After searching through menus and narrowing the list to four restaurants, I knew exactly what I was going to order when NYC Restaurant Week started. Appetizer, main dish, and desert for $42 at some of the most exclusive restaurants in the city, it seemed like an opportunity that I did not want to pass up. It was so worth it, I went twice.
Restaurant #1: Essex in Lower East Side
The ambiance of the restaurant was very happy hour-ish, and you could barely see a thing because the lights were so dim. Starting with braised short ribs over mashed potatoes as an appetizer, I didn't care much for the potatoes. However, the lobster ravioli and sorbet were both very rich in taste and made the rest of the meal worth it. I also got to taste the sea scallops over risotto, which I highly recommend.
Restaurant #2: Blue Fin in Times Square
I cannot even count how many times I have passed this restaurant in the middle of Times Square and have never noticed it, but it is surprisingly nice. A large sushi and seafood restaurant located above Dos Caminos, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new: a bao bun. Pretty much a Chinese taco, this based pork belly bar bun was a great appetizer, along with the order of a sweet shrimp and spicy salmon sushi roll. My main dish was the surf and turf, which everyone on Snapchat talked shit about, asking where the rest of my food was. The portion was the right size because I could barely finish desert, and it was more of a presentation to enjoy than just food on a plate. Paired with a super dry red wine, the steak, shrimp, carrot, and potatoes tasted great. I took a bite of the beet, but that was it. To end it all with desert, the carrot cake cheesecake and orange frozen greek yogurt tasted so great, didn't even want to get up from the table after finishing.
Restaurant Week was a great experience in New York City. I may even try to add one more restaurant to my list before its over.