Sushi art nigiri rolls inari salmon avocado rice seaweedThis week, high-end restaurants offer fixed price menus, a saving grace for designer appetites on a strict budget. Well, a budget that accounts for $30-sashimi-and-miso-brownie-lunches. There are 381 restaurants participating in New York Restaurant Week, but if picking just one seems daunting, here are a few shining stars in this year’s culinary constellation:

Haru is the peak of sushi greatness if you’ve grown up enjoying the mayo volcano that is AYCE as much as I have. It isn’t Morimoto, but the fish is surprisingly fresh for a restaurant whose closest source of water is the Hudson. nycgo.com/restaurants/haru-amsterdam-avenue

Gorgeous wooden plate of steak and peachesBen Jack’s Steakhouse was opened by two Peter Luger alumni, and it shows. Close your eyes and quality beef, cookie-cutter wait staff, and no-fuss plating could almost be a Peter Luger. Only Peter Luger isn’t offering an outrageous filet minion deal.

nycgo.com/restaurants/ben-jacks-steakhouse-on-5th

Vermecelli bowl, sweet potato noodles In a city jam-packed full of meat-centric Korean BBQ, steakhouses, and hot pot, Hangawi chose a different route. Hangawi is a vegetarian restaurant singing praise to chewy sweet potato noodles and fiery kimchi kale. A must eat for both vegetarians and those of us burned by cloying sauces and fatty broth.

nycgo.com/restaurants/hangawi

 

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