Belgium's cuisine often takes a backseat to its beers. Not so this week. From March 23 to 29, a handful of restaurants will participate in throwing a Belgian Restaurant Week. While beer is prominently featured, diners can taste a variety of specials across the city. The popular Wafles & Dinges truck (which is offering a "surprise" with each waffle order) has sparked an interest in Belgian fare. Here are some participating eateries you'll want to check out.
Markt: It may look like a traditional French brasserie at first glance, but Markt is decidedly Belgian. The atmosphere is convivial and relaxed, and mussels are their specialty. During Belgian Restaurant Week they're promoting a $20 special where you can order a steaming pot of mussels prepared any style and down any one of five Belgian beers on draft, too.
676 Sixth Ave.; 212-727-3314
Petite Abeille: A bevy of specials will be promoted at Petite Abeille throughout the week. A family-friendly destination, kids eat free if they order from the Mini Me menu starting at 5pm on March 23 (caveat: a max of two children per accompanying adult can be included in the deal). The following day, 11-ounce drafts of Palm Ale are just $1 from 7pm until closing. Check the website for other specials and details, but other ones to keep tabs of include a $5 hamburger special and a trivia contest.
401 E. 20th St.; 212-727-1505
44 W. 17th St.; 212-727-2989
134 W. Broadway; 212-791-1360
Rouge Tomate: This sleek restaurant specializes in local, biodynamic food. Even a seemingly bland pea puree looks like haute cuisine when it's served at Rouge Tomate. If you order an appetizer and entrée, you'll receive a complementary glass of Belgian beer.
10 E. 60th St.; 646-237-8977
Other participating restaurants include B. Café, BXL Café and the chain of Le Pain Quotidiens. You can also sign up for a drawing at all these restaurants for a chance to experience the real deal with a trip to Belgium.
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