Everybody’s favorite bi-annual event, restaurant week, is back for its summer session. Try creations from world-renowned chefs at nearly 400 restaurants for a reasonable fixed price. Here are 8 fresh choices with vastly different cuisines. Experiment with your pallet for a $26 two-course lunch or $42 three-course dinner.
1. The Bombay Bread Bar Indian cuisine by Chef Floyd Cardoz with a backdrop created by Wes Anderson’s set designer. They’re closing in September, so check them out while you still can! 195 Spring St.
2. Empellón Former pastry chef Alex Stupek has taken up tacos. His Mexican joint offers interesting combinations like pastrami tacos and chilled squash blossom soup. The photos on the website alone are works of art. Four locations in the East Village, West Village, Murray Hill, and Midtown.
3. Fish Cheeks Take a trip down to Bond Street to experience family-style Thai seafood in a family-run restaurant. They even have a beverage director to help you match your cocktails.
4. Il Buco Alimentari At this Italian restaurant-market combo, you can stock your pantry with hard-to-find delicacies, then get inspired by how the chef uses them. Naturally you’ll find wine and pasta, but try the lamb ribs or fried baccalà for something different. 53 Great Jones St.
5. French Louie If you’re looking for French food without the fuss, Brooklyn’s French Louie has you covered. You’ll find staples like steak tartare and French dip, plus a pleasant atmosphere with a lovely garden. 320 Atlantic Ave.
6. High Street on Hudson This bakery, restaurant, and cafe, bread is the meal. From a Lancaster bologna sandwich to a buttery biscuit, you won’t be disappointed by their baked goods. If you’re trying out the Keto diet, you may want to skip this one. 637 Hudson St.
7. Khe-yo If you’re not familiar with Laotian food, this is your chance to brush up on the lesser-known but totally delightful cuisine. Crunchy coconut prawns, yellowfin tuna poke, PEI mussels–oh my! 157 Duane St.
8. Noreetuh Forget the poi. This Hawaiian restaurant cooks up a juicy pork cutlet, chow noodles, and a bruleed pineapple. 128 First Ave.