News for Foodies: 12.27.12

Local Food News

   The New Year’s Eve options include, of course, a festive dinner out at any number of local restaurants. Here is the lowdown on what is being offered at some of them.
    At Cafe Max in East Hampton, an early option for dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday includes a two-course prix fixe for $35, featuring a choice among five appetizers and five entrees. At 7 p.m., the restaurant will offer a four-course, $65 special including a house drink, a choice from a list of 11 salads or appetizers, and a selection of one each of six entrees and desserts. A 9 p.m. seating will include a house drink, four courses with 12 appetizers and entrees and seven desserts to choose from, and a midnight toast. Both later seatings include the trappings of New Year’s Eve: hats, tiaras, horns, and other noisemakers.
    Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor will host two New Year’s Eve seatings. An earlier seating will include a three-course prix fixe for $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Those at a later seating will choose from a four-course menu, and then be offered a midnight champagne toast, and a D.J. all night, for dancing. The cost is $85 plus. Reservations for both seatings have been recommended.
    The Living Room in East Hampton will offer an a la carte dinner on Monday night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by a $125, four-course prix fixe dinner beginning at 9 p.m., which includes a glass of champagne.
    At Almond in Bridgehampton, the New Year’s Eve celebration begins at 9 p.m. with a four-course dinner accompanied by a midnight champagne toast and party favors. The price is $85 per person. The restaurant will offer its regular a la carte service from 6 to 8 p.m. along with casual dishes to be served at the bar.
    On New Year’s Day, a brunch will be served at Almond starting at 11:30 a.m. Holiday specials will be included on the brunch menu, and diners will receive a complimentary Bellini, Bloody Mary, or mimosa.
    Also serving a New Year’s Day brunch will be the Plaza Cafe in Southampton. Starting at 10:30 a.m., those who arrive will receive a complimentary mimosa.
    In Amagansett, Indian Wells Tavern will have brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., served along with regular menu items. On New Year’s Eve, Indian Wells will offer a two-course prix fixe for $22, or a three-course prix fixe for $25.
    Out in Montauk, O’Murphy’s restaurant and pub is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve, when dinner will be served from 5 to 11 p.m. Entree choices will include surf and turf, prime rib, grilled veal chops, roast duck, and Gaelic chicken. A children’s menu and the restaurant’s regular menu will also be available.
    The Shagwong will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve for $30. A $60 version will include cocktails all night. A live band will perform. Shagwong will be open on New Year’s Day for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Celebrating at Home
    Lucy’s Whey in East Hampton has a supply of its popular Montauk marlin dip, which can be served along with a cheese plate or other appetizers. It will only be available for another week before the supply is depleted until spring.