New York City Restaurant Week is right around the corner. I missed it last year because I was so busy traveling, but this year I’ll be in town and looking forward to it. You know the drill, January 18 to February 5th, at participating restaurants, lunch $25 and dinner $38.
Here’s the list of participating restaurants.
American Express is once again offering $5 credits when you spend $25 on an enrolled card. You must register the American Express Card you will be using! Here is the enrollment link.
1 – If 2 of you are going to lunch, split the bill between 2 enrolled cards, etc.
2- Check on the American Express Offers page for additional offers at participating restaurants. For example, there is a current offer on my Amex cards for Sushi Samba (spend $50 get $10 back) and Scarpetta (spend $100 get $20 back). By enrolling an Amex card for both the Restaurant Week offer and the individual restaurant offer, you can stack the offers.
3 – Though not widely known, Capital Grille Steakhouse, which has 3 Manhattan restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, is a Darden restaurant (Olive Garden, Yard House, Seasons 52 among others). Darden gift cards are widely sold in supermarkets and drug stores, or online at a discount, so you might choose to pay for a Restaurant Week meal at Capital Grille, in part or full, with such gift cards.
4. Another thought. Right now there is an American Express Offer on my Amex cards for Olive Garden (Get a one-time $10 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to make a single purchase of $50 or more online at OliveGarden.com/Amex10 by 1/15/2016. Offer valid only on gift cards). Since Olive Garden is a Darden Restaurant, I believe you can buy a $50 gift card for $40, then use it at any Darden Restaurant.
Now it’s your turn. What other suggestions do you have? Do you have favorite restaurants that you recommend for Restaurant Week?