Even non-foodie New Yorkers and suburbanites know about New York Restaurant Week, the semi-annual event that is always advertised as two weeks and is usually extended for a month or more. New York Restaurant Week typically occurs in January and July, offering three-course lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35) prix fixe menus from some of the pricier restaurants in New York. Restaurant week offers the opportunity for patrons to try out restaurants they otherwise could not afford or would not patronize.
Many New Yorkers also know that come March, Brooklyn offers their own “restaurant week” (also lasting a minimum of two weeks) called “Dine-In Brooklyn.” What many New Yorkers may not know is that another borough offers their own restaurant week. Starting September 20, 2010, Queens’ own restaurant week, entitled “Discover Queens,” will commence. This year, over 100 Queens restaurants are offering $25, three-course, prix fixe menus for lunch, dinner or both. (Price excludes drinks, tax and gratuity.)
What other opportunities does Discover Queens offer? Discover some of the great culinary options Queens has to offer. That wasn’t sarcastic. Believe it or not, the much-mocked borough offers some of the best and most diverse food this city has to offer. If you want true authentic Asian cuisine, you won’t find it in Manhattan’s Chinatown or K-Town; you’ve got to head to Flushing! You can also try Greek in Astoria, Italian in Bayside and French in Long Island City.
As with other restaurant weeks, Discover Queens is longer than one week. Discover Queens 2010 will run from September 20, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Discover Queens menus are only available Monday through Thursday. However, some restaurants may choose to offer their Discover Queens menus on the weekend. For further savings, some restaurants are offering a “kids eat free” promotion. For a complete list of the restaurants participating in Discovery Queens 2010 and offering the “kids eat free” promotion, go here.