New York expands winter restaurant promotion

NEW YORK -- Hoping to boost sagging restaurant sales, the city is expanding its annual Winter Restaurant Week promotion from one week to two and including lunch and dinner for a fixed price.

The promotion will run Jan. 28 to Feb. 8, excluding Feb. 2 and 3. More than 150 of the city's restaurants will offer $20.02 prix-fixe lunches and $30.02 prix-fixe dinners.

The dinner component was added as part of a special promotion last October designed to pump up business following the attacks of Sept. 11. As a result of that effort, participating restaurants reported an increase of 39% in dinner receipts.

Although most restaurants will offer both the $20.02 lunches and $30.02 dinners, some will offer only the prix-fixe lunch. Restaurants began accepting reservations Jan. 7.

Customers can visit the city's tourism Web site, www.nycvisit.com, for a list of participating restaurants.

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