Eating With the Fishes
Manna at Lobster Inn will have a feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve this year. The four-course dinner with beverage pairings begins with a retro twist: shrimp cocktail paired with a whiskey sour. The second course is a more contemporary bronzino crudo with prosecco. A fritto misto of crispy calamari, zucchini, and shrimp with stuffed squash blossoms is paired with a Sancerre. The fourth dinner course is a frutti di mare with a spicy red sauce, linguini, mussels, clams, lobster, and crab with a cabernet franc. Dessert is cannoli made from Italian waffle cookies, with house cannoli cream, chocolate chips, chocolate and caramel sauce, and powdered sugar. The wine is a late harvest chardonnay from Wolffer.
The dinner is $85 with beverage pairings and $55 without them. The menu is available from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24.
I'll Be, Ham for Xmas
Townline BBQ has its own smoked hams available for the holidays. The Sagaponack restaurant will offer a limited number of bone-in hams, weighing about 10 to 12 pounds, for pre-order.
The hams, which come with reheating instructions and a glaze, cost $160 and serve around 12 to 14 people.
Side dishes, serving six to eight people, can be ordered with the ham. Those available by the quart are collard greens for $24, maple sweet potato mash for $22, and brown sugar roasted acorn squash for $22. Jalapeno cheddar cornbread costs $30.
Everything must be ordered by calling Townline at 631-537-2271 for pickup on Friday, Dec. 24, between noon and 5 p.m.
Dosas, Part Deux
Hampton Chutney Co. is set to open in its new location in the former spot occupied by Mary's Marvelous on Newtown Lane in East Hampton on Friday. It served its last customer at Amagansett Square over the weekend.
The Art of Holidays
Art of Eating's catering options for the holidays include everything from nibbles to a feast of seven fishes, a wide variety of entrees, appetizers, sides, gravies and sauces, desserts, candy, and cookies and even "wake and bake" breakfasts like cinnamon knots and breakfast strudel. All selections are prepared with local and organic ingredients wherever possible and in small batches. The full menu is available at on its website.
Room temperature items will be placed on disposable wood platters or customers can provide their own platters for display.
Christmas orders must be placed by Thursday for pickup next Thursday between 3 and 6 p.m. and New Year's Eve orders by Wednesday for pickup on Friday, Dec. 31, by 5 p.m. at the Barn at 264 Butter Lane in Bridgehampton. Delivery is subject to availability and additional charges. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Orders can be placed by calling 631-267-2411 or emailing [email protected].
New Menus on Main
Main Street Tavern in Amagansett has new items on its winter menus. Appetizers such as steamed dumplings and Asian chicken bites make their debut. Brioche French toast and grilled hanger steak are featured on its brunch menu.
The restaurant offers daily happy hours and late-night bites indoors and in the outdoor beer garden. It also has a buffet menu for private holiday parties featuring salads like roast squash with kale and beets with goat cheese, and a mushroom risotto. Main course choices are beef tenderloin, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, grilled salmon, roasted pork chop, a burger, and fish and chips. Desserts are seasonal pies and chocolate cake. The cost is $80 per person. There is also a canape menu with open bar options.
Life at the Highway
Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton features organic spit-roasted chicken and ricotta cavatelli with veal ragu on its winter menu with a Milk Pail apple crumble for dessert.
The restaurant's Christmas Eve a la carte dinner menu has items such as Jerusalem artichokes, tuna crudo, and roasted foie gras as appetizers. Entree highlights are lobster bouillabaisse, veal chop, and pan-roasted halibut. Bamboloni, chocolate tart, and house-made ice creams end the meal. The menu will also be available for New Year's Eve.
Private dining options for holiday gatherings range from open bar happy hours with passed canapes, a full cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres and deluxe open bar, a traditional family style roast with choice of beef rib roast, turkey, or ham, two choices of salads to start, and a choice of three sides, including cauliflower gratin, eggplant Parmesan, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or sweet potato puree. Dessert is a Milk Pail apple pie or brioche bread pudding. Other family style options for private parties are Highway menu classics and a Peking duck with various options for starters, entrees, sides, desserts, and supplements.
Full menus, pricing, and reservation information for regular and private dining is available on the restaurant's website.
Christmas on the Cove
Wood burning fireplaces, holiday decor, and festive cocktails are all part of Baron's Cove's seasonal celebration. Christmas Day dining at the Sag Harbor restaurant is also available from 4 to 9:30 p.m.
The Christmas menu features broiled oysters with chile butter as a starter and main courses like prime rib, glazed ham, and crab cakes with festive accompaniments. A four-course prix fixe menu is $100 per person and $30 for children.
Baking the Buche
Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor has homemade buche de noel cakes for Christmas. Their version uses chocolate sponge cake layered with dark chocolate mousse, brandied cherries, and white chocolate mousse. The small size feeds two to four people for $55 and the large feeds six to 10 people for $110. Orders must be placed at 631-725-0900 at least 48 hours before Christmas Eve and only a limited number are available.
Gifts for Foodies
Two South Fork restaurants have gifts for the food lover on your list. K Pasa is selling its own bottled hot sauces at the restaurant for $10 each.
Lobster Roll restaurant, a.k.a. LUNCH, has hot and cold lobster roll kits for national shipping. Truly a "make-your-own" experience, the kit contains a pound of lobster meat, two jars of mayonnaise, Lobster Roll's special seasoning packet, butter, New England-style split-top rolls, and lemon. Step-by-step instructions for making and assembling the lobster rolls are included.
The cost of the kits is $129 each, plus shipping fees, and they can be ordered on the restaurant's website. The restaurant's new Southampton location at the old diner space on Montauk Highway has opened. More information will follow in an upcoming issue.
Springs Brewery has a new release coming to the Springs General Store on Saturday at noon. Lazy Lightning is a fresh, clean, and zippy India Pale Ale using Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra varieties of hops with a powerful 7.2 alcohol by volume percentage.
The brewery's web store features branded merchandise and a virtual tasting of the brewery's last four releases for $40. with a $10 delivery or shipping fee included.
This column differs from the print version due to the addition of the Springs Brewery announcement, which was received after deadline.