Rahway Restaurant Week 2021, the seventh annual community culinary celebration organized by the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership, will be held January 18 to 22. In order to comply with current protocols and restrictions on indoor dining, faithful foodie fans are invited to support Rahway eateries by enjoying takeout orders.
Ann Marie Williams and Amy Garcia Phillips, managing directors of the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership, noted that even during a pandemic, Rahway’s restaurant scene is still a foodie’s favorite. They invite patrons to bring their appetites and enjoy Rahway’s upcoming Restaurant Week, takeout style.
The two managing directors pointed out that culinary contributors have adapted, just shy of a year into this pandemic. They decided that even if it looks a little different, the Rahway’s restaurants should get the attention they deserve.
Enter to Win
Along with sampling culinary delicacies, William and Phillips said that patrons are invited to take part in a special promotion, as explained in a press statement:
- Order from any Rahway restaurant between the dates of January 18 to 22.
- Take a photo of your entree. (In the past, winners have posed in costume with their dinners, or photographed a beautifully re-plated meal with complimentary cocktails or just let the “food do the talking” by showing off their entrees.)
- Share a picture of what you order and tag Rahway Arts and Business Partnership on Facebook or @RahwayisHappening on Instagram. Once you do that, you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to your favorite participating Rahway restaurant.
- The winners of the photo contest will be announced on January 29. (First prize: $100; Second prize: $75; Third prize: $50)
In addition, Rahway is hosting a Soup Stroll on Saturdays in January during the hours of 1 to 5 p.m., to warm the hearts of residents and visitors during the cold weather. The Soup Stroll during Restaurant Week will include free samples of soup provided from participating Rahway restaurants (one sample per patron).
Over 30 restaurants and cafes in downtown Rahway and more than 45 eateries in Greater Rahway will take part in the winter restaurant takeout festivities. The offerings will include Caribbean, Italian, Turkish, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Cuban, and Asian food such as gyros, pierogis, pizza, sandwiches, kebobs, seafood, fried chicken, bagels, and desserts.
One restaurant offering a special treat during Rahway Restaurant Week is the Coffee Box, located at 1465 Irving Street, providing a free dessert or pastry with a takeout lunch order.
Downtown participants include the following:
- The Apple Pie Bistro
- Bianaca’s Deli
- Jersey Fried Chicken Fusion
- Luciano’s Ristorante
- Mi Casa Latin Bistro and Steakhouse
- Olivia’s Catering and Dining
- Rahway Sushi
- Sabor Peruano
- Sinai Bakery
- The Coffee Box
- “Wheelie” Good Pierogi
For the Greater Rahway district, the list includes the following:
- Antojitos Salvadoreños Pupuseria and Grocery
- Beanas Para Siempre
- Brooklyn Pizza
- Butch Kowal’s Tavern
- El Patron Lounge and Bar
- Firehouse Eatery and Pub
- Las Pinatas Mexican Restaurant
- Madina Halal Platter
- Ming Feng Chinese Restaurant
- Plum Tomato Pizzeria and Restaurant
- Sazon Dominicano
- Swagruha Foods
During the pandemic’s 2020 summer months, Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe and his team built outdoor, stationary, open-air pavilions that allow people to gather and follow social-distancing protocols.
About the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership
Established in 2009, the Rahway Arts and 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 (rahwayishappening.com), 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.”
Here is a complete list of Rahway eateries participating in Restaurant Week 2021.
The restaurants linked here will be participating in the Soup Stroll.
Rahway Arts and Business Partnership
1 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, NJ 07065