It's wonderful getting together with the family for the holidays, but sometimes it's just too much preparing all the food and cleaning up afterward. If you're ready for a holiday stress break, go out to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at one of the many fine restaurants on Long Island. Here's a sampling of some of the great places that will be open on these two important holidays in 2017. Make reservations as soon as possible since restaurants book up well in advance.
Address150 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790-1932, USA
Celebrate Christmas Eve at the cozy Mirabelle Tavern or Restaurant at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. Its traditional ambiance is just right for this special holiday night. It's $65 per person, and kids are half price.
Address1 Ocean Rd, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, USA
Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will present its annual Christmas Eve tradition of roast suckling pig served with seasonal and traditional side dishes. You can also order off the regular a la carte menu. “We brine (the pigs) overnight with aromatics, salt, and sugar in a Lexan, a big plastic industrial rig,” says chef Jason Weiner, co-owner of Almond restaurants. The pigs are then placed in roasting pans with mirepoix, cooked slowly, and basted with a mixture of honey and housemade apple cider vinegar, leading to a succulent holiday dish. This is a prix-fixe menu at $35 apiece and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Address13550 Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952, USA
The Tuscan tradition is alive and well at aMano in Mattituck, and for Christmas Eve it is making that clear with a Feast of the Seven Fishes from 4 to 8 p.m. You'll feast on a choice of bay scallop chowder potatoes, lump crab risotto, yellowfin tuna carpaccio, seared bronzini, monkfish Osso Bucco, poached lobster, and squid ink linguini. Top it all off with carrot cake with drunken raisins and maple mascarpone or triple chocolate bread pudding with peppermint bark gelato and white chocolate sauce.
Thyme in historic Roslyn is all about locally sourced food and spectacular presentation. It will bring those sensibilities to its Christmas Eve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Christmas Eve dinner from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Brunch is $28 per person, and you can order dinner off the regular menu or choose from holiday specials.
Address1830 W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901, USA
Regional wines and locally sourced produce and seafood are hallmarks of Bistro 72 at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead. It will be serving up its delicious concoctions on a prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3 to 11 p.m. each day.
Address58775 County Rd 48, Greenport, NY 11944, USA
The Halyard in Greenport is all about the traditional food of New England with the best possible locally sourced ingredients. The Halyard will be serving a three-course prix-fixe dinner on Christmas Day for $60 per person. Join The Halyard's James Beard Award-winning chef, Galen Zamarra, for a classic Christmas feast.
Address32 Lighthouse Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946-3222, USA
The Inn Spot on the Bay offers an appropriately gorgeous setting for a holiday feast. It's on the entrance level of the main house of a Victorian inn, and its authentic Victorian details are just right for Christmas. Have dinner on Christmas Eve at the Inn Spot starting at 5 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 2 to 7 p.m.