Gourmet Meals, Great Deals

These days, we’re all looking for bargains — and not just at the supermarket or shopping mall. So we did some digging. Here are seven of our favorite restaurants that offer prix-fixe menus, and three well-priced wines to celebrate the arrival of spring. And don’t forget Restaurant Week returns this month. Who says you can’t eat well in a down economy?


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1. At Rhinebeck’s Terrapin, diners can choose either a two- or three-course dinner ($19.95 or $26.95, respectively) from a special menu that features some of the popular eatery’s signatures dishes, such as barbecued duck quesadilla, pumpkin ravioli, and grilled hanger steak (offered Sunday-Thursday).
 6426 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330 or www.terrapinrestaurant.com/menus/PrixFixeDinner

2. In honor of its 96th anniversary, Jack’s Oyster House in Albany is offering special two-course lunches (for $9.60) and three-course dinners (for $19.13 — the year Jack’s was founded!) throughout the year. Entrées include Mediterranean meat loaf, rigatoni a la vodka, or roast turkey for lunch; and vegetarian ravioli, open-fire grilled chicken, and soft broiled tilapia for dinner.
 42 State St., Albany. 518-465-8854 or www.jacksoysterhouse.com

3. Hudson Valley Mediterranean restaurant Gigi’s Trattoria offers a four-course prix fixe meal for $36.95 Tuesday through Thursday. The options change nightly, and diners choose from four different traditional Italian dishes in each category (appetizer, pasta, meat, and dessert).
 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-1007 or www.gigitrattoria.com/events.html#event3

Terrapin's dining roomTerrapin’s high ceilings and Art Deco style make for a bright, contemporary dining experience.

4. Satisfy your every craving at one of the Culinary Institute of America’s four restaurants: American Bounty (classic American fare), Escoffier (contemporary French cuisine), Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici (authentic Italian favorites), and St. Andrew’s Café (New American in a family-friendly setting). The three-course lunch and dinner options range from roasted duck breast and saffron pasta topped with seafood to salmon fillets, skate wing, and udon noodles with short ribs.
 Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 707-967-1010 or www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/default.asp

5. Enjoy quiet country charm and a five-course meal at Garrison’s Bird and Bottle Inn. The prix fixe dinner menu ($48) includes a seasonal selection of an amuse-bouche, appetizer, intermezzo, entrée, and an extensive dessert list.
 1123 Old Albany Post Rd., Garrison. 845-424-2333 or www.thebirdandbottleinn.com/Menu_pf_fall08.pdf

6. Valley Restaurant at the Garrison’s prix fixe menu ($35) is available on Thursday nights beginning March 26. It features a constantly changing selection of dishes that showcase fresh local products. Past choices have included herbed ricotta ravioli, filet of beef, and tender scallops; check Web site for details.
 2015 Rte. 9, Garrison. 845-424-3604 or www.thegarrison.com/valley.html

7. Quinta Steakhouse has an afternoon pick-me-up: a two-course prix fixe lunch menu ($10) that ends with a hot cup of coffee. Start with salad or soup, then choose from among nine entrées, such as beef empanada, mussels, or a 10-ounce Black Angus hamburger.
 24 E. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-5565 or www.quintasteakhouse.com 


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