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Good Food for a Good Year

Mon, 12/20/2021 - 14:52
There are many options for celebrating the arrival of 2022, including Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor.
Michael Heller

Many — at least foodies, anyway — would say that a great year starts with a great meal with treasured companions. Taking inspiration from that philosophy are many of the South Fork's high end restaurants. These establishments are offering fixed price dinners of exotic and luxurious ingredients with champagne, wine, and craft cocktail options to salute New Year's Eve and the days to follow. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2022!

Greet 2022 at 1770
The 1770 House in East Hampton will have a three-course menu with wine pairings in celebration of New Year's Eve.

The restaurant will serve from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The dinner consists of two appetizers and an entree from a wide assortment of options in a tasting style menu for $125 plus tax, gratuity, and beverage.

Some of the first course choices are scallop with caviar, preserved lemon, and chive creme fraiche; hot smoked salmon with a crisp potato cake, and a mache, endive, and Roquefort salad. A sample of second courses are risotto with duck confit and honey nut squash; pheasant consomme with black truffle and foie gras profiterole, and a crisp North Fork oyster with smoked trout roe and duck egg gribiche. 

Entrees options could be Montauk fluke with lobster sauce, wheat berry, and spinach; Maine halibut in green curry over squid ink linguine; beef tenderloin with roasted maitake mushroom and sweet potato, or Australian lamb chops with spiced yogurt and lamb belly hash.

The restaurant's champagne and sparkling wine collection is sourced from France, Spain, New Mexico, and California. There are two selections by the glass, four by the half bottle, and nine by the bottle.

New Year's in Sag
Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor will serve a New Year's Eve dinner with seatings from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The menu will be enlivened with craft cocktails and a champagne toast. Highlights of the menu are butter poached lobster with truffle potato gnocchi, braised lamb shank with polenta, and seared local tuna with cannellini beans and olives. A four-course meal is $125 per person from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; a six-course meal, served from 8 p.m. to close, is $175.

Almond's New Year
Bridgehampton's Almond Restaurant will celebrate New Year's Eve beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, with a celebratory four-course prix fixe menu for $125 per person. The cost includes a champagne toast with party favors at midnight. The regular a la carte menu will be available prior to 9 p.m. with a lighter snack menu served at the bar along with specialty cocktails. Reservations can be made at by calling the restaurant at 631-537-5665. 

Roman Holiday
Nick and Toni's will have an Italian accented three-course New Year's Eve dinner for $135 per person, starting with an amuse bouche of a crispy oyster with caviar cream and a toast of Marc Hebrart Extra Brut Rose, NV. Antipasti include a choice of two salads, octopus, seared foie gras, and a hand-cut chitarra pasta. 

The second course selections are spaghetti with rock shrimp and lobster, risotto with mushrooms and black truffles, delicata squash with lentil and mushroom ragout, tile fish with braised leeks and Beluga caviar, veal chop with Halsey Farm apple mostarda and wheat berries, free range chicken with crispy potato and prosciutto, and domestic Wagyu New York strip steak with whipped potato and barolo sauce. 

Desserts are creme caramel, chocolate truffle torte, millefoglio, tartufo for two, gelato and biscotti. An a la carte children's menu is available with green and Caesar salad options or pork and beef meatballs. Second courses are mac and cheese, penne with pomodoro sauce, chicken Milanese with fries, and pizzetta with the same desserts.

Bed, Brunch, More
Gurney's Inn in Montauk is offering its guests an opportunity to dine at its Scarpetta Beach restaurant on New Year's Eve. The hotel will also have programs for adults and children all weekend such as a journaling and fire ceremony for adults on Dec. 31 to reflect on their past year and create a vision for the new while communing with the Atlantic Ocean.

The evening festivities start at 8 p.m. with live music from the Rakiem Walker Project, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a premium open bar. On New Year's Day, the Regent Cocktail Club will serve signature craft cocktails with a D.J. setting the tone. A boozy brunch will be served on Jan. 2 at Scarpetta Beach, where a poet from the Poetry Society of New York will type out a custom poem for each guest attending.

Family friendly activities will take place throughout the weekend with arts and crafts projects, bingo, and cookie decorating on New Year's Day. Reservations can be made on the website or by calling 631-668-2345.

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