Time To Dine

Long Island Restaurant Week returns with $29.95 prix fixe menus

Small Batch

There is no better time to check out new places to eat than during Long Island Restaurant Week. Now in its fourth year, the eight-day culinary event returns Sunday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Dozen of participating restaurants from all across Long Island are offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $29.95 all night, every night except Saturday, when the menu may only be offering until 7 p.m. Each menu features a minimum choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts.

Long Island Restaurant Week was designed to garner publicity and additional business during a traditionally sluggish period of business. Due to popular customer and restaurateur demand, the spring edition of this island-wide autumn promotion was launched in 2011 with a 168-participant roster. The winter version aims to achieve similar levels of success during the January and February’s restaurant doldrums.

“Winter Restaurant Week is designed to help customers combat ‘cabin fever’ and bring excitement and revenue to our restaurant participants,” said Steve Haweeli, president of Long Island Restaurant and Marketing Hospitality Group, which is the business-to-consumer promotions division of WordHampton Public Relations. “With more than 2.8 million residents and 1,000 restaurants with varied cuisines, concepts and price points, Long Island Restaurant Week remains a win-win for Long Islanders and Long Island restaurants.”

Below is a list of a few participating Nassau eateries worth checking out. To view the current list of participants or for more information, visit www.longislandrestaurantweek.com.

Casa Di Fratelli

477 Old Country Rd., Westbury • 516-385-3700

For Italian, Casa Di Fratelli is a hidden gem in Westbury. For Restaurant Week, the menu features mozzarella caprese, chicken parmigiana, cannoli and more.

Thyme Restaurant

8 Tower Place, Roslyn • 516-625-2566

Overlooking Gerry Park and the Roslyn Duck Pond, Thyme is known for creating irresistible meals from the freshest ingredients. For Restaurant Week, its offerings include butternut squash ravioli, Long Island duck, banana bread pudding.

Mill Creek Tavern

275 Bayville Ave., Bayville • 516-628-2000

Mill Creek Tavern is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with big city cuisine. Its Restaurant Week includes, but is not limited to, French onion mac ‘n’ cheese, veal chop valdostana and coconut flan.

Small Batch Restaurant

630 Old Country Rd., Garden City • 516-548-8162

Created by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, Small Batch is a rustic American restaurant specializing in farm-to-table fare. Veal ricotta meatballs, braised chicken thighs and lemon cheesecake are among the Restaurant Week are offerings.

Besito Mexican

1516 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn • 516-484-3001

Besito Mexican is one of the best around when you’re craving a south of the border-inspired meal. Crispy shrimp tacos, carne asada and beef short ribs are among the menu items being served up for Restaurant Week.

Browse all participating restaurants at www.longislandrestaurantweek.com.

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Cyndi Zaweski
Cyndi Zaweski is the editor of Anton Media Group's special sections.

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