Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Shelter Island (or nearby)


Want to do something different for New Year’s Eve? Celebrate it on Shelter Island.

Life may move a little slower there now that the crowds are gone, but several restaurants are still open and will offer a wonderful way to welcome 2016.

Here’s where you can ring in the New Year on the Rock.

The Chequit

Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve dinner at the Chequit’s Red Maple. The menu offers seasonally inspired dishes like a kale and butternut squash salad or favorites like the 12 oz. New York strip steak frites or pan seared scallops. There are also comfort foods like burgers and several versions of man n’ cheese. Or try their decadent 1.25 pound lobster. The Chequit will be offering champagne specials New Year’s Eve to keep the bubbly flowing all night. Dinner will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., then the bar will remain open until 1 a.m.

On New Year’s Day come to Red Maple’s’s Pajama Brunch. Dig into hearty dishes like steak and eggs, brioche French toast or their breakfast flatbread, topped with eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.on January 1st. Reservations are encouraged.

The Chequit is located at 23 Grand Avenue in Shelter Island Heights. For more information about the Chequit’s New Year’s Eve celebrations call (631) 749-0018 or visit thechequit.com.

The Ram’s Head Inn

The Ram’s Head Inn will offer a quiet dinner with a bottle of wine in front of the fire this New Year’s Eve. Chef Joe Smith will offer a special three-course holiday menu that includes dishes like filet mignon, cracker crusted halibut and lemon grilled lobster. Reserve a cozy candlelit table for two or book a larger table for a group of friends. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Then after dinner head on over to the bar to toast the new year in with a glass of wine or cocktail. The bar will remain open until 1 a.m.

The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 Ram Island Drive. For more information about their New Year’s Eve festivities call (631) 749-0811 or visit theramsheadinn.com.

Wolffer Kitchen

Located in Sag Harbor, Wölffer Kitchen is just a short ferry ride away and the new eatery is doing New Year’s Eve up in a big way. For $85 per person enjoy a sumptuous three-course price-fixe dinner that includes dishes like sautéed fluke, grilled shrimp and homemade pastas. Raise a glass of Wölffer Sparkling Rosé to toast the evening, then indugle in some tiramisu or a rustic peach tart for dessert. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the bar will remain open until 1 a.m.

Wölffer Kitchen is located at 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor. To make reservations or for more information about their New Year’s Eve celebrations, call (631) 725-0101 or visit wolfferkitchen.com.