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If you’re still not finished with your Christmas shopping and the thought of hitting the mall sends shivers up your spine that have nothing to do with the climate, consider gift certificates to local restaurants.

If you’re still not finished with your Christmas shopping and the thought of hitting the mall sends shivers up your spine that have nothing to do with the climate, consider gift certificates to local restaurants. There are options to suit any budget, and you might even get invited to tag along for dinner.

Spice up the holidays with a gift certificate to Quetzalcoatl in Huntington. They come in denominations up to $100, but $50 should cover a party of two, including drinks. Recommend the chili en nogada, a poblano chili stuffed with picadillo and topped with a walnut cream sauce.

Stop in at Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James to buy a gift certificate in any dollar amount (credit cards not accepted), but we suggest $75 to cover a dinner for two. Owner Kristina Lomando, who says certificate sales are brisk this year, recommends the spaghetti all’Amatriciana made with pork and pecorino cheese.

The folks at Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale also report gift certificate sales have been “more this year than ever before.” They suggest $50 to cover a nice dinner for two. In addition to beers crafted on location, the German-influenced eatery offers Capt’n Crunch encrusted chicken.

Finally, for those eager to give but not so eager to part with 50 bucks, consider the Pit Stop in Merrick. Their burgers are unbelievable and priced to move. A $20 gift certificate will get them two “all the way burgers” with fries and drinks and they'll still have $4 to spare.

Stuff their stockings with sushi

If you're looking for something even more exotic, consider a taste of the orient at Kotobuki Restaurant. In addition to their regular menu of traditional and contemporary Japanese, they offer critically acclaimed super-fresh sashimi for $20. With locations in Babylon, Hauppauge and Roslyn, they’re sure to have a spot convenient to your loved one.

 
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