Why NYC is the best destination for January

What’s the best place to travel to in January?

New York City.

Just hear us out. Home to many of the world’s most highly-rated restaurants, historic sites and top-notch shopping, NYC is one of our most popular destinations. According to our data, the week of January 21st offers the best value of the entire year to travel to the city. Not only can you score deals on airfare (RT flights run $218) and hotel rooms ($176/night), but you can also enjoy some of New York City’s finest dining thanks to NYC Restaurant Week®.

So, to help you plan your delicious getaway, we teamed up with OpenTable for recommendations on where to dine out in NYC, along with travel tips to snag the best flight and hotel during NYC Restaurant Week. From when to book your flight (hint: pronto!) to where you should stay to the top-rated NYC Restaurant Week restaurants by neighborhood, we want to get you the information you need so you can spend more on dining out (which, coincidentally, is the #1 item Americans splurge on when traveling).

When to travel:

When to travel: the week of January 21
When to book: 2 weeks in advance (aka this week!)
Median airfare: $218

Where to stay:

Median hotel rates: $176
Most popular & affordable hotels in NYC during NYC Restaurant Week

  • The Standard Highline – $220/night
  • The Paul Hotel – $108/night
  • Pod 39 – $120/night
  • MOXY Times Square – $151/night
  • The Roosevelt Hotel – $154/night
  • Yotel – $145/night
  • Radisson Hotel New York Midtown – $185/night
  • The New Yorker – a Wyndham Hotel – $163/night
  • The Belvedere Hotel – $156/night
  • Pod 51 – $95/night

What to eat:

Top-rated restaurants by neighborhood

  • Astoria: Meet the Meat
  • Chelsea: Zero Otto Nove
  • East Village: Il Cantinori
  • Financial District: Nobu Downtown
  • Gramercy/Flatiron: Giorgio’s of Gramercy
  • Greenwich Village: Il Mulino New York – Downtown
  • Harlem: Vinateria
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Danji
  • Lincoln Square: Boulud Sud
  • Long Island City: Maiella
  • Lower East Side: Bar Primi
  • Meatpacking District: FIG & OLIVE Meatpacking
  • Midtown East: Club A Steakhouse
  • Midtown West: Estiatorio Milos – Midtown New York
  • Murray Hill: Riverpark
  • Nomad: Scarpetta
  • NoHo: Indochine
  • Park Slope: Benchmark Restaurant
  • SoHo: MAMO Restaurant
  • Theatre District: La Masseria
  • TriBeCa: Tamarind
  • Union Square: Casa Mono
  • Upper East Side: The Carlyle
  • Upper West Side: Elea
  • West Village: Sant Ambroeus
  • Williamsburg: Barano

 

*All OpenTable restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week qualified for consideration. Neighborhoods with three or more participating restaurants were selected for the guide. The top three restaurants in each neighborhood were then sorted and selected according to the restaurant’s overall rating, which is based on all OpenTable diner reviews.

 

The fine print

Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional. Beverages (including alcohol), gratuities and taxes not included. ©2020 NYC & Company. “NYC Restaurant Week” words and logo are registered service marks of NYC & Company, Inc., which is the original and official Restaurant Week. This is a proprietary program of NYC & Company.

 

Methodology

OT Restaurant Neighborhood Guide
All OpenTable restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week qualified for consideration. Neighborhoods with three or more participating restaurants were selected for the guide. The top three restaurants in each neighborhood were then sorted and selected according to the restaurant’s overall rating, which is based on all OpenTable diner reviews.
KAYAK Travel Data
KAYAK considered searches conducted on the US KAYAK site between June 1, 2019 through December 8, 2019 for travel January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 to NYC. All flight searches are round-trip economy flights, excluding price outliers based on certain criteria. Prices may vary based on users’ own searches.
To determine the most popular hotels, KAYAK considered hotel searches to NYC between June 1, 2019 through December 8, 2019 for travel January 21, 2020 through February 9, 2020. All hotel searches include properties with at least 4 stars and a certain minimum click threshold. Excludes airport properties and outliers based on certain price criteria.
ITS Methodology
Referring to “dining being the #1 item Americans splurge on when traveling” OpenTable conducted an e-survey of 1,015 Americans between the January 3 – 10, 2019 through an e- survey via Cint’s panels.

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