I'm happy to report and alert you that my favorite week(s) of the year are upon us - NYC Restaurant Week! While it feels as though I was just treating myself to Japonais and DelMonico's, that was months ago, and I'm on full alert for the second Restaurant Week go-round for the year. Starting on July 12 and lasting until July 30, Restaurant Week is when many unaffordable Manhattan hot spots open their doors each day (excluding Saturday) with a special $35 prix fixe menu for dinner ($24.07 for lunch), featuring an appetizer, dinner, and dessert per person. While menus are often limited, it's a great way to try new place that a resource-limited Manhattan dude or chick such as myself would not even consider otherwise. Restaurants often featured range from Mesa Grill to Tavern on the Green to Blue Water Grill. Reservations open up starting June 30, so start thinking about it now as seatings at the super hot spots tend to go rather quickly. A word to the wise: Do your research. Many places offer the $35 prix fixe, but their traditional menu is price comparable (and often better) so check out the restaurant's own site and menu before booking. Be sure to send us commentary on your Restaurant Week experiences. Happy eating!