First came New York Restaurant Week, in which participating restaurants offered prix fixe lunches and dinners at a discount ($25 for lunch and $38 for dinner in its winter 2013 incarnation), thus encouraging diners to try out restaurants they might not visit otherwise. Then came Dine In Brooklyn, a restaurant week just for that borough, with prix-fixe lunches and three-course dinners rining in at 20.13 and $38 for this past year.
Now, to narrow the focus even more, there’s Bushwick Restaurant Week (bushwickrestaurantweek.com) from June 17 to 22, an event started to celebrate the burgeoning food scene in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
Why? No restaurants in Bushwick were represented in Dine In Brooklyn, with Gothamist reporting that many restaurateurs had no idea the promotion was even going on. So Bob Murray and Nick Gilbert, who own a catering company in the neighborhood, recruited local restaurateurs to create a restaurant week of the neighborhood’s own.
What to expect? A less organized format, but plenty of discounts worth noting:
— Buy two drinks, get one free at bar Narrows (1037 Flushing Ave., 281-827-1800, narrowsbar.com).
— $5 bottomless cup of ice cream at The Evergreen (144 Evergreen Ave., 347-954-5463, evergreenbk.co).
— 15 percent discount and various $10/15 specials at several restaurants, including pizzeria Verde Coal Oven (254 Irving Ave., 718-381-8800, verdecoaloven.com) and French bistro Mominette (221 Knickerbocker Ave., 929-234-2941, mominette.tumblr.com).
If Bushwick feels a little far, know that you can score a free ride there (or back). Bushwick Restaurant Week is teaming up with taxi/black car iPhone and Android app Uber (uber.com/cities/new-york-city) to help diners get out to Brooklyn — just use the promotion code “Bushwick” when you order and get $30 off. That’s what we call a restaurant week deal.