TNMA plans first Restauant Week event

The Throggs Neck Merchant Association will be hosting the first annual Throggs Neck Restaurant Week from Monday January 18 to Sunday January 24.

A large variety of eateries in the area will be participating, from Italian to Japanese to Latin restaurants.

The idea to create a Restaurant Week came from Brian Martinez, the owner of Travesias Cafe, who presented it to the merchant association.

The time of year after New Years but before events like the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day is often slow for local eateries, so this event looks to bring people out during a time when they might otherwise stay in.

During the week businesses will be offering multiple course meals at three price points – $25 or $35 dinner and a $15 lunch option.

About 95 percent of Throggs Neck area restaurants will be participating in restaurant week, according to vice president of the merchants association, Ed Angelino.

“We want to take a week where people may not be coming out and offer them something they can come to. Next year we hope to make it bigger based on this year’s success,” said Angelino.

A few restaurants in Pelham Bay will also be participating, and Angelino hopes that in the future Pelham Bay may have their own restaurant week, or perhaps join the Throggs Neck Restaurant Week.

“We hope it’s a big success,” said Angelino. The Throggs Neck Merchants Association hosts various events throughout the year including the Christmas tree lighting and the annual sidewalk sale. This event major aim is to help build local businesses.

Participating restuarants include Yamada, Icehouse Cafe, Made in Puerto Rico, Spoto’s, Throggs Neck Clipper, Tosca Cafe, Wicked Wolf, Havana Cafe, Casa, Mama Puebla, P.J. Brady’s, Alley Cat Smokehouse, Frank’s Pizza, Louis Seafood Restaurant, CrossTown Diner, Brewski’s Bar and Grill and Rinos as well as several others.

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