For some, the season of celebration is just a warmup for welcoming the new year. As holiday feasters readjust their belts a notch wider, they might find room for one more blow out meal, and even a brunch to recover -- dry January can wait one more day!
Splashing Out at 1770
The 1770 House in East Hampton will be open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day for fans of Michael Rozzi's thoughtful preparations and Michael Cohen's matching wine selections. A $125 three-course menu will be served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve and its regular $59 two-course and an a la carte tavern menu will be served on New Year's Day beginning at 5 p.m.. The pricing does not include tax, tip, or beverage.
Examples from the New Year's Eve menu include starters of caviar, toro, uni, and brioche toast; smoked salmon and potato cake; crisp oysters with quail egg gribiche; Parma prosciutto with gorgonzola, arugula, and persimmon, and seared Hudson Valley foie gras with local apple compote, a buttermilk pancake, and maple-cider gastrique. The main course selections are halibut with mushroom ragu and potato mousseline; Montauk fluke with clams, chorizo, and preserved tomato; rack of lamb with a Moroccan spice mix and roasted carrots; veal cheek raviolo with sesame bok choy, and duck egg, and a New York strip steak with creamed spinach and crisp sweet potato. The meal ends with a chef's selection of dessert.
Wine pairings can be chosen from the 250 bottle list or a wide selection of wines by the glass including champagne and sparkling wine, which are also available by the half bottle or bottle.
Reservations can be made by calling 631-324-1770 or through Open Table.
Felice Anno Nuovo
Nick and Toni's in East Hampton has a $135 four-course tasting menu for New Year's Eve with Italian flair. Tax, gratuity, and a suggested wine pairing menu is not included in the cost, but hats, noise makers, and balloons are, plus a gift from the pastry chefs.
A tuna tartare opens the menu with a complimentary pour of an Italian extra dry sparkling wine. Antipasti choices are a winter salad of radicchio, a roasted beets salad, tortellini en brodo, burrata with persimmon and winter greens, roasted oysters, or seared foie gras. Entrees are linguine with crab and lemon, mushroom risotto with truffles, delicata squash with a beluga lentil and mushroom ragout, a wood-fired whole fish with endive and blood oranges, baby lamb chops with braised artichokes and cranberry beans, roasted chicken with mushroom gratinato, prosciutto-wrapped monkfish with polenta and baby turnips, and a New York strip steak with whipped potato and Barolo sauce. The meal ends with either tiramisu, almond cake, a coconut tart, or tartufo for two.
Reservations are recommended and can be made through Resy or by calling the restaurant at 631-324-3550.
Get Rowdy for 2023
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton has special a la carte options for both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day for lunch and dinner along with the regular menu. New Year's Eve lunch features a smoked ham hock and lentil soup and a Cuban sandwich pressed with pork loin, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, Dijon mustard, and housemade Old Bay chips. A peanut butter mousse bombe with chocolate ganache and cake, and salty peanuts is for dessert. Dinner specials include the same soup and dessert with a smoked salmon appetizer and a baby lamb chops entree with mushroom Gruyere gratin, and roasted baby carrots. New Year's Day lunch has the same soup and dessert and adds a crab omelet with an Old Bay aioli and eggs Benedict. The New Year's Day dinner specials are the same as the dinner specials for New Year's Eve.
Almond's New Year
Almond's locally sourced New Year's Eve celebration in Bridgehampton begins at 9 p.m. with an amuse-bouche of chawanmushi, a creation of mushrooms, sunchokes, and smoked trout roe. It will be followed by appetizers of lobster lettuce wraps, venison bratwurst with warm pretzels and beer cheese, cured tuna loin with cauliflower remoulade, and shishito peppers. The middle course is a spinach and ricotta malfatti pasta with toasted hazelnuts, sage, and truffles. The entree choices are cedar plank Hudson Valley steelhead, duck breast, or dry-aged rib of beef. Each comes with elements supplied by names well known to South Fork foodies such as Ian, Marilee, Jamey, and Art. And even those unfamiliar with the area will recognize all of the luxury ingredients, many from the East End. Dessert is guava and chocolate empanadas with a passion fruit curd.
The set dinner price is $135 and includes party favors and a champagne toast. Tax and gratuity are not included. The restaurant's a la carte menu will be offered earlier in the evening with some festive specials. Reservations are recommended and can be made through the website or by calling the restaurant. Snacks at the bar will also be available for drop-in celebrants.