Archives of the Mayor's Press Office

Date: Monday, June 19, 2000

Release #229-00

Contact: Sunny Mindel/Curt Ritter (212) 788-2958


From June 19th Through June 23rd More Than 130 of the City's Top Restaurants
Will Offer $20.00 Prix-Fixe Three-Course Lunch Menus

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Cristyne F. Lategano-Nicholas, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC & Company, today kicked off the 9th Annual Summer Restaurant Week at Eleven Madison Park Restaurant with Owner and NYC & Company Restaurant Committee Chairman Danny Meyer. Beginning today through this Friday, June 23rd, New Yorkers and visitors alike can enjoy prix-fixe lunches for $20.00 -- beverage, tax and gratuity excluded -- at more than 130 of New York City's top restaurants.

"The Ninth Annual Summer Restaurant Week will offer thousands of New Yorkers and visitors another opportunity to enjoy great food and fine dining at some of the top restaurants in New York City for just $20.00," said Mayor Giuliani. "With more than 18,000 restaurants that serve everything from sushi and steaks to soul food and Spanish cuisine, New York City has it all. This week will further promote New York City's restaurant industry, which helps draw more than 34 million visitors to our City. No other city comes close to offering the exceptional dining experience that New York City does. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of Summer Restaurant Week, as we celebrate New York City's status as The Restaurant Capital of the World."

Ms. Lategano-Nicholas said, "We couldn't be more excited about the unprecedented quality and diversity of this year's Summer Restaurant Week choices. New York City is booming, and Summer Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity for food lovers from around the country and the world to get the opportunity to experience the best restaurants in the world for a fraction of the usual price."

Tim Zagat, NYC & Company Chairman and famed restaurant industry publisher, said, "You can't beat three course lunches at the City's best restaurants for only $20. Summer Restaurant Week exemplifies why New York City is generally considered the Best Restaurant City in the World."

This weeklong event, which is designed to promote New York City as The Restaurant Capital of the World, is presented by NYC & Company, American Express and Continental Airlines, and sponsored by Citysearch. Additional support is provided by The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, The New York Times, WCBS-AM radio and

For a complete list of participating restaurants, individuals can call 212-484-1222 or 1-800-NYC-VISIT, access the Internet at or visit NYC & Company Visitor's Center at 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street.

NYC & Company's Restaurant Committee includes: restaurateurs Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group; Stephen Hanson of B.R. Guest; Rita Jammet of La Caravelle and Sono; Tony May of San Domenico and Gemelli; Tracy Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group; and Tim Zagat of Zagat Survey and Chairman of NYC & Company.

NYC & Company, the parent organization of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the City's official tourism marketing agency. It is a private, non-profit organization whose principal responsibility is to enhance New York City's economy through tourism development by marketing the City on a worldwide basis as the premier destination for business and leisure travelers.


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