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The dates for the winter edition of Long Island Restaurant Week are set.
The eight days of foodie fun will run from Sunday, Jan. 29, through Feb. 5, all across Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Many restaurants will be offering promotions for takeout, as well as indoor and outdoor dining.
In 2020, LI Restaurant Week was expanded with the goal of supporting restaurants in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis by offering more options to diners with varying budgets. These changes included price adjustments with an added lunch option and three price points for the dinner prix fixes.
The prices range from $27, $37, or $44 for a three-course dinner prix fixe, depending on the restaurant, with many $22 two-course lunch selections available, too.
Click here for participating restaurants in Suffolk County. Click here for Nassau. The list is growing by the day.
Note: The Saturday night deals run until 7 p.m., so plan accordingly.
“As our country is seeing rising interest rates and inflation, more and more people are on a budget this winter and a dining deal is just what many are looking for to get them out,” said Nicole Castillo of Long Island Restaurant and Hospitality Group, which operates the tri-annual event.
The idea for restaurants is to lure in Long Islanders at a great price, with the idea that they’ll be returning for special occasions or future visits. For the diners, it’s just just a great deal and an opportunity to samples places that might be currently out of budget.”
“Restaurant weeks throughout the country have been successful for many years and Long Island is no different,” Castillo said.
And post-event surveys have been proving as much.
Restaurateurs have indicated that most have received an increase in sales and reservations, some up by 200 percent, according to the hospitality group. Midweek numbers for most restaurants shoot up from about 40 to 100 percent, and new customers range between 10 to 75 percent of diners.
Click here if you’re a restaurant owner looking to sign up.
“Our fall restaurant week saw the highest numbers yet post-COVID and we are excited to see more and more people coming out to enjoy this promotion,” Castillo said. “The winter promotion is the perfect excuse to get out in the quiet time of the year and visit that restaurant you have always been wanting to try.”
Top: Long Island Restaurant Week participant Fauna in Westhampton Beach. (courtesy photo)