By Buffy Sidebotham

Hamptons Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, March 18 and runs through next Sunday, March 25. Participating restaurants offer $19.95 and/or $24.95 three-course prix fixes every night they are open except Saturday when it is offered until 7 p.m.  Participating restaurants include some faves on both forks: Race Lane in East Hampton, Copa Wine Bar and Bobby Van’s in Bridgehampton, North Fork Oyster Company in Greenport, The Plaza Café in Southampton and Amarelle and Blackwells Restaurant in Wading River.  This year there are also lodging discounts! 631-329-2111 or

And then…the Second Annual Spring Long Island Restaurant Week returns on Sunday, April 22 and runs through Sunday, April 29. Once again, $24.95 three-course prix fixes will be offered at more than 100 participating restaurants across the island, including Claudio’s in Greenport, Tweed’s in Riverhead and The Patio @ 54 Main in Westhampton Beach. 631-329-2111

Both of these special weeks are organized by the East End’s own WordHampton.

Here are some tips to enjoying both weeks:

Make all of your reservations NOW.

Bring friends, everyone can afford to eat out during these special week-long events.

Try new things.

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