SYRACUSE, NY – Max Chutinthranond calls Chicken Prig Pow “the perfect dish” to use as a showcase for his Lemon Grass restaurant during the upcoming Downtown Dining Weeks.
It’s chicken (or you can substitute tofu for a vegetarian version), cooked with roasted chili jam, garlic, Italian long peppers and cinnamon basil. “Everyone likes this dish,” Chutinthranond says.
Downtown Dining Weeks, which runs this year from Feb. 15 to March 1, is a promotion that lures people to eat out during what otherwise might be a slow winter period between Valentine’s Day and the arrival of spring. This year, a record 32 restaurants are offering the Dining Weeks deal of a three-course meal for $25 or less. “It brings a new clinetele to the restaurant, and they can see what we do and not worry about spending a lot of money,” Chutinthranond said.
At the Lemon Grass, 238 W. Jefferson St., which specializes in Thai and other Pacific Rim cuisine, the courses include starters like House Spring Rolls and Shrimp Dumplings; a salad course of mixed bitter greens; and a choice from eight entrees, including Gang Gai, a chicken curry; Braised Pork Panang Curry; Roasted Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes; and Swordfish, with either chili sauce or a “Bistro” sauce. See the full Dining Weeks menu.
Here are some of the other Dining Weeks menus that have been released so far:
The York, 247 W. Fayette St.: Start with beet salad, chopped salad or soup, then a choice of naan flatbread with various toppings, and a choice of entrees: Peruvian Charred Chicken with dirty rice and andouille sausage; Pork Shank with porcini mushrooms, prsciutto and mashed potatoes, or Goulash, with ground beef, pork and Italian sausage over pasta. Full menu.
Maxwell’s, 122 E. Genesee St. (Hanover Square): Start with soup or salad, then try second course choices like Thai Shrimp; Arancini (Italian risotto balls); Calamari; marinated artichoke or greens; then the entree choices of Short Rib; Salmon, Fiery Shrimp; Pappardelle, Sausage or Rigatoni. Full menu.
Pastabilities, 311 S. Franklin St.: Start with Pasta’s famous stretch bread and Spicy Hot Tomato Oil; choose soup, salads, Meatball Sliders or Garlic Stretch Bread; and select from several pasta options, including Fettucine Alfredo; Broccoli, Walnuts and Garlic; Bolognese Meat Sauce; Meatball Bake; Cheese Ravioli or Chicken Parmesan, plus dessert. Full menu.
Here’s the full list of participating restaurants, with links to their Dining Weeks menus, if available:
317 at Montgomery 317 Montgomery St. 214-4267
Apizza Regionale 260 W. Genesee St. 802-2607
Aster Pantry Parlor 116 Walton St. 373-0031. Menu
Bistro Elephant Steakhouse 238 W. Jefferson St. 475-1111
Clinton Street Pub 127 W. Fayette St. 424-1187
Creole Soul 128 E. Jefferson St. 530-4178
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 246 W. Willow St. 476-4937
Eleven Waters 500 S. Warren St. 554-3541. Menu
Empire Brewing Co. 120 Walton St. 475-2337
The Evergreen 125 E. Water St. 870-3500. Menu
Funk ‘n Waffles 307-313 S. Clinton St. 474-1060. Menu
Indian Tandoor Halal Restaurant 232 Harrison St. 565-4099. Menu
Khao Gaeng 208 W. Genesee St. 424-8424. Menu
Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant 301 W. Fayette St. 424-1974
Lemon Grass 238 W. Jefferson St. 475-1111. Menu
Liehs Steigerwald 117 E. Fayette St. 299-4799
Maxwells 122 E. Genesee St. 299-6633. Menu
The Mission Restaurant 304 E. Onondaga St. 475-7344
Niko’s Family Italian Restaurant 125 E. Water St. 475-7000. Menu
Original Grain 302 S. Salina St. 299-5011
Otro Cinco 206 S. Warren St. 422-6876. Menu
Pastabilities 311 S. Franklin St. 474-1153. Menu
Peppino’s Neapolitan 409 S. Clinton St. 422-8811. Menu
Prime Steakhouse 101 E. Water St. 299-8047
Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar 215 Walton St. 475-0117. Menu
SKY Armory 351 S. Clinton St. 473-0826. Menu
Syracuse Suds Factory 320 S. Clinton St. 471-2253
The York 247 W. Fayette St. 701-0636. Menu
This year, several downtown hotels are offering a special Dining Weeks promotion package. And there will be discounted parking from Sunday to Thursday during the Dining Week period at several locations — fees will be $5 after 5 p.m. The discount will be available at the Atrium Garage, Clinton Street Garage, the lot at Fayette and Walton Streets and the lot at Fayette and Clinton Streets. See the Downtown Committee’s complete list of downtown parking options.