Where to Go for Restaurant Week

New York Restaurant Week is coming round again next month (January 2425 and January 28February 1), and today the reservation lines open up. Weve always loved the whole concept, even though at some restaurants you get a simplified menu that may not do the place justice. But whats great about the deal ($24.07 for lunch, $35 for dinner) is the chance it gives you to try places you might not otherwise get to if you had to pay full fare. Who rolls the dice when they know theyre looking at dropping two bills at the end of the meal? But at these prices, you can afford to see where you stand on places you may only have read about. Think of it as an introductory trial offer. We would recommend the following:

Anthos: Michael Psilakis has earned a lot of attention for his very intellectual, very refined take on Greek food. Most of us have no point of reference for a project like that; hence this chance to experience it on the cheap.
Chanterelle: David Waltucks Tribeca classic continues to cook at exactly the same level as it has for many years and is never more beautiful than at lunch, with the light streaming in. If you havent been in a while, this would be a good time.
I Trulli: One of the citys only restaurants dedicated to the rustic glories of Puglian cooking, its not the kind of place that comes to mind when you feel like Italian. Go for that reason alone.
Peacock Alley: Cedric Tovars brilliant work at this place inside the Waldorf-Astoria is almost criminally neglected. If Restaurant Week gets you in here, its been worthwhile.
River Caf: We always thought the place was underrated; far more than a supremely romantic interior, its beauty disguises one of the citys very best restaurants and its not as if that view is blocked off just because youre eating a prix-fixe meal.
San Domenico: Staid and stuffy, but there is no better expression of classic, traditional Italian high cooking. Whether the famous egg raviolo is on the menu or not, dont miss a chance to eat there for bargain prices.

New York Restaurant Week [Official Site]