NEW YORK—The Dine in Brooklyn event, launched at a press event on Tuesday, is something to look forward to for food lovers and food connoisseurs alike. Over 200 Brooklyn restaurants are cooking up a storm to serve their tastiest delights at bargain deals.
Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the tasting at Borough Hall to officially launch the upcoming eighth annual Dine in Brooklyn event, which will run from March 21–31.
“New Yorkers and tourists alike have discovered that the culinary epicenter of America is right here in Brooklyn,” said Markowitz, touting Brooklyn’s culinary diversity.
“Whether you fancy the French fare in Brooklyn’s Bastille Day hot spot in Carroll Gardens. … Whether you want to sample the collective ethnic food from everywhere on the planet, from China to the Caribbean, from Russia to Bangladesh, from Australia to Turkey, or simply looking for comfort food American-style in Brooklyn, your table is waiting!” said Markowitz.
For this year’s event, Brooklyn restaurants will be offering three-course dinner and lunch menus for $25 and $20.11 per person respectively, and two-for-one deals at participating restaurants.
“This year, considering the economy, it’s still tight. I think the $25.00 is a fair price,” said Markowitz.“The initiative is great for not only the restaurants, but also for all who love to dine in Brooklyn restaurants … and we are bringing people from all the other boroughs,” said Executive Vice President of New York State Restaurant Association, Andrew Rigie. “Everyone just needs to get out, go dine in Brooklyn,” enthused Rigie.
Participating at the press tasting and launch were a diverse range of restaurants offering their finest delicacies.
Okeanos Restaurant offers Greek cuisine with fish as their specialty, served with certified organic wines. The adventurous might like a taste of the Waterfront Ale House’s wild boar sandwich, while Melt Restaurant’s general manager, Joshua Gibson, reckoned that their No. 1 best-selling item is the Melt burger, made from grass-fed Black Angus beef served on a brioche.
For the curious, the Water Side Restaurant in Dumbo offers southern cuisine with a twist, with their deep fried “Deviled Eggs” as an appetizer to go with their popular Jambalaya Devil’s Dish, said General Manager Brian Ritchie.
“All our ingredients are fresh. Our food is unique. There are all southern U.S.-inspired dishes,” added chef Reggie Taylor.
Vegetarians need not despair. Mauricio and Sasha Miranda from Miranda Restaurant have a nice variety of mouth-watering dishes to tempt your senses, including their healthy whole-wheat empanadas and polenta tamales.
The empanadas are filled with Tuscan kale, ricotta salata, organic currants, sun-dried tomatoes, and caramelized shallots, while the tamales are wrapped in corn-husks and stuffed with basil pesto infused with ground corn, cheese, and olives.
“My cuisine is a mix of Latin American and Italian with a focus on healthy cooking techniques. All of my dishes, even those containing meat, are cooked with vegetable broth,” said Sasha Miranda.
Owner and chef Jamie-Lynn Mollo of Jamie Lynn’s Kitchen Inc., is passionate about “healthy cooking at its tastiest, and home cooking at its best,” and offers more than just food.
Her restaurant, Jamie Lynn’s Kitchen, a family-oriented bistro, and another location, the Boulevard Books & Café, have something different for parents with children. Besides their Dine in Brooklyn specials, the two restaurants will be presenting ”A Green Breakfast” on March 13 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day.
Other family and children-focused events at Jamie Lynn’s include “Super Hero” breakfast on April 10, “Make mommy a Mother’s Day gift” on May 1, and “Make daddy a Father’s Day gift” on June 12.
To match the other delights, Colette Swanston, from Junior’s Restaurants was busy serving their world famous New York plain cheesecake.
Dine in Brooklyn is a great initiative said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rick Russo, who stated that the Chamber of Commerce is happy to be part of it.
“The restaurant is the leading growth center in Brooklyn with respect to job growth and the economy. So it is important to give back and to encourage people to come out and experience the new restaurant scene in Brooklyn,” said Russo.
The complete list of participating restaurants, addresses, and details are available on www.visitbrooklyn.org.