Hosting a holiday takes much preparation and energy. From shopping to cooking to staging, being a hostess is a daunting task. If you're looking for a break from slaving over the stove and cleaning dirty dishes, we've compiled a list of local restaurants that will serve you this Christmas, and even have some with kid-friendly menus, too. Please be sure to call ahead for reservations. And for more activities and events this month, check out our Holiday Guide.
143 Main Street, East Hampton
1770 will be serving dinner on Christmas Eve. In the main dining room is a sophisticated fine dining menu. In the downstairs, the Tavern is more casual and offers traditional pub fare.
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
Located in Eisenhower Park, The Carltun has a Christmas Eve prix fixe: $85; children 3 to 10, $35.
117 North New York Avenue, Huntington
The menu at Prime, open on Christmas Eve, includes surf and turf, sushi and more.
599 Main Street, Islip
This Italian restaurant is open on Christmas Eve and offers a gluten-free menu.
13550 Main Road, Mattituck
aMano brings a hint of the Tuscan countryside to Mattituck, and is open on Christmas Eve. Wood oven fired pizza and pastas star on the menu along with local ingredients from the nearby farms and bay.
62300 Main Road, Southold
A special Yuletide menu on Christmas Eve offers scallops, halibut, and surf & turf. Call ahead for reservations.
400 Broadhollow Road (Route 110), Melville
Jewel is serving Christmas Eve dinner at $45 per person.
Bramasole Italian Restaurant
2232 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park
This homestyle Italian Restaurant will be open Christmas Eve.
Atlantica at The Allegria
80 West Broadway, Long Beach
Atlantica is serving brunch on Christmas Day from 11:30am - 5pm, including a raw bar, omelet station, bloody Mary station and more. $64 per person and complimentary valet.
Eric's Italian Bistro
70 Old Country Road, Mineola
Eric's Italian Bistro serves modern and classical Italian cuisine. Christmas dinner starts at 1pm with an ala Carte Dinner Menu. Kid's menu also available.
The Inn Spot on The Bay
32 Lighthouse Road, Hampton Bays
A beautiful Victorian Inn on the water, The Inn is open on Christmas Eve from 5pm on, and on Christmas Day serving dinner from 2pm-7pm with a three-course prix fixe for $55 per person. Entrees include Christmas goose, LI Duck and more.
777 Northern Blvd., Great Neck
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Day at Morton's
Wave Seafood Kitchen at Danford's Hotel and Marina
25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson
Visit Wave on Christmas Eve for the a la carte menu, plus some great special items including surf and turf and lobster bisque cappuccino. On Christmas Day, the buffet is $54.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 4 to 12, and Children 3 and under are free, and they are offering seatings at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm.
110 Japan Sushi Lounge
179 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
This Japanese steakhouse is taking reservations for Christmas Day for both their hibachi grills, table seating, and sushi bar. Extremely kid-friendly and perfect for large groups.
Originally published 12/2012; Updated for 2016
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