Long Island’s annual spring Restaurant Week kicked off this weekend.

Restaurant Week is an 8-day promotional event in which Long Islanders can enjoy a 3-course prix fixe dinner, which includes appetizer, dessert, and entrée, for $27.95 per person all night, except Saturday when some participating restaurants may only offer it until 7 p.m. It runs through Sunday, May 5.

More than 100 restaurants across LI are with a wide range of food types including American, Italian, French, Greek, Mexican and Asian. Among them is the Garden City Hotel’s Rein Restaurant, which will offer a wide menu of shrimp cocktails, pastrami spiced filet mignon, goat cheese stuffed free range chicken breast, and many dessert options.

“Restaurant Week is a great time to showcase the outstanding, growing culinary scene in Long Island,” said Michael Mandato, executive chef at Rein. “We are thrilled to participate in this great culinary initiative.”

Restaurant Week was designed to raise awareness to LI restaurants that patrons may not have tried. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring restaurant week which was launched two years ago due to popular demand.

During last year’s LI restaurant week, more than 140,800 meals were served, an estimated $5,447,552 in revenue was raised with New York State taking in an estimated $298,601 in taxes.

Patrons are encouraged to make reservations 7-10 days in advance. For more information on Restaurant Week and for a full list of restaurants participating visit the restaurant week website www.longislandrestaurantweek.com They also have a mobile app for both Android and iPhones.


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