Many of my friends look forward to this particular week in August as a time when their children head back to school and some form of order and structure returns to the household. But for me, it means only one thing: Restaurant Week.
The promotion runs through Sunday—although many places are extending it—and features three-course lunches for $22 and three-course dinners for $35. As a bonus, some restaurants are also featuring discount wine pairings. A few noteworthy offerings:
Glover Park’s Slate Wine Bar is featuring thoughtful pairings ($20 for three half-glass pours), including the Quinta Encontro is a red blend from chef Danny Lledó’s native Portugal that complements the duck-breast egg rolls.
G by Mike Isabella, which is extending RW through August 30th, offers two options alongside its Italian-American fare: a $29 flight of three wines and a premium selection for $39.
At Equinox, you can supplement Todd Grey’s menu—which has a few vegan alternatives—with a $22 pairing.
Vidalia—which is known for especially generous Restaurant Week menus— is pouring some exceptional whites (Famille Perrin Viognier Blend Côtes du Rhône) and reds (Roblar Cabernet) for $10.50 a glass.
Free is my favorite four-letter word, and restaurateur Ashok Bajaj is pouring a complimentary glass of red or white at several of his places, including Ardeo+Bardeo, Bibiana, the Oval Room, Nopa Kitchen + Bar, and 701. Wines will differ depending on location.