Queens Restaurant Week took a bite out of Atlas Park on Monday afternoon for its kickoff event.
Visitors brought their appetites, ready to get a helping of what the 12th Annual Queens Restaurant Week has to offer.
Several Queens restaurants came out to the Shops at Atlas Park handing out free samples, announcing their participation in this year’s event. From Oct. 12 to 29, most of the 200 registered restaurants will be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14 as part of Restaurant Week.
This event was created to give diners the chance to try a new restaurant at a reduced priced.
“I think people wait until this time of year to try a new restaurant that they may never have eaten at before,” said Rob Mackay, director of public relations and director of Queens tourism for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “It really is the best time to explore a new restaurant.”
The vendors at the kickoff event included Shiro of Japan, Chili’s, Vintage Curry, Christos Steak House, Connolly’s Corner and Queens Brewery, which was named the official beer of Queens Restaurant Week.
Connolly’s Corner, located in Maspeth, is participating in its first Queens Restaurant Week and was serving some of their ribs, salmon, salads and other dishes. The full-service restaurant has a 100-person party room, an outdoor beer garden and sports bar.
“We are proud of our food here and we want everyone to try it,” said Bridget Criscuolo, general manager for Connolly’s Corner. “Some of our signature dishes are our Jameson chicken, Bailey Irish Cream salmon and we have the best wings in Queens, I’m confident to say that.”
Queens Brewery is entering its third Queens Restaurant Week and has recently moved their operation into Ridgewood from upstate New York.
“It makes a huge difference,” said Nelson Rockefeller, founder of Queens Brewery, of moving into Queens. “It definitely solidifies our brand. It will feel much more done once all of the construction is done.”
For more information on Queens Restaurant Week and the full list of participating restaurants, please visit the It’s In Queens website.