Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NYC Restaurant Week!

NYC Restaurant Week is one of our favorites every year!  We have heard it happens in many major cities!  Many restaurants offer three course meals (appetizer, main dish, dessert) for lunch $24.07 or dinner $35.00.  Dental Student and I love trying new restaurants we wouldn't normally be able to afford and look forward to booking our reservations through OpenTable (where you get points for each reservation)!

This year we tried three new restaurants:

Centro Vinoteca - Law Student went with her oldest friends to this trendy West Village spot.  The restaurant was recently featured in the popular movie Something Borrowed.  It was nice and quiet inside with big plush booths that were able to sit 8 of us comfortably!  The windows look out onto West 7th.  I had a mozarella caprese salad which is hard to mess up, grilled atlantic sea bass which was in a perfect lemon butter sauce and a chocolate bread pudding.  I had a few tastes of the bread pudding, but so not my thing!

Fig & Olive - We originally went on a date night to this restaurant many rave about.  Not thinking, we made a reservation for a Saturday night, where the special menu did not apply.  But we decided to indluge!  The place was a little loud but they sat us by a window and I was in heaven!    We wanted a bottle of pinot grigio and it took 45 minutes just to tell us they were out and our next choice of wine was a little warm, but once the food started coming all was forgiven!  We started with three Crostinis: (1) mushroom, truffled artichoke, and parmesan, (2) shrimp, avocado, cilantro, pine nuts, and (3) salmon, ricotta, citrus, cilantro as well as all four tartars: salmon, branzino, crab, and tuna.  I was in heaven, and a little full!  Then I ordered the Rivera Shrimp and Salmon Salad which had a flavoring I didn't care for and Dental Student ordered and finished his Paella Del Mar.  We were full, loved trying the new foods, and a little drunk!

Kefi - We went for the restaurant week menu with our dear friends, and we realized the menu at this Upper West Side Greek restaurant was reasonable and did away with the special menu!  The only major concern is there WAS NO AIR CONDITIONING.  But we'd go back in winter!  We started with a selection of spreads and calamari.  The boys had branzino for a main dish and the girls had orzo, feta, tomatoes, and grilled chicken which was AMAZING.  

It was a very successful week!

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