French Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Manhattan

Orsay gets the festivities underway
Sean Sullivan

This week, Orsay, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, kicked off French Restaurant Week with an event celebrating this year’s theme, "Terroirs: Creation & Tradition," and highlighting the new official charity partner of French Restaurant Week, Action Against Hunger.

French Restaurant Week is organized in partnership with the French Ministry of Agriculture to celebrate traditional French cuisine in New York City. Orsay’s executive chef, Antoine Camin, prepared a menu of gourmet canapés for the guests, which included croque-monsieurs, cheese gougères, potato farcies with escargots, and other classic French dishes. A number of chefs from participating restaurants were also on hand to help kick off this year’s event.

One of the highlights of this year’s edition of French Restaurant Week is the addition of Action Against Hunger, a charity focused on ending world hunger with an extra emphasis on children that has been consistently rated as one of the top charities and nonprofits in the world. Matthew Aubry, who represented Action Against Hunger, spoke at the event. "Action Against Hunger has had a longstanding relationship with the French Community and we honored to be this year’s official charity partner," he said.

This is the third edition of French Restaurant Week, and it will run from Sept. 17 through Sept. 30. The event has grown since its inception and now includes 55 participating restaurants. Each restaurant will feature a special menu with a price range of $20 to $30. For more information on French Restaurant Week, visit their website and for more information on Action Against Hunger, visit