I know .. wasn't it JUST Restaurant Week, like, last week? Well, it was August, and much hotter, but when it comes to deals and dining does it really matter? Diners love it (again, deals on dining), restaurants love it (new butts in chairs), and I love it if only for the plotting of the week and picking of my dates.
Lunch at Cafe Ena is a gimme: it should start with the chicken mole enchiladas and end with that amazing sounding chocolate orange torta with Kahlua creme fraiche. You deserve it.
Lunch at Campiello might be harder, what with choosing between the spit-roasted turkey sandwich (with prosciutto, fig compote, and Dijon) or the spit-roasted beef (with horseradish-mayo, oven-dried tomatoes, and red onion). Oh, and the orecchiette. Why don't more places make orecchiette?
I bet the Cosmos pad Thai at lunch is something to behold, but I might rather hold out for the confit of seabass with shaved cauliflower "risotto" and preserved tomato.
FireLake is BRINGIN' it during lunch with no less than seven sandwich choices (buffalo burger? downtown club?) plus three different soups and three different salads for your mixy-matchy $10 lunch.
Again people, Fogo de Chao is an amazing meat-fest-of-a-$30-all-you-can-eat-deal.
Loring Kitchen is new to the show this year, and I'm delighted they're offering Arctic char, a most undersung fish. A little Israeli cous cous? All the better.
I almost can't even get into the lunch deal Masa. It's too much, I don't know whether to turn to the tortilla soup or the roast pork sandwich or one of the five offerend tacos. Wait, that's right, I don't have to choose, I get three plates for $10. Ole.
Seasonalists might enjoy this round of dishes from the Red Stag dinner menu: pumpkin bisque followed by butternut squash ravioli and finished with apple upside down cake. Or is that too much autumn up in your grill?
OK,so Saffron has gone pro on this whole RW thing. Everybody, pencils down, heads up and pay attention. Not only is Wadi kicking out lamb shoulder with lamb bacon and harissa as one of three options, but he's offering special supplemental plates and cocktails that have never been seen before: Cardamom Ricky! Truffle Sidecar! Woot!
I'm super excited to see that Ted Cook's has jumped on board. And you mean for $10 I get to take-out some tender juicy chicken AND beef or pulled pork? And taters and slaw? Box it up.