This event is a renamed and expanded version of "Hamptons Restaurant Week," which was held the previous 14 years. Its original purpose was to generate additional business for restaurants in that winery-centric section of Long Island during a traditionally slow period and as a kick start to the spring season. What began as a South Fork promotion has grown to encompass all of the East End, including the North Fork.
"We've always received a tremendous amount of support from the North Fork," says LIRHG President Steve Haweeli, "so it's time we recognize that and show our appreciation for all restaurateurs involved."
All participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe meal for $28.95 all night (may be offered only until 7 p.m. The organizers have an easily searchable feature on the event website to help visitors search for possibilities by town, cuisine, or specific restaurant name.
A number of lodging facilities in the area are offering a minimum 10% discount during the period.
Technically, the East End consists of the five townships at the eastern end of Suffolk County -- namely Riverhead, Southampton (which includes Westhampton), Southold, Shelter Island, and East Hampton.
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