6 More Places to Dine Out on Christmas Eve on Long Island

Eat, drink and be merry at the following restaurants serving Long Island Christmas Eve Dinners.

Homemade meals are a staple of the holiday season. But so is the stress of all the hustle and bustle. A stove earns its keep from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. And between feasts, there are presents to buy and parties to attend. On Christmas Eve, gift yourself (and stove) the night off. Eat, drink and be merry at these restaurants serving Long Island Christmas Eve Dinners—and don’t forget to check out our first installment of picks for even more appetizing options.


1. Prime | An American Kitchen & Bar

It’s always prime time in Huntington, even on the night before Christmas. The Huntington restaurant lauded for its surf ‘n turf menu, extensive wine list and upscale ambiance will be open for Christmas Eve dinner. Specials include fire roasted lobster and herb crusted prime rib. But dare to be naughty and save room for dessert. The festively named yule log is a sinfully delicious mix of hazelnut cream, chocolate cake, meringue, brandy cherries and hazelnuts. Go

2. Ristorante Da Claudio
Glen Cove

Diners can start their meal at this Gold Coast restaurant — Christmas caprese with mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers and eggplant is on the appetizer list. The dishes on the rest of the menu may not have the same celebratory titles but rest assured they’ll leave guests holly, jolly and satisfied. The homemade ravioli filled with lobster and tender lamb chops cooked in a tangy-meets-sweet balsamic fig reduction.  Go

3. Jonathan’s Ristorante

This intimate Italian restaurant will take Christmas Eve dinner guests on a seafaring journey. Start with a pancetta corn chowder sure to warm anyone with Jack Frost-bitten noses. Main course options include the pancetta wrapped monkfish and sweet prawns. There will also be lamb, for those not feeling fishy. While there’s no judgement for ordering lamb on a seafood-dominated menu, there is one unspoken rule at Jonathan’s: order wine. The mainstay on Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence list has the stock of vinos oenophiles dream about. Think vintages from New York to South Africa to Australia. Think an Italian prosecco that’s extra dry and perfect for toasting to good will for all, a French sancerre that pairs perfectly with seafood and plenty of reds for anyone opting for the lamb. Go

4. Nick & Toni’s
East Hampton

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This summertime favorite is hosting a winter classic of a meal on Christmas Eve. The roasted bronzino filet is a flaky delight, and the amaretto cheesecake is infinitely more indulgent than the standard candy cane… Go

5. Polo Steakhouse at The Garden City Hotel
Garden City

This opulent steakhouse is going all-in Italian for Christmas Eve and celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Diners are encouraged to come with an empty stomach so they fully enjoy the caviar station, fresh sushi display and a live pasta station where lobster ravioli and truffle cream tarragon will be made. The ample Christmas dessert display will include peppermint cheesecake and egg nog crème brûlée. Consider bringing one of them home to Santa. It will be a welcome change from cookies and milk. Go

6. Ruvo
Port Jefferson & Greenlawn

This Italian restaurant with claims to fame in Nassau and Suffolk County is serving a seafood-heavy dinner menu on Christmas Eve. Dishes include savory appetizers like Maine lobster bisque and oysters Rockefeller and entrees like crab-stuffed flounder. Gift yourself permission to indulge in dessert — the Ruvo tiramisu and chocolate chip cannolis are too good to pass up. Go