Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Restaurant Weeks Throughout US Offer Fantastic Foodie Deals
New York City: The second week of NYC Restaurant Week is here! Partake in fine dining at more than 275 restaurants throughout the city from July 12-25. Check out Nobu, Blue Water Grill, The River Café and The Central Park Boathouse. Choose either a 3-course prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35 (drinks, tax and tip excluded, as well as Saturdays). American Express is offering a $15 statement credit when you use your eligible, registered American Express card at 3 or more participating restaurants.
The NYC Restaurant Week Truck will make another appearance this year in partnership with Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit organization. The Restaurant Week will donate $1 from each $6 soup purchase to Hot Bread Kitchen. The truck’s daily schedule and menu will be available online. For more information, visit http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
Charlotte: Charlotte Restaurant Week, the “Queen’s Feast,” takes place now through July 25. More than 88 restaurants are participating including Noble’s, Carpe Diem, Dressler’s, M5 and The Liberty. Indulge in a meal fit for royalty for just $30 (tax and tip excluded) and receive suggested wine pairings for an impeccable dining experience. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For more information, visit http://www.charlotterestaurantweek.com/.
Atlanta: Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from July 26-August 8. The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi® Torched Cherry Blossom (see below for ingredients and directions to recreate the signature drink), created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steak houses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.
Bacardi® Torched Cherry Blossom Ingredients:
2 oz. Bacardi® Torched Cherry™
1/2 oz. Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
1/2 oz. Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. Cherry Heering
1 dash angostura bitters
Directions:Stir over ice; strain into a martini glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.For more information, visit http://www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week.
Houston: Houston Restaurant Week returns from August 1-21, and will continue to contribute 100% of donations to the Houston Food Bank. Established in 2003, this Restaurant Week has already raised $356,000! This year, 108 restaurants are participating in the event. Several renowned chefs will be in attendance including Chef Robert Del Grande of RDG+Bar Annie, Chefs Richard Knight and James Silk of Feast, Chef Scott Tycer of Gravitas, and Haven’s Chef Randy Evans. A 3-course gourmet meal and a $5 donation for the Houston Food Bank is included in the $35 this year (drinks, tax and tip excluded). Select restaurants will also offer two-course lunch menus for $20, donating $3 of each lunch sold to the Houston Food Bank as well. Reservations are required. For more information, visit http://www.houstonrestaurantweek.com/.
Miami: Miami Spice Restaurant Month will take place from August 1-September 30 at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach Resort. This micro-Restaurant Week event consists of four restaurants from the resort including Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, Scarpetta and American Café Vida. Top chefs include Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Steak. Indulge in a 3-course meal for $35 or in a family-style dim sum lunch at Hakkasan for $22. Restaurant patrons will receive discounted parking. Visit http://www.fontainebleau.com/ for more information.
Baltimore: This year’s Baltimore Restaurant Week is set for August 13-22. The city uses this event as a way to encourage exploration of its dynamic neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Canton and the Inner Harbor. Top chefs include Gertrude’s Chef John Shields, who has written several cookbooks and has a TV show on PBS. The prix fixe rates are $20.10 and $35.10 for lunch and dinner, respectively. Discounted parking at city-owned parking garages is also available for restaurant week patrons. For more information, visit http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com/.
Arizona: This year’s Arizona Restaurant Week takes place in Tucson and Phoenix from September 18-26. New this year is the gluten-free menu option, as well as an additional price point. Prices are either $29 or $39 per person, and $19 per person in Tucson only. Drinks, tax and tip are additional. More than 100 restaurants are participating, and certain restaurants offer a complimentary cocktail with your meal. For more information, visit http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com/.
Fort Lauderdale: Dine Out Lauderdale is scheduled for October 1- November 11, with more than 35 restaurants showing off their cuisine and tropical surroundings. Affectionately referred to by patrons as “LauderLicious,” the program offers a 3-course menu for $35. Sample participants include The Capital Grille, Cantena Laredo Gourmet Mexican Food, and Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar. Visit http://www.sunny.org/dineout/ for more information.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles’ Restaurant Week, DineLA, is back and ready to prove that L.A. is one of the premier dining destinations in the world. Celebrate the city’s varied cuisines during separate weeks: October 3-8 and October 10-15, and take your pick from over 200 dynamic restaurants with adventurous dishes. Top chefs include Betty Fraser of Grub and the Bravo TV show Top Chef, Chef Jason Travi of Fraiche (named by the Frank Bruni of the New York Times as one of the country’s best non-New York City restaurants), and John Sedlar of Rivera. DineLA offers several meal options for lunch and dinner: Lunch Deluxe dining- $16, Premiere dining- $22, Fine dining- $28; Dinner Deluxe dining- $26, Premiere dining- $34, Fine dining- $44 (Alcohol, tax and tip excluded in all lunch and dinner options). For more information, visit http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/dining/restaurantweek/aapart2010.html.
Long Island, NY: The 5th annual Long Island Restaurant Week is scheduled for November 7-14. Inspired by the Hamptons Restaurant Week, which will return April 3-11, 2011, Long Island Restaurant Week allows visitors to check out the approximately 80 participating restaurants in Nassau County, Suffolk County and East End. Enjoy a 3-course prix fixe meals for $19.95 or $24.95 (drinks, tax and tip excluded). View, Mirabelle Restaurant and The Gulf Coast Kitchen by Robbin Haas at Montauk Yacht Club are just a few of the participating restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/.