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Saratoga Restaurant Week: Bigger Than Ever

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SARATOGA COUNTY – Over 50 of Saratoga County’s restaurants will be busier than ever beginning Friday, November 30, when this year’s 8th Annual Saratoga County Restaurant Week starts up.  With cheap eats available through Thursday, December 6, Saratoga residents will have the opportunity to try local, renowned restaurants at a lower price thanks to fixed-pricing menus.

 

The event is presented by the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau (SCTB), in conjunction with restaurant owners and operators in Saratoga County. Citizens who are seeking an opportunity to enjoy an appetizer or salad, a dinner entrée, and a dessert from a pre-set menu priced at $10, $20 or $30 (plus tax and tip) will have their chance during this once-a-year food celebration. There is also an opportunity to enjoy lunch specials for $5 or $10 (plus tax and tip).

“We created this week to highlight Saratoga’s unique, individually or family-owned restaurants during a time of year where people are out and about,” said Todd Garofano, president of the SCTB. “It’s a great opportunity for folks to try restaurants that they’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t had the chance to yet.”

Garofano added that since Restaurant Week in Saratoga has grown exponentially since its start in 2004.

“It’s exploded in growth,” Garofano said. “We actually have 52 restaurants signed up this year, and we’re thrilled with it. It’s really evolved to a county-wide event—we have restaurants participating in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Clifton Park and everywhere in between.”

In previous years, Restaurant Week consisted of just one menu at a fixed price of $18.19 at all participating restaurants. However, last year the SCTB decided to try taking Restaurant Week in a different direction by offering three different fixed-price menus instead of just one.

“We wanted to make this a county-wide event, and [the one fixed-price option] was limiting some restaurants from creating menus to fit that price point, so we did some research from other cities that do Restaurant Week and we found a few that were doing $10, $20 and $30 offerings,” Garofano said. “In talking with some of those places, they felt they experienced a lot of growth, so we feel that having three different price points can allow people to dine at the level they want to, and it also allows chefs to get more creative with their menus within those price points.”

The SCTB is also creating opportunities for even more discount deals during Restaurant Week by partnering with 10 different hotels and motels, which will offer special rates for those who mention Restaurant Week.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve had our lodging partners participate by offering special rates during restaurant week so we could draw folks in from other distances,” Garofano said. “Folks can also register to win overnight packages with lunch and dinner included.”

The SCTB is offering three different gift packages for those interested in entering the giveaway contest. One package will give winners an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Saratoga (expires 12/31/13) including cooked-to-order breakfast for two and a $50 certificate to Sushi Thai Garden. The second package you can enter to win is an overnight stay at Hampton Inn & Suites in Saratoga Springs (expires 10/31/13) including breakfast and $50 to Three Olives Restaurant. The last and most valued gift package is the Mid-Week Romance Package courtesy of Longfellows Inn and Restaurant which includes an overnight stay, champagne and chocolates in your room upon arrival, a four course dinner for two from the a la carte menu and continental breakfast the following morning. There is no expiration and this package has a $200 value.

“We’re anticipating a great [turnout] this year,” Garofano said. “We have more restaurants signed up and we expect more diners to participate, as well.”

Those who are interested in entering the giveaways, learning more about Restaurant Week, or those who want to see a menu and list of participating restaurants and sponsors can do so at www.discoversaratoga.org/restaurantweek or by calling the SCTB at (518) 584-1531.

 

The 8th Annual Saratoga County Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants

November 30 - December 6, 2012

Prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price plus tax & tip!

Three-Course Dinner | $10, $20 or $30

Lunch Specials | $5 or $10

Lunch Specials - $5.00

Cantina

Dango's

Esperanto

Izumi Asian Bistro & Lounge

Mexican Connection

$10.00

Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn

Comfort Kitchen

Dango's

Druthers

Gaffney's Restaurant

Irish Times Pub and Restaurant

Jacob & Anthony's American Grille

Lillian's Restaurant

Local Pub and Teahouse

Lucky Joe's at Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Maestro's at the Van Dam

Phila Fusion

PJ's BAR-B-QSA

Ravenous

Scallions Restaurant

Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant

The Springs

Uno Chicago Grill

Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar

Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar

Three-Course Dinner: - $10.00

Dango's

Esperanto

Karavalli Regional Cuisine of India

Mexican Connection

$20.00

Angelo's Prime Bar and Grill

Boca Bistro

Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn

Cantina

Capriccio Saratoga

Chez Pierre Restaurant

Chianti Il Ristorante

Circus Cafe

Dango's

Druthers

Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine

Forno Bistro

Gaffney's Restaurant

The Great American Grill

Hattie's Restaurant

Henry Street Taproom

Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill

The Inn at Saratoga

Irish Times Pub and Restaurant

Izumi Asian Bistro & Lounge

Jacob & Anthony's American Grille

Karavalli Regional Cuisine of India

Lillian's Restaurant

Limoncello Ristorante

Longfellows Restaurant

Maestro's at the Van Dam

Nove Italian Restaurant

Olde Bryan Inn

One Caroline Street Bistro

Pasta Pane

Phila Fusion

PJ's BAR-B-QSA

Putnam's at Gideon Putnam Resort

Ravenous

Scallions Restaurant

Sperry's Restaurant

Stadium Cafe

Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant

The Springs

Three Olives Restaurant

Uno Chicago Grill

Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar

Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar

$30.00

Capriccio Saratoga

Dango's

The Inn at Saratoga

Jacob & Anthony's American Grille

Lillian's Restaurant

Max London's Restaurant & Bar

Mouzon House

Panza's

Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club

The Springs

The Wine Bar

Wishing Well Restaurant

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