Restaurant Week is no time to be thinking about small plates – that style of eating is already decently budget-friendly. So save Jaleo and Zaytinya for another time.
Nor is it the time to give the likes of Al Crostino, Bistro d’Oc, and Café St.-Ex a try. All pretty good places, but all generally light on the wallet to begin with.
No, Restaurant Week is the time to think about treating yourself to a little pampering-on-the-cheap.
Which is why I’d consider booking a table at Coeur de Lion at the Henley Park Hotel. This is dining in the old, grand manner.
I’d also a long, long look to the following places – places that distinguished themselves during previous Restaurant Weeks, or offer diners the run of their tasty menus:
* Bistro Bis
* Cafe 15
* Charlie Palmer
* Circle Bistro
* Colvin Run Tavern
* Fogo de Chao
* Notti Bianche
* Restaurant Kolumbia
* Tabard Inn
If none of those places excites you, or if you can’t muster the courage to face the crowds, remember that Restaurant Week is also a good time to go the other route and book a table at places that aren’t participating – places you haven’t been able to get into and you’ve been wanting to try.
In which case I offer you: 1789, Komi and Palena.