Put These Spots On Your Holiday List

Sauteed Baby Artichokes with basil pesto is just one of the dishes on Jonathan’s holiday menu.

Sauteed Baby Artichokes with basil pesto is just one of the dishes on Jonathan’s holiday menu.

By Connor Beach

cbeach@longislandergroup.com

The holiday season is in full swing. This is an especially exciting time of year for the Foodies because restaurants across the Town of Huntington are offering a variety of holiday specials and party deals. Below are just a few restaurants to visit if you are looking dine out this holiday season.

Jonathan’s Ristorante
15 Wall St., Huntington
631-549-0055
Jonathansristorante.com

Holiday hosts looking to entertain without the hassle of cooking at home can take advantage of the holiday party menu at Jonathan’s Ristorante in Huntington village. For $35 a head, partygoers can choose from a three-course menu featuring appetizers like Sauteed Baby Artichokes with basil pesto, or Baby Arugula and Tomato Salad with shaved parmigiano. The four entrees on the menu include Organic Scottish Salmon with roasted baby root vegetables, baby spinach and a horseradish cream sauce, Rigatoni with homemade Bolognese sauce, Roasted Organic Free Range Chicken with Tuscan herbs, and Shrimp Scampi with haricot vert and jasmine rice. For dessert, save room for homemade Tiramisu or Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. Hosts can also choose to include the holiday bar package featuring beer and wine for $20 per person. Visit the website or call to plan your holiday party.

At Prime in Halesite, a year-round beautiful view of Huntington Harbor is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season.

At Prime in Halesite, a year-round beautiful view of Huntington Harbor is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season.

Prime - An American Kitchen & Bar
117 New York Ave., Huntington
631-385-1515
Restaurantprime.com

Spend Christmas Eve on the waterfront at Prime on Huntington Harbor in Halesite. Prime is accepting reservations starting at 4 p.m., and will have the regular menu available in addition to three holiday specials. To start, Chestnut and Celery Root Soup ($15) with whipped crème fraiche is sure to warm you up on even the coldest of days. The Slow Roasted Prime Rib ($58) served with glazed onion and horseradish cream sauce is a holiday classic. Dessert lovers are in for a treat with an individual Yule Log ($14) comprised of espresso chocolate cake, hazelnut cream and dark chocolate ganache with shaved chocolate. Call to reserve a spot for Christmas Eve dinner.

The Refuge in Melville will bring Seafood Paella and other Latin or Italian specialties to your office party this holiday season.

The Refuge in Melville will bring Seafood Paella and other Latin or Italian specialties to your office party this holiday season.

The Refuge
515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville
631-577-4444
Refuge110.com

If you are looking to have a holiday party at your home or office but don’t feel like cooking, The Refuge in Melville can bring the party to you. The Refuge is offering a holiday special of 20 percent off all catering orders of $150 or more throughout the holiday season. The Latin and Italian fusion restaurant offers catering from small takeout orders to full service events. The menu includes Italian specialties like Chicken Francese ($55 for 6-8 people) or Veal Parmigiana ($85 for 6-8 people), as well as Latin dishes like Chicken Fajita ($65 for 6-8 people) or Churrasco Marinated Steak ($70 for 6-8 people). The menu also includes pasta options, like homemade Pappardelle ($50) with tomato basil sauce, or the party-size Focaccia Sandwich ($65) with grilled chicken prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, arugula, roasted cherry tomato and balsamic dressing.

Ruvo
63 Broadway, Greenlawn
631-261-7700
Ruvorestaurant.com

Ruvo in Greenlawn is serving up a special menu for Christmas Eve from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. The holiday themed menu specials are a tribute to the Italian tradition of the feast of the seven fishes. Appetizers on the menu include Chilled Seafood Salad ($13) with poached shrimp, sea scallops and calamari tossed in a lemon-champagne dressing with cannellini beans, celery and plum tomatoes, and Main Lobster Bisque ($7) finished with cognac. Entrees include Crabmeat Stuffed Flounder ($32) with multigrain rice, broccolini and lobster sauce, and Jumbo Shrimp Scampi ($29) served over spaghetti with slow-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. For dessert, one of the options keeping with the holiday theme is Red Wine Poached Pear ($7) with vanilla ice cream and candied nuts.

Long Island Duck Duo ($36) served with pearl barley risotto, chorizo, carrots and red wine-port sauce is on the Christmas Eve menu at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor.

Long Island Duck Duo ($36) served with pearl barley risotto, chorizo, carrots and red wine-port sauce is on the Christmas Eve menu at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor.

Sandbar
55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
631-498-6188
Lessings.com    

Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor is also serving up a special menu for Christmas Eve dinner. Appetizers include Tuna Tartare ($16) served with ginger, sesame, avocado and sriracha or, for those with refined palates, Pan Roasted Foie Gras ($30) with potato anna, apple puree and chestnut sauce is also on the menu. Long Island Duck Duo ($36) served with pearl barley risotto, chorizo, carrots and red wine-port sauce, and Potato Gnocchi ($26) with royal trumpet mushrooms, parsley pesto and pine nuts are just two of the entrees available for Christmas Eve dinner. For dessert, Chocolate Lava Cake ($11) with vanilla ice cream and cherry sauce or Ginger Almond Tart ($11) with caramel are just a few of the options to finish off the meal.