By Evie Carrick
July 12, 2019
Amy Lombard

There’s no better time to get out of your restaurant rut or take-out habit than NYC Restaurant Week — but choosing where to dine isn’t easy. Nearly 400 restaurants in all five boroughs serve up everything from Laotian cuisine to pizza. And with only so much time — the event runs from July 22 to August 16 — expert help is a must.

Thanks to NYC & Company, New York City’s top chefs shared where they’d want to snag a table during restaurant week — aside from their own restaurants, of course.

Marcus Samuelsson, chef at Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club

Vinatería is an amazing example of what the power of women can do, and it’s right here in Harlem. Chef Mimi and proprietor Yvette are a powerhouse team, creating consistently great Italian and Spanish food and great vibes. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for NYC Restaurant Week — I know it's going to be delicious.”

Serena Bass, chef at Lido

Babu Ji is the most interesting and delicious Indian restaurant in NYC. I am always inspired and come away planning to add more color to my dishes. Indochine, because who would ever turn down a chance to go there—wonderful food and atmosphere and usually several friends dining in the shadows.”

JJ Johnson, chef at Henry at the Life Hotel

Tribeca Grill offers an amazing dining experience, and it’s a New York classic! It’s always a good option for Restaurant Week.”

Chung Chow, chef and co-owner at Noreetuh

Restaurant Soogil is a hidden gem on East 4th Street, just a couple blocks from Noreetuh. Every time I go I make sure to order the glass noodles, mackerel and foie gras. If you’re up for getting a little bit of everything, go for the tasting menu.”

Reservations for NYC Restaurant Week are now open and can be made at NYCgo.com. During restaurant week you can enjoy two-course prix-fixe lunches for $26 and three-course prix-fixe dinners (with dessert) for $42. Beverages, taxes, and tip are not included.

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