Ballin' on a Budget: 6 Best Joints to Hit Up During NYC Summer Restaurant Week

It's the most delicious time of year.

NYC's Summer Restaurant Week came back July 25th, and is here to stay for a blissful three weeks of three-course prix-fixe lunches for $29, and dinners for $42.

Thankfully, restaurant 'week' is more of a month, since it ends officially on August 19th.

We're not complaining, obviously. We plan on taking in as much of what this year's Restaurant Week has to offer as we can, but with 386 total featured restaurants, we probably won't be able to get to them all.

While we encourage you to try as many of this years participating restaurants as you can, some of us are ballin' on a budget, and can only try out a select few restaurants this year.

To those of you, we salute you, and have got you covered with these restaurants that we think everyone needs to prioritize and check out ASAP.

1. The Writing Room (1703 2nd Avenue)

Nothing can beat a themed restaurant done right ― or should we say write? Pardoning the terrible pun, The Writing Room is a literary themed restaurant specializing in providing diners with both a memorable, and delicious experience. 

You can take a seat in one of their three dining spaces ― the bar room, the dining room, and "The Study." While indulging your inner screenwriter you can order any array of dishes for lunch, or dinner. 


Head in for brunch and enjoy some classic Eggs Benedict, or join the late night crowd and treat yourself to a plate of oysters like a true award winning writer.

2. Nobu (105 Hudson Street)

This one's for all the sushi lovers out there. Nobu doesn't kid around when it comes to sushi. Nobu is world famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa's NYC flagship location, a location that came to be thanks to the help of Robert DeNiro. 

Nobu is the place to be for a taste of Matsuhisa's modern take on Japanese cuisine. Dining at Nobu any other day of the year isn't cheap. A Bento Box alone will run you $65. But, thanks to Restaurant Week's incredible deals, you can enjoy some of the finest sushi in NYC for $29-$42. 

Remember, this isn't your mama's regular sweet potato sushi ― this is the stylized sushi your Instagram has been dreaming of.

3. American Cut (363 Greenwich Street)


Here's your chance to experience what is known as the best steakhouse in America, according to Fox News at least. Dinner at American Cut can usually run you $120, but now you can enjoy lunch or dinner for an incredible steal.

Try out Chef Marc Forgione, of Iron Chef fame's, take on classic American dining and enjoy what may be the best meal in America, if your opinions are usually in line with those of Fox News. 

Keep in mind, passing up a chance to eat at a restaurant as highly praised and luxurious as American Cut for a restaurant week price might possibly make you a lunatic.

4. ABC Cocina (38 East 19th Street)

If you're all about sustainably farmed, organic ingredients this is the place for you. ABC Kitchen's sister location, ABC Cocina is serving up tapas-style dishes that you'll have a hard time choosing between.

If you're feeling social, try taking a seat at one of their communal tables, maybe you'll meet your new foodie partner in crime.

This is the more casual of the sibling eateries, so if you're feeling up for a more upscale experience you can check out ABC Kitchen, which is also participating in Restaurant Week.

5. Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street - Brooklyn)


There's nothing better than chicken and waffles. If you're up for taking a risk, try Brooklyn's Buttermilk Channel's buttermilk (surprise, surprise) fried chicken and cheddar waffles. 

Or you can try out the duck meatloaf, because why the hell not ― it's restaurant week!


Plus, this spot has plenty of vegetarian options for all those herbivores out there who want to treat themselves this restaurant week.

6. Noreetuh (128 1st Avenue)


Never had Hawaiian cuisine? Now's your chance! Noreetuh's modern taken on Hawaiian cuisine is as refreshing as it is delicious. Plus, their curated list of over 200 wine pairings make for a complete dining experience.

Their Restaurant Week menu has a wide variety of options, from shrimp poke to silken tofu, presenting one of the more varied menus Restaurant Week has to offer.

Don't forget to leave room for dessert. Our recommendation: try the bruleed pineapple. It's served island style and will give you an authentic taste of that paradise vacation you really wish you were on.

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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