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During summer Restaurant Week, hundreds of city eateries offer three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38. Zagat editor James Mulcahy filed the following report on three dishes to try during the promotion.

New York City Restaurant Week features deals from July 22 to August 16. Today, we're checking out three of our favorite dishes to try during the promotion.

During summer Restaurant Week, hundreds of city eateries offer three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

This year, we're starting with lunch at the Gramercy Terrace, a penthouse restaurant with great views and an even better sausage appetizer made from crawfish.

"This is Louisiana crawfish sausage with marinated and charred spring onions," said Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef at the Gramercy Terrace. "We wanted to make a robust, flavorful sausage. You wouldn't have it any other way in Louisiana, and we didn't want to have it any other way here in New York."

In Lincoln Square, it's Boulud Sud's albacore tuna that can't miss when it comes to main courses. Light and fresh, the dish is an excellent entree for the summer months.

"We just wanted to come up with something very, very bright, very, very summery, trying to utilize all the vegetables that we could find at the market," said Aaron Chambers, executive chef of Boulud Sud. "The tuna's very, very fresh. I sear the fish on the plancha, and then just finish with some basil oil. It's very, very simple."

When it's time for dessert, you'll find our pick on the lunch menu at Aldea. While rice pudding may not be everyone's first choice for their final course, this venue mixes the ingredient with raspberries and cinnamon for a unique and crave-worthy presentation.

"People always think of a rice pudding as, they underestimate it. They think it's like an old-people food," said Miroslav Uskokovic, pastry chef at Aldea. "But rice pudding's been on the menu for quite some time now at Aldea, and in July, when the Restaurant Week is, the raspberry will be at its height of the season, so they will be very nice and sweet."

The full lineup of eateries and affordable dishes can be found at nycgo.com.

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