WHEN CHRISTMAS IS A GEM: It will be a very special Christmas Eve at Jewel (400 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, 631-755-5777, www.jewelrestaurantli.com) indeed, with its three-course prix-fixe Dec. 24 dinner. Appetizers include: market salad, grilled local oysters, shrimp cocktail and Buffalo mozzarella with local tomatoes. For entrees, choose from: Linguini “7 Fishes” (lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, scallops, calamari, white wine, EVOO); duck confit with fried rice; house-cured pork chop with sweet potato-banana mash; root beer braised short ribs; butter poached lobster (plus $12); or a roasted filet mignon (plus $12). For dessert, it’s a choice of Tom’s Birthday Cake (chocolate mousse, nutella and caramel), bottomless apple tart, or pumpkin cheesecake. The whole thing is $45 per person.
BREAK OUT THE UGLY: Christmas sweater, that is. Come on, everyone’s got on. In fact, if you wear it this Thursday, it may pay dividends. Honu Kitchen & Cocktails (363 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-421-6900 www.honukitchen.com) is having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Contest on Dec. 19. Participants get free coconut martinis (our favorite Honu cocktail) and sangria from 9-10 p.m. Ugly is sounding pretty good to us!
JAZZY BRUNCH: Like a little jazz with your New Orleans cuisine? Then you’ll love the Jazz Brunch Buffet, every Sunday at Storyville American Table (43 Green St., Huntington, 631-351-3446, www.storyvilleamericantable.com) from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Perhaps the best part? A complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary comes with your meal. $21.95 adults/$11.95 children 12 and under. This is a popular one, so reservations are highly suggested.