4 Places to Dine Out This Christmas Eve on the East End

Christmas Eve pig roast, anyone? • Photo by Lindsay Morris at Almond

This year, spend your Christmas Eve out to dinner. The East End is offering up some fantastic meals for the holidays—and that means less time cooking and cleaning and more time spent with the ones you love. Read on for more about what’s cooking this holiday season on the East End.

Almond Bridgehampton

Jason Weiner prepares suckling pig for Christmas Eve dinner at Almond. • Photo by Lindsay Morris

Chef Jason Weiner will host the restaurant’s 19th annual Christmas Eve suckling pig roast, which is a feast to be reckoned with. For $36, guests will receive roast pig, served with seasonal accompaniments. A portion of the restaurant’s revenue will go to the Pajama Program, which provides pajamas and new books to children in need.

Vine Street Café

This cozy Shelter Island restaurant will offer their regular menu on Christmas Eve, alongside some seasonal specials. If local oysters with mignonette, followed by a duck pâté with grain mustard and cornichons is not enough to whet your palate, perhaps the chateaubriand for two will be.

The Birchwood of Polish Town

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If you’re obsessed with the idea of the Feast of the Seven Fishes but can’t quite bring yourself to do the work at home, this Riverhead restaurant is for you. For $39.95 on Christmas Eve, they will be serving up a buffet of seafaring dishes, like clams and oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, and seafood pasta. For those who prefer land to sea, the buffet also includes a comprehensive carving station.

The American Hotel

It doesn’t get much more classic than this Sag Harbor stalwart, which serves Christmas Eve dinner every single year. A taste of old school abounds (there’s an entire menu section devoted to caviar, for instance), but old school is what the holidays are all about. Indulge in the pheasant for two, the free-range rabbit loin, or the Long Island Pekin duck a la Montmorency. The classic fare, paired with a charming and ornate dining room, is a holiday must.