Sunday, December 23, 2012

Where to Dine for Christmas & the "Eves:" Christmas & New Year

18 Bay Restaurant, Shelter Islamd

Pondering where to dine over the Holiday?  Look no further than these Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown restaurants for their market-driven ingredients and show-stopping menus.
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A portion of this list was sourced from Edible East End blog ( I am honored to have more than a web link to Edible East End.  In fact, the Foreward to the Hamptons  & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook is provided by Brian Halweil, Editor Edible East End and the soon to be, Edible Long Island, scheduled for spring 2013. Further, Lindsay Morris, a key photographer for the book is the food photo journalist for Edible East End. 
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Season’s Greetings. And good Holiday eating. Celebrate family, friends, farmers.
18 Bay Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve with a four course $50 Chef’s menu.  Owned and operated by chefs Elizabeth and Adam, the market-driven menu offers an Italian inspired Chefs menu.  Dinner begins with four different antipasti, followed by a hand made pasta, a choice of entree and dessert. Handcrafted cocktails using organic syrups, local wine and beer, as well as wines from small producers.  631-749-0053  Shelter Island
The 1770 House in East Hampton will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve starting at 5:30 p.m. 631.324.1770  Chef Kevin Penner’s Cittanuova Restaurant will be opoen Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, regular hours, according to Chef Kevin’s Tweets.
The 12th Annual Christmas Eve Roast Suckling Pig Dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton includes suckling pig, cabbage, carmelized apples and spaetzle for $31. A portion of the revenue from Christmas Eve will be donated to the Pajama Program.  Call 631-537-5665. Open from 6 to 10 p.m.
Amarelle in Wading River will be open on Christmas Eve with their winter menu and a Seven Fishes menu. 631.886.2242.  Chef Lia Fallon knows a thing or two about the traditional Italian fish menu – it’s her heritage, after all.  The food, the fireplace, the service create an ambiance that is made for the Holidays.

The American Hotel is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They offer a prixe fixe menu: $85 per person.  New Year’s Eve there are two seatings:  $75 per person for early seating and $200 per person at the 9:00 seating. There is dancing to a love three-piece combo band at the late seating too. 631-725-3535 Sag Harbor
CoolFish Restaurant: The last seating on Christmas Eve is 7:30.  New Year’s Eve is open seating with a $49.00 prix fixe for three-course menu, including a glass of champagne.  516-921-3250.  Chef Tom Schaudel’s other award-winning restaurant, Jewel Restaurant, will be open Christmas Eve and then New Year’s Even with their a la carte dinner specials. 631-755-5777
Foody's Restaurant in Water Mill will be open Christmas Eve until 4:00 pm and will be open New Year’s Eve with their stellar, locally-sourced menu ingredients.  631-726-FOOD (3663)  Water Mill
Fresno Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve with an a la carte menu and lots of “specials.” 631-324-8700
The Frisky Oyster in Greenport is open New Year’s Eve with an a la carte market-driven menu.  The Oysters Friskafella is life-changing as is the Crescent Farms Duck menu-infused creations. 631-477-4265 Greenport   

The Grey Horse Tavern will be open Christmas Eve till 7 pm. New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will be open its regular hours and the bar will be open to toast the New Year! 631-472-1868 Bayport

Jedediah Hawkins Inn open Christmas Eve: a to-die-for locally-sourced ingredients menu: $75 with glass of champagne, $105 with wine pairing.  Children under 9 - $30. and New Year’s Eve menu: 7 pm $95 with glass of champagne, $125 with wine pairing and 9:30 seating $125 with glass of champagne, $155 with wine pairing.  The Inn boasts enchanting and glamorous rooms to snuggle in for the holidays. Eat. Drink and be merry and never leave the garden grounds. 631-722-2900  Jamesport
Chef Keith Luce, Jedediah Hawkins Inn

Kitchen A Trattoria, Kitchen A Bistro open New Year’s Eve, prixe fixe, $75 per person 631-584-3518 St. James
The Lake House Restaurant This award-winning, romantic, elegant restaurant is open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with its market-driven ingredients and a la carte menu. 631-666-0995 Bayshore
The Living Room Restaurant, on Main Street in East Hampton at will be open Christmas Even and Christmas Day for lunch and dinner. The a la carte menu will be available as well as the Swedish table menu, a four-course meal for $36 featuring Swedish specialties. 631.324.5006.
Mitch & Toni's American Bistro features a New Year’s Eve celebration with their regular menu and a special New Year’s Eve prix-fixe, four-course menu before 8 pm.  Seating at 9 pm is the special prix-fixe menu only at $85 per person including a glass of champagne toast at midnight, live music and gratuity.  516-741-7940 Albertson
Noah’s in Greenport will be closed Christmas Even and Christmas Day, but will open Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 for lunch and dinner
Nick & Toni’s will be open on Christmas Eve serving their regular menu from 6 to 9. 631.324.3550  East Hampton
The North Fork Table & Inn will be open New Year’s Eve with a three-course, $75 prix-fixe or Chef’s Tasting menu, $125 (includes be-still-my-heart truffles and foi grois).  Call for room reservations so you can just sigh into culinary bliss upstairs post dinner… Southold.
Restaurant Mirabelle is open Christmas Eve, featuring an enchanting menu: Amuse Busche, Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert for $65 from 4 pm to 9 pm. What a charming way to toast Noel Holiday.  The restaurant will also be open New Year’s Eve with a multi-course dinner menu, $115.  Mirabelle will also offer a $49 three-course menu in the Tavern. 631-751-0555  Stony Brook
A Mano in Mattituck will be serving the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. 631.298.4800.
Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck will be open for breakfast and lunch on Christmas Eve. 631.298.8989
Scrimshaw Restaurant Greenport is open Christmas Eve with their a la carte Holiday Menu – featuring local Peconic Bay Scallops. Same for New Year’s Eve. Toast 2103 in this on-the-water restaurant.
Southfork Kitchen's Master Chef, Joe Isidori Brooklyn Restaurant is open for New Year’s Eve with their market-driven menu.  Southfork Kitchen will reopen in April for the season. Meanwhile, Chef Joe doesn’t miss a culinary connection. In fact, email is and 718-360-2340. 
Swallow Restaurant is open for New Year’s Eve with a prix-fixe menu. Six and eight o’clock seatings: $60, 10 pm seating: $80. 631-547-5388  Huntington and Montauk.
Vine Street Café on Shelter Island will be open on Christmas Even and New Year’s Eve. Blue Canoe in Greenport will be open both those days and New Year’s Day. 631-749-3210/Vine Street; 631.477.6888/Blue Canoe

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