It's Time To Dine, Huntington 65 restaurants
dishing out prix-fixe menus Oct. 10-17
Dine Huntington Restaurant Week is back,
and the excitement among diners and 65 restaurants participating
The second annual Restaurant Week, sponsored
by Long Islander Newspapers and the Huntington Township Chamber
of Commerce, will make your mouth water Oct. 10-17, showcasing
restaurants from the Dining Capital of Long Island - Huntington.
For eight days, restaurants throughout the
Town of Huntington will show off their food artistry to introduce
their establishments to new diners. Restaurants will serve
up a three-course dining experience for $24.95 per person
plus tax and tip (Saturday until 7 p.m. only).
The buzz is growing among diners with every
"We try to go to the restaurants we
haven't been to, but I think we've been to all of them by
now," said resident Barbara Kent. "The best part
is the eating of course... my girlfriends and I choose two
restaurants, during the week, then my gentleman friend and
I go to another one on the weekend."
Dine Huntington Restaurant Week is a collaborative
venture of Long Islander Newspapers and Huntington Township
Chamber of Commerce designed to promote a vital sector of
Huntington's economy - restaurants.
"Huntington is the dining capital of
Long Island and Dine Huntington will give restaurant owners
an opportunity to showcase their establishments and gain exposure
to new customers," said Michael Schenkler, publisher
of Long Islander Newspapers.
In addition to welcoming back more than 30
restaurants from last year, Restaurant Week has attracted
many new participants as well. Canterbury Ales is one of them,
due to the fact that during last year's weeklong event, Canterbury
owner Billy Hoest noticed a slow week.
"It was pretty apparent that people
certainly were out at restaurants, patronizing the ones doing
Restaurant Week, so I figured I had to be part of the crowd,"
he said. "It seemed like it was a very successful promotion
Successful, it was. The inaugural Dine Huntington
event in 2009 brought thousands of diners to the Town of Huntington
and generated an estimated $1 million in sales. Prime Executive
Chef Gregg Lauletta described last year's turnout as phenomenal.
"I think it was great last year. We
were booked every night." he said. "A lot of our
old customers came to us, and we got a tremendous amount of
new customers who had never been here before. At that price,
I think it's very attractive."
Hoest is looking for the same opportunity.
"We hopefully will expose ourself to
new customers, who may not have thought to come to us,"
he said, "and we look forward to the regulars and giving
them something even a little more than they would normally
Restaurant Week not only gives diners a chance
to try new places. It also gives chefs and owners the chance
to play with new dishes and feature special menus.
Prime, for example, is showcasing for Restaurant
Week items from a "Think Pink" menu created for
October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which the
restaurant will donate to the Huntington Breast Cancer Action
Coalition for "Think Pink" items purchased a la
carte. The Restaurant Week menu - filled with plenty of antioxidants
geared toward cancer prevention - is prix-fixe, however, and
includes: spicy shrimp roll with pink watermelon radish and
avocado; Berkshire pork chop; pan-seared salmon with pink
lentils, pearl onions, bacon and red wine; skirt steak with
pink Hawaiian sea salt; pink raspberry almond cake and strawberries
with pink champagne zabaglione.
The Restaurant Week menu is a good deal.
A la carte, the pork chop is $27, but during restaurant week,
you can get it along with an appetizer and dessert for $24.95.
Canterbury Ales is also likely using Restaurant Week to showcase
a special menu, Hoest
said. Canterbury runs Oktoberfest specials
throughout October, including a traditional sauerbraten and
other German-inspired dishes. He intends to showcase these
items during Restaurant Week, and will offer Oktoberfest beers
either at special prices or as part of the $24.95 prix-fixe
"Twenty-five dollars is sort of on the
high end of what people spend here," Hoest said. "So
I figure I'll load them up with a little something extra."
Dine Huntington Restaurant Week is not only
good for the hospitality industry, it is beneficial to the
local economy overall.
"Diners who enjoy a meal also
patronize nearby shops. They window shop and get to know our
downtowns," said Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bob Bontempi.
Check out the list of participating restaurants and preview
the menus at www.dinehuntington.com or become a fan on the
DineHuntington Facebook page for continued updates.