Dine Caribbean in fine style

Alicia and Katonya from Boom Mas band posing in costumes entitled, “To Isis, A Throne” at Suede’s Caribbean Restaurant Week Launch.
Photo by Kevin Bollers

Throw the word “diet,” “waist trainer” and the phrase “summer body” out the window.

The second annual Caribbean Restaurant Week is upon us, from June 22 – 29. Fourteen different locations are prepared to satisfy your taste buds, stomach and most importantly your wallet with discounts prices.

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADACA) in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC) collaborated to bring Caribbean Restaurant Week back for its second year. According to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO at the BCC, Caribbean Restaurant Week is important to support the dynamic Caribbean community in Brooklyn particularly.

“Brooklyn is the capital of the Caribbean in the USA,” Scissura said. “We are where Caribbean’s work, where they raise their families, where they own businesses and our job at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is to expose incredible places like Suede. Not just to the Caribbean community but to non-Caribbean.”

“Caribbean Restaurant Week, this is the way to go. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and WIADACA are delighted to get together and display the type of food we are used to,” Thomas Bailey, president of WIADACA, added.

Through a submission process, restaurants offer either discounts or prix-fixe menu deals to encourage any hungry customer to enjoy selections of their menu.

Fairly new to the scene, Suede Restaurant — located on Clarendon Road between East 56th and East 57th streets — served as the location for the official launch featuring samples of dishes such as their Oxtail Pizza and Salmon Balls. Manny Mensah, marketing manager at Suede, encourages anyone stopping in to see the location as an extension of their community to host events, enjoy great service and most importantly delicious food.

“We are a neighborhood restaurant and we want to be all about the community,” Mensah said. “We want to be able to give you great Caribbean food and great service with that.”

Also offering small bites to all in attendance were last year’s launch host D’Savannah Bar and Lounge as well as Vivid Café.

For Natalie Lamming-Scott, president at D’Savannah Bar and Lounge, Caribbean Restaurant Week allows for restaurants to show that there is more to Caribbean food than the typical rice and chicken dishes.

“I think this is a great way to help the community embrace our culture through the food. A lot of people think Caribbean food is just jerk chicken, rice and peas, plantain and there’s so much more to Caribbean food,” Lamming-Scott said.

To the sounds of steel pan soloists and a hip-hop violinist, the vibe was set for a Caribbean affair equipped with beautiful Masqueraders.

Caribbean Restaurant Week is not just about food. This weeklong celebration reaffirms Brooklyn as a prime destination for fine dining experiences we once believed we had to cross the Brooklyn Bridge for.

“We want everyone to know that the Caribbean culture is alive in Brooklyn. We no longer have to cross the bridge for dining,” Scissura said.

Take advantage of lunch and dinner specials including $15 to $35 prix-fixe menus while available. See below for a full list of the participating restaurants.

Melissa’s Gourmet Deli

$8 Lunch Special, Manhattan Restaurants

62 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023, United States

(212) 265-9393

Milk River

15% off entire bill, Brooklyn Restaurants, Special Menu

960 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, New York, NY 11238, United States

718- 636-8600

MilkRiverBrooklyn.com

*** Special Milk River Prix-Fixe Menu***

D’Savannah Bar and Lounge

$20 Lunch / $35 Dinner Brooklyn Restaurants

1460a Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, New York, NY 11210, United States

646-401-5250

www.DSavannahBarAndLounge.com

Puerto Viejo Dominican Bistro

$8 Lunch Special, Brooklyn Restaurants

564 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States

718-398-3758

PuertoViejoNY.com

Island Cz Cafe LLC

$15 Lunch / $25 Dinner, Brooklyn Restaurants

743 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11226

718-576-6700

IslandCZCafe.com

Kombit Bar & Restaurant

15% off entire bill, Brooklyn Restaurants

279 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States

718-399-2000

www.KombitRestaurant.com

Vivid Cafe

$20 Lunch / $35 Dinner, Brooklyn Restaurants

4617 Avenue D, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11203, United States

718-451-0735

www.VividCafe.net

Flamingo Restaurant & Mantra Lounge

15% off lunch, Queens Restaurants

120-04 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, NY 11420, United States

718-835-1000

https://plus.google.com/111334637845929490067/a…

Delroy’s Jamaica Grill Bar and Lounge

15% off entire bill, Brooklyn Restaurants

14 Duryea Place, Brooklyn, NY 11226, United States

347-770-9300

JamaicaGrill.com

Negril Village Restaurant

$20 Lunch / $35 Dinner, Manhattan Restaurants

70 W 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, United States

212-477-2804

www.NegrilVillage.com

Sugarcane Restaurant

$20 Lunch / $35 Dinner, Brooklyn Restaurants

238 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, New York, NY 11217, United States

718-230-3954

SugaraneRestaurant.com

Suede

$15 Lunch / $25 Dinner, Brooklyn Restaurants

5610 Clarendon Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11203, United States

347-4747-328

www.SuedeNYC.com

Meat, Veggies, and Pasta Restaurant

15% off entire bill, Queens Restaurants

118-16 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420, United States

646-927-0916

www.yelp.com/biz/meatveggies-and-pasta-r…

Jamaica Grill

15% off entire bill Offers, Brooklyn Restaurants

321 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, New York, NY 11216, United States

718-398-3375

www.JamaicaGrill.com

Reach reporter Alley Olivier at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at aoliv[email protected]nglocal.com. Follow Alley on Twitter @All3Y_B.

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