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Amanda Freitag, the Harrison
“During Restaurant Week, you want something fun and yummy, but also really cost-effective. The appetizer I’m most looking forward to is the mushroom arancini, which I thought would be fun because I don’t get to do much Italian anymore. For the entres I’m doing coq au vin. I’ve never done it here at the Harrison, but I did it on The Next Iron Chef. For dessert, Colleen Grapes, our pastry chef, [is creating] chocolate panna cotta with popcorn ice cream, made with popcorn from Blooming Hill Farm.” 355 Greenwich St at Harrison St (212-274-9310, theharrison.com)
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Gabe Thompson, Dell’Anima
“We’re going to do a beet salad from the new winter menu: roasted beets with pistachio, lime and caramelized yogurt. We’re also going to do the octopus with rice, beans, chorizo and chicory antipasti and garganelli with mushrooms and chicken al diavolo, which has been on the menu since Day One. [The chicken al diavolo] has smoked paprika, chili flakes and fennel pollen. I wanted to give people a sense of what it’s really like to eat at the restaurant every day.” 38 Eighth Ave at Jane St (212-366-6633, dellanima.com). Lunch only.
Jim Leiken, DBGB Kitchen and Bar
“We’ll probably have sausages, kicking off with beaujolais—made with pork, mushrooms, onions, bacon and red wine, and served with lentils—along with the Yankee Burger, Daniel [Boulud]’s version of a classic American burger. Also, winter squash soup served with an amber lager emulsion and crispy sage.” 299 Bowery at E Houston St (212-933-5300, danielnyc.com). Lunch only.
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Marshall Street Bar & Restaurant
Syracuse alumni will find a taste of home at Marshall Street Bar and Restaurant in Midtown East. With more than a dozen TVs and drink specials for both Syracuse and NFL games, it’s a convenient spot to catch the big game. Not a big sports fan? Start a game of pool, try your hand at skee-ball or sink a few quarters into one of the other arcade games in the bar. Order something off the massive menu of gameday favorites, like loaded nachos ($10.99), pulled pork or beef sliders ($10.99) or mozzarella sticks ($8.49). The real draw, though, is the wings (six for $9, twelve for $17, a bucket of 50 for $60). Order buffalo or boneless wings doused in sauce ranging from “mild” to “abusive” to “suicidal”, or stick to gentler flavors like teriyaki and garlic-parmesan. Vegetarians won’t be left out, either: Marshall Street also serves soy wings for those so inclined ($12.99).
Venue says: “Syracuse sports games, authentic Buffalo Wings, or locally brewed New York beers, we're proud to call Marshall Street the home for it all!”