Foodies: The Bronx is Up!

Foodies may find a new capital in the Bronx.

There are so many dishes representing tastes and flavors from different corners of the world for Bronxites and visitors that it deserves celebration.

That was the message of boosters at a kick-off at Jake’s Steakhouse on Friday, Oct. 25 for the Third Annual Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, Bronx Tourism Council executive director Olga Luz Tirado, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, civic leaders and restaurant owners all were thrilled to be at the Riverdale steakhouse to kick-off the celebration of Bronx food, which will run from Monday, Nov. 4 to Friday, Nov. 15.

For more information about more than 30 participating restaurants and discounts during the celebration, patrons can visit

“Once again I would like to invite all New Yorkers and visitors with open arms to our beautiful borough to ‘Savor the Bronx,’” said Diaz. “During our official restaurant week I strongly encourage both visitors and residents alike to try a new restaurant or return to a favorite. I am sure Bronxites and visitors from across the region will enjoy from a wide selection of restaurants that are sure to leave their taste buds craving for more.”

Borough restaurants participating cover a wide range of gastronomic delights, including American, Caribbean, Chino-Latino, Peruvian, French, Healthy Alternative, Italian, Japanese, Latin-American and Mexican cuisine, as well as seafood.

Among them, the Bronx Ale House, The Hardrock Cafe at Yankee Stadium, Spoto’s, Tosca Cafe, Havana Cafe, and the Latin Kitchen.

Also present at the kick-off event was Damian Brown, co-owner of Bronx Brewery, which produces Bronx Pale Ale year-round and seasonally flavored beers. He said the company plans to open a brewery and tasting room in Port Morris early in 2014.

The week is a showcase of the borough’s eateries.

“In the Bronx we have so many great restaurants, we really don’t want our Bronxites to go outside of the borough to eat when we have the best here,” said Bronx Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Lenny Caro, himself a restauranteur.

“As a resturanteur, I feel that it always important for our people to come and enjoy all the different cultures that are represented in our restaurants,” said Caro.

BronxNet executive director Michael Max Knobbe, whose public-access network produced the extremely successful Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia, called restaurant week a “clarion call” for people outside of the borough to come and experience the culinary delights of the borough.

“The message is the Bronx is a destination for our neighbors here who know that this is a beautiful place, but also people from outside of the Bronx,” said Knobbe.

Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at or by phone at (718) 742-3393

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