Cathay Pacific take it on the chin.

As was widely reported on NYE Cathay Pacific released thousands of Business and First Class seats from Vietnam to the US round trip for prices between $650 and $1,000. As soon as the fares went dead speculation started around whether the fares would be honored or not by the airline. There was radio silence throughout New Year’s Day from the airline as presumably they were figuring out how many tickets were sold and what the damage was. The story was picked up by the local Hong Kong press which added extra pressure their decision.

Then it arrived the airline tweeted their intention to honor the fares and welcome the people who bought them onboard. This is a great New Years gift for those who purchased the fares. I had a great flight in Business between Vancouver and New York last summer but decided not to jump in this time, which I now regret quite a bit. If you booked have a great time and make sure to credit the fares to Alaska as they have great bonuses for higher class travel. Enjoy.

New York Restaurant Week 2017 – Participating Michelin-Starred Restaurants. 

Restaurant week runs again in NYC from Jan 22nd – Feb 9th. They have just released the list and many of the below Michelin Starred restaurants are again available. Have a read and get those bookings in ahead of the crowd.

http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

Once again restaurant week is around the corner in NYC running from July 24th to August 18th. There are over 380 restaurants covering pretty much every cuisine you can imagine offering a $29 set lunch or $42 dinner menu. While this is before gratuity/tax and without drinks it can offer very good value in some of the city’s best restaurants including several with Michelin stars.

Below is a list of most of the one star restaurants available this year and sample menus where available. Some are only available for lunch and none for Saturday night dinner, either way it’s a great opportunity to try some restaurants who have received a star from the worlds most famous critic.

Junoon – Monday to Friday and Sunday Lunch and Dinner.

27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

Fine Indian Cuisine.

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Tulsi – Monday to Friday Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Dinner.

211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Fine Indian Cuisine.

Wallse – Monday to Friday Dinner.

344 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Modern Austrian.

https://www.kurtgutenbrunner.com/

Casa Mono – Monday to Friday Lunch.

52 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

Upscale Spanish Dishes.

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Ai Fiori – Monday to Friday Lunch.

400 5th Ave #2, New York, NY 10018

Modern French and Italian Riviera Cuisine.

http://aifiorinyc.com/

Cafe Boulud – Monday to Friday Lunch.

20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

High End French.

An Upper East Side Neighborhood Gem

The Breslin – Monday to Friday and Sunday Lunch. 

16 W29th St, New York, NY 10001

High-end British Gastropub.

https://www.thebreslin.com/

Aureole – Monday to Friday Lunch and Dinner.

135 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Progressive American.

http://www.charliepalmer.com/aureole-new-york/

The Gotham Bar and grill have not as yet published a sample menu but they are available for lunch bookings Monday thru Friday.

https://gothambarandgrill.com

Check out the full list of restaurants here and use the booking tool to let the restaurant know you want the Restaurant Week menus.          http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

While not exactly a travel deal, fine dining goes hand in hand with travel and these restaurants offer very good value during restaurant week. The Deal Traveller will review one or two before the end of August.