Say hello to the first 2nd Avenue Restaurant Week

Try Southern Hospitality’s skillet-baked mac and cheese this week.

Today through Friday, 25 Upper East Side restaurants — including Land Northeast Thai, Gina la Fornarina and beloved Indian eatery Baluchi’s — will be taking 20 percent off food or offering three-course meals for $20.16 during the first 2nd Avenue Restaurant Week.

All participating restaurants are located on the stretch of 2nd Ave. between 68th-96th streets, which has been battling inconveniences related to the ongoing construction of the 2nd Avenue subway.

“There’s no such thing as an immaculate construction,” says MTA Capital Construction Company President Dr. Michael Horodniceanu during a press conference at Southern Hospitality — which is offering a special-edition jalapeno-and-andouille mac and cheese this week. However, the MTA has backed several initiatives to bring shoppers and diners back to 2nd Avenue.

The community’s response to its first restaurant week has been enthusiastic. As noted by Nancy Ploeger, president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn’s restaurant week enlisted only 200 restaurants from the entire borough. 2nd Avenue’s Restaurant Week drew 25 restaurants in a 27-block radius.

Expected to dine on 2nd Avenue this week are Zagat guide co-founder Tim Zagat, designer Norma Kamali and transit engineer “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz.

The lineup:
 
1570 Sushi 212-650-0299
 
Atomic Wings 212-888-5777
 
Baluchi’s 212-996-2600
 
Beach Cafe 212-988-7299
 
Big Daddy’s 212-717-2020
 
Bistro Nora 212-288-2600
 
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ 212-288-0999
 
Cafe Greco 212-737-4300
 
Delizia 92 Pizzeria 212-996-3720
 
Don Pedro’s 212-996-3274
 
Doppio Senso 212-772-8700
 
Gina La Fornarina 212-535-3300
 
Heidelberg Restaurant 212-628-2332
 
Hi-Life Restaurant and Lounge 212-628-5433
 
Ithaka Greek Restaurant 212-628-9100
 
Land Northeast Thai 212-439-1847
 
Midnight Blue Restaurant 212-439-1580
 
Molly Pitcher’s Ale House 212-249-3067
 
Nick’s Restaurant Pizzeria 212-987-5700
 
Panorama Cafe 212-772-2220
 
Persepolis 212-535-1100
 
Sotto Cinque 212-472-5563
 
Southern Hospitality 212-249-1001
 
Szechuan Gourmet 212-861-6838
 
Veatery 212-722-0558



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