There’s a different kind of March Madness going on in and around Atlantic City and just when you thought it was over, it’s not.
If you didn’t get a chance to DO AC during Atlantic City Restaurant Week, don’t worry: 38 of the participating restaurants are extending their special value-priced menus for another week.
That means another seven days of gluttony and affordable three-course lunches priced at $15.14 per person and dinners at $33.14 (plus beverage, tax and gratuity), for the large numbers of foodies that have been visiting 83 of the finest restaurants at the Jersey Shore for meals that would normally cost significantly more.
“Extending restaurant week into a second week is a no brainer,” said Ed Hitzel, the publisher of Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine and the popular host of a South Jersey talk radio show centered on local restaurants, “One week is simply not enough.”
“Every restaurant that I know of that participated in restaurant week has been packed,” said Hitzel, who said he has been received calls asking him to use his influence to further extend the foodies “March Madness” into a third week.
“The demand is tremendous,” said Hitzel, “Everybody’s hopping.”
Paul Sandler, General Manager of The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City, agrees with Hitzel.
“We started this right after the first Restaurant Week in Atlantic City ended with a massive snow storm and as a result of overwhelming guest demand, we extended it into a second week, “ said Sandler, “This is something that our guests’ now expect, year after year and we are happy to give it to them.”
Sandler said participating in Restaurant Week is an amazing “marketing tool” for area restaurants.
“It gives us the ability to showcase what we can do and what we have to offer to new and existing customers,” said Sandler, “For us its large portions, great food and exemplary service. It’s what we do and we do it well.”
If you yearn for more, or missed out on week one of the annual event, you can still dine at the following.
Restaurants in the now extended week two:
The extended week started yesterday. The restaurants and their menus, locations and days that they are serving the special menus are listed at www.acrestaurantweek.com.
Tickets are not necessary, but diners are advised to call ahead for reservations.