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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.


551 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 858-3838


45 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 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


85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Bar Boulud

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

Lyon Bouchon Moderne

118 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (212) 242-5966

Union Square Cafe

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