From the $21.95, three-course prix fixe at Almond in Bridgehampton, to the $25, two-course Cannonball Prix Fixe at Fresno in East Hampton, to the three-course, $30 meal at Jedediah’s in Jamesport, winter is the time when deals come easier at popular East End restaurants. Robert’s in Water Mill offers a $31 prix fixe with unrestricted selection from its entire menu (all night on Thursday and Sunday and at the 6 p.m. seating on Friday and Saturday), which the restaurant’s owner calls “the best food value on the East End.” Farther west, Italian Nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Michael Anthony’s Food Bar in Wading River include a three-course prix fixe for $18.
But some restaurants fully embrace nighttime social planning by pairing the meal with discounted movie tickets. Throughout the winter, the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, a bastion of classic cuisine, works with the neighboring Bay Street Theatre to promote classic films. “Picture Show” attendees grab an early dinner at the hotel for the near giveaway tab of $24.95, which includes the price of a ticket and a small bucket of popcorn, before seeing On the Town, Casablanca, or any number of Elvis flicks, often with commentary from local critics like Alec Baldwin and Brian Cosgrove. (Reservations should be made at 631.725.3535.)
In past years, patrons at Nick & Toni’s and Rowdy Hall in East Hampton received a redeemable ticket to the Main Street United Artists Theatre with their bill. The deal was so popular that some patrons ordered the bare minimum—a pizza and maybe a salad—to work the system. This winter, Nick & Toni’s four-course, $38 prix fixe comes with a choice of wine and a $7.50 movie ticket (a $2 savings) on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, and on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. (Rowdy Hall offers the discount from Thursday through Sunday.) Not the bargain it once was, but still a worthy incentive for the frugal on date night. (For those planning way ahead, Tierra Mar in Westhampton offers a dinner and movie deal with the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center during the summer.)
Editor’s Note: Tierra Mar in Westhampton has closed.