It has returned! Long Island’s Annual Spring Restaurant Week began on Sunday, April 27th and will last from until Sunday May 4th. Diners will enjoy a 3-course prix fixe meal all night at a variety of restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk County, with the only exception being the promotion runs until 7pm on Saturday, May 3rd. Advertisements for this special week of dining have been shown in the papers like Newsday and through social media like Facebook and Twitter.
I first heard about Long Island Restaurant Week during their fall 2013 campaign. I saw an advertisement in Newsday, they had a feature of some of the participating restaurants. One of them just happened to be a favorite of mine, The Melting Pot in Farmingdale. They serve a variety of fondue dishes. Last year I was proud to go to two restaurants. I visited The Melting Pot with a friend of mine and then tried a new restaurant Storyville in Huntington that features Southern and Cajun cuisine, with two other friends. This year I am proud to say that I’ll be going to four restaurants during this year’s spring restaurant week. I’ll be trying out West East All Natural Bistro & Wine Bar in Hicksville, Havana Central Bar & Restaurant in Garden City, Heirloom Tavern in Glen Head, and I’ll be returning to Storyville in Huntington to try new things from their menu.
Long Island Restaurant week first started in 2006 to showcase some of the best food found on the East Coast. Restaurants spanning the 118 miles are invited to participate and sign up every day. At first it was just an event every fall in November but since 2011 it has become a bi-annual event with a spring and fall restaurant week, due to the high demand from Long Island diners for more. Since its inception it has been presented by the Long Island Restaurant & Hospitality Group, the business-to-consumer promotions division of WordHampton Public Relations, as one of the ten top hospitality PR firms on Long Island. For a more detailed history and account of Long Island Restaurant Week you can visit here or read this article featured in Long Island Restaurant News on April 20th.
Also on the Long Island Restaurant week website, there is a complete listing of participating restaurants on Long Island broken into the three categories of Nassau County, Suffolk County, and East End dining. One each lists the restaurants are broken down by name, location, and type of cuisine. Some of the restaurants have the option to view their prix fixe menus, some allow you to make a reservation, some allow both, and others don’t have either option.
Long Island Spring Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try new restaurants in your local neighborhood or even have an adventure and go someplace farther away. I recommend it as something fun to try with friends, family, and loved ones.
– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services