Too often, Mondays are written off as a bad night for dining out. Many restaurants are closed and it’s tempting to stay home when the week is just starting. But, for those who venture out — and know where to go — Mondays are a boon to diners. Hot restaurants are often easier to get into, and a few reserve something special for the evening, like perennially booked Dame, which is walk-ins only on Mondays, and Korean spot 8282, which hosts an industry night for those who work in hospitality (though all are welcome to join).
Whether you’re looking for casual fried chicken from Harlem legend Charles Gabriel, a meal at Union Square Hospitality Group’s latest darling Ci Siamo, or a wine-fueled dinner at Place des Fêtes, this guide has you covered.