March 8, 2011 by Sarojini Seupersad
I know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but oftentimes when I open a menu, I’m a little surprised (an $18 vegetarian burrito?!) at the prices. I quickly shut my eyes, wiggle my nose à la Samantha Stephens and hope that when I reopen my eyes, the prices will have changed in my favor. Doesn’t work, but I’ll keep trying. If you live in NYC like I do, you know that eating out can be expensive here, but you accept it and move on. It’s part of the trade-off of living in NYC, right? Well, usually, but not always. Earlier today at a press conference ‘of sorts,’ Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz -or Party Marty as I like to call him- unveiled the 2011 line-up for the 8th Annual Dine In Brooklyn Restaurant Week. It runs from March 21st – 31st, 2011 and there are more than 200 participating restaurants all over Brooklyn. To view the complete list of participating restaurants, go to visitbrooklyn.org (PDF). You can get some crazy deals so you should make reservations early. Prices are kind of ridiculous for lunch and dinner and there are also some “two-for” deals.
BP Marty Markowitz released a press release regarding Dine In Brooklyn, but I’m not going to reprint it here because it’s embarrassing and silly. First of all, it starts with the word foodies (which I detest) and also includes the word mangia. Secondly, it ends with “your table is waiting!” I think that says it all.
For you “East Williamsburg” residents, Bushwick is representing. Sort of. Northeast Kingdom, located on 18 Wyckoff Avenue, is the only restaurant in Bushwick to participate. Way to go Bushwick!