Savor the Bronx takes place from November 7 to 18

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. samples food from Mott Haven Bar & Grill with the restaurant’s owner Rosa Garcia and Joseph Diaz, a manger, during the preview.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

A preview to the borough’s restaurant week, Savor the Bronx 2016, showcased some of the finest eateries in the county.

Epicureans should be delighted to learn that the sixth annual Savor the Bronx Restaurant Week, which spans 12 days from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 18, will include 42 restaurants this year.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was center stage at a preview on Tuesday, November 1 at the Marriot Residence Inn in a ceremony that featured eateries and brands including Mott Haven Bar & Grill, Bronx Brewery, Chelsea Craft Brewing, Bronx Hot Sauce, Havana Café, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake and Xochimilco Family Restaurant.

The borough president presented citations to the food businesspeople that joined the Bronx Tourism Council and numerous local leaders in previewing the week on Tuesday, November 1.

“Epicureans from around the world are invited to experience the amazing tastes we have to offer in our borough,” said Diaz. “The Bronx has always been home to a tremendous food culture, and ‘Savor the Bronx’ is a great way to sample the many different styles of food our world-class restaurant community has to offer.”

Olga Luz Tirado, Bronx Tourism Council executive director, stated that businesses like restaurants, breweries and food producers play a major role in encouraging tourism growth.

BronxNet television is producing a series of short-form Savor the Bronx vignettes and a 30-minute special that will air shortly, said Michael Max Knobbe, BronxNet executive director.

“You are going to take a look behind the scenes into what makes these restaurants great, and the culinary vibrancy of the Bronx,” said Knobbe of the programing.

A number of businesspeople participating in the preview said that Savor the Bronx brings more awareness to the borough’s culinary offerings.

Rosa Garcia, owner of Mott Haven Bar & Grill since 2013, and a former manager at Bruckner Bar and Grill at the same 1 Bruckner Boulevard location from 2007 onward, called the borough’s restaurant week a great idea.

“It is a great idea for a lot of people who may not know local restaurants in the area and the kind of food we have to offer,” she said, adding there will be a pre-fixe menu for Savor the Bronx.

Bronx Brewery’s Andrew Steigbigel, the company’s marketing coordinator, said that he believes Savor the Bronx helps highlight what is going on with food in the borough.

Many in the city may be familiar with certain culinary locales here, but Savor the Bronx is a good way to highlight many of the new food related businesses that have been opening in recent years, said Steigbigel.

Bronx Brewery, based in Port Morris at 856 E. 136th Street, will be offering a dollar off on pints and takeaways at its tap room, said Steigbigel.

Daniel Fitzgerald of Bronx Hot Sauce said that Savor the Bronx helps promote parts of the borough that may be less known culinary.

For a complete listing of participating restaurants and brands, visit savorthebronx.com or ilovethebronx.com.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
The borough president presented proclamations to restaurants and brands participating in the preview of Savor the Bronx. (L-r) Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of the Bronx Tourism Council; Marlyn Sanchez, Havana Cafe, and Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

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