Puerto Rico Restaurant Week back for seconds

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From left: Chef Mario Pagán (Laurel + Lemongrass), Chef Pedro Torres (En Boga GastroBar), and Chef David Chaymol (Bistro de París).

From left: Chef Mario Pagán (Laurel + Lemongrass), Chef Pedro Torres (En Boga GastroBar), and Chef David Chaymol (Bistro de París).

The second edition of Puerto Rico Restaurant Week, an event that brings together the best eateries on the island with foodies looking to explore the best culinary options around, will take place May 14-28, organizers at Kinori Group said Tuesday.

A roster of 40 restaurants in San Juan, Santurce, Condado, Miramar, Isla Verde, Guaynabo, Ocean Park, Ponce, Río Grande, Guánica and Isabela, will take part in the event that takes place globally in major metropolitan areas, such as New York, Japan, Madrid, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro.

But to break away from traditional culinary events, Puerto Rico Restaurant Week will take place simultaneously in each restaurant – presenting a perfect opportunity to stop and enjoy dining out on creative dishes prepared especially for the event, organizers said.

Participating restaurants will be offering three-course menus for $26 or $36, depending on the establishment (alcoholic beverages, gratuity and tax are not included in the price). Last year’s event drew 30 restaurants that put their best menus forward for $29 or $39. Many of this year’s participants are repeat performers.

One of the new initiatives for this year’s edition is the promotion of sustainability — each menu will include at least one dish made with local ingredients. This year the event is added to the Diageo World Class platform, offering a variety of cocktails made with luxury liquors at selected restaurants.

The two-week event is expected to increase revenue for participating restaurants and help the local economy during the offseason, organizers said Tuesday.

“In addition, Puerto Rico Restaurant Week is an incentive for tourists to visit the island and take advantage of the culinary offerings. In the near future, the event will attract a significant number of tourists through partnerships with hotels and airlines,” organizers said.

This year’s participating restaurants are: 1919, El Livin Bar & Restaurant, Oceano, Alexandra, El Picoteo de Tapas, O:liva Dieta Mediterránea, Bar Gitano, En Boga Gastrobar, Papillon Bistro, Bistro 606, Fern, , Perla, Bistro de París, Jam Rum Bar & Bistro Moderne, Santaella, Blonda, La Chola, Santorini, Budatai, La Vista Latin Grill, Sirena, Café la Plage, Las Palmas, The Condado Cantina, Casa Lola, Laurel, The Eclipse, Casita Miramar, Lemongrass, , The Garden, Cocina Abierta, Mango’s, Ummo, di Parma, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Zest, Di Zucchero, and Nonna Cucina Rústica.

For more information on menus and reservations, visit www.PRrestaurantweek.com.

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