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Food at Tazia Restaurant and BarWe’re in the home stretch of Center City District Restaurant Week (January 17-22 and 24-29, 2010). While you’re taking a break from affordable food and all of its yummy glory on the 23rd, feast your eyes on a few restaurants you may have put on the back-burner. By the time RW comes to a close, you might have sang your own rendition of “Pants on the Ground” in front of complete strangers trying to eat their Wasabi, made a contribution to the relief in Haiti and chomped on Cheese Risotto hundreds of feet in the air all in a matter of six days. 

Best Comprehensive Menu/Best Bang for Your Buck 
Tazia Restaurant and Bar  

It’s not necessarily kept under wraps that most Restaurant Week menus are a bit condensed and may not pack a punch like the “regular” carte du jour does. Well, we have two words for you. Asian Fusion. The selection at Tazia Restaurant and Bar (101 N 11th St) is the Muhammad Ali of RW menus. It’s a kick-back type of place that may trigger indecisiveness with its wide array of options (Veggie Spring Roll, Vietnamese Spring Roll or Cheese Steak Roll, anyone?). In addition to your 5-course meal, word has it you’ll enjoy the 5-star staff and service just as much as your Chicken Tom Yum soup. 

Bonus: Take a quick sip of your Sake-tini to wet your whistle and tear the house down Mariah Carey-style for Karaoke. Inebriated acceptance speech not required.

Choice Restaurant for the Kindhearted 
Various Restaurants 

Starr Restaurants have more than just a pretty walls and a cool color palate. There’s a heart in the midst of the glitz, glam and grub. For Monday, January 25th only, Stephen Starr will donate 10% of the profit made from all meals to the Bush Clinton Haiti Fund (CBHF). So venture to any Starr Restaurant, including those participating in Center City District Restaurant Week (Alma de Cuba, Buddakan, and El Vez) and dine for Haiti. Not sure which eatery to choose from? Try the 15-month old American food-bearing Butcher and Singer (1500 Walnut Street). We hear the 8oz Filet Mignon paired with light garlic whipped potatoes is pure bliss. 

The New Kid on the Block/For the Posh Trendsetter 
R2L

It’s up in the air and we’re not referring to George (Clooney, that is). If you’re brave enough to journey into the unknown and you vault at the chance to feast 500 feet from ground level, give the unfamiliar an opportunity as R2L (50 S 16th St) prepares for its grand opening January 21st. Be among the first to sink your teeth in Black Trumpet Fries and Mom's Sour Cream and Walnut Apple Pie, while sitting on zebra print booth overlooking the metropolis from the 37th Floor of Two Liberty Place. How else would you rather spend your swanky night in town? Let us know if it lives up to the height, er, hype! 

For the Veggie-Eater in You
Konak Authentic Turkish Cuisine 

If you think belly dancing and Tabuli salad go hand-in-hand, this is the place you need to be on a Friday evening. However, if you prefer not to have Portabella Mushroom with a side of shimmying hips, Konak Authentic Turkish Cuisine (228 Vine Street) is ideal on the weekday as it is hushed and undisturbed. The Mediterranean restaurant is praised for serving fantastically fresh vegetables and festive, picturesque atmosphere. We hope a quality 4-course meal will have you doing a little dance of your own.