by Loren G. Edelstein | July 09, 2018
Reservations are now being accepted for NYC Restaurant Week, which runs July 23 through Aug. 17 across the five boroughs and in 42 distinct neighborhoods of New York City. More than 380 restaurants are participating in the promotion, now in its 26th year.

This year's promotion streamlined lunch to two courses -- appetizer and entrée -- for $26. Skipping dessert, the third course, is expected to appeal to time-pressed locals and visitors, drawing more midday diners. Dessert is included on the three-course dinner menus, priced at $42. Restaurant week offers are available Monday through Friday, with optional participation on Sundays. Beverages, gratuities and taxes not included.

"There is no better way to celebrate the diversity of New York City's unmatched culinary scene -- the true dining capital of the world -- than by experiencing a great meal (or two) among restaurants of 33 distinct cuisines participating in NYC Restaurant Week this summer," said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Co., the city's convention and visitors bureau. "We look forward to welcoming visitors, meeting delegates and residents to enjoy new dining experiences in neighborhoods across all five boroughs this season."

Diners seeking inspiration for where to dine this summer can turn to for curated restaurant collections themed to unique dining experiences. Included among the eight collections, all available now, are: "NYC Classics," "Squad Goals" (for group dining), "Swipe Right" (date-friendly establishments) and "BYO SPF" (alfresco dining), among others.

The timing is a boon for convention delegates, as Restaurant Week coincides with a number of fashion, retail, home and lifestyle shows taking place at the Javits Center. To view a full list of participants, browse menus and book tables, visit Restaurant Week reservations also may be booked via OpenTable.

New Yorkers and visitors looking for additional value this summer and fall can seek out two additional NYC & Co. promotions. NYC Broadway Week runs Sept. 3-16 (tickets go on sale Aug. 15), and NYC Off-Broadway Week runs Sept. 24-Oct. 7 (tickets go on sale Sept. 10), both offering 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best live shows in New York City.