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NYC Restaurant Week 2021: dates, prices and reservations

New York City Restaurant Week is back, the twice a year event for foodies will take place 19 July to 22 August, and reservations are now open.

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NYC Restaurant Week 2021: dates, prices and reservations
ANGELA WEISS AFP

Started in 1992, New York City Restaurant Week has become a celebration to experience what New York City’s restaurant scene has to offer. More than 500 eateries across the five boroughs are offering a choice of “prix-fixe” meals for lunch and dinner. This year dinners will have more options with three different tiers.

New York City Restaurant Week, normally a month-long event held twice a year in the winter and summer, will run for five weeks in the 2021 Summer edition from 19 July to 22 August. Foodies looking to score a table will have to act fast, restaurants started taking reservations 12 July. However, before you make a reservation, you’ll want to check with the restaurant that you are hoping to get a table at to see if they will be participating for all five weeks.

What are the prices for Summer 2021 NYC Restaurant Week?

Diners will have a choice of three lunch and dinner options this year to enjoy dining indoors, outdoors or at home during the culinary holiday. The 530 participating restaurants can choose to offer an entrée and a side for $21 or $39. In addition to the basic meal choices, this year there will be “Signature Dining Experiences” for $125 which will include three or more courses. Eateries that provide the top tier option are also encouraged to include some perk with the meal such as wine or meeting the chef, among other "enhancements".

Those who are new to the NYC Restaurant Week should be forewarned that whichever tier they choose that drinks, tax and tip are not included.

How to make a reservation for NYC Restaurant Week?

Restaurants can choose which meal periods, lunch and dinner, from Monday through Friday that they wish to offer the special deals during the five-week culinary celebration. Sunday participation is optional and Saturdays are excluded from the program. Restaurants will offer onsite dining and in some cases takeout and delivery will be available.

In order to see when a restaurant is participating and which deals are available, you will need to check their website. A full list of participating restaurants can be found at the New York City Restaurant Week official site where you can make a reservation and see opening hours as well. You can check the Twitter hashtag #NYCRestaurantWeek to see which restaurants and specials are trending. For tips on booking a the best tables check the NYC Restaurant Week About page.

Diners can get money back and possibly win 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Mastercard has teamed up with NYC Restaurant Week to offer up to $50 in a statement credit to cardholders who have their meal onsite and pay with their Mastercard. Diners will get $10 back on each transaction of $39 or more. The credit will max out at $50 applying to each transaction, not every increment of $39 spent. Takeout and delivered meals will not count.

As an added bonus, when you purchase with your Mastercard at a participating restaurant you will be automatically enrolled in a sweepstakes to win 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Just like getting credit back on your purchase you will need to spend $39 or more for an onsite meal before 15 August. Three winners will be chosen and the miles can be used toward a trip anywhere American Airlines flies, including international destinations.

In order to enjoy both perks, you will need to register your Mastercard at the “Dine With MC” website.