Syracuse Dining Weeks: See some of the menus for 2017

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. 

Some of the dishes to be featured during Syracuse Downtown Dining Weeks at the Lemon Grass restaurant in Armory Square. 

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

Black Olive 250 S. Clinton St. 399-5599. Menu Week 1. Menu Week 2.

Byblos Bar Grill 316 S. Clinton St. 299-6512. Menu Week 1. Menu Week 2.

Byblos Mediterranean Cafe 223 N. Clinton St. 478-3333. Menu Week 1. Menu Week 2.

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

Modern Malt 325 S. Clinton St. 471-6258. Menu (Dinner). Menu (Bakeshop Lunch). 

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.

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Don Cazentre writes about food, beverages, restaurants and bars for and The Post-Standard. Contact him by email, on Twitter, at Google+ or via Facebook.

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