Side Dish - Christmas Eve On The Town

 The holiday spirit is alive and well at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor, and the restaurant will be offering a special, three-course menu on Christmas Eve.

The holiday spirit is alive and well at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor, and the restaurant will be offering a special, three-course menu on Christmas Eve.

CHRISTMAS EVE ON THE TOWN: Restaurants across the Town of Huntington will be preparing decadent holiday dishes for the community, where families and dress up and enjoy a night out on Christmas Eve.

With its full menu available, Jonathan’s Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington village) never misses the opportunity to make your family's holiday extra special, offering its Christmas Eve special, nine-item menu. Serving dinner from 4-9 p.m., the restaurant will be providing starters like its delicious butternut squash soup with caramelized walnuts and a rich balsamic drizzle ($10). For entrees, the restaurants 16-ounce rack of lamb ($42) includes savory roasted potatoes and baby artichokes with broccoli rabe pesto, red pepper coulis and a yogurt drizzle. Customers can also have their choice of seafood with the lobster tail ($37) that comes with savoy cabbage, fingerling potatoes and black truffle vinaigrette. Families can top the evening with delectable chocolate covered strawberries ($12). To make a reservation, call 631-549-0055.

Customers can experience dinner with a view of Huntington harbor this Christmas Eve at Prime (117 New York Ave., Huntington). The American kitchen and bar restaurant will be offering its three-course menu starting with house cured bacon au poivre. The savory dish features smoked apple chutney and field greens at $18. The entrée accommodates both land and sea lovers with a seared sea bass for $39. With a sinful smoked tomato broth, the dish also comes with capers and chicory. The mushroom stuffed lamb saddle is a dish that shouldn’t be missed. For $42, the dish comes with celery root puree, baby vegetables and port reduction. After customers have their fill, they can indulge with the malted peanut profiteroles, with rich chocolate sauce and vanilla bean ice cream for $11. For those non-chocolate lovers, the restaurant is also offering baked apple crostata with rum caramel and cool eggnog gelato for $12. To make a reservation, call 631-385-1515.

For its Christmas Eve celebration, Sandbar (55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) will be offering its land and sea American cuisine in a three-course menu. With seven items to choose from to warm up your appetite, appetizers range from $14-$30. This includes Brussels sprouts, with walnuts, red onions, parmesan, and apples; coconut-curry sweet potato soup, with toasted almonds, cilantro, and herb oil; and fishers’ island oysters, with champagne mignonette and finger limes. Customers can have their fill choosing one of seven entrees. The red snapper features sushi rice, a savory red curry broth, napa cabbage and charred scallions for $30. Meat lovers can indulge in the 12-ounce dry-aged New York strip steak for $42. The sinful dish comes with steak fries, creamed spinach, and green peppercorn sauce. At $150, the cote boeuf for two will make it worth your while, with grilled mushroom caps, decadent braised Swiss chard, truffle potato puree, and compound butter. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. The $12 menu features monkey bread, rich caramelized white chocolate panna cotta, sorbet trio, Christmas Yule log, and winter citrus salad. To make a reservation, call 631-498-6188.