New Year's Eve dinners at New York restaurants

Top off 2013 with a festive New Year’s Eve meal in NYC, ranging from à la carte offerings to tasting-menu blowouts

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Still haven’t nailed down plans for New Year’s Eve? Rather than drop a month’s rent to spend an hour in a coat-check line at another garden-variety NYE bash, grab a year-end meal at one of these NYC restaurants. Whether it’s a budget-friendly taco fiesta at Salvation Taco or high-rolling Japanese food at Brushstroke, there’s a feast for every New Year’s reveler.

New Year's Eve

Costata

  • Price band: 3/4

Michael White’s sleek Soho steakhouse will serve its à la carte menu—cavatelli with braised oxtail ($17), pan-roasted wild bass ($37) and Colorado lamb chops ($49)—and host a canapé reception ($115). An open bar will have wine, beer and cocktails, plus sparkling wine for a celebratory toast in the main dining room. 5:30pm–1am.

  1. 206 Spring St, (between Sixth Ave and Sullivan St ), 10012
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Salvation Taco

  • Price band: 2/4

At their colorful taqueria inside the Pod 39 Hotel, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will offer a four-course “Feliz año nuevo” dinner. Along with nosh like chips-and-guac and candied Spanish peanuts, the meal will feature large-format taco dishes, including brisket barbacoa with tomatillo and habanero salsas; slow-roasted pork shoulder with charred pineapple and cilantro; or fried fish with Mayan mayo and spicy tartar sauce. For dessert, find a pumpkin tres leches cake. 5:30pm–4am; $55.

  1. 145 E 39th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves), 10016
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Back Forty

  • Price band: 2/4
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Relive one of Gotham’s old New Year’s Eve traditions: the beefsteak meal, when folks used to sit down at large communal tables to feast on meat, traditionally sans utensils. Sink your teeth into a menu of bone-marrow-and-parsley toast, steak tartare, and sliced steak with béarnaise sauce and crispy potatoes—all without sacrificing the silverware. Finish the meal and the year with bourbon-caramel doughnuts and a shot of George Dickel whiskey. 9pm–midnight; $65.

  1. 190 Ave B, (between 11th and 12th Sts)
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The Elm

  • Price band: 2/4

Paul Liebrandt’s King & Grove dining room will host two rounds of artful, forward-thinking French fare. At the first, three-course seating, tuck into red kuri pumpkin with crispy sweetbreads, duck with slow-roasted fig and toasted-honey jus, and a mille-feuille with honeycrisp apples and caramel popcorn. The later time slot will feature four courses, including a sunchoke velouté, gnudi with scallops and black truffle, and Wagyu with smoked carrot, along with a midnight toast and live entertainment. 6–7:45pm, 9:30pm–late; $75–$160.

  1. 160 North 12th St, (between Bedford Ave and Berry St), 11211
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Northern Spy Food Co.

  • Price band: 2/4
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The East Village farm-to-table bastion will serve a four-course locavore feast. Start off with scallop ceviche, winter-vegetable minestrone soup or rabbit-and–foie gras terrine. Entrée choices include beef strip loin with roasted garlic, and poached cod with ruby-red shrimp and savoy cabbage. Poached pears with smoked chocolate or blood-orange cake with honey ice cream and sesame crisp are for dessert. 6–10:30pm; $75, wine pairing $30.

  1. 511 E 12th St, (between Aves A and B)
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The Marrow

Beat the cold with the hearty fare at Harold Dieterle’s West Village spot. The belly-warming meal will include house-made spaghetti with lobster Fra Diavolo, poached halibut with braised chicory, and a roasted guinea hen with hazelnut spaetzle and spiced-persimmon puree. For dessert, consider a honeycrisp-apple strudel with calvados caramel and quark ice cream, or vanilla-bean rice pudding with roasted pineapple and truffle honey. 6–10:30pm, $85.

  1. 99 Bank Street, 10014-2109
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Balaboosta

Chef-owner Einat Admony’s Mediterranean charmer will offer a family-style Moroccan feast. Alongside fresh-baked challah bread and herbed fish patties, dishes will include chicken tagine with harissa and fennel, braised lamb with ras el hanout (a North African spice mix), and couscous with crispy garlic and currants. 5:30pm–midnight; $85.

  1. 214 Mulberry St, (between Prince and Spring Sts)
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Tocqueville

  • Price band: 4/4
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Husband-and-wife team Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky will offer two elegant multicourse options at their French-American staple. The three-course menu includes jasmine-marinated fluke tartare, butter-poached lobster with celery-root flan, and barbecue beef cheeks with sweet carrots and citrus crumbs. Amp up the luxury with a five-course tasting menu spotlighting dishes like bison tartare, sea-urchin carbonara and a vanilla soufflé with mint ice cream. 5:30–7:30pm, 8–11pm; $85–$110.

  1. 1 E 15th St, (between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West), 10003
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Resto

  • Price band: 2/4
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Christian Pappanicholas’s Belgian spot will take on the whole animal, offering head-to-tail-feather feasts of game bird, as well as pig. On the meaty bill are roasted quail with cranberry and orange, goose sausage with prunes and spiced apples, and bucatini with pheasant and foie gras ragout. Along with the meal, plus-size beers and champagne will also be on offer at the latter seating. 5–7pm, 9pm–midnight; $85–$140.

  1. 111 E 29th St, (between Park and Lexington Aves)
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il Buco

  • Price band: 4/4

Give the New Year a warm welcome at this cozy Noho trattoria. Dig into a prix fixe featuring scallop crudo with white grapefruit; house-made gnocchi with shaved Umbrian truffle; and rib eye with marrow butter and cipollini onions. Dessert options include dark-chocolate budino with crème fraîche and salted pistachios, and pear bread pudding with honey-vanilla gelato. 6–7:30pm, 8:30–11pm; $85–$145.

  1. 47 Bond St, (between Bowery and Lafayette St), 10012
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Manzanilla

  • Price band: 2/4

At his modern Spanish spot, chef Dani García will host a four-course end-of-year feast, including dishes like caramelized foie gras with smoked eel, striped bass with cava sauce, and roasted saddle of lamb with chestnuts and potato cream. End the meal with a light almond-hazelnut mousse with Pedro Ximénez sherry ice cream or the Marbella Full Moon (white chocolate, mandarin-yuzu center and chocolate crumble). 5:30–7:30pm, 8–10pm; $95, open bar $150.

  1. 345 Park Ave South, (between 25th and 26th Sts, entrance on 26th St between Park Ave S and Lexington Ave), 10010
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Maison Premiere

  • Price band: 2/4
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This Williamsburg bivalve bar-and-restaurant will offer a four-course New Year’s meal with dishes like tuna tartare, foie torchon with celery-root rémoulade and an absinthe panna cotta. The bar will remain open until 4am for celebratory cocktails and—of course—oysters. 4pm–4am; $95–$125.

  1. 298 Bedford Ave, (between Grand and South 1st Sts), 11211
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The Pines

Brothers and chefs John and Mike Poiarkoff will join forces in the kitchen for this festive repast, prepping an eight-course tasting menu of haute takes on plebeian New York fare. The menu will include foie gras hot dogs with quince mustard, General Tso sweetbreads, and cured hiramasa served on a bialy. 7pm, 9pm; $125, beverage pairing $55.

  1. 284 3rd Avenue, 11215
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The Dutch

  • Price band: 2/4
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Andrew Carmellini’s Soho favorite will offer a rich, seafoodcentric meal. Appetizers include Moon Shoal oysters with trout roe or—with a $65 supplement—Siberian sturgeon caviar with toasted brioche. Next up, choose from entrées such as roasted fluke with caviar and grilled leeks; duck with farro and persimmons; and Colorado lamb with preserved lemon and couscous. Chocolate-chestnut tartlets and tropical pavlova are on offer for dessert, followed by bubbly. 9pm–midnight; $125.

  1. 131 Sullivan St, (at Prince St), 10012
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Empellón Taqueria

  • Price band: 2/4
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Celebrate el Año Nuevo at Alex Stupak’s West Village hot spot, where the acclaimed toque will offer nouveau-Mexican dishes like smoked-cashew salsa with chips, shrimp with fennel and chorizo mayonnaise, and meatball sopes with tinga poblana (savory shredded pork). Tacos will also be available, in variations like lobster with field corn and short-rib pastrami with mustard-seed salsa. 5:30–6:30pm, 7:15–7:45pm, 9:15–9:45pm. $80.

  1. 230 W 4th St, (at 10th St), 10014
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Omar's

  • Price band: 2/4

Fine-dining vet Julian Projan (Eleven Madison Park) will highlight New American plates with Mediterranean touches for his New Year’s menu, available in three or four courses. For the former, expect truffle gougères, turbot with red-wine-braised salsify and champagne cake; the latter includes dishes like endive salad with savory granola and celery-root velouté with truffle vinaigrette. 7pm–midnight; $125–$175.

  1. 21 W 9th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10011
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Kingside

  • Price band: 2/4

Escape midtown’s New Year’s madness at Marc Murphy’s Viceroy Hotel restaurant, offering a four-course dinner of grilled octopus with crispy chorizo, seared tuna with braised radish, and cowboy rib eye with roasted bone marrow. Sweets such as warm chocolate cake with toasted-coconut ice cream and caramel pudding with pretzel crumble are also available. 9pm–midnight; $150, truffle supplement $70.

  1. Viceroy New York, 124 W 57th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10019
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Juni

  • Price band: 2/4

At his midtown restaurant, Shaun Hergatt will bid 2013 farewell with a seasonal five-course tasting menu, featuring dishes such as foie gras with citrus glaze and pain d’épices, and oxtail with sunchokes and black spice. Cocktail attire is mandatory—black tie optional—and each guest will receive complimentary sparkling wine and a gift bag. 5:30–6:45pm, 9pm–midnight; $165, wine pairing $75.

  1. 12 E 31st St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10016
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Piora

  • Price band: 2/4

At this sleek Italian-meets-Korean den, chef Chris Cipollone will celebrate 2014 with with four- and five-course menus, offered at two seatings. Decadent dishes include sea urchin with egg yolk and Périgord truffles with gnocchi and lobster. 5:30–9pm, 8:45pm–12:45am. $135, wine pairing $65; $175, wine pairing $75. 

  1. 430 Hudson St, (between Leroy and Morton Sts), 10014
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Brushstroke

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Chef Isao Yamada will prepare a seven-course kaiseki tasting menu at David Bouley’s gleaming Japanese palace. Among the luxe offerings are tofu-snow foam with Scottish langoustine, golden-crab chawanmushi with French black truffles ($45 supplement for white truffles), and Wagyu with red-wine reduction and anchovy mustard. Live shamisen music (on traditional Japanese string instruments) and a champagne toast will round out the festivities. 5pm, 8:30pm; $180–$250, wine pairing $125.

  1. 30 Hudson St, (at Duane St), 10013
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Betony

  • Price band: 2/4

Chef Bryce Shuman will pull out all the stops for his luxe tasting menu at this elegant midtown eatery. The toque will dispatch caviar with sea urchin and vanilla, Périgord truffles with sunchoke, and grilled short ribs with sweetbreads and romaine. 8:30–9:30pm; $250.

  1. 41 W 57th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10019
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The NoMad

  • Price band: 3/4
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Daniel Humm and William Guidara will employ Gatsby-level opulence for their New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Themed stations will be set up throughout the hotel: caviar, sea-urchin panna cotta and West Coast oysters by the fireplace; house-made terrines, charcuterie and cheese in the library; and fried chicken with chili-lime yogurt or bourbon syrup up for grabs in the parlor. Right before the ball drops, servers will circulate with mignardises, truffles and chocolates for a sweet end to the year. 9:30pm–2am; $325.

  1. 1170 Broadway, (at 28th St)
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