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Year in Review 2007 – The Top Dining Deals in Manhattan

As we gear up for the last holiday 2007 hurrah, I have one more task to perform before we embrace the New Year: a quick look back. Here are my top dining offers of 2007, two from each of some Manhattan's favorite neighborhoods. If you've missed any offers this year, take heart, for 2008 is already shaping up to be a year filled with, of course, hot deals from the hottest restaurants in New York City!

THEATER DISTRICT

AJ Maxwell's Steakhouse

This hot special offer has become one of the most popular dining deals in NYC. Enjoy a new interpretation of steakhouse classics, including, according to WCBS Radio's Bob Lape, "the best rib-eye in New York," or savor AJ's signature Porterhouse for two.

Trattoria Dopo Teatro

This theater district favorite combines extraordinary Italian cuisine, exquisite décor with different themes for each of its many rooms and affordable prices. Home to one of the most beautiful interior gardens in New York City, Trattoria Dopo Teatro's 15% off offer has been a huge hit.

TRIBECA

Industria Argentina

This popular Tribeca hot spot boasts a sleek, airy dining room adorned with furniture inflated in directly from Argentina, as well as authentic Argentinean cuisine, featuring dishes from every region of Argentina. To make your experience even more exciting, do not miss the extensive Argentinean wine list with a wonderful selection of Malbecs.Take 20% off your entire check Sun. – Wed .; 15% off Thurs. – Sat.

Fresh

How could the food not be fresh when the owners of the restaurant own their own seafood company, providing a product to some of the best known chefs in New York? The critics all agree that the sweetest, most flavorful fish and shellfish are featured via interesting and appealing preparations, making for a truly memorable dining experience, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, beach- and sea-inspired dining room. With this great offer, take $ 10 off the check for lunch or $ 20 off the dinner check .

MIDTOWN WEST

Puttanesca

In the heart of Hell's Kitchen and just steps away from the Theater District, Chef Roberto Passon serves up acclaimed homemade pastas and traditional Italian-style meat and seafood dishes with Italian passion and gusto. Enjoy the comfortable ambiance of this 225-seat popular restaurant at neighborhood-friendly prices, made even friendlier with this 20% off special offer.

Scarlatto

What could be more fitting for the Theater District than this acclaimed Italian venue, which features a fireplace, a cozy large bar and brick walls adorned with stills from the classic movie "Roman Holiday" and photographs of Italian celebrities? Add to the mix a winning combination of Italian cuisine and an extensive Italian wine list, and top it off with the great value of this cool offer.

WEST VILLAGE

Village

This lovingly restored, grand 1920s venue features delicious French-American cuisine under the newly reopened turn-of-the-century skylight. Do not even consider visiting the West Village without sampling some of chef / owner Stephen Lyle's famous Bistro fare, especially the quail egg-topped leek, potato, fennel and celery root soup, the acclaimed oyster pan roast with chipotle chili, cilantro and creme fraiche, or, of course, the must-have steak frites or mussels.

Antica Venezia

Inviting you in for "an endless adventure in taste," Antica Venezia is fast becoming a West Village favorite, as much for the cozy ambience as for the "heritage recipes" of Venice. Exposed brick, a fireplace, candlelight, and sunset views of the Hudson provide the romantic back to what Zagatcalls an "off the beaten track charmer." Take advantage of therestaurant offer and you'll swear you hear the Gondolieres singing!

MIDTOWN EAST

Le Perigord

For more than 40 years, Le Perigord owner Georges Briguet has been providing classic French food with contemporary accents in an elegant setting. The New York Times describes it as a "French restaurant the way French restaurants used to be." Make new memories at this quintessential New York showplace with this offer.

Mantra 986

A welcome newcomer to the area, this hip bi-level lounge / restaurant is fast becoming a midtown favorite. Happily, the funky vibe is not the only crowd-pleaser; early reports include raves about the Asian-influenced dishes (check out Mantra's Signature dish: Lobster Guacamole and Wasabi Fries). For great ambiance, exciting food and a variety of signature cocktails, visit Mantra 986 and save 15% off your check.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Delmonico's Restaurant

One of the hottest offers of the past two years comes from the famousDelmonico's Restaurant , which is credited with being "the first restaurant in America". First opened in 1837, this quintessential Financial District mainstay certainly has stood the test of time. Anyone who appreciates great steaks must try the Classic Delmonico's Steak: a succulent, carefully prepared twenty ounce boneless Rib-eye. With this offer, take 20% off your check (Mon., Fri., Sat.) and 15% off (Tues. – Thurs.).

MarkJoseph Steakhouse

Receiving consistently high marks from Zagat (24 for food!), This downtown steakhouse has a multitude of rave reviews to its credit, including the one by Bob Lape of Crain's New York Business, who lauded MarkJoseph's "superb steaks, appealing setting and confident, engaging service. " The mostly-steak menu features several cuts, including Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, and Bone-in Ribsteak, as well as Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass and Twin Lobster Tails. Every Friday evening, take 15% off your check (parties of two or more) in the dining room.

UPPER WEST SIDE

Arte Café

Rated A + on J. Walman's Restaurant Report Card, this sprawling Upper West Side favorite makes the grade for anything from a romantic dinner for two to a fabulous feast for 200. Behind the palazzo-style entrance are several separate dining areas with larger-than- life murals, a marble-topped bar and a fireplace to set the mood and warm you on a cold night. The homemade pastas, Mediterranean fish dishes and meat entrees are given an upscale flavor at affordable prices, made even more so when you take advantage of this popular special offer.

Luzia's Restaurant & Tapas Bar

The upper west side is in love with this cozy Portuguese gem. The menu of Portuguese comfort food is perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch, weekday lunch and dinner, which is accommodated on Wednesdays by a hot Flamenco band. It's no wonder Luzia's is one of the favorite offers of 2007.

UPPER EAST SIDE

Amber

Your biggest dilemma when dining at this ultra-hip, chic venue (complete with stone water wall) is wherever to stick with the sushi or delve into the creative Pan-Asian entrees. There are enough unusual and delicious choices in the selection of special rolls to keep a sushi-lover coming back time and again to try them all, and if you're in the mood for something hot, try the a selection from the traditional Japanese Stone Grill. Whatever your mood, the Amberoffer can only make it better!

One83

Extraordinary northern Italian cuisine served in a beautiful indoor dining room or on the outdoor garden terrace makes this 1st Avenue neighborhood gem a spot not to be missed. For what New York Magazine called "well executed Ligurian food," check out the One83 special offer, available every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening.

From New York City, I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year.


Source by Amy Arthur

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