Newsday's Elisa DiStefano visited Pietro's in East Meadow, EGP Land & Sea in Island Park and Frank’s Steaks in Rockville Centre to check out the restaurants' holiday decorations.  Credit: Randee Daddona

Each year, eateries across Long Island usher in the holiday season with more than just specialty menus. Some serve up grand decorative displays that can put even the biggest Grinch in a merry mood.

Those with an appetite for festive flair can have their fill at any of these restaurants, where the greens are not just on the plate — they’re all over the grounds.


259 Main St., Huntington

This historic Huntington luncheonette — set to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year — has spent decades decorating for the holidays, both major and minor. Its Christmas and Hanukkah setups are one of the more elaborate ones, co-owner Jimmy Spiropoulos said. For its quintessential floor-to-ceiling displays, Munday’s combines variations of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas trees, snowmen, gingerbread men, menorahs and dreidels amid lights, garland, hanging ornaments and other holiday-themed knickknacks and figurines. The loads of holiday action are the result of Paul Burke, longtime server Joan Burke’s brother, working overnights over several weeks to decorate. Come mid-January, he starts taking down the décor in preparation for Munday's Valentine’s Day spectacle. More info: (631) 421-3553;

Mundays in Huntington puts up a charming display for the...

Mundays in Huntington puts up a charming display for the holidays. Credit: Joann Vaglica

Buckram Stables Cafe

31 Forest Ave., Locust Valley

Hit the slopes, no skis required, at this cozy restaurant that is transformed into a winter wonderland with a moving, miniature ski lift that stretches halfway across the back of the dining room. It's all part of the main attraction: a mantle that sits above the restaurant's booths and greets you upon entering the establishment. A small ski village sits atop decorated with numerous faux trees, snow and little cabins. The restaurant’s exterior is decorated as well, with 48-inch wreaths hanging from the cafe's front windows, along with garland, plants and holiday lights. Its back patio gets the festive treatment, too, with real potted trees decorated in lights. Buckram’s display stays up throughout the winter season. More info: 516-671-3080,

Buckram Stables Cafe in Locust Valley.

Buckram Stables Cafe in Locust Valley. Credit: Joann Vaglica

EGP Land & Sea

2 Pettit Pl., Island Park

A mistletoe margarita, peppermint martini or spiked eggnog may be enough to get you in the holiday spirit, but EGP has revamped more than its cocktail menu this season. The gastropub turned its sleek main dining and bar areas into spaces packed with decorations in white, silver and gold with pops of green. The setup boasts cloudlike designs made up of white garland, faux snow and dangling ornaments. Where these designs don’t take up ceiling space, hanging string lights do. Giant wreaths and a white Christmas tree add to the festive atmosphere. Check it out through February. More info: 516-544-2879;

The holiday decor at EPG Land & Sea in Island...

The holiday decor at EPG Land & Sea in Island Park. Credit: Linda Rosier

B.K. Sweeney's Uptown Grille

636 Franklin Ave., Garden City

Manager Lysa Jaramillo has decorated the pub the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 20 years. Jaramillo and "her elves" (three co-workers) spend two full days hanging more than 15,000 lights throughout the pub. Spiral Christmas trees and candy canes are at the main entrance; garland lines entryways and trims the bar, and wreaths are in abundance. This year, pub goers will notice a snowflake theme throughout, with decals tucked into the garland, on the glass dividers between each booth and elsewhere. Above the bar sits a Victorian village. The backyard features more candy canes, spiral trees and Christmas greensJaramillo reuses a lot of the decorations, which stay up through mid-January. "It's festive. Cozy," she said. More info: 516-746-3075,

B.K. Sweeney's Uptown Grille in Garden City decorated for the...

B.K. Sweeney's Uptown Grille in Garden City decorated for the holidays. Credit: Lysa Jaramillo


476 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow

The holiday spirit is alive at this Italian restaurant, which recently entered its third generation of family ownership. Owner Lauren Maslov, whose grandfather opened the original Pietro’s in 1976, calls decorating the restaurant her “passion project” and it’s evident in the details. The pizzeria exudes a festive, yet toned-down, cabin-like feel, but walk through the doorway to the restaurant’s main dinning room and the décor is magnified. Greens, reds and whites dominate the room via garland strung across the ceiling (which also features hanging ornaments) and a faux shrubbery wall adorned with lights, faux florals, reindeers, candy canes, acorns, branches and more. The theme carries over into the restaurant’s yard, where customers can dine in one of six igloos set up in its own winter wonderland filled with string lights, its signature red and white umbrellas, and decorative trees. Vito Pullara of Lotta Holiday Lights and Maslov's husband, Andrei, are credited with creating the merriness that's there until the first week in January (igloos are available all winter long). More info: 516-794-8820;

The holiday decor on the outdoor patio at Pietro’s in...

The holiday decor on the outdoor patio at Pietro’s in East Meadow. Credit: Linda Rosier


3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale

When you step into this riverside fine dining restaurant tucked between the Connetquot River and residential Oakdale, you'll be greeted by snow-dusted trees covered in seashell and starfish ornaments. It's "simple, yet stunning," general manager Joe Scalice said of the classic rustic-meets-nautical décor. For more than 35 years, a professional designer has been called in to decorate each of the restaurant's rooms. Lit garland elegantly drapes throughout the tea room, which features a sushi bar, waterfall and two fireplaces. The main bay-view dining room is accented with frosted trees and vintage lanterns, among other decorations. Customers can expect the waterside seafood spot to carry its festive theme through Jan. 6. More info: 631-589-2694,

View in Oakdale.

View in Oakdale. Credit: Joann Vaglica

The Ice Cream Chick

46L Gerard St., Huntington

This ice cream shop has transformed into a pink and purple fantasyland for the winter — with dashes of silver and gold. "We don’t allow red and green in here," said owner Christine Cairo. Until at least January, your next housemade ice cream sundae can be had under a ceiling of French silk ribbon and ornaments. More than a handful of trees are setup throughout the space, along with festive lighting, glitter reindeers and disco balls. Cairo said she, with her mother’s help, starts decorating after Halloween and isn’t finished until around Thanksgiving. More info: 631-673-1100,

The Ice Cream Chick in Huntington decorates with pinks and...

The Ice Cream Chick in Huntington decorates with pinks and purples. Credit: Joann Vaglica

Torta Fina

80 Deer Park Ave., Babylon

A trip to Rome more than a decade ago inspired the holiday décor at this bake shop and patisserie, said owner Joseph Campbell. The light display hanging from the more than 100-year-old building encompasses more than 8,500 lights, all of which Campbell and a staffer hang up themselves. Expect an icy, clear white look on the facade with added multicolored lights via 4-foot trees planted in ceramic pots by the entrance. Fresh wreaths and garland add to the holiday cheer. Co-owner Thomas DeStefano handles the inside décor, where you’ll find more lights, garland and floral arrangements. Sneak a peek until New Year’s Day. More info: 631-669-0824,

Torta Fina in Babylon lights up for the holidays.

Torta Fina in Babylon lights up for the holidays. Credit: Joseph Campbell

Uncle Bacala's

2370 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park

Italian American food is the main draw here, but come the holidays, so is its décor. It starts in the restaurant’s vestibule with a life-size Santa surrounded by faux presents. Inside, owner Peter Hewitson and his staff dress the entire restaurant — a decked out Christmas tree greets guests upon arrival; oversized, lit wreaths line the window panels; and ribbon-studded garland, nutcrackers and small trinkets can be found throughout the eatery. Uncle Bacala’s is also bringing its "Winter Wonderland" outdoors, where guests can sit under a tent or in heated igloos surrounded by tall plants decorated for the holidays. The décor remains up until the first week into the new year. More info: 516-739-0505,

Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park.

Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park. Credit: Uncle Bacala’s

Posto Pazzo

84 New York Ave., Huntington

Traditional red bows, white florals, an array of candles and the occasional hanging ornament set the scene at this classic Italian restaurant, but it's the 20-foot artificial Christmas tree that steals the show. Located in the back of the restaurant in an enclosed patio, the tree — up on a pedestal and surrounded by decorative gifts and a nativity set — is decked out with all the bells and whistles. Decorations will stay up through Jan. 6. More info: 631-271-2253;

This 20-foot Christmas tree is annually raised within the enclosed...

This 20-foot Christmas tree is annually raised within the enclosed patio at Il Posto Di Joey in Huntington come the holiday season. Credit: Joann Vaglica

Embassy Diner

4280 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage

Gus Tsiorvas, who recently took over the decades-old diner, is going full throttle on holiday décor. Lit-up wreaths, Christmas trees and candy canes on the facade give way for what’s to come inside: a space heavily decorated with hanging ornaments, oversized snowflakes, bundles of decorative poinsettias, garland, tinsel and more. The holiday theme comes down Jan. 9. More info: 516-796-1132;

Embassy Diner in Bethpage is covered in holiday décor.

Embassy Diner in Bethpage is covered in holiday décor. Credit: Gus Tsiorvas

Frank’s Steaks

54 Lincoln Ave., Rockville Centre

Come the holiday season, this steakhouse turns into an "enchanting" winter wonderland said interior decorator Michael Delahanty. It's equipped with a 7-foot-tall nutcracker, a Christmas tree and more than 50,000 lights. Elaborate garland featuring faux snow, presents, ornaments, snowflakes, gingerbread men and Candy Land props fills the space. Not one of the four rooms here have an identical appearance: Delahanty, who works with decorator Colin O’Leary, said he approaches the bar area “like it’s Christmas morning,” focusing on garland that lines the ceiling and is meant to appear as a hanging Christmas tree. The "lounge" is decorated with "The Chronicles of Narnia" in mind, while the dining room is more "classic and traditional," O’Leary said, pointing out the room’s large tree topped with a moving angel. The Lincoln party room is more "laid back and fun," he said, with brightly-lit wreaths on the window panels. Decorations are up through January. More info: 516-536-1500,

Frank's Steaks in Rockville Centre.

Frank's Steaks in Rockville Centre. Credit: Randee Daddona

The Milleridge

585 N. Broadway, Jericho

This Jericho mainstay has more room than most — 12 acres — to dress for Christmas. An in-house staff of about 20 spend nearly two weeks hanging wreaths on every window (about 150); placing roughly 600 poinsettias around the grounds; pinning down custom-made, lit-up figurines throughout the adjoining walk-through village; and hanging a few hundred thousand holiday lights. Attendees can also look forward to a North Pole express train ride, bounce houses and other inflatables, plus more holiday-related activities, which are set up through Christmas Eve (décor remains until Jan. 6). More info: 516-931-2201,

The Milleridge Inn in Jericho has more room than most...

The Milleridge Inn in Jericho has more room than most — 12 acres — to dress for Christmas. Credit: Nikki Kotarsk

Bright Eye Beer Company

50 West Park Ave., Long Beach

The hand-painted holiday window display outside of this brewery is matched by the spirit of all the holiday décor hanging inside, where you'll find ribbon wrapped around poles and multicolored lights hung around the bar area, plus ornaments, large decorative candy canes, stockings and a couple of disco balls hanging from up above. There's also a lounge space that's been surrounded by strands of lights, creating a view of endless illumination for anyone sitting inside. More info: 516-543-5736,

Holiday decorations at Bright Eye Beer Company in Long Beach.

Holiday decorations at Bright Eye Beer Company in Long Beach. Credit: Ian J. Stark

Eric's Italian Bistro

70 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola

This Italian restaurant lights up Old Country Road with three heavily decorated 150-pound wreaths, illuminated stars and some dressed-up garland and potted evergreen plants. Inside, there are more than 150 decorations, including hanging ornaments, wreaths, bows, trees, garland and other (mostly handmade) pieces that are custom designed by chef and owner George Echeverria's wife, Fanny. Mid-January, it all comes down. More info: 516-280-5675,

Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola decorated for the holidays.

Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola decorated for the holidays. Credit: Eric's Italian Bistro

The Irish coffee Pub

131 Carleton Ave., East Islip

This spot's natural colors lend themselves to the holiday season, said owner and operator Stephen Mahood. "We want it to be simple, subtle, elegant," while embracing the holiday season, he said. To strike that balance, the South Shore restaurant enlists the help of a former employee, Debbie McGorry, along with her assistant Liz Gorrasi, and a team of four "little elves" (the pub's staff) to decorate the entire 12,000-square-foot space with fresh wreaths and poinsettias. Outside, the perimeter of the roof is lit up by white lights, as is a nearby European weeping beech tree. Catch a glimpse through Little Christmas on Jan. 6. More info: 631-277-0007,

The Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip during the holiday...

The Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip during the holiday season.

Oconee Diner

749 Montauk Hwy., Islip

Chef Bill Thompson is responsible for this eatery's eye-catching holiday displays. Above each table and booth are any combination of giant Christmas balls, artificial poinsettia leaves, snowflakes and starbursts. The displays come down the first week in January. More info: 631-581-2663,

Photo of the dining room of the Oconee East Diner...

Photo of the dining room of the Oconee East Diner in Islip decorated for the holidays. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Country House Restaurant

1175 North Country Rd., Stony Brook

The Stony Brook eatery has made a big deal of its holiday decorations since at least the 1970s. But Robert Willemstyn said that when he and Scott Wendt took over as owners in 2005, they lit it up a few kilowatts. The restaurant itself is presented as a gift — its exterior is trimmed with a giant red ribbon. These days, the decorating duo makes use of about 30 bales of evergreens, 50,000 Christmas lights, 1,000 feet of garland and at least 25 wreaths, among other decorations. Mid-January, it's back to basics. More info: 631-751-3332

Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook is one of several...

Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook is one of several restaurants that decorates for Christmas. Credit: Robert Willemstyn

The Snapper Inn

500 Shore Dr., Oakdale

The owners have their eastern European ancestry to thank for the inn's more than 30-year tradition of hanging not just ornaments but an entire tree — placed upside down — in the Oakdale eatery. It takes about four staffers to place the 6-foot-tall artificial tree in the Connetquot River dining room, named for the riverbank the restaurant sits on, and two to decorate it, said general manager Kerry Blanchard. Decorations go up the week before Thanksgiving and come down right after New Year's. Aside from the upside-down tree, fresh garland lines the restaurant's exterior, entrance, walkways and bar area. A 14-foot artificial tree stands in the main dining room, and more than 100 poinsettias are placed throughout the 10,000-square-foot space. M; ore info: 631-589-0248, 

The Snapper Inn Waterfront restaurant in Oakdale.

The Snapper Inn Waterfront restaurant in Oakdale. Credit: Snapper Inn

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