Foodies in the island, rejoice! For the third consecutive year, Puerto Rico Restaurant Week will take over some of the best restaurants in San Juan. In addition to their regular menu offerings, the participating restaurants will offer pre-fixe dinner menus for $28 or $38 with options for the appetizer, entrée and dessert. For the first time – and especially exciting for me, now that I’m back working in the metro area – several venues will also offer pre-fixe lunch menus for $14 or $19. Close your kitchens from Wednesday, May 14th to Tuesday, May 20th!
Not in Puerto Rico at this time? Maybe it is time to search for some last minute deals to the island. This year Puerto Rico Restaurant Week has partnered with JetBlue Airlines, who along with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and their hotel partners, help in the promotion of the Island as a gastronomic destination. People arriving through the Jet Blue terminal next week are in for a surprise next Tuesday and Friday!
In addition to this partnership, Puerto Rico Restaurant Week is also working with Ketel One and Johnnie Walker. Several restaurants will feature cocktails crafted with these renowned spirits.
The Puerto Rico Restaurant Week collaboration I am more excited for though, is the requirement for these restaurants to feature local ingredients, stimulating the agriculture and overall economy of the island. PRRW organizers Gustavo Antonetti and Paulina Salach, along with the efforts of the Asociación Gastrónomica Puertorriqueña, have been working hard linking chefs, farms and producers. The end products? Think of La Vista’s braised short ribs, served with apio (celery root) purée, market vegetables and a Cabernet Sauvignon sauce, or Pamela’s French cut pork chops, with crusted yuca (cassava) mofongo and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with a guava-ají dulce (sweet bell pepper) chutney. Chef Nicolás Gómez from Oliva Dieta Mediterránea will be featuring a local rabbit stew I can’t wait to taste. Chef Raúl Correa has a vegan offering for each of the courses at Zest that omnivores won’t be able to resist.
To participate in Puerto Rico Restaurant Week, diners are encouraged to visit www.PRrestaurantweek.com and view the participating restaurants along with the menus. Spaces are limited so reservations are highly recommended.
Another pleasant surprise? If you think you ‘know’ a restaurant, think again. The menus prepared for Puerto Rico Restaurant week are different from the previous years, and even from the restaurant’s regular offerings. Make sure to check out each menu and learn what is inspiring each chef these days.
This year’s participating restaurants include:
- 1919 (Condado Vanderbilt)
- Bar Gitano (Condado)
- Bistro de París (Santurce/Museum District)
- Blonda (Condado)
- Bodega Las Tablas (Santurce/Placita)
- Budatai (Condado)
- C.Bar (Humacao, Palmas del Mar)
- Casa Lola (Condado)
- Casita Miramar (Miramar)
- Central Steakhouse (Condado)
- Di Parma (Condado)
- Eighty20 Bistro (Hotel Verdanza, Isla Verde)
- El Livin (San Juan/Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera)
- El Picoteo de Tapas (Old San Juan)
- En Boga (Puerto Nuevo)
- Il Perugino (Hato Rey/Milla de Oro)
- L’Osteria (Condado)
- La Cava (Ponce Hilton)
- La Jaquita Baya (Miramar)
- La Vista (San Juan Marriot/Condado)
- Laurel (Santurce/Museum District)
- Lemongrass (Caribe Hilton)
- Mango’s (Ocean Park)
- Molasses (St. Regis Hotel, Rio Grande)
- Morton’s (Caribe Hilton)
- Nonna (Santurce/San Jorge)
- Oliva (Condado/Lagoon)
- Pamela’s (Ocean Park)
- Papillon (Miramar)
- Perla (Hotel La Concha, Condado)
- Rosa Mexicano (Caribe Hilton)
- Salt Gastrobar (Isla Verde)
- Santaella (Santurce/Placita)
- The Eclipse (Isabela)
- The Garden (Punta Las Marias, Isla Verde)
- The Ocean Bar & Grill (Ritz Carlton, Isla Verde)
- Trás-Patio (Hato Rey/Milla de Oro)
- Voga (Hotel La Concha, Condado)
- Waffle-Era (Old San Juan)
Want to share your own Puerto Rico Restaurant Week adventures? Use hashtags #DineOutPR and #prrestweek in Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to follow the Puerto Rico Restaurant Week Facebook Page to stay up to date and get your daily dose of foodie inspiration for the next few days. And leave a comment here! I’d love to stay and talk about which places we have visited in previous editions and the restaurants we are looking forward to trying in 2014 (rabbit stew, I’m looking at you!).