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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2010!

June 29, 2010

Though I’ve been swamped with work and haven’t been able to post about my recent food experiences in Park Slope or Red Hook, Brooklyn (bad blogger, bad!), I couldn’t ignore this.

The Summer 2010 Restaurant Week menus are out, and boy do they look good! For $24.07 (lunch) or $35 (dinner), diners can enjoy three-course prix fixe meals at some of the best restaurants in the city. It runs July 12-25, so look for plenty of blog posts (I hope!) during that time.

I did this for the winter RW, so here’s a quick list of the best-looking menus:

1) Le Cirque: I went here last spring for my graduation dinner, but sadly they were out of their famous crème brûlée. That’s plenty of reason to go back, though the pistachio-crusted lamb and sweet corn soup sound like a delicious summer dinner too.

2) The Bar Room at the Modern: One of the downsides of RW is that the menus are often limited to two or three options per course. Not so at the Bar Room at the Modern, which offers plenty of choices to please even the pickiest of eaters (though veggies might have some trouble … ). Tomato and almond gazpacho, shaved asparagus salad with goat cheese, tarte flambée with crème fraîche and bacon — how will I choose?

3) Rayuela: Three words for meat-lovers — Piramide de Carne. Beef tenderloin, duck breast, pork loin and chorizo come together (with a poached egg) in this carnivore’s dream course.

4) Butter: I went to Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant a few years ago and enjoyed it despite the limited options, so I’m excited to see so many options on her RW menu. Coffee-rubbed bacon, roasted beet greens and chocolate butter cream sound delish!

5) Kittichai: Thai food isn’t usually my favorite, but banana spring rolls with burnt honey ice cream sound amazing, as do corn fritters with chili aioli.

Hopefully I’ll get time to try these places out, and many more!

Note (from 6/30): Here’s the full list of participating restaurants. Some of them don’t have their menus up yet, but I’ll let you know when they do.

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