Your New Year's resolutions to cook more and dine out less can wait. You've got one day left to be your 2015 self, so treat yourself to a grade-A dinner before hitting up some wild New Year's Eve parties to ring in 2016. You trusted us on where to eat out for Christmas eve and Christmas day, now heed our advice on the 10 restaurants and bars serving the best New Year's Eve dinner NYC has to offer.
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New Year's Eve dinner in NYC
On the menu: Save a few bucks on your New Year's feast at chef Sandy Dee Hall's farm-to-table eatery: the reasonably-priced, eight-course prix-fixe includes decadent appetizers like burrata and cured tuna, as well as soul-warming entrees like steamy, tonkotsu pork ramen. Cap off the meal with a selection of Oddfellows ice cream and throw in an extra thirty dollars for an open bar between 11pm and 1am.
Price: $250 first seating (5:30pm), $675 second seating (9pm)
On the menu: Hospitality titans Daniel Humm and Will Guidara bring back their annual, legendary New Year's Eve bash in two seatings. Both come with a grand spread of dishes such as smoked sturgeon sabayon with chive oil, foie gras terrine and dry-aged ribeye with potato and black truffle, but the later seating will feature champagne toasts and live performances by a seven-piece band.
Price: $95 first seating (6-7pm), $125 second seating (8-10pm)
On the menu: To reflect on a year gone by, executive chef Jonathan Wu will serve a five-course tasting menu that incorporates greatest hits no longer available as a la carte offerings. Enjoy the restaurant's past standouts like scallop wontons (truffle dashi, Perigord truffles) and chestnut moon cake, alongside new creations like a foie gras mousse slicked on you tiao bread and char siu pork belly on Japanese koshihikari rice.
Price: $125, $195 with wine pairing
On the menu: The still-nascent, hyperseasonal restaurant by chef Alex Leonard and owner Hugh Crickmore will fete its first holiday with dishes like raw oysters, caviar, foie gras-stuffed quail and beef en croute. Pony up an additional 70 bucks for the wine pairings, which includes a wide selection of festive champagnes.
Price: $125 first seating (6pm), $165 second seating (9pm)
On the menu: Enjoy a stylish soiree at Williamsburg's beloved oyster house, complete with a pop-up champagne bar on the garden patio, festive decor and live music. On the food front, chef Lisa Giffen will turn out appetizers like lobster ravioli (quail egg, smoked caviar) and seared foie gras (grapes, salt-and-pepper brioche), before dispatching decadent entrees like a red snapper vapeur and a traditional duck à l'Orange.
On the menu: Restaurateur Danny Meyer's New Orleans-inspired gastropub will host a fitting Big Easy bash with food, drink and music. Booze on bottomless cocktails from bar man Nicholas Bennett while feasting your way through endless bites from executive chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois—including crawfish pies, frizzled frog legs and a whole hog roast. Between plates, enjoy a live performance of 20s jazz and blues by local outfit Nick Russo & Hot Jazz Jumpers.
Price: $95, $125 with beverage pairings
On the menu: At this neighborhood Belgian bistro, James-Beard-awarded chef Koren Grievenson will serve a five-course steakhouse feast with meaty platters like a dry-aged beef fat crepe (sour cream, caviar), beef tongue-and-bone marrow patty melts and a choice of ribeye or porterhouse with traditional fixings. Vegetarians, fear not: plant- and fish-based alternatives include sunchoke tartare, vichyssoise with crispy leeks and a butternut squash pasta.
Price: $150 first two seatings, $250 late seating
On the menu: Headline-dominating Major Food Group gives New Year's Eve dinner a coastal Italian twist at their Meatpacking District newcomer. Starters include favorites like Calabrian tuna, followed by a choice of antipasti (caponata di pesce, branzino crudo), grains (octopus bucatini, spaghetti aragosta) and mains (lamb chops, lobster Catalan). For dessert, indulge on a choice of panettone, tri-color cannoli or a hazelnut-orange cake.
On the menu: Escape to Bollywood at mega-toque Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Southeast Asian restaurant, which will trade its regular menu and decor for Indian-accented versions on New Year's Eve. An 11-course menu includes spice-forward fare like a spiced chicken samosa with cilantro yogurt, shrimp tod mon pla with cucumber-peanut relish and butter-poached lobster (parsnip puree, caviar). Throughout the night, Bollywood dancers will be performing, set to the sounds of a live DJ.
On the menu: The newly-opened modern Israeli restaurant rings in their first New Year first New with a five-course tasting menu featuring the Time Out-approved signature Kubaneh bread followed by a grouper carpaccio with goat yogurt, foie gras with espresso creme and a grilled scallops number (chard corn bisque, paddlefish caviar). Round out the evening with a chocolate-bar–inspired dessert (Amarone cherries, popcorn shake) and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight.