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Saturday Night Specials at 10 Hot New York Restaurants

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We called around to ten popular New York restaurants — some new, some old — to find out if there are any additions to the menu tonight. Here are the Saturday night specials:

2011_porsena_specials1.jpgPorsena: Two appetizer specials tonight: lentil and black kale soup with fresh olive oil, and a salad of prosciutto and micro mustard greens. The pasta special is agnolotti filled with puntarelle and spinach, in a sauce of brown butter, cream, and walnuts.

2011_union_square_cafe_specials1.jpgUnion Square Cafe: USC is serving a seared pork chop with fall root vegetables with a pear and apple glaze, as well as a cassouletta with sausage confit, coppa fresca, and shell beans (here's a fresh photo). Also: chicken and rice with Tokyo turnips and Brussels sprouts, and a pasta special of lobster ravioli.

2011_the_leopard_specials1.jpgThe Leopard at Des Artistes: A lot of specials at The Leopard tonight: to start, burrata and tomatoes, and lentil soup. The special pasta is topped with a veal and porcini ragu, and they're also offering a seafood risotto with scallops, clams, mussels, and calamari. The catch of the day is a whole broiled branzino with braised fennel and spinach.

2011_bar_boulud1_specials1.jpgBar Boulud: Tonight, Bar Boulud is serving truffle pasta, Gildden Point oysters, and a crudo of Nantucket Bay scallops, as well as a Wagyu steak entree.

2011_ciano_specials1.jpgCiano: The two specials at Shea Gallante's Italian restaurant tonight are a sardine appetizer and a skate entree. They're also offering their fall pasta tasting (PDF).

2011_the_meatball_specials1.jpgThe Meatball Shop: They're serving a special Buffalo chicken ball with bleu cheese sauce dressing and Frank's hot sauce.

2011_the_standard_grill1.jpgThe Standard Grill: Tonight, the specials at The Standard Grill are a lamb shank entree and a plate of ravioli.

2011_lyon_specials1.jpgLyon: Lyon is offering an Arctic char entree special tonight.

2011_diner_nyc_specials1.jpgDiner: In addition to their regular menu, Diner is serving a bacon and apple soup, a radicchio salad, a poached egg small plate, a tempura-battered fritto misto appetizer, and a sardine plate. For entrees, they're serving spaghetti, bass, chicken, a whole porgy, and a couple of steaks.

2011_spasso_nyc_1.jpgSpasso: As an appetizer, Spasso is offering a special fluke crudo with a sea urchin puree, mushrooms, and grapes. The entree special is a 30-day dry-aged strip steak.


45 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 Visit Website


85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Union Square Cafe

101 East 19th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 243-4020 Visit Website


21 East 7th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 Visit Website

The Standard Grill

848 Washington Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 645-4100 Visit Website


551 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Lyon Bouchon Moderne

118 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Bar Boulud

1900 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10023 (212) 595-0303 Visit Website

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