Week. This summer, over 250 of New York’s top restaurants are offering diners pre-fixe lunches and dinners for $24.07 (we wish this were the case 24/7!) and $35, respectively. Disappointments and exhilarations are sure to abound as upscale bistros and steakhouses cater their menu to accommodate the New York everyman and kebab-cart regulars. NYC Restaurant Week begins July 12th and ends on July 31st. Start making those reservations!
Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Pricing: $3.50 slice
328 E. 14th St.
(Between First and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
The line is out the door and around the corner at Artichoke, an East Village homespun hot-spot where the food is fresh and the prices are low. Keith Richards pops in for the artichoke-and-spinach pie, which is made with heavy cream, butter and white wine- while others line up for the colossal stuffed artichokes, a family specialty of owners Francis and Sal Garcia. The joint may be small, but big flavor is packed into every bite of the sautéed broccoli rabe mingled with Kalamata olives, and cauliflower fritters- neither of which should be missed.
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Price Range: Moderate
835 Washington Street
(near Little West 12th Street)
New York, NY 10014
Highline is an affordable, low-key island in a sea of expensive, upscale restaurants in the Meatpacking District. The affordable prices and simple, well executed Thai food draws a young, energetic crowd. The décor is fiercely modern. The wall behind the bar curves upward toward the second floor in a dramatic wave. Bucket structures act as room dividers and double as wine storage. Pink plastic chairs surround a communal table on the ground floor and reclining beds are featured on the second floor. A falling rain water fountain flows from the second floor down to a small pool in the uber hip lounge area below ground, which hosts raging parties Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
It's finally summertime, which means less clothes and more skin. Trying to stay fit and eating healthy can be hard, especially for the busy lives of New Yorkers, but now things will be getting easier with the new health craze, dairy-free ice cream.
The New York Daily News reports, “They contain nutritious ingredients like whole grains, blueberries and nut milk, and while not exactly low in calories, they're light, refreshing and guilt-free.”
That’s correct; there is ice cream out there that is good for you! Many Americans enjoy ice cream and the main issue for a healthier ice cream is that consumers don’t want anything taken away from it. They want the cool, creamy, sweet loveliness--nothing less.
Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Burgers, Ice Cream
Pricing: "Famous" burger = $4.75
Madison Square Park
(Madison Avenue at 23rd Street)
New York, NY 10010
Restaurateur Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Café) wanted to create an urban take on the classic roadside burger stand, so he plopped Shake Shack right down in Madison Square Park! Since opening in ’04, they have won numerous awards and accolades for their burgers and have since expanded to the Upper West Side. Thick, delicious frozen custard and Concretes, a dense mix of custard and ‘mix ins’ like chocolate and toffee, are a great after burger or between bites treat! They even have a vegetarian Portobello burger. The line gets super long at lunch, but you can visit their website and check out the wait on the Live Shack Cam!
Upper West Side - 366 Columbus Ave. (at 77th Street) New York, NY 10024
Cuisine: Traditional American
Price Range: Moderate
54 East 1st St.
(between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Hungry in New York? Go home. Well, go to Prune that is, where chef Gabrielle Hamilton creates a space that feels like home: weather-worn chairs, mismatched silverware, and a few aged yet practical accroutements give the tiny hole-in-the-wall a rustic, unpretentious atomosphere. You'll feel like you were just sittin’ round with folks by Grandma’s old stove. But in spite of its casual atmosphere, it still delivers fine American cuisine we’re used to - with a twist.
Stop by your local Pinkberry today to taste two new summer flavors—coconut and passion fruit. Oh, and did I forget to mention—it’s FREE! No, your eyes are not deceiving you—head over to Pinkberry between 5 and 9 PM (only today, June 26) for a free small cup of the new flavors. For you regular Pinkberry-ers, not to worry—regular flavors, original, pomegranate and green tea will still be available during the summer months should you not wish to stick to the standard.
So, what are you waiting for, Red Mango? Time to step up your game…
Cuisine: Soup and Sandwich
34-08 31st Avenue
(Near 34th Street)
Queens, NY 11106
For a super-sized cupcake on the side of your panini, stop by Il Bambino for lunch. Appearing at first as simply a bakery, one must look past the muffins, brownies, and bundt cakes to find a panini paradise. The soup and sandwich menu is extensive, so find what combo sounds most filling to you, and order something sweet on the side. Our favorite is the baked potato and leek soup, which is served with a plentiful piece of garlicky pesto bread, perfect for dipping and a steal at only $5 to fill-up. At night, Il Bambino changes into a BYOB, candlelit eatery- thus keeping the ambience high and the price low.