By Connor Beach
The ninth annual Fall Dine Huntington Restaurant Week ended Sunday, and many of the restaurants that chose to offer a prix fixe menu during the week-long promotion are happy they did.
This year’s restaurant week featured an interesting option for restaurants -- the option to offer a prix fixe menu at $20, $30, or $40, and even offer multiple menu choices.
Hush Bistro, a newcomer to the Huntington village restaurant scene, decided to offer customers a $30 menu that included southern fried chicken, crispy salmon and apple pie.
Hush manager Randy Warren said that the restaurant, which took part in its first Restaurant Week, would “absolutely” consider participating in the promotion the next time it comes around.
“Restaurant Week has been driving traffic for sure, we are definitely taking on some more guests,” Warren said, adding that just under half of the bistro’s patrons decided to order from the prix fixe menu.
Although Jonathan’s Ristorante, at 15 Wall St. in Huntington, has participated in Restaurant Week before, this year owner Roberto Ornato and manager Alex Vergara decided to take advantage of the new choice option, and offer diners a $40 menu.
“It really worked out; it’s really great,” Ornato said.
Ornato said he felt that this year’s format of three price choices was a good idea because each restaurant can adjust the dishes they offer to fit the price and quality.
“It is tougher to put together a $27.99 menu, because at the higher price point you can offer more quality dishes on the menu,” Vergara said.
Jonathan’s $40 prix fixe menu offered dishes, like Long Island duck breast, that Ornato said they were previously unable to include.
“Next year, we would suggest that everyone choose the $40 option,” Ornato said.
Dine Huntington Restaurant Week will return this coming spring. Updates will be posted to DineHuntington.com.