The holidays are as synonymous with dessert as they are with light displays, festivals and snow. Calories are put on the back burner—there’s enough time to worry about that in the new year. Four Long Island restaurants are making it easy to indulge in the best flavors of the season by including festive desserts on their menus. Dig in and be merry.
Rowdy Hall, East Hampton
A delightful space adorned with dark wood floors and lantern-style sconces, Rowdy Hall has an equally impressive holiday dessert line-up. Snag a table near the gas fireplace in the center of the dining room and make sure to save room for the sugary treats. There is a chocolate-espresso buche de noel (yule log) with caramelized rice krispies and profiteroles with Nutella ice cream, caramelized hazelnuts and hazelnut sauce. Phone: 631-324-8555 | Address: 10 Main St Click to taste
BRIO Tuscan Grille, Huntington Station
This warm, relaxed Italian eatery has added a special white chocolate berry bread pudding to its dessert menu just for the holidays. The delicacy is made with vanilla bean gelato, housemade berry sauce and anglaise for a bite that is equal parts sweet and delicious. Phone: 631-479-3816 | Address: 160 Walt Whitman Rd Click to taste
Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton
A drive to Nick & Toni’s is always beautiful, especially during the off-season when the open land casts an unwavering solace. The simple and elegant décor—think artworks hanging from white walls—matches the impressive menu. This holiday season the cozy restaurant (with a mosaic tiled wood-burning oven) is featuring a chocolate chestnut tart with dried cherries, vin santo and a mascarpone cream. Phone: 631-324-3550 | Address: 136 N Main St Click to taste
Made fresh in-house daily, the desserts at Smallcakes are big on flavor. Perfect for a holiday party or fun family gathering, this popular cupcake shop has prepared several seasonal cupcake flavors. Think: peppermint crunch, eggnog cheesecake, gingerbread and ginger molasses. Not to mention, the peppermint and gingerbread ice cream flavors are worth having during the winter. Phone: 631-500-9300 | Address: 17 W Main St Click to taste