Taste Around The World Courtesy of New York City’s Restaurant Week 😋🌎🍽

Restaurant week is in full swing.

The city’s most anticipated restaurants invite patrons for a taste around the world during the three-week-long promotional prix-fixe celebration; take a short trip to Italy for a bite of EATALY’s Serra By Birreria, or to China for a taste of fine Cantonese cuisine at Hakkasan.

Lasting until August 17, New York Restaurant Week features over 380 eateries serving two-course lunches for the price of $26 or three-course meals for $42.

Grab a seat at a table here, and browse a guide of the restaurant fest’s international fare below.


Mexican

Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown (355 W 16th St, Chelsea)

Bring on the tacos and churros! At The Dream Hotel Downtown, get a taste of Bodega Negra’s new summer menu. Their new summer menu includes seasonal dishes such as bodega chopped salad and shrimp ceviche, along with roasted chile relleno and tuna tostadas. Polish one of those entrées off with a giant churro sundae!

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Italian

Eataly's Serra by Birreria (Flatiron and Downtown)

Going to Eataly, is truly taking a trip to Italy for the day. So pack lightly, and bring an empty stomach into the Italian countryside at Serra by Birreria. This beautiful greenhouse, pop-up rooftop lets you escape Manhattan and roll through Italy with family-style seating and lavish quality dishes from favorite farmers from Italy. A must-have menu option is their MUST TRY bruschetta con n’duja, which is wonderfully paired with a great selection of wines.

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Scarpetta (88 Madison Ave, NoMad)

This Italian spot lets you enjoy classic Italian dishes like spaghetti with tomato and basil, along with homemade gnocchi with spring vegetables.

Save room for dessert because you cannot dare to leave Scarpetta’s without grabbing a slice of their chocolate cake with butterscotch and caramel gelato.

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Mediterranean

Barbounia (250 Park Ave South, Chelsea)

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With their funky pillows and lighting, this middle Eastern Mediterranean spot allows us to taste the best of traditional Greek offerings.

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They are most famous for their grilled meats and fish, along with their olive-oil lemon, marinated cooked lamb chops. Be sure to bring some friends, because their portions are more than generous for just one stomach.


Indian

Junoon (27 W 24th St, Chelsea)

A Michelin star restaurant, Junoon allows those with a taste for spicy, authentic Indian cuisine to eat two to three-course lunches for up to $30. You can munch on their delectable appetizers like their ghost chili murgh tikka and eggplant chaat and devour their entrées like mushroom korma and Malabari shrimp.



Baar Baar (13 E 1 St, East Village)

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With a taste of modern Indian cuisine, Chef Sujan Sarkar takes India’s street food and turns it up a notch.

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From the deep-fried chicken nuggets with masala sauce and lemon to other small plates like tandoori octopus. Along with setting the bar high for Indian cuisine, he paired his menu with elaborate drinks such as the signature New Delhi sour cocktail with bourbon, rose hip shrubs and egg white with bitters.

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Cantonese

Hakkasan (311 W 43rd St, Midtown)


Hakkasan is famously known for their small bites. Fill yourself up and enjoy their steamed dim sum platter and entrées like stir fry duck with green beans and spicy prawns with lily bulbs and almonds; Hakkasan's multiple locations around the world, including Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, show the restaurant's worldwide influence. 



Eclectic/Global Fusion

Vandal (199 Bowery, Lower East Side)

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This trendy spot combines global cuisines from Japan to Thailand to Mexico to Italy. You can start off your meal by eating appetizers like yellowtail crudo to entrées like chicken tacos with refried pinto beans or prime steak cooked with coconut milk, lemongrass, and chile.