Buy some bigger pants and keep your bibs handy — the best week to chow down in the city’s biggest borough is upon us.
Dine In Brooklyn, the borough’s premiere restaurant week happening from Thursday, August 11 through Monday, August 22, aims to celebrate and promote the local foodie scene in Brooklyn by giving locals and tourists alike a taste of what they might be missing.
With a variety of local restaurants set up at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a press tasting on Wednesday, July 27, restaurants new and staple offered up sweet and savory dishes as a precursor to the delicious week ahead.
“This will be a restaurant week that gets exciting information out to diners like never before,” said Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna on Wednesday, July 28. “Who doesn’t love eating? Who doesn’t love eating in Brooklyn? It’s about knowing who’s out there. How do we connect with these restaurants if we don’t know they exist? This is an opportunity for every restaurant in Brooklyn to partake in. We are boosting our local businesses and making lasting memories with each other.”
Certainly creating some unforgettable flavors, participating restaurants really brought their ‘A game’ on Wednesday, shelling out delectable dishes like house-made salted mozzarella, merguez sausage sliders, pesto pasta and classic cheesecake.
“I think the most exciting part for us is just the opportunity to feed Brooklyn,” said Jonathan Soleimanzadeh, co-owner of Barano, a new restaurant in Williamsburg. “It’s exciting to get your name out and share your product with everyone. Being a part of this borough is special to us and [with this event] there’s the chance to give everyone opportunity to come in that wouldn’t otherwise be able to or might not hear about us, so [it’s great to] create that interaction.”
Although new along one of Williamsburg’s bustling strips – the eatery has been open for three months at 26 Broadway – the skillfully curated flavors of the salted mozzarella and special pesto sauce presented at the tasting were that of a seasoned establishment.
In contrast with the budding success of Barano, Marco Polo Ristorante – a 33-year-old favorite in Carroll Gardens – was there serving up its classically rich, fresh and delicious pesto pasta.
“We love participating in Dine In Brooklyn because tourism is a key thing for restaurant businesses,” said Marco Polo owner Marco Chirico. “You know Brooklyn’s become this famous icon so we try to get some Manhattanites to come over too and have them see why Brooklyn has the best restaurants, so, we’re excited and hopefully it’s going to be the best [year yet].”
According to Borough President Eric Adams’ office, dozens of participating establishments will be offering three-course dinner menus at $28 per person, two-course lunch menus at $15 per person and weekend brunch menus at $12 per person throughout the week.
“I’m proud to bring a revamped Dine In Brooklyn back this summer with a whole new feel for foodies from our borough and beyond,” said Adams. “This restaurant week is focused on a 21st century dining experience, reflecting the digital journey that diners are taking to find favorite dishes, both old and new. Anything we can do to boost the success of Brooklyn’s second-to-none food scene is a win for our small business community and the thousands of men and women that industry supports across the borough.”
“This happens to be one of my favorite events,” added Brooklyn Chamber of President and CEO Carlo Scissura of the yearly tradition, which last year, was put on pause. “We are very thrilled that Borough President Adams has brought it back and like everything else in life, things evolve, they get better and they fit the times and that’s what Dine In Brooklyn is today.
“Let’s make no mistake,” he continued. “This about food, it’s about good food, it’s about local food, it’s about Brooklyn food. For many of you, you still go into Manhattan to eat. Our challenge to all of you is that you should never go to Manhattan. You should only eat in Brooklyn.”
For more information on participating restaurants and specials, visit brooklyn-usa.org/dine-in-bk.