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5 Dishes You Have To Try for Restaurant Week

The New Haven Restaurant Week is happening right now (November 1st - 6th) ! It's time to take a break from your midterms and indulge yourself in a night of exotic cuisine and rich flavors. Check out the 5 restaurants that we hand-picked for you:

1. Seafood Paella, Ceviche and Tapas at Pacífico, 220 College Street

Seafood Paella

Paella Palomino: Seafood paella with saffron rice, shrimp, clams, mussels, sea scallops and chorizo

Ceviche de Camaron Estilo Ecuadoriano: Shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, red onions and citrus juice.

You can have a seafood paella, a shrimp ceviche, plus a great dessert for $32 at Pacífico ! Check out their dinner menu here. The bar area is an extra bonus for those who fancy a Margarita with some delicate tapas.

2. Mediterranean Cuisine Re-invented at Olea, 39 High Street

Seafood Risotto

Seafood Risotto: basque style risotto, calasparra rice, bay scallops, shrimp, maine mussels, parsley oil, fumet

Cod Fish Croquettes: sweet piquillo pepper purée, pea tendrils, lemon aioli

Cod Fish Croquettes: sweet piquillo pepper purée, pea tendrils, lemon aioli

Innovative interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine with fresh ingredients imported from the region. The upscale interior makes Olea a perfect place for romantic dinners. Make a reservation before this Saturday.

3. Authentic Chinese Food at Taste of China, 954 Chapel Street 

Lobster with Scallion Ginger

Lobster with Scallion Ginger

Chinese Soup with Tofu and Mussels

Chinese Soup with Tofu and Mussels

One of the few authentic Chinese restaurants in the city, Taste of China offers great service and impressive flavors. Their restaurant week combo is also quite a bargain. Check out their menu here.

4. Fresh Pasta at Basta Trattoria, 1006 Chapel Street

Fresh pasta with organic tomatoes

Fresh pasta with organic tomatoes

Small, homey, perfect for healthy eaters, Basta uses organic, sustainable and local ingredients. For restaurant week, they recommend Farfalle Funghi, bow tie pasta in a light sauce of organic mushrooms, prosciutto, cream and Marsala wine. Click here to see their menu.

5. Cuban Soul Food at Soul de Cuba, 283 Crown Street

Tostones con Camarones: green plantain topped with bruschetta & mojo shrimp

Tostones con Camarones: green plantain topped with bruschetta & mojo shrimp

Vibrant atmosphere, affordable prices, and really rich flavors make Soul de Cuba an ideal place to grab a lunch during the week! Learn more about them here.

Note: All restaurants participating in the Restaurant Week offer $18 lunch combos and $32 dinner menus.

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Which dish looks the most appetizing to you? Share with us your restaurant week experience in the comments below! 

Simiao Li
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