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Are there Restaurant Week themes?

plumpdumpling Feb 5, 2010 11:10 AM

This time around, we noticed that almost all of the restaurants we chose were serving some sort of terrine as an appetizer.

Maybe terrines are just incredibly popular right now, but I'm wondering if there's something else going on that I don't know about.

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    City Kid RE: plumpdumpling Feb 5, 2010 11:16 AM

    I think it's called economy -- a relatively inexpensive appetizer!

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      plumpdumpling RE: City Kid Feb 12, 2010 05:49 AM

      Ah-ha! Well, I hope the economy stays terrible, then, because I'm loving it.

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        chowsue RE: plumpdumpling Feb 7, 2011 07:50 PM

        me too!! I love terrines! LOL. yum!

    2. MBShapiro RE: plumpdumpling Feb 5, 2010 04:17 PM

      what, do you expect foie gras for restaurant week?

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        plumpdumpling RE: MBShapiro Feb 12, 2010 05:51 AM

        Oh, I wasn't complaining. I had actually been a little bit squeamish about terrines until I tried one this Restaurant Week, and I'm glad I did.

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        picklesister RE: plumpdumpling Feb 5, 2010 08:53 PM

        Restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are VERY busy, and terrines can be prepared ahead of time and plated fairly quickly and easily. I don't think it's about value, I think it's to help ease the pressure on the kitchen.

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          plumpdumpling RE: picklesister Feb 12, 2010 06:23 AM

          That's a good explanation, too. It probably explains why there are so many ice creams and sorbets on Restaurant Week menus, too. I just can't remember having seen so many terrines before; or any at all, really.

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          paulnyc RE: plumpdumpling Feb 6, 2010 05:26 PM

          yeah, they could easily rename "Restaurant Week" as "The New York Salmon Festival."

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            chowsue RE: plumpdumpling Feb 7, 2011 07:53 PM

            trends this RW? Definitely.

            Salmon. Chicken. Seafood chowder. Terrines. Farro risotto. I hit 4 restaurants this time so far, and felt like I saw the menu already each time. LOL.

            VERY unoriginal. I was disappointed this year. I usually hit up 4-5 joints each RW and never saw such repitition like this.

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