Just saw this on Not About Food:
I use RW as an opportunity to support places that don't do RW. (A few of my favourites don't do RW.) There's the possiblity that they will be more quiet at that time. I think of it as sharing a well regarded private chef with a few other people for an evening, and that's a bargain in my book.
What a lovely idea. One aspect of RW that rarely gets discussed is the fact that the only restos that participate are those at which $20 for lunch/$30 for dinner is a bargain in the first place.
Maybe, if one really wants to protest RW/call its on its shit--and I'm not saying that one couldn't just as easily want to take full advantage of what it has to offer; both responses are legit--one should commit oneself to going to places one has never been that are totally out of the PR loop altogether.
Mine, off the top of my head, are:
North St. Grille