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If you're traveling to the Big Apple from Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21, 2012, you and your group are in luck, especially if you're fond of Belgian foods. Belgium Restaurant Week is taking place at various points in Manhattan, so get ready for some tasty delicacies.
Exterior of Petite Abeille branch at 44 West 17 Street, Manhattan.
Various dining venues specializing in Belgian fare are participating in this event to offer an ample array of selections for curious palates. Click on this link to download a pdf map of all the restaurants.
Drop by some of the restaurants including BXL Café, which has two Manhattan locations—one at 125 West 43rd Street, and the other at 210 West 51st Street.
Try some treats from Wafels & Dinges, the mobile purveyor of classic sweet Belgian waffle flavors to interesting savory items, such as those with pulled pork, bacon and chili. Check their website for where they will be parked for the week-long event so as not to miss their specialties.
Other venues include Le Pain Quotidien, which has numerous locations throughout New York City. Take a seat at one of their communal tables and eat family style with your guests, or enjoy getting to know the other patrons.
Head over to a Petite Abeille branch and enjoy a serving of your favorite dish. For a super decadent option, try their waffle banana split option, which comprises of Belgian waffles, bananas, vanilla ice cream and a generous topping of whipped cream.
Waffle banana split comes with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream & powdered sugar.
Each Petite Abeille location, including the one in Tribeca (pictured below) has a casual, upbeat and relaxed atmosphere where tunes play as guests catch up with personal news while seated inside.
Interior of Tribeca location at 134 West Broadway.
Or during warmer months, opt for a table at their sidewalk café.
Grab one of their al fresco seats.
Another option is Rouge Tomate, which presents modern American cuisine in their event pasta, salad and seafood menu items for lunch or dinner, from Monday to Saturday.
With numerous delightful choices, your most difficult decision may be which venue to visit. Thankfully, you have a week to try various places.
As Londoners who often cross to western Europe for a couple of days here and there we prefer Belgium to France (except for the weather). We believe we can eat better food in Belgium, without the French pretensiousness. Nobody can compete with the Belgians for chips (fries), waffles and chocolate. Their seafood (especially the mussels according to my other half) is always fresh and well cooked, and the general attention to detail and service is excellent. A nice little touch is that they always serve a piece of cake, biscuit, or a small chocolate with a cup of coffee, and of course they have a fantastic range of beers too. A plus point is that the Flemings all speak perfect English, although they are bilingual so I do try to speak French too.