Mark your calendar: Brooklyn’s own restaurant week is on its way.
Starting March 20, dozens of restaurants in the borough will offer brunch, lunch and dinner specials for “Dine in Brooklyn,” the annual 10-day meal promotion for food-loving Brooklynites.
Prices for participating restaurants are set at $12 for brunch, $15 for a two-course lunch and $28 for a three-course dinner, according to the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who introduced this year’s list of eateries at Borough Hall on Tuesday.
Adams, who has eaten vegan for several months following a diabetes diagnosis, said he’s excited to try the no-meat buffalo wings at House of Juice in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and the seasonal dishes at Pinto, a Thai restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, which served a pomelo-and-pomegranate salad at the Dine in Brooklyn tasting Tuesday.
“Nothing is more indicative of the transformation in Brooklyn than the various restaurants you see in neighborhoods,” Adams said.
Pinto’s chef, Teerawong “Yo” Nanthavatsiri said he’s excited to be involved in the dining promotion for the first time this year. Alhough he has operated a sister restaurant in Manhattan for 12 years, this is his first full year with Pinto in Brooklyn.
“It’s the one year anniversary already, so I think it’s a good time to introduce myself to the neighborhood,” he said.
Brooklyn Heights restaurant Pinto will serve this pomelo-and-pomegranate salad as part of Dine in Brooklyn this year. (DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith)
Other restaurants are repeat participants, such as Therapy Wine Bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where owner Angela Terry is offering a dinner special and has done Dine in Brooklyn for multiple years “to show our love for Brooklyn,” she said while standing next to a table full of her “chocolate trilogy" desserts.
Shawn Hunter of Miti Miti, a Mexican spot in Park Slope, has been a part of Dine in Brooklyn for years and said it’s worked for his restaurant “tremendously.”
“It unites the community, gets people out, maybe gets folks that don’t normally dine to come out and explore the neighborhood," he said as he dished out shredded chicken tacos inside Borough Hall’s rotunda. "For $28, you can’t beat it."
Dine in Brooklyn will run from March 20 through March 30. To find restaurants to try, visit the event’s website and interactive map, which lists all 59 restaurants participating so far across the borough; more will be added as they join, organizers said.