By Jon Cronin
Like flies to honey, consumers were drawn to the intoxicating aroma of the borough’s buffet at the Atlas Park Common that kicked off the 12th Annual Queens Restaurant Week at noon on Monday.
Five restaurants and the Queens Brewery gave away free samples of their food and beverages to an estimated 300 passers-by on the common.
To satisfy eager Queens foodies there was: Jamaica’s Vintage Curry, Astoria’s Christos’ Steak House, and Maspeth’s Connolly’s Corner, and two restaurants from The Shops at Atlas Park: Shiro of Japan and Chili’s as well as Queens Brewery handing out liquid refreshment.
The Queens Tourism Council is sponsoring the two week event which runs Monday through Thursday beginning on Oct. 12 and ending Oct. 23. It will be up to each establishments’ owners if they want to offer the discount specials on weekdays, weekends or both. A list of participants are at itsinqueens/restaurantweek.com. The prices will be $14 for lunch and $28 for a three course dinner, although some owners may choose to count wine as a course.
“This is NYC’s most delicious bargain, as there truly is something for every taste bud,” added Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein “Plus, it fits in perfectly with the Queens Tourism Council’s mission to inform on the borough’s wonderful places to eat, shop, enjoy culture and have family fun.”
Borenstein said, “This is just a tiny sample of what’s out there in the borough of Queens.”
State Senator Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said our palettes are fortunate because, “This is the most diverse borough with the most diverse restaurants.”
Queens Brewery founder Nelson D. Rockefeller was happily handing out their signature brew, Queens Lager, and even samples to a select few of their new beer called Queens Boulevard. He added that Queens Brewery will be opening a location in Ridgewood at 1539 Covert St. The 2,500 square foot beer hall with brewery on the first floor and more on the second. Rockefeller hopes it will be open by St. Patrick’s Day 2016.
The owners of Vintage Curry in Jamaica also catered samples to a long line of passers-by on the common. “We just opened six months ago,” said Sarwar Chowdhury, who co-owns the restaurant with business partner Jewel Ahmed.
He exclaimed, “I thought we brought too much, but I wish I brought more!”
Borough President Melinda Katz said in a press statement, “One of the reasons we are known as ‘The World’s
Borough’ is that our amazing diversity allows us to offer an incredible variety of the best dishes from around the world,” adding, “Queens Restaurant Week is a great way to highlight this fact and encourage both borough residents and visitors to enjoy some of this outstanding cuisine. I hope everyone will take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy some really amazing food!”
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