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by NYC Editor, 12/18/2008

 
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NYC & COMPANY ANNOUNCES DATES FOR LARGEST NYC RESTAURANT WEEK EVER


More than 250 of City’s Top Restaurants Offer Three-Course Prix-Fixe Lunches and Dinners
Over 100 NYC Restaurant Week Participants Add Sundays to Program for First Time Ever

New York City (December 18, 2008) NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced that NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009 will run from January 18–January 23 and January 25–January 30. For added value, Sundays have been added to the dining program for the first time and prices for the program remain unchanged with three-course prix-fixe lunches for $24.07 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35.00 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity). This is the City’s largest Restaurant Week ever with more than 250 participating restaurants, and more than 100 participating restaurants offering pre-fixe menus on Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, January 25. Reservations open to the public on January 5, 2009 and will be available at nycgo.com

“NYC Restaurant Week continues to bring together New York City’s best restaurants to offer fine dining at an unbeatable price,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “With an expansion to include pre-fixe menus on Sundays, we now offer New Yorkers and visitors even greater value at more than 250 restaurants.”

"NYC Restaurant Week is a celebration of dining. It brings together a community of our finest restaurants, and allows us to demonstrate the quality, variety, and hospitality that makes New York City the dining capital of the world," said Tracy Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group Partner and NYC & Company Restaurant Committee Chairman.

“American Express is proud to partner with NYC & Company and the restaurant community in New York for NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009,” said Lisa Skiptunis, Vice President Client Management, New York, American Express Merchant Services. “This is a great opportunity to build excitement for the many choices that the New York restaurant industry has to offer both locals and visitors, and to support our local community as well.”

Now in its 18th year, NYC Restaurant Week brings together some of the City’s most celebrated, time-honored fine dining establishments— including Café de Artistes, Gramercy Tavern, and La Goulue— with some of the City’s most contemporary and sought-after hot-spots— including Bar Boulud, Apiary, and Nobu. Notable newcomers this year include Lever House Restaurant, The Palm Tribeca, Union Prime, Fishtail by David Burke, Dovetail, and Country.

NYC Restaurant Week Founding Sponsor American Express and NYC & Company have partnered to support City Harvest. American Express and NYC & Company will donate $.25 per transaction when diners pay with any American Express® Card at participating restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009, up to $10,000. This partnership helps City Harvest reach its goal to rescue 20 million pounds of excess food from the food industry – including restaurants, manufacturers, wholesalers, greenmarkets, hotels, corporate cafeterias, grocery stores and farms – and deliver it to more than 600 community food programs throughout the five boroughs using a fleet of 16 trucks and volunteers on foot.

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009 is produced by NYC & Company and supported by Founding Sponsor American Express, Participating Sponsor Coca Cola, and Partner I Love NY.

For more information, a complete list of participating restaurants and a selection of this year’s prix-fixe menus, call 311 or visit nycgo.com beginning January 5, 2009.


Contacts
Carli Smith
NYC & Company
tel 212 484 1270
csmith@nycgo.com

Tiffany Townsend
NYC & Company
tel 212 484 1270
ttownsend@nycgo.com

About NYC & Company
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.