It's great getting together with family and friends at this time of year, listening to Christmas carols and opening packages left by Santa under a glittering tree, or lighting a menorah for Hanukah. Make your holiday even more enjoyable by ordering Christmas or Hanukah takeout dinners at one of the many local places on Long Island. They'll do all the hard work for you so you can sit back and relax and savor the delicious, already-prepared feasts.
This article is updated each year. Here are the Christmas & Hanukah Dinner Takeout Listings for 2013.
Feeling overworked? Call Iavarone Brothers to order a Holiday Antipasto Platter or a special Christmas Dinner Package which includes appetizers to desserts and everything in between. The multi-course dinner includes a choice of appetizers and salads, a main course of honey-glazed spiral ham and a choice of either boneless stuffed pork loin or Chicken Iavarone, sliced chicken cutlet sauteed with peppers, artichoke hearts, mushroom sand capers in a wine sauce. There's also a choice of side dishes and a freshly-baked dessert.
Alternately, you can shop at one of the Iavarone Bros. stores and choose from the many delectable prepared foods available at the deli. Note: All orders must be placed by December 20 by 7 p.m. All Iavarone Bros. locations will be closed on Christmas Day.
For more information and to place an order, please call (877) IBFOODS (423-6637) or visit Iavarone Bros. Foods
Iavarone Brothers Locations:
7929 Jericho Turnpike (& South Woods Rd.), Woodbury Village Center, Woodbury, NY (516) 921-5400
1166 Wantagh Avenue, Cherrywood Center, Wantagh, NY (516) 781-6400
1538 Union Turnpike, Lake Success Center, New Hyde Park, NY (516) 488-5600
And in Queens at 6900 Grand Avenue, (Corner of 69th Street), Maspeth, NY (718) 639-3623
Ben's Deli offers a Holiday Season Dinner for 12 including assorted hors d'oeuvres, main course, side dishes and more. They can deliver to homes or offices. Order online: Ben's Deli.
Ben's also features private party rooms for holiday gatherings. They're open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day.
They also offer a Hanukkah Family Dinner for 6, including chicken noodle soup, matzo balls, chicken or brisket and more.
Note: Ben's of Baldwin has moved to the Country Glen Shopping Center, 59 Old Country Road. (516) 742-3354. Ben's of Greenvale: 140 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale. (516) 621-3340. Ben's of Woodbury, 7971 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury. (516) 496-4354.
Citarella also offers a Hanukah Menu with prime first-cut beef brisket, kosher turkey and other main courses, holiday platters, desserts and more.
Please place your holiday orders as far in advance as possible by calling (631) 726-3636. For more information and to view the holiday menus, visit Citarella.
Sit back and savor a wonderful holiday dinner. Choose from Elegant Eating's special Family Christmas Dinner or their regular menu. For the full Christmas catering menu, visit Elegant Eating. Please place your orders for Christmas dinner early. More information: (631) 360-2211 or visit Elegant Eating.
They also offer a Hanukah Menu, but please note that the food is NOT kosher. Your Hanukah dinner order must be placed early. Enjoy a choice of items like brisket with gravy, salmon, smoked fish and more. Finish your meal with rugalach or honey bundt cake.
Give your guests a taste of this bakery's luscious holiday desserts like their Yule Log, filled with chocolate mousse and topped with a dark chocolate icing. Or try the velvety smooth Eggnog Cheesecake. From carrot cake to chocolate mousse cake, red velvet cake or tiramisu, Copenhagen Bakery's cakes, pies, breads and pastries will delight your family and friends. Please place orders early.
Copenhagen Bakery is located at 75 Woodbine Avenue Northport, NY. Phone:(631)754-3256.
Fairway Holiday CateringOrder oven-ready dinners like the Prime Rib plus hors d'oeuvres, entree and sides, plus dessert. $249 for servings for 10, $479 for servings for 20; or the Turkey, Leg of Lam, Beef Wellington, Feast of the Seven Fishes and other packages.
View full menus at www.fairwaymarket.com/catering.
Long Island locations:
50 Manetto Drive
Call (516) 937-5402 extension 149 to order your holiday fare
1258 Corporate Drive
Call (516) 247-6849 to order your holiday menu