Treat yourself and your loved ones this holiday season by savoring cozy, comforting holiday dishes from my favorite local dining spots. Think Peconic Bay scallops, pumpkin gnocchi, and a sticky date cake that deserves every spoonful.
The flagship dish of the season: Peconic Bay scallops. This dish is served with Laytons parsnips and cauliflower, pomegranate, duck skin chicharron, and smoked yakitori.
1 Ocean Rd, Bridgehampton, 631-537-5665
Nick & Toni’s
A masterful holiday dessert by Rachel Flatley is her maple crème caramel with poached pears, salted maple honeycomb, and feuilletine crunch. This spiced crème caramel has a layer of caramelized maple syrup, and is plated with maple poached Seckel, or sweet pears, salted maple honeycomb, and a cinnamon and maple feuilletine crunch.
136 N Main St, East Hampton, 631-324-3550
Toast the season with a glass of your favorite Wölffer wine paired with a warm Brussels sprouts salad with orange pieces, Calabrian chilies, walnuts, and bacon. Also try the stracciatella with honeycomb and marcona almonds, served with grilled bread.
29 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-0101
The 1770 House
Chef Michael Rozzi always knows how to impress for the holidays. In addition to his annual Thanksgiving menu, this season Rozzi has whipped up his signature spicy Montauk fluke tartare with hijiki, wasabi tobiko, and radish. Wind down with one of the restaurant’s most beloved desserts: sticky date cake with toffee sauce and vanilla gelato.
143 Main St, East Hampton, 631-324-1770
Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Come in to Lulu on Saturdays for its 34 oz Ribeye for two. A meal is never complete without its woodfire roasted cauliflower — traditionally served in-house, it is now also available to go. Finish the evening sharing the apple croissant with crème Anglaise. Lulu will also be open for Thanksgiving.
126 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-0900
Highway Restaurant & Bar
Sit by its centerpiece fireplace and enjoy its ricotta toast with acorn squash, hazelnuts, chili, and mint.
290 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, 631-527-5372
Savor the season with Chef James Carpenter’s pumpkin gnocchi with roasted autumn vegetables, sage brown butter, and parmesan. Finish your dining experience with a luscious slice of its homemade award winning four-layer carrot cake. Claude’s is also taking reservations for Thanksgiving.
91 Hill St, Southampton, 631-283-1166
Tis the season for scallops! At Baron’s Cove, dine on seared Shinnecock scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, wild mushroom hash with Long Island cheese pumpkin sauce.
31 W Water St, Sag Harbor, 844-227-6672