BY LUIS GRONDA
Several restaurants got to showcase their delicious cuisine at the kickoff of Queens Restaurant Week.
The Queens Economic Development Corp. launched its annual Queens Restaurant Week at Atlas Park in Glendale Monday afternoon. The event served as a celebration of the diverse food Queens has to offer and encouraged people to spend their hard-earned money at an eatery in the Borough.
Some of the most well-known restaurants and bars in Queens were on display at the kickoff, including Neir’s Tavern, O’Neill’s bar and restaurant, Shiro of Japan and Fiamma 41 restaurant.
As people in attendance eagerly waited in line to try the delicious food offered by the restaurants, some Borough leaders addressed the crowd, including Seth Bornstein, the executive director of the Queens EDC, and Borough President Melinda Katz.
They both praised the diverse food offerings the Borough has for its hungry customers.
“This is 200 plus restaurants, the biggest group of restaurants we’ve ever had, and it really expands the diversity of Queens in terms of culture and culinary diversity from Rockaway to Astoria,” Bornstein said. “The most authentic food in the City is in Queens.”
Il Falco Restaurant in Long Island City was among the establishments showcasing their food at the event. One plate available to try was ravioli with white mushroom sauce, which was gobbled up by hungry residents soon after the event started.
Segundo Tinishanay, the head chef and owner of Il Falco, said, for his business, attending an event like this is beneficial.
“It’s very important, especially for us because we’re new, to get people interested in the restaurant and try the food we make,” he said.
Il Falco has been open for about a month and a half, according to Tinishanay. He used to work as a chef in an Italian restaurant in Manhattan before opening his own business he said.
The Woodhaven-based Neir’s Tavern showcased their signature cotton candy battered wings, which they said was gone in about 15 minutes.
Loycent Gordon, who owns Neir’s, said businesses use events like the restaurant week kickoff to network with people in the same industry.
“I think everyone has their own niche and together we’re supporting each other and bringing more people to Queens,” he said.
Vinny Accardi, the head chef and owner of Room 55 restaurant in Glendale, said he uses a lot of locally grown ingredients to make their food, including a New York Shrimp Roll. He said he is a big believer in showcasing food and ingredients that Queens has to offer.
“I don’t see any reason why this neighborhood can’t have a high level of food just like Williamsburg or Downtown Manhattan. There’s a lot of talented people around here,” he said.
Queens Restaurant Week will begin on Oct. 13 and end on the 31st.
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