THE BRONX — From French food on City Island to authentic Italian fare in Morrisania, the 7th annual Savor the Bronx aims to expose borough residents to eateries they never knew existed and entice foodies from other boroughs to dine out on the mainland.
More than 30 restaurants and breweries, from Mott Haven to Riverdale, will offer a variety of discounts including up to 20 percent off the bill as well as special prix fixe menus.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., whose office co-sponsors the restaurant week with the Bronx Tourism Council, said that it's not only an opportunity to extend deals to Bronxites "but also to really compel and entice people from beyond our borders to come in."
"You don't always have to go to Manhattan for great food. You don't always have to go to Brooklyn or other boroughs. People should understand that our food here is diverse and epicureans should know that if they want to really wet those taste buds that the cuisine is second to none," he said.
A Savor the Bronx video series produced by Bronxnet was also rolled out out for a second year in a row to help highlight some of what the participating businesses have to offer.
Restaurant owners hope the week will give them new exposure.
Maria Carusa, who co-owns Bistro SK, on City Island, with her husband, said that while her restaurant is the only French restaurant in the Bronx "People only know City Island for the seafood." Savor The Bronx "gives people the opportunity to know there is a French cuisine option there," she said.
And while people often automatically conjure Arthur Avenue when they think Italian food, Porto Salvo co-owner Mark Lu said the cuisine is alive and well in the South Bronx at his new restaurant.
Other participating eateries include Kingsbridge Social Club, a new pizza and craft beer restaurant in the northwest Bronx, Cabo, classic and modern Mexican cuisine in Throggs Neck, Mott Haven Bar & Grill, an old favorite in Port Morris, and the famous Mike's Deli on Arthur Avenue.
Savor The Bronx will run from Nov. 6 to Nov. 17.