NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017 will be over in a few short days, as it ran from January 23 to February 10 this year. In my opinion, there is a right way for a restaurant to participate in Restaurant Week, and there is a wrong way, and while I have certainly had great Restaurant Week meals in the past at places such as Park Avenue Winter and Scarpetta, I wanted to share my take on the two major Restaurant Week menu sins.
- Offering only one or two options created specifically for Restaurant Week (i.e. you can’t order any of the dishes you read about that made you want to come to the restaurant in the first place).
- Attaching supplemental charges to a majority of the menu items (which defeats the purpose of the Restaurant Week discount, unless restricted to just a few special items).
A restaurant that would like to participate in Restaurant Week but feels, for one reason or another, it must commit one of the two sins above, should at least, hopefully, have the decency to post the menu online in advance. The only thing worse than a restricted, supplement-laden menu is a restricted, supplement-laden menu read for the first time at the dinner table.