New York's foodies have the next two weeks circled on their calendars: Winter Restaurant Week runs January 26-30 and February 2-6. People get to sample some of the city's best restaurants with $20.04 three-course lunches or $30.04 three-course dinners.

Restaurant Week began in 1992, as a way to welcome delegates for the Democratic National Convention (back then, the three-course lunches were $19.92, which means with the 1 cent increase each year versus inflation, diners are getting a great deal). When Restaurant Week celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2002, RW cofounderTim Zagat said, "In 1992, public perception of New York City was that it was expensive and unfriendly. Restaurant Week was created as a way of showing off the best of New York, demonstrating that we welcome visitors with open arms and that it’s still possible to find great values here." Yes, New York is now (Restaurant Week aside) expensive and friendly.

You can make Restaurant Week reservations via Open Table. And for more NYC restaurant and food goodness, check out NYC Eats.