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