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‘Twas the night before Christmas! Literally. If you haven’t made lunch or dinner plans — who has the time? — there are plenty of options, which we highlight below:
At 1770 House in East Hampton (pictured above) starting at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Chef Michael Rozzi is whipping up a seasonal à la carte menu with local offerings like Montauk fluke, bay scallops and Balsam Farms squash.
Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will be open for dinner from 6 .m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, serving a special cioppino with local seafood.
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will be open for lunch only on Christmas Eve, offering holiday specials such as crab bisque, lobster BLT and pumpkin mille feuille (which is a dessert).
Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue is serving dinner on Christmas Eve and also suggests its famous Sweet n Spicy Bar Nuts, if you are in need of a last-minute gift. The nuts are available for purchase at the restaurant.
Le Charlot in Southampton is open for Christmas Eve AND Christmas dining, if you are looking for a taste of France or — zut alors! — just want to get away from family.
More last-minute gift ideas…
We rounded up a few stocking stuffers here, but this just in: Mary’s Market in East Hampton, which features Donna Hadjipopov’s Bulgarian pottery, is selling hand-painted ceramics, hand-loomed throws and plenty of gift baskets. (And don’t forget to admire entries in Mary’s annual gingerbread contest.) Meanwhile, Montauk Juice Factory suggests its “Aloe-Ha” juice for bloated tummies (hello, Christmas cookies!) and scrubs, butters and elixirs from its apothecary line. And Montauk Library recommends these books for the book nerd in your life. We still need to read “The Story of My Teeth.”
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Don’t be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.” — East Hampton Grill, as it posted this photo of fierce protectors to Facebook.