The first Boston Winter Restaurant Week, March 5-10, might be just the thing to get us through the stretch leading up to spring. The summer version of Restaurant Week has grown steadily in popularity over the past five years, and more than 90 restaurants have signed up to participate in the inaugural winter event, sponsored by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Restaurants will offer lunches for $20.06, or dinner for $30.06, or both. A few will extend the offer beyond the week. UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge plans a full three weeks of specials, until the end of March, with such dishes as marinated hanger steak with pistachio mashed potatoes and red wine shallot compote, or slow baked native cod with brown butter. Drink bargains will also be offered at 33 Restaurant & Lounge, with a $10.06 passion fruit Bellini.
Other offerings for the week include tangerine honey glazed duck breast with turnip gratin and Brussels sprouts at the Julien in the Langham Hotel downtown; 12 ounce New York strip or ribeye at Ruths Chris downtown; tandoori rack of lamb marinated in yogurt and exotic spices at Kashmir in Back Bay; and lemon garlic grill roasted half chicken with garlicky mashed potatoes and honey-chipotle baby carrots at Tremont 647 in the South End. Harvest in Cambridge plans roasted leg of lamb with creamed flagelot beans, roasted cherry tomatoes, and Kalamata olives; Adriadne in Newton plans braised veal with pappardelle, Swiss chard, carrots, and roasted tomatoes; and Silks at Stonehedge Inn plans panseared Atlantic salmon with sauteed snow peas, fennel, and shiitake mushrooms. For information on Restaurant Week, visit www.BostonUSA.com/restaurantweek
If its a wine dinner youre in the mood for, Sky in Norwood offers a five-course dinner Feb. 28 featuring the wines of Duckhorn Vineyards. Some of the dishes planned are marinated grilled prawn cocktail with 2004 Duckhorn sauvignon blanc; panseared Chilean sea bass with a portobello mushroom tart, and 2003 Duckhorn merlot and Parmesan-encrusted rack of lamb with potato mousseline and blackberry demiglace to match 2002 Montior Ledge cabernet sauvignon. Cost of the dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is $125 per person. 781-255-8888.