New Haven Restaurant Week: Foodie fest to also benefit food bank

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Thirty-three of the city’s eateries — representing a wide range of American and international cuisines — will take part in this year’s New Haven Restaurant Week, Nov. 11-16.

The restaurants will offer prix fixe menus costing $18 for lunch and $32 for dinner. Set menus and prices will include an appetizer, entrée and dessert (tax and gratuity not included). Patrons are advised to make reservations early, as restaurants can book up quickly.

For the second year, New Haven Restaurant Week will partner with sponsor Citizens Bank to raise funds for Connecticut Food Bank. Throughout the week, diners at participating restaurants will be encouraged to make a $1 donation to Connecticut Food Bank, where $1 feeds one person for one day. The organization serves approximately 600 community-based feeding programs in six of the state’s eight counties.

“New Haven is a foodie destination, so it seemed logical to once again leverage New Haven Restaurant Week by partnering with the Connecticut Food Bank and Citizens Bank to ensure that individuals across Connecticut have access to food during the holidays and all year round,” said Anne Worcester, chief marketing officer of Market New Haven, the organization that coordinates New Haven Restaurant Week.

In addition, the City of New Haven will be collecting non-perishable items throughout the week for a Project Storefront project to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank, with a uniquely artistic twist. See related story.

Restaurants participating in New Haven Restaurant Week include: 116 Crown (bar, kitchen & cellar), Adriana’s Restaurant & Wine Bar (northern Italian), Anna Liffey’s (authentic Irish), Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar (Spanish wine bar), Basta Trattoria (southern Italian), Bentara (spicy Malaysian), Carmen Anthony Steakhouse (American steakhouse), Caseus (fromagerie & bistro), Christopher Martins (modern American & Italian), Geronimo (Southwestern), Goodfellas Restaurant (regional Italian), Heirloom (coastal farm), Ibiza (creative Spanish), Istanbul Café (authentic Turkish), John Davenport’s (contemporary American), Kudeta (Asian fusion), L’Orcio (contemporary Italian), Miya’s Sushi (creative Sushi), Oaxaca Kitchen (contemporary Mexican), Old School Saloon and Bistro (Continental cuisine),  Pacifico (nuevo Latino), Press (artisan pizza), Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar (contemporary American), Soul de Cuba Café (Cuban), Temple Grill (American casual), Thali (regional Indian), The Cask Republic (American tavern), The Kitchen Table (sustainable American), Tre Scalini Ristorante (regional Italian), Union League Café (Parisian brasserie), Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar (Cuban), Zaroka Bar & Restaurant (fine Indian) and Zinc (modern American).

As in previous years, the special prix fixe menu will be offered in addition to the restaurants’ regular offerings.

In addition to dining, patrons of New Haven Restaurant Week can take advantage of an array of cultural activities, shopping, and sights in between meals. For more details on these activities and New Haven Restaurant Week, visit Individuals can also follow the conversation surrounding New Haven Restaurant Week using the Twitter hashtag: #NHRW12.

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