WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27 thru Thursday, Oct. 8 (Fridays and Saturdays excluded) the Downtown Westfield Corporation will sponsor its popular semi-annual Restaurant Week event.
During those two weeks, customers will enjoy expanded choices of various price-fixed options for lunch and dinner at 28 participating food and wine establishments in Westfield. Each restaurant will decide its own price and menu options. Tax, gratuity and beverages not included.
C.J. Reycraft, chef and owner of Amuse, recommends booking a table as soon as possible if you want to get a seat at his French restaurant on Elm Street.
“We’re looking forward to having our dining room full of customers every night. It is a chance to have new faces come in and see what we are all about,” Reycraft said. “This year we are trying something new. We are opening up the entire menu to the restaurant week special. Guests will be able to choose three courses at $45 per person. Some dishes, like our rack of lamb for instance, will have a supplement because of the market price. If people like the concept, we may keep the prix fixe concept past restaurant week.”
Jenn DeLorenzi, owner of Mulberry House on Westfield Avenue, is looking forward to offering food-lovers an excellent meal at a much lower cost than usual and introducing new guests to Mulberry House’s tea service, lunch, brunch, dinner, catering and more.
“I'm looking forward to Restaurant Week because it always tends to attract diners that haven't gotten to dine at Mulberry House yet. It gives them some great options at a discounted price to truly get a taste of what Mulberry House is all about,” DeLorenzi said. “Our dinner is always the biggest attraction during Restaurant Week. We offer a choice of two courses — either appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert — for $20 per person. We just changed our menu to ‘pre-fall,’ so they'll have a chance to try some of our new dishes at a great price before anyone else.”
Mulberry House only serves weekday dinner on Wednesday and Thursday nights, so “the earlier the better for reservations,” DeLorenzi said.
New to Restaurant Week this fall are Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza, Pure Pita and Sweet Waters Steak House. Other participating restaurants include: 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, Akai Sushi Lounge, Boulevard Bistro, The Brick Oven, Chez Catherine, Cosimo’s, Ferraro’s Restaurant, Limani Seafood Grill, Mojave Grille, Old Havana, Robert Treat Delicatessen, Roosterspin, Sichuan Dynasty, Splash of Thai, Theresa’s, Tinga Taqueria and Xocolatz.
Cool Vines and The Liquor Basket will offer 10 percent off of wine purchases those days. Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, Carlo’s Bakery, Cold Stone Creamery and Let’s Yo! will have dessert specials. For a full list of participating businesses along with prices and details, visit http://www.westfieldtoday.com/Restaurantweek.
“Most restaurants don’t require reservations. However, we encourage diners to call, especially the higher-end restaurants,” Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, said. “We are pleased with the level of participation by the business community with 28 different establishments. People always get excited about Restaurant Week and look forward to great meals at discounted prices."
Cronin said that the DWC broadened its advertising reach for this Restaurant Week, even running television commercials during Mets games on the SNY network.
“We are looking forward to seeing the restaurants full of diners and how the chefs are creating special menus for Restaurant Week,” Cronin said.