Grand Street Restaurant Week Kicked off Monday August 16

Grand Street Restaurant week is, contrary to what its name suggests and like NYC Restaurant Week, actually longer than a week, ending August 29.

This year, 11 different restaurants with a variety of cuisines are participating. Each will be offering three-course prix fixe dinners from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with reduced prices from $20.75 to $35. 

Two fozen drinks viewed from above.
At Taco Edition you can pair your meal with a mango and passion fruit granita or frozen virgin strawberry daiquiri.

Among the restaurants taking part is Bahia Restaurant, a Salvadorean spot that has been part of the neighborhood for over 20 years. This year, they are offering an appetizer of tamales, salad or pupusas, carne asada or a veggie entree, flan and a white or red sangria to wash it down, all for just $25.

Another long-time member of the neighborhood is Grand Morelos. The bakery and diner’s Restaurant Week menu consists of Mexican American comfort food including quesadillas, fajitas and even “Impossible” chocolate flan for $23. 

Returning with a new backyard, Taco Edition‘s three-course meal comes in at an affordable $21. Their menu boasts frozen drinks to pair with elote or tostadas as an appetizer and enchiladas or seared fish as an entree.

For a delicious sandwich you can head to The Sandwich Shop. This year they are offering a choice from any of their sandwiches, wraps, salads and rice bowls with fresh ingredients, which can be paired with a bag of chips and beverage of choice for $20.75. 

The Javani burger from BK Jani features a six-ounce beef patty, spicy mozzarella, spicy pesto and balsamic reduction.

New to Grand Street’s Restaurant Week is BK Jani. Specializing in Pakistani street food, BK Jani also makes an excellent burger with a twist. You can get one, along with an appetizer of lamb chops and drink choice of limeade or their mango Jani, for $28. 

At the $35 price point, you can feast on Italian food at Ammazzacaffè. The Michelin-approved restaurant is equipped with backyard seating and an array of delectable summer dishes, such as their Gemelli Verde: a pasta with Maitake mushroom, spinach and goat’s cheese. 

For Mexican food at a slightly lower price point, you can visit Los Tacos Mcondo. The restaurant has an outdoor dining area on the sidewalk and offers nachos, burritos, fajitas and churros. With hearty portion sizes, the $29 price is well worth it, though you will need to bring cash as they don’t take card.

A Latin food option is carnival-themed fusion restaurant Carneval. For $35, their menu this year features creative specials such as a sushi appetizer that contains yellow plantain, shrimp, avocado sauce and pico de gallo. For dessert, they are offering up sweet empanadas with guava, Nutella and pineapple filling or arroz con leche, which you can savor outside on their large backyard patio.

The restaurant with perhaps the greatest sheer number of options this year is Thip Osha, with over 10 options for appetizers alone. You can get a range of dishes, which include appetizers like Tom Kha soup or Papaya salad; fried rice, noodle, seafood, curry and specialty entrees and coconut custard or banana sticky rice for dessert. An order will run you $25.

If you’re looking for a ramen fix, order from Ryujin for $25. Their menu includes edamame and steamed dumplings in addition to various ramen bowls. For your drink or dessert, you can choose between beer, sake or mochi ice cream. 

Finally, offering boneless or bone-in wings as well as kimchi fried rice is Mad for Chicken, a restaurant chain with locations in New York and as far as Texas. Start off with truffle or Parmesan fries as an appetizer (or salad, if you’re trying to eat light!) Then, pair your entree with beer or a glass of sangria and get it all for $25.   

When dining during Grand Street’s Restaurant Week, be sure to post your meal on Instagram and use the hashtag #DineOnGrand to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to any participating Grand Street restaurant. 

Editor’s note: Photo caption of BK Jani’s burger corrected.

Top image courtesy of The Sandwich Shop. All other images courtesy of corresponding restaurants.

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