Christmas Dining in the Hamptons
Topping Rose House
At Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, Jean-Georges Vongerichten invites Christmas diners to a luxurious three-course feast. Choose from six appetizers on the prix fixe menu including Jean-Georges’ signature tuna tartare with avocado, spicy radish, and ginger dressing or his acclaimed crispy salmon sushi served with chipotle mayonnaise and soy glaze. A choice of entree takes advantage of the inn’s prime location near the ocean and farms, offering roasted black sea bass, parmesan-crusted organic chicken, and vegetarian roasted cauliflower with couscous and turmeric tahini sauce. Dessert is Chef’s signature Buche de Noel, a chocolatey confection served only on Christmas. If you don’t like chocolate, you’ll have other choices, too.
Baron’s Cove will be treating guests to a special culinary event on Christmas weekend from December 24-27. The decked-out Sag Harbor inn is filled with festivity from the climbing Santa Claus’s on the exterior to the cozy lobby with its welcoming fireplace. Chef Nick Vogel has created a weekend stay/dine package of culinary delights mixed with Christmas treats. With scheduled meals hosted by Chef Nick, the weekend includes breakfast, lunch, and two dinners, one an elaborate multi-course Chef’s Table dinner using ingredients from the restaurant’s farm and artisan partnerships across the East End. Menus are subject to whatever is “of the moment, “ designed to ensure a distinctive experience that reflects both chef proclivities and the bounty of the Hampton’s rich location.
On Christmas eve, The Halyard at Sound View Greenport will be open for waterfront dining, meals-to-go and room service. Reservations are required for seating in the airy dining room and on the sprawling deck above the Long Island Sound. Chef Stephan Bogardus will serve up a seasonal menu with locally sourced produce including Hamptons favorites like New England clam chowder, seared Hudson Valley foie gras and hamachi sashimi, Shinnecock sea scallops, and grilled Montauk monkfish. Chef’s Christmas eve special is a decadent white truffle and lobster tagliatelle dish with a 1½ pound lobster (out of the shell), hand-cut pasts, and tableside Alba truffles.
Kissaki, the New York City Japanese favorite, is open for delivery from its Water Mill location on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The” chef’s choice” omakase menu takes sushi to a new level with futomaki (fat rolled sushi) and nigiri (individual pieces) creatively designed and topped to enhance and surprise. A variety of sets are available with each including miso soup and edamame as well. The sushiya’s delicate chiffon cakes make a festive dessert option. Choose from matcha red bean with layers of sweetened red bean and matcha whipped cream, blueberry Earl Grey with layers of Earl Grey-infused whipped cream balanced with sweet blueberries, and Kissaki’s signature vanilla dulce de leche with whipped cream and Biscoff cookie crumbles.
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn in East Hampton has created a holiday feast for at-home celebrations. Order by December 19 for pickup on December 23 or 24. Designed for four-six people, entrees and sides are ready-to-cook and come with preparation instructions. The traditional meal includes a choice of beef tenderloin roast, Berkshires pork rib roast, leg of Australian lamb, or Long Island dark as mains. All include root vegetable gratin, creamed spinach, truffled pasta cacio e pepe, and French green beans. The dessert choices are Hamptons all the way – either Tate’s chocolate chip pie or 1770 House sticky toffee date cake. And everyone gets caramel popcorn.
Main Street Tavern
For a more casual home experience, Main Street Tavern in Amagansett is offering catering through the holidays with bespoke requests available as well. The tavern’s “oven-ready” meals, food and drink pairings, and new desserts are available for pickup any day including their popular Shepherd's Pie, ribs and wings, lasagna, and pasta. For the holidays, they have introduced new desserts to their already robust menu with lemon and chocolate tarts, carrot cake, apple crumble, sticky toffee pudding, and ice cream pints. The restaurant is open for dining on Christmas Eve if you don't feel like "cooking."
Elegant Affairs can create a very personalized Christmas dinner with more than 56 appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts, all for delivery for parties of 3-4 or 8-10 on December 23 and 24. Possibilities include giving your holiday feast an Italian theme with baked clams oreganata and fennel sausage Stromboli loaf. Then switch to something more traditional with bourbon-glazed ham or whole roasted turkey, or stay Italian with shrimp scampi or Nona’s meatballs marinara. Add cranberry citrus compote and creamy Long Island corn pudding for regional flair. Elegant Affairs’ desserts will be the highlight with their beyond adorable Santa hat cupcakes, cheesecake lollipops, or Santa cake.
Christmas House Long Island
Christmas House Long Island is a sweet-tooth experience. Introduced this year in Riverhead, Christmas House combines a bakery wonderland with an immersive Christmas setting for the entire family. The attraction has cakes to brighten the holidays, gingerbread and cookies to munch on, and rooms curated by Hollywood set designers using lighting and theatrical effects that bring to life the sights, characters, and traditions of Christmas. Cake Walk is a must-visit with its playful array of purchasable 3D cakes designed by Andy Cakes, New York City artist-turned-cake master.