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OpEd: Help grow the economy, eat out for Restaurant Week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY SETH BORNSTEIN

“Let’s go out to eat!”

These words make us very happy. Sharing great food, drink and ambiance with friends and family puts us in a good mood.

Famous restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton once wrote that after years of dining at fancy restaurants she couldn’t wait to prepare and consume meals in the comforts of her home. So as her career was winding down, she renovated her kitchen, installing state-of-the-art appliances, cabinets and all sorts of cooking equipment. She even bought new cutlery and chinaware. Upon retirement, she made a delicious meal to share with her husband. Right afterward, she conceded that they enjoyed themselves, but they missed the excitement of eating out. In restaurants there were more choices, their conversations were richer, they liked being around people and of course someone else did the dishes!

Queens is in the center of the foodie map these days with Restaurant Week running October 8-11 and 15-18. More than 100 eateries – from Astoria to the Rockaways – are offering bargains, most commonly an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert for $25.

For Woodside resident Rita Manton, this is the time to get together with some beloved girlfriends at one of her all-time favorites, Dazies in Sunnyside. For Erika Campoverde, a college student from Richmond Hill, it’s the occasion to try some new places that she would never consider patronizing the rest of the year.

“I want to explore new neighborhoods and their food options,” she says.

Sounds like a great plan. As one would expect in the world’s most diverse county, the Restaurant Week options are endless: Thai, Greek, Chinese, kosher, French, Mexican, vegetarian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Argentinean, Cajun, Portuguese, Brazilian, Cuban, Indian, pub grub and of course, Italian.

The diners definitely win. But this promotion is also important for restaurant owners and employees, who work endless hours in an industry that always struggles during recessions, despite the fact that they provide wonderful service and products. Surveys that the Queens Economic Development Corporation conducted after last year’s Restaurant Week showed an average general increase in business of 20 percent at participating establishments.

“[Restaurant Week] gives the mainstay restaurants the opportunity to introduce perhaps a new menu, a renovation or introduce a new chef or concept,” said Laura Altimari, who works for Austin’s Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens and Bayside’s Bourbon Street. “It is an opportunity for the restaurant to place their best culinary foot forward to impress the customer and gain steady, repeat business.”

Plus, the oft-derided borough across the river from internationally acclaimed Manhattan is finally getting the attention it deserves. The 2013 Zagat NYC Restaurant Survey, which was released last week, reviews 117 Queens restaurants, the highest number ever in this über-popular annual guidebook’s history. We’ve got Mojo!

So it looks like a win-win-win-win-win situation. Have fun, enjoy bargains, spend time with friends and family, help our beloved borough build its reputation as a “foodie paradise” and stimulate the local economy.

It’s Queens Restaurant Week 2012 and the living is easy.

Seth Bornstein is executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation

Discover Queens Restaurant Week Participants


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Discover Queens Restaurant Week

Discover Queens Restaurant Week now in its eighth year begins on September 19 through the 22nd and September 26 through the 29th. Most restaurants offer to a three-course prix fixe menu for $25. Participating Restaurants in Discover Queens Restaurant Week are:

1. Aegean Cove,20-01 Steinway St, Astoria,11105

2. Alberto’s,69-48 Olcott Street, Forest Hills,11375

3. Anthony’s Restaurants,222-02 Union Turnpike, Oakland Gardens,11364

4. Armondo’s Italian Restaurant,74-27 37th Ave., Jackson Heights,11372

5. Arturo restaurant,246-04 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park,11001

6. Astor Bake Shop,12-23 Astoria Blvd,Astoria,11102

7. Astor Room,34-12 36th Street @ Kaufman Astoria Studios,Astoria,11106

8. Astoria Seafood,37-10 33th Street,Astoria,11102

9. Austin’s Steak And Ale,82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens,11415

10. Barosas,62-37 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park,11374

11. Bens Best,96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park,11374

12. Blend,47-04 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,11101

13. Bourbon Street,40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

14. Brooks 1890,24-28 Jackson Ave., Long Island City,11101

15. Buddy’s Kosher Delicatessen,215-01 73rd Avenue, Bayside,11364

16. Café Ole Restaurant,38-09 36th Ave, Long Island City,11101

17. Café Rustica,200 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck,11021

18. Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria,39-17 Bell Blvd ,Bayside,11361

19. Christo’s Steak House,41-08 23rd Ave, Astoria,11105

20. Cinco De Mayo,39-32 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

21. Cocina Latina Bar & Grill,125-22 Queens Blvd., Kew Garden,11415

22. Conti’s,249-11 Northern Blvd., Flushing,11362

23. Da Gianni Ristorante,21-50 44th Drive, Long Island City,11101

24. danny boy,64-56 Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village,11379

25. Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen,104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

26. Dazie’s Restaurant,39-41 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside,11104

27. Deluge Restaurant,135-20 39th Ave, Flushing ,11354

28. Dimaria’s Brick Oven Pizza,248-25 Northern Blvd., Little Neck,11362

29. Donovan’s of Bayside,214-16 41Ave., Bayside,11361

30. Due Ponti,154-11 Powells Cove Blvd,Whitestone,11357

31. Edison Place,71-28 Cooper Ave,Glendale,11385

32. El Coyote,80-18 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights,11372

33. Fino Wine & Tapas,39-13 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

34. Fontana Famous Gyros,200-02 Northern Blvd., Bayside,11361

35. Giardino Restaurant,44-37 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston,11363

36. Il bacco,253-24 Northern Blvd, Little Neck,11362

37. Il Triangolo,96-01 Corona Ave, Corona,11368

38. Irish Cottage,108-07 72nd Ave., Forest Hills,11375

39. Jade Eatery and Lounge,1 Station Square, Forest Hills,11375

40. Joes Famous Pizzeria,61-09 Springfield Blvd, Bayside,11364

41. Kati-Allo,29-06 172nd Street, Flushing,11358

42. Katsuno Restaurant,103-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills,11375

43. Krolewskie Jadlo Restaurant,66-21 Fresh Pond Rd, Flushing,11385

44. La Baraka,255-09 Northern Blvd, Little Neck,11362,718

45. La Bottega,156-28 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach,11414

46. La Fusta,80-32 Baxter Ave., Elmhurst,11373

47. La Gioconda,21 N Station Plaza, Great Neck,11021

48. La Rioja,33-05 Broadway, Astoria,11106

49. La Vigna,100-11 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

50. L’Artiste,42-20 31st Ave, Astoria,11103

51. Laterna Restaurant-Catering,47-20 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

52. Lenny’s Clam Bar Inc,161-03 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach,11414

53. Locale Astoria,33-02 34th Ave, Astoria,11106

54. London Lennies,63-88 Woodhaven Blvd, Rego Park,11374

55. Magna Ristorante,35-25 Farrington Street, Flushing,11354

56. Mamma Lina’s Ristorante,78-37 D Springfield Blvd, Bayside,11364

57. Mamma’s Pizza & Restaurant,47-40 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

58. Marbella Restaurant,220-33 Northern Blvd, Bayside,11361

59. Maria’s Greek Fusion Restaurant,38-11 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

60. Mekong East,43-13 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

61. Metro Kitchen,61-12 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside,11377

62. Mulan Restaurant, 136-17 39th Ave., 2 Floor, Flushing,11354

63. Pampas Argentinas,105-07 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills,11375

64. Papazzio,39-38 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

65. Pasta Del Giorno,70-49 Austin Street, Forest Hills,11375

66. Pasta Lovers,124-18 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens,11415

67. Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel ,8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City,11101

68. Pier 25 A,215-16 Northern Blvd, Bayside,11361

69. Plum Restaurant,47-39 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

70. Pomme Café,37-19 Broadway, Astoria,11103

71. Ponticello Ristorante,46-11 Broadway, Astoria,11103

72. Pop Diner,80-26 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst,11373

73. Red House Asian Fusion,192-03 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows,11366

74. Riverview Restaurant,2-01 50th Avenue, Long Island City,11101

75. Safa Glatt Kosher Restaurant,451- Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck,11023

76. Sage General Store,24-20 Jackson Ave., Long Island City,11101

77. Sapori D’lschia,55-15 37th Ave, Woodside,11377

78. Satyr Grill,1109 Cypress Ave., Ridgewood,11385

79. St. James Bar And Gill,104-08 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

80. Tang-Korean Cuisine,196-50 Northern Blvd, Flushing,11358

81. Tanko Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar,38-05 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

82. Tasty Grill,14-22 150 th Street, Whitestone,11351

83. Tequila Sunrise,34-37 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

84. Testaccio Ristorante,47-30 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,11101

85. Thai Rock,375 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway Beach,11693

86. The Greek Family Restaurant & Grill,253-22 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks,11104

87. Tony Roma’s,210-35 26th Ave., Bayside,11360

88. Trattoria Neo,15-01 149th Street, Whitestone,11357

89. Trattoria Thirty Five,213-15-35th Ave, Bayside,11361

90. Tuscan Hills Italian Restaurant,115-20 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills,11375

91. Uncle Peter’s,83-15 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights,11372

92. Valentino’s on the Green,201-10 Cross Island Parkway, Bayside,11360

93. Venezia Ristorante,80-60 Cooper Ave, Glendale,11385

94. Veslo,32-211 Broadway, Astoria,11106

95. Villa Rustica,73-28 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11364

96. Villaggio,150-07 14th Road , Whitestone,11357

97. Water Front Crab House,2-03 Borden Ave, Long Island City,11101

Discover Queens Restaurant Week Returns


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Discover Queens Restaurant Week

“Maybe in the near future, we will be celebrating Discover Queens restaurant month,” said Borough President Helen Marshall speaking about the past successes of Discover Queens Restaurant Week now in its eighth year. Beginning on September 19 through the 22nd and September 26 through the 29th, close to 100 restaurants from around the borough will participate in specially prepared menus at reasonable prices with the intention of showing off what Queens eateries have to offer. Many of those restaurants participated at the kick-off event in front of Queensborough Hall where passers-by and local employees got a taste of things to come.

“We look forward to restaurant week every year,” said Les Barnes, owner of London Lennies in Rego Park who was serving up hot New England clam chowder to a long line of patrons. “It’s an opportunity for our customers and Queens residents to taste the great cuisine of the borough.”

Most of the growing list of participating restaurants will adhere to a three-course prix fixe menu for $25 like Pop Diner in Elmhurst who took first place at the Queens Economic Development Corporations (QEDC) A Taste of the World event for their plantain wrapped seasoned ground beef earlier this year.

“We will have a new, extensive menu,” said Angel Almonte, general manager. “We are hoping we will see a lot of business in the coming weeks.”

Other dishes served in front of Queensborough Hall included empanadas from El Coyote restaurant in Jackson Heights, penne a la vodka from Uncle Peter’s in Jackson Heights, sliced steak and Sambuca shrimp from Austin’s Steakhouse in Kew Gardens and Asian delicacies from Jade in Flushing. Seth Bornstein, executive director of the QEDC, hopes that this year will be even more successful than last year’s record setting number of participating restaurants.

“The Discover Queens Restaurant Week is the most delicious bargain in New York City,” said Bornstein. “There truly is something for every palate.”

Discover Queens Restaurant Week is sponsored by TD Bank, JetBlue Airlines, The Queens Courier, Restaurant Depot, Il Bacco Ristorante Italiano and Trattoria Thirty Five. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.discoverqueens.info.