This year's budget may not allow for a trip to France. Or India. But at least you can get a taste of a foreign cuisine during Long Island Restaurant Week. Running from Sunday to Nov. 10, it's a chance to sample local menus, three courses at a time, for $27.95 a person.
Your tour begins at the following restaurants, an international cross-section of the more than 175 participants. The deal goes all night except Saturday, when most run only until 7p.m. Reservations recommended. For a full listing, go to longislandrestaurantweek.com.
AKBAR, 2 South St., Garden City, 516-357-8300
At this handsome, high-ceilinged Indian spot, your meal might begin with seekh kebab (minced lamb and chicken, rolled, skewered and grilled), followed by a main course of chicken tikka masala and, to conclude, mango ice cream.
CURRY CLUB, 10 Woods Corner Rd., East Setauket, 631-751-4845
A Suffolk standby for Indian fare, Curry Club offers, among appetizer selections, a vegetable samosa, a main course possibility of shrimp tikka masala (served with naan or garlic naan) and, to conclude, gulab jamun (fried milk balls in honey syrup).
LUCE RISTORANTE, 1053 Oyster Bay Rd. (Route 106), East Norwich, 516-624-8330
In airy, well-appointed environs, dinner might begin with grilled sausage with broccoli rabe and cherry peppers. Next might be fresh gnocchi with a veal and chicken ragu and, finally, panna cotta with wild berry sauce.
ORTO, 90 North Country Rd., Miller Place, 631-473-0014
Eric Lo Mando's modern Italian cuisine means a seasonally driven list of appetizers, pastas and entrees. Choose any two of these savory courses -- with options such as semolina-fried chicken, spaghetti carbonara, pork loin with faro -- and finish with whatever dessert the chef dreams up.
BESITO MEXICAN, 1516 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-484-3001; 402 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-549-0100
Dinner at these buoyant contemporary Mexican spots could kick off with sopa de tortilla (tortilla soup), followed by a main course of salmon en manchamanteles (roasted salmon with crispy bananas, pineapple pico de gallo and mole) and, for dessert, tres leches cake.
PERFECTO MUNDO, 1141-1 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-864-2777
The flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean define a meal that might start with beer-steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, followed by panko-crusted King salmon with mango-papaya salsa and, for dessert, a baked apple-sweet plantain cobbler.
APERITIF , 242 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-594-3404
Options at this atmospheric French bistro include a duck confit tart as an appetizer, a main course of moules et frites (Prince Edward Island mussels with French fries) and, for dessert, crepes Suzette.
LE SOIR, 825 Montauk Hwy., Bayport, 631-472-9090
Revamped and renovated after a fire, this classic French restaurant offers a meal that might start with ham and cheese crepes, followed by stuffed pork tenderloin and, for dessert, chocolate mousse.
SHIRO OF JAPAN, 401 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-997-4770
This sprawling Westbury house of hibachi and sushi offers two ways to go: A hibachi dinner of soup and salad, edamame or a California roll plus a choice of hibachi-style chicken, steak or shrimp. Or opt for a sushi dinner that starts with soup, salad, edamame or shumai dumplings, followed by a choice of two sushi rolls (such as black dragon or spicy tuna). For both options, green tea or vanilla ice cream concludes the meal.
MONSOON ASIAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-587-4400
High style and a mix of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese influences inform the food at this bi-level spot, where dinner might start with duck buns, followed by garlic prawns and, for dessert, fried Oreos with chocolate sauce.
LONG ISLAND RESTAUARANT WEEK
WHEN Sunday through Nov. 10 at 175 or more restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk. Reservations suggested.
HOW MUCH $27.95 for three courses
INFO longislandrestaurantweek.com; or upload the Long Island Restaurant Week app from iTunes or Android Market.