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Locals to Flock to Westfield for Restaurant Week Feb. 15-26

Akai Japanese Sushi Lounge is one of 19 Downtown Westfield restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this February Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nineteen restaurants will soon offer bargain prix-fixe menus for two weeks during Downtown Westfield’s semi-annual Restaurant Week, Sunday, Feb. 15, to Thursday, Feb. 26. (Fridays and Saturdays excluded). In addition, two wine shops and three dessert shops will offer special deals those days, as well.

As with many celebrated events downtown, Restaurant Week is sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Restaurant Week is always a popular event that brings people to Westfield from all over the state of New Jersey. The prix-fixe options have been extremely popular among all of the participating restaurants,” said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

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Prices will vary from restaurant to restaurant, giving chefs and restaurant owners more flexibility than in years past. For example, upscale Chez Catherine will offer a dinner menu for $45, while the more casual Tinga Taqueria will offer dinner for $22. (Tax, tips and beverages not included.)

“We are really excited about Restaurant Week. It's a great opportunity to encourage people to try different restaurants and a much-needed boost to business during the winter,” said Lillian Pien, who owns Akai Japanese Sushi Lounge with her husband, James Du.

Akai will offer a three-course lunch for $15 and a three-course dinner including soup or salad, an appetizer and an entrée for $35.

Zagat-rated Limani Seafood Grill will offer a two-course lunch menu for $15 and a three course dinner menu for $30.

“In addition anyone, that makes a dinner reservation during Restaurant Week will receive a $25 gift certificate to use on a future weekday visit,” said Limani’s owner, George Vastardis.

“We’re looking forward to greeting many new customers at our second Restaurant Week,” said Jenna

DeLorenzi, owner of Mulberry House, which opened in August. “It’s a special event that we thoroughly enjoy.”

Mulberry House will offer a two-course lunch for $10 and a two-course dinner for $20.

Other restaurants participating in Restaurant Week include Roosterspin, which recently received a rave review in the New York Times, and Amuse, which was listed alongside Roosterspin this month in New Jersey Monthly as one of the 20 Best New Restaurants in New Jersey.

To see the full list of participating restaurants and shops, click here. Reservations are highly recommended.

As part of Restaurant Week, the Downtown Westfield Corporation is also sponsoring a photo contest on Instagram. Diners are encouraged to snap pictures of their favorite restaurant or dining experience and post them to Instagram, tagged #westfieldrestaurantweek. The top photo with the most “likes” will win its photographer a $50 gift certificate to the participating restaurant or food establishment of their choice. Submit your inspiring photo by Feb.  27.

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