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Rahway Unveils Plans for Annual Restaurant Week


The city of Rahway continues to distinguish itself as a Garden State hub for foodie fans. The next installment of that sustained effort takes place January 20 to 24, 2020. This marks the sixth annual Rahway Restaurant Week, a civic culinary celebration sponsored and organized by the Rahway Arts & Business Partnership.

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

A bird’s-eye view of downtown Rahway (Photo by Darren Levine)

How It Works

Ann Marie Williams and Amy Garcia Phillips, managing directors of the Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, said that participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus throughout the week to accommodate patrons. Restaurant customers can take their receipts to get special discounts at other Rahway businesses supporting the program such as Union County Performing Arts Center, Karate Jutsu, Kat’s Vintage & Chic Boutique, Sticks Cigars, Rahway Kitty Hall, Cultured Expressions, and Body Bar.

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

Amy Garcia Phillips (left) and Ann Marie Williams (right) are pictured with Matt Dobrowolski, the founder of the Rahway Taste of Spring event.

Next Up

Rahway’s menu of food events continues in 2020 with the city’s 20th annual Rahway Taste of Spring, which will be held at the Rahway Civic Center on Friday, April 24. Last year, Jersey Bites covered this lavish event, which included over 40 area restaurants, attracted more than 1,400 food enthusiasts, and featured a vast assortment of eclectic tabletop samplings of food, desserts, wines and spirits, and craft-brewed beers.

The Partnership

Established in 2009, the Rahway Arts & Business Partnership is a non-profit arts and economic development organization supporting the businesses in the downtown Arts and Central Business Districts of Rahway.

According to the organization’s mission statement, on its website, the civic group works to “create a diverse, vibrant, and economically and socially sound community within Rahway; develop activities and programs that encourage the long-term success of the art community; promote awareness of the value of the arts and directly support arts programs that encourage the diversity of Rahway citizens and businesses and their participation in the successful development of Rahway; and create and encourage an atmosphere that builds strong arts organizations and increases the community and business appeal of Rahway.”

A Sampling to Behold

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

Chicken and rice, Hugo’s Restaurant

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

Sausage sandwich and fries, The Waiting Room

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

A tasty treat from Melao

Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, Rahway Restaurant Week, Union County, Jersey Bites, Michael Gabriele

Skirt steak platter, Cubanu

Here are the Rahway eateries opening their doors to Restaurant Week. All are located in the city’s downtown business district:

Beana’s Para Siempre
(Mexican restaurant)
988 St. Georges Ave.
732-381-3233

Cubanu
(restaurant and lounge)
1467 Main St.
732-499-7100

Hugo’s Restaurant
(Peruvian cuisine)
1505 Main St.
732-827-5850

Il Forno A Legna
(wood-fired pizzeria)
1464 Main St.
732-382-6600

The Irving Inn Social
(eclectic American cuisine)
1449 Irving St.
908-285-2530

Just Plain Dave’s
(casual American cuisine)
78 E Cherry St.
732-381-4099

La Malinche
(Mexican restaurant)
1588 Irving St.
732-382-9550

Luciano’s Ristorante
(Italian restaurant and lounge)
1579 Main St.
732-815-1200

Melao Cafe & Creamery
(cafe and creamery)
1425 Irving St.
732-428-4558

Meatballs & Brews
(restaurant and bar)
1482 Main St.
732-381-1066

Rahway Fried Chicken
(fried chicken, comfort food)
1500 Main Street
732-540-8762

Rahway Sushi
(sushi)
75 E Cherry St.
732-381-1763

Sabor Peruano
(Peruvian cuisine)
1578 Irving St.
732-900-1396

The Waiting Room
(restaurant and bar)
66 E Cherry St.
732-382-0900

Shown at top: seared scallops, Luciano’s Ristorante

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