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About NYC Restaurant Week® and FAQ

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About NYC Restaurant Week®

Created in 1992, NYC Restaurant Week is the highly anticipated—and often imitated—celebration of dining throughout New York City. The prix-fixe program invites diners to sample the incredible array of eateries that make up NYC’s culinary culture.

NYC Restaurant Week summer 2021 will run from July 19 through August 22, with even more options for a delicious dining experience. Whether you prefer dining indoors, outdoors or at home, there are more lunch and dinner deals to be had than ever before. To book your table or place an order, visit the official NYC Restaurant Week page starting July 12.

NYC Restaurant Week 2021 FAQ

We’re sure you have some questions. We’re here to help! If you can't find the answers below, feel free to submit your question or comment via the form here.

What is NYC Restaurant Week?

NYC Restaurant Week is a semiannual program that celebrates New York City’s world-famous dining scene. Participating restaurants citywide offer menus at a special price for lunch and/or dinner, inspiring diners to try something new (and even break bread in a different borough).

When is NYC Restaurant Week?

The program runs from July 19–August 22, but restaurants may participate for one, two, three or all four weeks. Always check the NYC Restaurant Week page before booking to ensure the offer is active at your desired restaurant at the time you want to dine.

What deals are available during NYC Restaurant Week?

The summer 2021 program introduces a new trio of pricing options ($21, $39, $125), which restaurants may offer during meal periods of their choosing (lunch, dinner or both). Some restaurants may offer the $125 Signature Dining Experience in addition to, or in lieu of, a $21 or $39 offering. While enabling a greater variety of restaurants in all five boroughs to participate, this structure also creates more options—and more available reservations—for diners.

Are the deals available every day?

In general, restaurants have opted in to certain meal periods from Monday through Friday. Please check their websites for hours of operation and regularly scheduled closings. Saturdays are excluded from the program; Sunday participation is optional.

What is the Signature Dining Experience?

Priced at $125, the Signature Dining Experience is our newest initiative, inviting restaurants to craft a truly memorable meal of three courses or more, with exclusive enhancements encouraged. Offerings will vary and may include access to perks such as meeting the chef, special menu items and more.

How will participating restaurants handle Covid-19 safety?

All restaurants will follow the latest New York State mandated protocols. As of June 15, restrictions have been lifted statewide. To ensure everyone can participate comfortably, outdoor dining will be an option at many participating restaurants.

Will takeout and/or delivery options be available?

Given the success of NYC Restaurant Week To Go, many restaurants will be offering their NYC Restaurant Week menus for takeout, delivery or both in addition to on-site dining.

How do I get $10 back?

Pending eligibility, all restaurant participants will be automatically enrolled in a Mastercard statement credit. The promotion offers $10 back (up to $50 total) on each single transaction of $39 or more when dining on-site and paying with a registered Mastercard. You will not receive a $10 statement credit on takeout, delivery or any transaction processed through a third party. Cardholders can register here.

I spent $78 on my meal. Shouldn't I get $20 back?

No—you’ll receive $10 back on each single transaction of $39 or more, not for every increment of $39 you spend.

Why haven’t I received my $10 statement credit?

If you are waiting to receive a previously redeemed credit:

  • Please first ensure that you registered your Mastercard before you made the transaction at DinewithMC.com. Upon successful enrollment, you would have received a confirmation email. Make sure to check your spam folder just in case.
  • Please allow 15 business days for processing. Mastercard may have posted the credit, but it may not yet appear on your bank statement.
  • You may have already reached the maximum of five (5) credits (for a total of $50 back).
  • You must be the primary account holder.
  • This promotion is open to US Mastercard cardholders only.
  • Please note that the $10 Mastercard statement credit is only valid for transactions made on-site, and not for takeout or delivery.
  • Though most of our restaurants are enrolled in the statement credit program, some are not eligible. Before you dine, please confirm the restaurant is eligible for the statement credit by using the “$10 Back” filter on the NYC Restaurant Week page.
  • If you are missing the statement credit for any other reasons, you may call Mastercard Customer Loyalty at (844) 475-8335 within 30 days of the transaction date to investigate further. Please have your credit card details and meal receipt handy. Although Mastercard will do their best to accommodate you, please note that no credits will be applied beyond 40 days after the end of the promotion. 
  • For full program terms and more details on eligibility, please visit nycgo.com/rw-terms

How do I win 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles?

The exact same way you get $10 back—plus a little luck. Simply register your Mastercard, spend $39 or more on an on-site meal July 19 – August 15 to be entered into the sweepstakes. Three (3) lucky cardholders will win 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles toward a trip anywhere American flies. Though NYC Restaurant Week runs through August 22, the sweepstakes must end on August 15. For full sweepstakes rules, click here.

Where should I make NYC Restaurant Week summer 2021 table reservations?

Find and reserve the ​best NYC Restaurant Week summer 2021 tables​ ​here.

How do I find NYC Restaurant Week summer 2021 participating restaurants and menus?

Browse summer 2021​ participants here and click on any restaurant for more on their offerings. Please note that not all restaurants may choose to publish their menu.

I have a restaurant! How do I get involved in the next NYC Restaurant Week?

Participation for summer 2021 is now closed. To connect with us about future dining programs, please email nycrestweek@nycgo.com.

There’s a restaurant I really want to be in the next NYC Restaurant Week. How can I make it happen?

Great! Tell the restaurant you want them to participate and direct them to our website and to email nycrestweek@nycgo.com. 

Tips for NYC Restaurant Week

1.  Score a top table.
Having trouble getting a table at one of the City’s popular restaurants? Try booking for lunch: many sought-after eateries participate in the program only for the midday meal. Alternatively, make a reservation for Sunday night, when there’s usually more availability—and when many restaurants still serve their NYC Restaurant Week menus. (Check in advance.)

2.  Plan ahead.
Many diners reserve tables only during the first five days of the program, but NYC Restaurant Week runs for four weeks—leaving many opportunities to recover from your food coma and book again.

3.  Know before you go.
See what’s on offer in advance at nycgo.com/restaurantweek—the only website to feature a comprehensive list of NYC Restaurant Week menus.

4.  Explore new cuisines.
Every NYC Restaurant Week is a chance to expand your palate with a novel cuisine. The participating restaurants serve up excellent dishes from around the globe—a delicious way to experience the City’s famous diversity. You can filter by cuisine here.

5.  Drink it all in.
Thirsty? Some restaurants pair beverages—wine, specialty cocktails and the like—with their meals, typically for around $15–$25 extra.

6.  Let Instagram be your guide.
Check #NYCRestaurantWeek on Instagram to see what dishes and restaurants are trending. Pro tip: Search the geotags of participating restaurants to see what looks delicious before you book. When you dine, post your own photos and tag them with #NYCRestaurantWeek.

A Taste of History

NYC Restaurant Week is the City’s original culinary celebration—and the world’s first-ever Restaurant Week. The program debuted in 1992, when it was developed as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City. Though it was created to appeal to delegates and other DNC attendees, the program—with 95 participating restaurants—also found a strong following among residents excited to dine at some of the City's top restaurants.

Over the past 29 years, NYC Restaurant Week has grown tremendously, yet has remained committed to giving visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the quality, variety and hospitality that embody the NYC dining experience.

In early 2021, NYC Restaurant Week To Go put a spin on the tradition to give the dining industry some much-needed support amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Our first-ever takeout and delivery program became our largest dining initiative to date, with more than 800 participants from all five boroughs. If its success taught us anything, it’s that New Yorkers love their restaurants—and NYC Restaurant Week is here to stay.


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