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Queens Restaurant Week kicks off at Atlas Park

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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.


Katz rebrands Queens as center of the city in speech

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Queens is the center of New York City, according to new Borough President Melinda Katz, and she wants people from the “outer-boroughs” to know that.

Katz gave a patriotic lecture on Tuesday, explaining her economic initiatives and rebranding Queens as the city’s prime tourist destination.

“Manhattan should be known for recommending Queens restaurants and shopping, and all the cultural events that we have to offer,” Katz said.

Katz vowed to restart predecessor Claire Shulman’s “War Room” to help solve overcrowding in school, and also voiced her support for universal pre-kindergarten.

“Space is needed, pre-k is needed,” she said. “We need to at least have our children start on equal footing and get the education they need.”

The Borough President pledged that her administration will help future small businesses owners to navigate the process of creating their companies, and she plans to use real estate development projects to spur job growth.

She wants to assist Long Island City become the next major tech hub so more entrepreneurs, especially those graduating from the forthcoming Cornell-Technion school, stay in Queens.

Katz additionally expressed her excitement for Governor Andrew Cuomo taking the lead to renovate the area airports.

“You come to the city of New York, we should have the top flight– excuse the pun– airports in the entire world,” she said.

Turning to the Rockaways, Katz voiced support for permanent ferry service and said she wants reconstruction on the boardwalk “done before 2017.”

She also reiterated in the speech that she will save the New York State Pavilion.

“The speech hit all the right notes,” said Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “I feel that Queens is ready to steal Brooklyn’s mojo.”