10 Can't Miss Eats For NYC Restaurant Week

It's the most wonderful time of the year... No, not Christmas — Restaurant Week. Between July 16 and August 10, dozens upon dozens of the best restaurants in the Big Apple will be offering three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for just $24.07 and $35, respectively.
We like to use Restaurant Week as an opportunity to try the many eateris we've been meaning to make reservations at (but never got around to), and snag great deals at old favorites, too. And while you certainly can't go wrong with any of the spots on the list, we did you a favor by choosing 10 of the OMG best ever participants that we strongly urge you to call, like, now.
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Or, are your Restaurant Week plans different from ours? Click through to compare notes and let us know if we've forgotten anything and risk missing a major meal.
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Perilla

What: Nouveau American
When: Dinner
Why: The innovative plates on Chef Harold Dieterle's prix fixe menu are specially curated for summertime. Think watermelon tartare, grilled chicken with prosciutto and apricot, and bread pudding. Are you drooling yet?

Perilla, 9 Jones Street (between West Fourth and Bleecker streets); 212-929-6868.

Photo: Via Perilla
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North End Grill

What: Nouveau American
When: Lunch
Why: North End Grill's brunch menu stole our hearts, but we're equally smitten with their seafood-laden lunch and dinner offerings. Their genre-bending desserts are equally mouthwatering and we can't wait to see what they whip up for Restaurant Week.

North End Grill, 104 North End Avenue (at Vesey Street); 646-747-1600.

Photo: Via North End Grill Facebook
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Tamarind

What: Indian
When: Lunch
Why: We can't think of a better way to indulge and get the most out of our lunch hour than with Tamarind's Paneer Pasanda and Mocha Crème Brulée (!!!).

Tamarind, 41-43 East 22nd Street (between Park Avenue and Broadway); 212-674-7400.

Photo: Via Tamarind.
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Estiatorio Milos

What: Greek
When: Lunch
Why: We need to emphasize that this is the real deal. Milos has a space in Athens, so you're getting authentic Greek grub, but with an obligatory luxe NY twist. Their tuna burger with fried zucchini sticks is at the top of our to-eat list.

Estiatorio Milos, 125 West 55th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-245-7400.

Photo: Via Estiatorio Milos Facebook.
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Shun Lee Palace

What: Chinese
When: Lunch and Dinner
Why: Shun Lee is the one and only New York destination for great Chinese food (okay, maybe not the only, but it's widely regarded as the best). If we could eat here every day of the week, we would. Instead, we'll just become Restaurant Week regulars.

Shun Lee Palace, 155 East 55th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues); 212-371-8844.

Photo: Via Shun Lee Palace.
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Gotham Bar and Grill

What: Nouveau American
When: Lunch
Why: With Japanese, French, and Classic American influences, Gotham Bar and Grill is just as much of a melting pot as the city itself. That unique fusion of cuisines is also what makes it one of the hottest and most highly lauded restaurants in New York. You'd be a fool to miss this one!

Gotham Bar and Grill, 12 East 12th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place); 212-620-4020.

Photo: Via Gotham Bar and Grill Facebook.
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Café Boulud

What: French
When: Lunch
Why: Transport yourself to the French countryside, where Chef Daniel Boulud found inspiration for the delectable dishes at his eponymous café. We're eyeing the seafood ceviche and homemade pasta that Daniel has put on his Restaurant Week menu. Mmm.

Café Boulud, 20 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue); 212-772-2600.

Photo: Via Café Boulud.
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Nobu

What: Japanese
When: Lunch
Why: As one of the city's best sushi joints, Nobu will be doling out melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and specialty miso-based dishes. It's sure to fill you up, but that doesn't mean you won't leave wanting more...

Nobu, 105 Hudson Street (at Franklin Street); 212-219-0500.

Photo: Via Nobu.
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Ai Fiori

What: Italian
When: Lunch
Why: Ai Fiori is the farthest thing from that chicken parm you always order from the Italian place across the street. With skate wing, homemade pasta, and pan roasted chicken on their prix fixe menu, you really can't go wrong.

Ai Fiori at the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue (between West 36th and West 37th streets); 212-613-8660.

Photo: Via Ai Fiori.
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Dos Caminos

What: Mexican
When: Lunch and Dinner
Why: Because a dinner of gazpacho, carne asada, and triple chocolate torte sounds like everything we've ever wanted. Mexican food is one of our favorites and we like to think of ourselves as Dos Caminos regulars, so stopping by during Restaurant Week is a no-brainer.

Dos Caminos, 475 West Broadway (between Houston and Prince streets); 212-277-4300.

Photo: Via Dos Caminos.
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