It's wonderful getting together with the family for the holidays and going out for a special meal can allow you to focus on the people instead of the work cooking that special meal. There are some great places where you can go out to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on Long Island. Here's a sampling of some of the restaurants that will be open on these two important days in 2018. Make reservations as soon as possible since restaurants book up well in advance.
Mirabelle Tavern, Stony Brook
Celebrate Christmas Eve 2018 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. The three-course dinner has choices for each delectable course. For the main course, you have the choice of red snapper, prime rib, chicken or lamb. It's $65 per person, and kids 10 and under are half price.
Suckling Pig Roast at the Almond, Bridgehampton
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 house-made apple cider vinegar, leading to a succulent holiday dish. This is a prix-fixe menu at $37 apiece and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Pajama Program.
The Tuscan tradition is alive and well at aMano in Mattituck, and for Christmas Eve they make 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 2018 brunch and Christmas Eve dinner.
Regional wines and locally sourced produce and seafood are hallmarks of Bistro 72 at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead. Bistro 72 will be serving up its delicious concoctions on a prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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.
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. for 2018.