Long Island's bargain dining week

Restaurant weeks are becoming the
big thing in New York State. In addition to such industry co-op events in Manhattan, Albany and the Hamptons, visitors now can experience a full-scale Long Island Restaurant
Week, which will debut in a Sunday-to-Sunday period, Nov. 5-12.

The time span was picked because it is the end of the harvest season when numerous local items are available to participating restaurants.

Each establishment will offer its own version of a three-course prix fixe for $21.95 all night, except Saturday when it will be offered only until 7 p.m.

As restaurants are added to the list of participants, they will appear in regional groupings online.

Organizers say the inspiration for the event came from the successful New York Restaurant Week that runs annually in Manhattan every January and is modeled after the Hamptons Restaurant Week that takes place on the South Fork of Long Island. In the past four years of Hamptons Restaurant Week, restaurateurs there reported a major surge in business, some by more than 50% during the promotion.

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