Business is booming in northern Brooklyn, and Myrtle Avenue is hosting its first-ever Restaurant Week until next Sunday. Feb. 26.
With inspiration from the city’s twice-annual restaurant week and help from the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, nine eateries in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are offering a fixed-price three-course dinner menu for $20, $30, or $40.
In its first few days, some participants say they have already seen a steady flow of customers of both regulars and first-timers. Alejandro De Anda, a staff member at Castro’s Mexican restaurant, has been eagerly welcoming guests all weekend.
“It’s been good, we have a lot of people coming in, specifically for [restaurant week],” de Anda said. “It’s pretty cool, you’ve got people that are in the loop about it, like we don’t have to let them know what’s going on. They know what they are going for already.”
Though this year is the neighborhood’s first time hosting an event like this, De Anda looks forwards to it becoming an annual occurrence.
“We really hope so. Definitely. I think it’s good to keep it going,” he said. “Come through, we’re here and we’ve got a great deal.”
Raffeaele Solinis, a chef at Osteria Brooklyn and Casa Nono, has also seen a great response so far. Solinis opened Osteria in August 2020 and Casa Nono last month.
“We have our locals who enjoy us very much here. That’s for sure,” he said. “We have a lot of deuces on the weekend but we’ll see this week, how it will go.”
While Catro’s and others are reeling in hungry clientele, other shops didn’t have such a busy opening weekend. Kelly Chan at Dun Huang hasn’t seen many new faces just yet, something Chan things might be because of the special menu.
“I’ve already informed my customers that we have the special menu and also our special dishes. I think that a lot prefer to do other dishes,” Chan said.
Each local tavern boasts various dishes — ranging from Indian cuisine at Spice and Grill to American classics at Putnam’s Pub. The special menus will run until Feb. 26 each restaurant’s self-selected hours. For more information, visit Myrtle Avenue’s event website.