Lots of events going on in the area to celebrate the holidays, of course. First, let's think of the needy. The Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE) has launched a Community Holiday Drive to benefit area children. CMEE is asking the local community to help provide toys and winter clothing for children served by CMEE's partner organizations, including Long Island Head Start, The Retreat, Riverside Rediscovered, and the Wuneechanunk Shinnecock Preschool. New, unwrapped toys and books for 3- to 13-year-olds as well as new or gently worn winter clothing (including gloves, hats, and boots) in children's sizes can be dropped off in CMEE's lobby during normal business hours. There's also an Amazon Wishlist for those who want to help out long distance. And thanks.
If you're planning to go to Montauk, Gurney's is offering the following deals to anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. At Scarpetta Beach restaurant, receive a complimentary glass of champagne; at the Seawater Spa, a complimentary treatment upgrade; at the oceanfront ice rink, get complimentary skate rental and entry; an in the resort, receive a complimentary room upgrade (based on availability). Remember, the toy must be new and unwrapped.
It's almost Hanukkah, and both Nick & Toni's and Rowdy Hall are offering specials to celebrate. Nick & Toni's will offer special holiday dishes the first three nights of Hanukkah, Sunday, December 6 to Tuesday, December 8, and new holiday specials will be offered the last four nights of Hanukkah, Wednesday December 9 to Sunday December 13. The items are available a la carte or on a prix fixe menu for $40. Menu items on the first three nights include amuse chopped chicken liver crostini, potato lakes with house cured salmon and crème fraiche, and braised beef brisket. The last four nights, try roasted beet soup, braised lamb skank with sweet potato tzimmes and pomegranate gremolata, and honey and apple cake.
Rowdy Hall will offer special lunch and dinner menus the first three nights of Hanukkah and the last four nights as well. For lunch the first three days, try potato leek soup with crispy parsnips or a short rib grilled cheese sandwich. Dinner specials the first three nights include roasted beet salad and braised beef short ribs. The last four days of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 10 – Saturday, December 12), try for lunch a soup of beet purée with horseradish cream and a braised brisket sandwich. For dinner the last four nights (Wednesday, December 9 – Saturday, December 12), try braised brisket with honey glazed carrots and potato cake, and for dessert, apple cake with butterscotch.
· CMEE [Official]
· Gurney's [Official]
· Nick & Toni's [Official]
· Rowdy Hall [Official]