Hudson Restaurant Week Returns with 45 Participating Restaurants

libertyhouse-outsideFor the past nine years, the bi-annual Hudson Restaurant Week has allowed diners to sample some of Hudson County’s best cuisine at special discounted prices. This summer’s restaurant week will take place Monday through Friday from July 29th to August 9th, but some restaurants will also be offering weekend promotions for the duration of the event. Throughout the 10-day period, participating venues will be serving multi-course pre-fixe lunches and/or dinners.

Modeled after New York City Restaurant Week, Hudson County’s version was the first of its kind in New Jersey and a precedent for about 15 other restaurant weeks to follow throughout the state. Tamara Remedios, founder of Hudson Restaurant Week, had the idea when she was a resident of Union City, working as an independent marketer representing local restaurants.

“The idea came through conversations with restaurants that wanted more than print advertising to market themselves. We had 20 restaurants in the first year. We do it at slow times during the year. Any traffic is good traffic for the restaurants,” says Remedios.

This year’s list of participating restaurants has grown to 45, which is 5 more than last year. From the group of original restaurants, four Jersey City establishments have remained faithful to Hudson Restaurant Week: Liberty House (pictured), Edwards Steakhouse, The Merchant, and Komegashi Too. Remedios hasn’t added any new promotions this year, but diners should expect something special next year, for the 10th anniversary.

“It gives me an opportunity to try new restaurants. I love trying restaurants that are on board for the first time,” says Remedios. “I also strongly believe in supporting the local community. We have cute little businesses, and they won’t be there if we don’t support them.”

Remedios notes that the event is not sponsored but rather self funded by the restaurants, which typically bring in a revenue of half-a-million dollars over the course of 10 days.

“They are fully committed to this promotion,” says Remedios.

Guests can preview menus and prices by visiting the Hudson Restaurant Week website.

Photo courtesy of Hudson Restaurant Week

Laryssa Wirstiuk

is a writer who teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Born and raised in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, Laryssa moved to Jersey City because she was curious about the city where her mother was raised. Check her blog Craft Your Drafts.