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5 U.S. restaurant weeks worth savoring

It has become a winter tradition. Starting in January, top restaurants in many cities -- including Washington, D.C.; New York City, Chicago, Denver and Boston -- serve up multi-course meals at lower-than-usual fixed prices to celebrate restaurant weeks. Here are some things you should know before you go: -- Prices may seem high (lunch for $24!) but these are multi-course meals at good restaurants that usually cost more. -- Make reservations to make sure you get the time and day you want. Many restaurants use OpenTable.com or another online reservation system; each restaurant also accepts reservations by phone. -- The fixed-price meals usually don't include tip, tax or beverages. -- Be patient. Expect restaurants to be more crowded and service slower than usual. Below are five restaurant weeks that I selected for their large number of participating restaurants and diversity of cuisines. I also included descriptions of some notable eateries, with excerpts from user reviews in the Zagat restaurant guide series. Enjoy! --Mary Forgione
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