Photo courtesy of Tu Mangi.

This is typically a hectic time of the year so skipping the kitchen could simplify your life. If you are looking for new restaurants to experience, here are five places across the city that could fill that need — whether you’re dining in or grabbing something to go.

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Bombay to Burgh

1814 S Braddock Ave., Swissvale 

This restaurant aims to provide patrons with a rich and gleaming look into Indian culture with its food — experience bold flavors in the chicken biryani, methi paneer, butter chicken and garlic naan. And there are tons of vegan and vegetarian options. Owner/chef Gaurav Navin was a contestant on Season 12 of “Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages.” Stop in or order online

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

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Rib Room

649 Penn Ave, Downtown

Tucked inside the Downtown Cultural District’s Meat and Potatoes is this upscale dining experience with an ever-changing menu focused on prime rib. The side options are expansive, ranging from baked potatoes and truffle fries to lobster mac and cheese. With only 16 seatings per night, it’s best to reserve a table online as soon as possible. 

Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 

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Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy!

4 PPG Place, Suite 150, Downtown 

The newest restaurant concept from famed chef, TV personality and entrepreneur Guy Feiri is in the center of Downtown and offers a variety of chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders — all available with one of 22 special sauces. Enjoy signature sandwiches like the Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, which offers pepper jack, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, special sauce, slaw, and pickles served with BBQ kettle chips. They even have salads and milk shakes! Dine in or order online

Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of Tu Mangi.

Tu Mangi

851 Clairton Blvd, Whitehall

Tu Mangi started with two friends, Rich Pine and Rocco Levine, running a popular food truck. It now has a brick-and-mortar home for its over-stuffed sandwiches, hoagies and wedgies. Fans flock to the CBR, hot Italian sausage and fresh mozzarella topped with pickled hot banana peppers, and in-house marinara sauce. Of course, you can still track the food truck or order online

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Hungry Cowgirl Cocina

945 Smallman St., Strip District

Local restaurateur Vincent Perri offers Pittsburghers fresh and affordable Tex-Mex featuring items like a Nacho Kit or the signature Hungry Cowgirl bowl with brown rice, roasted chicken, barbacoa beef, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, black beans, salsa and guacamole. Visit the restaurant or order online

Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Jason Phox

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