Stamford Winter Restaurant Weeks kicked off with a shake, a pour, and good time as people kicked back at Hudson Grille with signature cocktails --
"It's a little bit of fresh lime juice, absolut citron, absolut mandarin," described one bartender from Mitchell's Fish Market.
-- made by 15 bartenders from participating restaurants.
"Well we're really excited to be down here at restaurant week. We opened about two and a half weeks ago. We're trying to get our name out there and show we're a brand new bar and we're here," said Justin Stuart, bar manager at Castle Bar and Grill on Summer St.
"I love it, it's good. You can try bunch of different things. It's good. It brings the community together a little bit," said Sasha Korsupsin, bartender at F.I.S.H. Restaurant, which just opened on Bedford St. on Monday.
Stamford Downtown's Director of Retail Development says this year, restaurants are offering a featured winter drink on their menus.
"Tonight we're showcasing all those winter cocktails and we've invited the public to come in and sample them all and they're delicious," said Jacqueline Wetenhall, director of retail development for Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
Now through March 3, people can dine in at 32 restaurants, showcasing prix-fixe menus, giving people the opportunity to try new foods and places.
"I think this is a great idea and it's a way to really showcase restaurants and especially new restaurants that are coming on to the scene," said Mila D'Antonio, who works in Stamford.
"All the restaurants, obviously they get exposed, and that helps everyone. It's a win win situation," said Anthony Nargi, co-owner of Remo's Brick Oven Pizza on Bedford St.
"You can check out all the menus online. It gets the chefs really jazzed and creative so that's exciting, and I think it's a great value, honestly," said Wetenhall.
To find out more about winter restaurant weeks, visit www.stamford-downtown.com.