Celebrate making it through another 365 days like the bon vivant you are: wining, dining and making merry. We've found New York's best restaurants for a New Year's Eve dinner to remember, including a multicourse meal at Empellón Taqueria, a large-format feast for groups at Má Pêche and even a no-reservation option at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for procrastinators. We also have options for where to find a nightcap with a range of parties thrown at trendy bars around town.
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New Year's Eve dinner
Price: $85 per person, $115 per person with bottomless sparkling wine
On the menu: The all-American spot presents a three-course prix fixe for the year’s last meal with starters like buttery, thyme-studded biscuits and a grilled wedge salad smothered in buttermilk blue-cheese dressing. Mains are all about comfort cuisine, including braised short-rib meatloaf with seared cauliflower, and a white-truffle mac and cheese capped with a biscuit-and-thyme crust for serious crunch. Up the ante with unlimited pours of Gruet sparkling wine from New Mexico and sweet pecan pie or rich red velvet cake for dessert. Seatings begin at 5:15pm, 7:15pm and 9:15pm; ends at 11pm.
Price: $65 for 7pm and 7:30pm seatings; $75 for 9:30pm and 10pm seatings
On the menu: At this Acadian-inspired East Village eatery, the four-course menu includes Gallic-leaning appetizers such as venison tartare with rutabaga, apple and egg, and mains including roasted cod with cockles, bay scallops in andouille broth and a tasso duck breast with faro. Dig into a classic New Orleans doberge cake, a multi-layer dessert filled with lemon pudding and chocolate, to start the year on a sweet note. Seatings at 7pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm and 10pm; ends at midnight.
Price: First seating $225, second seating $650
On the menu: Depending on your appetite, Daniel Humm delivers both five- and seven-course dinners at his white-tableclothed Gramercy gem. Both options offer live scallops, caviar, and a terrine of foie gras, black truffles and radicchio. First seating at 5:30pm, second seating at 9:30pm.
Price: à la carte
On the menu: Dine below the shining glass atrium at the hotel dining room before dashing around the corner to its accompanying annexed bar. Choose from decadent plates like Alaskan king crab salad topped with celery and black truffles ($32), a dry-aged, roasted beef tenderloin ($43) or suckling pig ($36) with dandelions and dates. 5:30pm–midnight.
Price: First seating $85, plus $40 for wine pairing; second seating $95, plus $55 for wine pairing.
On the menu: The festive docket at this Chinese-American spot includes six courses of specials like a egg-noodles with Chinese sausage, winter salad (matsutake mushrooms, root vegetables) and a plate of fried pork chops doused in a black-truffle–sherry glaze. Choose the second seating to get a gratis glass of bubbly and partake in an old-fashioned New Year’s countdown. First seating from 6–9pm, second seating 8pm–midnight.
Price: Six–course tasting menu $125, 10-course tasting menu $250
On the menu: This Michelin-starred downtown den boasts two impressive options: a first seating with six courses, and a second with your choice of six or 10 dishes. Holiday highlights include caviar and dill atop crème-fraîche ice cream, Maine diver scallops with apple and uni, and New Zealand red deer flavored with gin. Toast to 2015 with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight, along with a flaming Christmas pudding. First seating at 5:30pm, second seating at 9pm.
Price: First seating $125, second seating $158
On the menu: Come early for an end-of-the-year feast at Anita Lo’s famed West Village parlor offering four courses such as dried-fig brioche panzanella, butter-poached Arctic char sprinkled with black truffle and a Szechuan-style duo of lamb. Diners in the second round will enjoy a six-course version of the holiday meal, along with a trio of caviar and a midnight bubbly toast. First seating 6:30–9pm, second seating 9pm–midnight.
Price: First seating $65 per person, second seating $95 per person
On the menu: Choose from five plates for each of this luxe dining room’s three courses. Get started with truffle-bruléed salsify with fried quail egg or a white-asparagus salad tossed in lemon-watercress vinaigrette, then move onto mains such as a surf-and-turf of seared diver scallops paired with oxtail and a roasted loin of venison alongside juniper gnocchi. Polish things off with treats, from a sticky toffee pudding to a creamy milk-chocolate tart. First seating from 5:30-8:30pm, second seating from 9-10:45pm.
Price: $225 per person
On the menu: John Fraser (Dovetail) created a veggie-minded menu at his farm-to-table restaurant, including light bites like carrot fries and artichoke tartare for the table. His heartier plates include confit pork tenderloin and smoked sausage atop barley risotto, and filet mignon soaked in bone-marrow vinaigrette and surrounded by king trumpet mushrooms. Savor the complimentary champagne, then work off your meal on the dance floor as DJ Billy Caldwell spins inside the Café Standard. 5:30pm–2am.
Price: 5:30pm seating $105 per person, 8pm seating $155, 10:30pm seating $175
On the menu: Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori is serving up a five course-tasting menu at his downtown-farmhouse eatery with snacks like jumbo shrimp cocktail and house-made Vermont burrata, along with shared servings of Wagyu-beef tataki (Japanese ponzi, fresh jalapeno) and Bar Harbor mussels with kimchi and house-smoked bacon. Choose from main options like Montauk lobster raviol with English peas, and a 16oz thick-cut Korean BBQ pork chop with crispy Vidalia onion rings. All seatings can enjoy a free glass of bubbly and take-home New Year’s Eve party favors. First seating at 5:30pm, second seating at 8pm, third seating at 10:30pm until midnight.
New Year's Eve parties
On the agenda: Dig out the bright leggings and boy-band t-shirts: Pork Slope is turning the clock back a couple decades. At this 90s-inspired bash, expect Spice Girls hits as chef Dale Talde serves nostalgia-inducing snacks like house-made Pop-Tarts and ham-and-cheese Hot Pockets. Order cocktails like the vodka–ginger-beer Brooklyn Mule ($8) or the Strong Island Shanty ($12), a blend of gin and No Limits Hefeweizen, along with a selection of bourbon and whiskey ($10–$12) from Bulleit and Bushmills and $6 beers on tap (Park Slope Ale, Shiner Bock). 5pm–4am.
Price: $150 online, $175 at the door
On the agenda: Dance into the New Year at Brooklyn Winery’s annual masquerade, complete with a four-hour open bar and a series of passed plates (fried buttermilk chicken bites, shrimp-brioche rolls). Throw back six different vino varietals, craft brews (Coney Island Pilsner, Ithaca Flower Power) or the night’s spotlight cocktail, The Muse (vodka, Cointreau, sparkling wine). 9pm–1am.
Price: $195 per person
On the agenda: Sink into a tufted leather booth at this cozy, 19th-century–styled lounge lit with a roaring fire. Join fellow party-goers at the fully-loaded open bar and fill up on hors d’oeuvres like smoked sturgeon topped with caviar and crème fraiche, plus homey bites like bacon-wrapped hot dogs with black truffle, while a DJ mixes holiday tunes. 9pm–2am