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New York City’s restaurant week is returning July 16th through August 10th. While I am actually not a huge restaurant week person, it is a great opportunity to eat at a high-end NYC restaurant for cheap (relatively speaking for these NYC restaurants). You can get a 3-course meal for $24.07 during lunch or $35.00 during dinner. Saturdays are excluded and not all restaurants participate on Sundays.
Now the real perk comes into play with an American Express promotion. Eat at 4 different participating restaurants, use the same registered American Express credit card, and get a $20 statement credit. The terms state that each transaction must be of $24 or more (exuding beverages, gratuities, and taxes). I am also 99% confident that you will still get the statement credit if you do not actually participate in the restaurant week menu, but just dine at the restaurant during the promotional time frame. As long as you have a card transaction of $24 or more at 4 restaurant week restaurant’s, the credit is yours. There really is no way for American Express to know if this was a restaurant week dine or just a regular menu visit. Now the trick is to see if gift cards will trigger the statement credit?! If you try it out, let me know.
You can check out all the participating restaurants and register your American Express card here.