Hudson Valley + Long Island Restaurant Weeks Happening Now Post-Sandy!

Don’t miss your chance to dine for less and do good by supporting restaurants in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy!

We’re thrilled to report that, despite the challenges metropolitan New York area restaurants have faced with Hurricane Sandy, two amazing restaurant weeks are happening right now.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kicked off on Monday, and runs through Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Restaurants will offer special three-course $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners. Participants include Harvest on Hudson, Tarry Lodge Portchester, and Zitoune, among many others. Book your tables early — and often!

On Sunday, Long Island Restaurant Week launched with $24.95 three-course dinners! Please note that due to Hurricane Sandy, many participants have decided to extend the promotion until Sunday, November 18, so that people who may not make it out this week may visit restaurants next week. Please call any restaurants before visiting to be sure they are open. Participating restaurants include Fifth Season, Luce & Hawkins, MP Taverna, and Stone Creek Inn. Make a reservation today!


New York Metro Area Restaurants Open for Business Post-Sandy: Updated 11/16/12

As you probably know, many restaurants in the greater New York metropolitan area affected by Hurricane Sandy are open for business. Some are accepting reservations online, while others may only be able to accept reservations via phone or in person because of outage issues in the area. Dine out and show your support to restaurants who have lost vital days of business, and check back for new additions.

1 Nocello (212-713-0224) See Profile >
107 West (212-864-1555) See Profile >
15 East Restaurant (212-647-0015) See Profile >
18 Bay (631-749-0053) See Profile >
3 Forty Grill (201-217-3406) See Profile >
490 West (516-338-0848) See Profile >
5 Ninth (212-929-9460) See Profile >
508 Restaurant & Bar (212-219-2444) See Profile >
a casa fox (212-253-1900) See Profile >
ABA Turkish Restaurant (212-655-9368) See Profile >
Abe & Arthur’s (646-289-3930) See Profile >
Acappella Northern Italian Cuisine (212-240-0163) See Profile >
Agozar Cuban Bistro (212-677-6773) See Profile >
Ai Fiori (212-613-8660) See Profile >
Alachi Masala (212-874-7420) See Profile >
Alba’s Restaurante (914-937-2236) See Profile >
Aldea (212-675-7223) See Profile >
Aleo (212-691-8136) See Profile >
Alison Eighteen (212-366-1818) See Profile >
Alloro (212-535-2866) See Profile >
Almayass (212-473-3100) See Profile >
Almond (212-228-7557) See Profile >
Amarelle (631-886-2242) See Profile >
Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge (212-662-6330) See Profile >
Ana Beall’s Tea Room (908-264-4221) See Profile >
Andrea’s 25 of Commack (631-486-7400) See Profile >
Annisa (212-741-6699) See Profile >
Aoyama (201-847-9900) See Profile >
Apiary (212-254-0888) See Profile >
AquaTerra Grille (845-920-1340) See Profile >
Aspen Social Club (212-221-7200) See Profile >
at Vermilion (212-871-6600) See Profile >
Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center (212-787-4663) See Profile >
Atlantic Grill, Eastside (212-988-9200) See Profile >
Aureole (212-319-1660) See Profile >
Aureole – Bar Room (212-319-1660) See Profile >
Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars (201-222-0090) See Profile >
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The Second Location: Benjamin Steakhouse Raises the Stakes in Westchester

I defy you to look at this picture without wishing you were in it, ordering a dry Martini and a juicy steak! Oh, that just me projecting? Probably. Nonetheless, you should still join me here!

I heart Benjamin Steakhouse in Manhattan, and I was so glad to learn that this popular power lunch and dinner spot now has a sibling in Westchester. I was curious, though, about the challenges of opening a second restaurant, so I rang up proprietor Benjamin Prelvukaj for his take on the opportunities and the risks.

Benjamin, what made you decide to expand your brand?

You always want to grow, especially when you can grow during a recession. It means you’re doing something right. It was an opportunity to meet a whole new audience.

And, how did you decide on a site outside city limits in Westchester?

I live in Westchester County! I live, like, five minutes away. But, it’s not easy to get a great location in Westchester. I always had my eye on this space. It was a hotspot, and then it died down. Still, I would go with my family and friends and eat and drink. I chatted with the owners and felt them out and asked if they would consider selling. At first they said no. And, then they came around slowly. We negotiated for almost two years. Luck was on our side, because the economy was getting worse and worse.

How long was the process from start to finish, once you had the lease?

It was very quick to open! We took the keys in June. Construction started in July. All (50,000 square feet!) of the building is brand new construction. We had people working 24 hours a day. We opened our doors on October 18, 2010, after a couple of weeks of a soft opening.

That seems quick!

The second location is actually always easier, because we were able to train everyone in our first location. It’s the same system, so it was a seamless transition. And, we got two longtime employees to join us there.

Did you face any challenges being outside New York City proper?

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