NYC Restaurant Week Kicks Off

As one of the epicenters of cuisine and fine dining in the entire world, New York is certainly an exciting place for any cook in an online cooking program to begin a career.

For many foodies, bloggers and critics that are already living in New York and want to be part of the culinary scene, NYC’s Restaurant Week is the prime time to showcase an up-and-coming restaurant or expert in the baking & pastry arts. Patrons always love this event, as it is a fantastic time to taste of high-end dishes without the fancy price tag.

However, in a city with five large boroughs and literally hundreds of thousands of restaurants, it can be difficult to break through the clutter and find the must-see eateries in the Big Apple.

Here are some of the highlights recommended by Zagat for the event, which started July 22 and ends August 16:

The Dutch
Andrew Carmellini’s American restaurant in Manhattan’s Soho has become a standout, according to Zagat. New York favorites like steak tartare, traditional oyster platters and Long Island fluke all appear on their supper menu at reasonable prices – for New York, that is.

Red Rooster
In the bustling neighborhood of Harlem, Red Rooster is becoming one of the most talked-about eateries in the city. Innovative creations from the gastronomical mind of Marcus Samuelsson feature creative twists on classics on everything from Swedish meatballs to Southern homestyle cooking.

Le Cirque
This famous New York institution used to be “the” spot in the Big Apple when it came to fine dining, but recently took a backseat in the highly competitive restaurant market on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. However, signs are showing that this sleeping giant has been awakened. A revised prix fixe menu and contemporary circus decor have been implemented to bring Le Cirque to the top of the list once more.

Although Nobu is only serving lunch specials for NYC Restaurant Week this year, it is still worth a consideration. According to Business Insider, the eatery is a collaboration between chef Nobu Matsuhisa and famous silver screen legend Robert DeNiro. The cuisine boasts a mix between simple Japanese preparation combined with the flavors of Peru, as the chef spent some time studying in Lima.

Ai Fiori
Located in the bustling Garment District on posh Fifth Avenue, this Italian-inspired restaurant has been described as “pitch-perfect,” according to Zagat, and caters to Riviera-style cooking, handmade pasta and a elite wine list that is sure to please any foodie.

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