Christmas Day is synonymous with celebrating family and friends and, most importantly, for eating good food with loved ones. While many families cook up an epic feast, there are some great East End restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for those who don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen—not that there’s anything wrong with that! Many restaurants will also be open on New Year’s Eve, so patrons can enjoy dinner out before heading home or to a party to watch the ball drop.
Have a hankering for French cuisine? Pierre’s in Bridgehampton is a great option for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. A flexible mélange of menu items will be available all day. 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 631-537-5110 pierresbridgehampton.com
Historic Sag Harbor village spot The American Hotel is open seven days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner, including holidays. Friendly service, delicious food and great ambience help make The American Hotel a great choice for a Christmas or New Year’s Eve meal. (And the wine list is nearly endless!) 49 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-3535 theamericanhotel.com
Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve with special “Soulful Italian” menu offerings. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk. 631-668-1771 gurneysmontauk.com
75 Main is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are no exception. New Year’s Eve will feature a four-course prix fixe for $60 plus an open bar from 7 p.m. to midnight for $75. For $125, enjoy dinner and open bar. 75 Main Street, Southampton. 631-283-7575
Nick & Toni’s will serve dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, though the restaurant will be closed on Christmas. 136 N Main St, East Hampton. 631-324-3550 nickandtonis.com
Michael’s Maidstone Bar and Restaurant will open at noon on Christmas Eve offering both a traditional Italian dinner and an a la carte menu. On Christmas, Michael’s will ion at 5 p.m. Then on New Year’s Eve the regular menu will be served from 5 p.m. to midnight. 29 Maidstone Park Road, East Hampton. 631-324-3002 michaelsofmaidstone.com
East by Northeast will be open for dinner on New Year’s Eve. 51 Edgemere Street, Montauk. 631-668-2872 eastbynortheast.com
Diners can head to Hy Ting, a sit-down restaurant, for authentic Chinese cuisine. 54 West Main Street, Riverhead. 631-727-1557 hytingriverhead.com Red Bar will be open on New Year’s Eve for a prix fixe dinner. There will be both an early sitting and a late sitting. Call ahead to make reservations. 631-283-0704 redbarbrasserie.com
The Patio at 54 Main will be open for New Year’s Eve dinner. 54 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. 631-288-0100 thepatiowhb.com
The Inn Spot on the Bay will be open on Christmas Even beginning at 5 p.m., serving a $55 three-course “Feast of the Seven Fishes” prix fixe. On Christmas the restaurant will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. with another three-course prix fixe for $55 with entrees such as Christmas goose, Long Island duck, beef and fish du jour. Reservations are required On New Year’s Eve, Inn Spot will be open for al la carte dining with a number of specials, including foie gras. 32 Lighthouse Road, Hampton Bays. 631-728-1200. theinnspot.com
Buoy One in Riverhead will be open on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. for take-out and dining in, while the Westhampton location will be open until 7 p.m. serving both the regular menu and Buoy One’s famous Night of Seven Fishes, with seven courses of seafood and unlimited wine for $45. Enjoy mussel saffron bisque, crisp calamari salad, garlic crusted shrimp and cauliflower risotto with truffle oil, crab cake revisit, naked oysters, flounder florentine, and grilled tuna and whole wheat spaghetti with winter vegetables. 1175 West Main Street, Riverhead, 631-208-9737; 62 Montauk Highway, Westhampton, 631-998-3808 buoyone.com.
For New Year’s Eve, Southampton Inn has a fun evening planned with overnight accommodations—though for $150 guests can choose to attend the party without booking a room. An overnight package, for $450 per couple or $300 for a single guest, includes the Southampton Historical Museum Rogers Mansion Candlelit Tour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a cocktail hour with open bar at Café OSO from 7 to 8 p.m. The party is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a four-course dinner, open bar, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. Overnight guests can enjoy a continental and hot breakfast on New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for children 12 and under is $125. For children 13 and older, the price is $175. Excludes tax and gratuity. 91 Hill Street, Southampton. 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.com
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa will host its 52nd annual New Year’s Eve Party with dinner, a DJ and dancing. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk. 631-668-2345, gurneysinn.com
Touch of Venice will serve specials on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Call for reservations. 28350 Main Road, Cutchogue. 631-298-5851, touchofvenice.com
Suffolk Theater hosts a New Year’s Eve Laugh, Dine and Dance Bash with performances by comedians Eric Haft, Rich Walker and Carie Karavas followed by a DJ and dancing. A champagne toast will take place at midnight. Admission is $45. A prix fixe dinner will be available for purchase. Doors, the bar and the restaurant open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. After 10 p.m., admission is $15. 18 E Main Street, Riverhead. 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com