Restaurant Week usually means hum-drum prix fixes that may or may not even be a bargain. But this year a couple of local favorites have decided to make an occasion of it by teaming up with some other local favorites. Like Bruce Springsteen once said, two restaurants beat better than one.
Fung Tu x Russ & Daughters
July 24 to Aug. 6 at Fung Tu, 22 Orchard St., Lower East Side; reserve via Opentable.
In the spirit of its location near the Chinatown-LES border, Fung Tu is teaming up with its neighbor, Russ & Daughters, to bring you some Chinese-Jewish (Chewish?) food. The $42 prix fixe includes a snack, appetizer, entree, and dessert, and options include a bao stuffed with Russ’s legendary smoked sable; scallion pancakes topped with kippered salmon; and Sichuan-style potato linguine in herring-tomato sauce. For dessert, there’s chocolate babka with red bean paste. This promises to be the most enticing Asian/deli mashup since the kung pao pastrami over at Mission Chinese Food.
Dos Toros x Pat LaFrieda x Dough x Brooklyn Brewery
July 31 to Aug. 6, between 5pm-9pm at Dos Toros Grand Central, 465 Lexington Ave.
We’re living in a world of $125 Kobe fajitas, so why shouldn’t the Grand Central location of Dos Toros team up with popular butcher Pat LaFrieda to bring you quesadillas made with tender strips of Wagyu beef? The good news: The “Restaurant Tweak” menu won’t cost you three figures. A mere $25 gets you the ‘dilla plus an horchata doughnut from Dough and a glass of Brooklyn Brewery Naranjito. To make this even more decadent, the normally bare-bones ‘rito joint is rolling out the candles and white tablecloths.
Update: Dos Toros changed the location and beef purveyor of its “Restaurant Tweak” deal; the original version of this post was revised accordingly.