Tips for a Successful Restaurant Week

Washington DC’s Restaurant Week kicks off today and New York City’s starts in just a week.  No matter your location, here are some surefire tips to help you get the most of the experience.

  1. Go for the gold: When choosing a restaurant, make sure that you hit the places where that $20 or $30 would be the price of one entrée instead of the smaller bistro & wine bar type restaurants with lots of small plates.
  2. Be on the lookout for hidden fees: Beware of the fine print and check out the menus so that you don’t get fooled into paying for add-ons. It is becoming more and more common for restaurants to toss in surcharges for various things.
  3. Use Restaurant Week as a tryout: Think of Restaurant Week as a tryout for upcoming special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries and try as many as you can.
  4. Don’t rely solely on online reservations: If one of the major online reservations sites like OpenTable.com or CityEats.com says that a particular restaurant is booked, always call and double check. Online reservations sites only have the ability to reserve a portion of the available tables.
  5. Skip the dinner: While Restaurant week offers a lunch and dinner option, lunch is usually considered the better value. Paying $35 for dinner, not including tax, tip, and drinks isn’t exactly a steal. Lunch, on the other hand, is an awesome deal at around $20 for a three course meal.
  6. Choose your dining friends wisely: Since Restaurant Week is such a busy time for the kitchens and chefs, it can be hard for them to accommodate people with food allergies or special requests so try to  take someone who can go with the flow.
  7. Take it all in and don’t be afraid to ask questions: Restaurant Week is a time for restaurants to show us what they got! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn more about the restaurant and the food. Their goal is to fill you up and fill you in!

Tips Courtesy of Washingtonian.

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