Introducing Weekend Plans, a semi-weekly feature spotlighting the best restaurants, shows, activities, and the like for the weekend ahead. In short: a guidebook for the indecisive. There are 52 weeks in the year—best to make them count, no?

It’s the most wonderful time of the culinary year: ‘til February 5th, select NYC eateries are participating in Restaurant Week (actually more than a week, but that’s an observation for another time). This special event offers three (or more!) course meals, $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. For certain restaurants, this is a great opportunity to score a deal on normally expensive and critically acclaimed food. That said, demand is high, and you might not necessarily be able to score a table. To keep your options open, we’ve prepared three choices for you:


Cherche Midi

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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Keith McNally, the man behind Balthazar, offers his expertise in a slightly lesser-known bistro. Simply, Cherche Midi is very Parisian-glam. The steak-frites will bring you in, and the decor will keep you swooning.

Our Picks: Dandelion Salad, Farro Risotto, Apple Tarte Tatin


60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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Sessanta opened last summer inside the SIXTY Soho hotel, and it’s been blowing up ever since. A coastal Italian-meets-NoLIta aesthetic, Sessanta’s simple menu is perfected atop gorgeous Sicilian dishes.

Our Picks: Beet and Squash Salad, Spaghetti A.O.P., Cannolis

French Louie

320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Photo via Gothamist.com
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A more casual bistro than, say, Cherche Midi, French Louie is a warm, welcome glow on a winter evening. Perfect for a lowkey candlelit dinner with friends. The mussels are a must.

Our Picks: Mussels from Normandy, Steak Frites, Profiteroles


Article by Cole Bilik.
Header image courtesy of Edible Manhattan.