Best New Year’s Eve dinners 2018
Why not pretend you’re Tony Soprano this NYE and hit up Carbone for some mid-century glitz and glamour. A quirky alternative to many other New Year offerings, expect an NYE version of Carbone’s mob-inspired dining and theatre experience The Fiasco ($1,500). Prepare for plenty of pasta, steaks and fresh seafood, and with five hours of free-flow signature cocktails and premium champagne ($1,000).
Lan Kwai Fong’s pan-Asian Fang Fang is bucking the trend of its debauched neighbours and hosting a more refined black-tie NYE dinner with a live five-piece jazz band. From 9pm guests can enjoy a special seven-course menu priced at $2,018 per couple, which includes a cocktail on arrival and a glass of champagne later for each guest.
This Wyndham Street eatery does exactly what it says on the tin, though there are vegetarian options for NYE so no-one goes hungry. With treats like marinated raw big-eye tuna and wagyu beef sirloin and fresh Italian burrata and truffle casarecce on the vegetarian side for $880, there’s something for everyone. The first sitting includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, while the second seating ramps up the party feeling by extending the offer to free-flow for an extra $350.
NYE at funky fusion spot Ho Lee Fook begins with an early dinner from 5pm with a specially curated menu of the restaurant’s signature contemporary Chinese dishes at $588 per person. If you’re looking to be in it for the long haul, though, choose the later seating from 8.30pm onwards, which leads into a night of karaoke and nostalgic tunes from the mid-90s. You won’t be short of dutch courage with a three hours of free-flow sake, whisky green tea, vodka and beer. The price including dinner, karaoke ticket and free-flow is $1,118, or alternatively, just join for karaoke and free-flow for $628.
If you’re hungry for tapas this NYE, head to Sing Ying Pun’s affordable Spanish spot La Paloma for a six-course feast for $450. On the menu, are small plates like smoked sardines with garlic and almond cream, octopus with hummus, black garlic and crispy bread, and iberico pork with Jerusalem artichoke, mushrooms and padron peppers. For a very reasonable $200 extra, you can enjoy free-flow house sangria, beer and wines. And if you don’t fancy the set menu, the à la carte menu is also available.
Mercedes Me is offering a petrol-head’s dream of a New Year’s bash with its on-trend Japanese, Peruvian and Spanish dishes served among a swell of luxury motors. Signature items include foie gras with sweet floss and seafood tortellini, or for vegetarians there’s wild mushroom with slow-cooked egg or mushroom fricassee with a crispy cheese tuile. The first seating costs $800 and comes with a glass of complimentary Perrier-Jouet Champagne while guests attending the second seating can add free-flow for an extra $350.
If it’s mounds of meat you’re after, TST steak merchant Morton’s is offering a farewell dinner to 2017 that should satisfy your bloodlust. Steak, of course, is the main event with 8oz fillet steaks and 24oz porterhouse steaks available alongside honey-balsamic glazed salmon and grilled chicken bianco, and mashed potatoes. Desserts include New York style cheesecake, crème brulee and Morton’s signature chocolate layer cake. The menu is available at $668 per person.
Progressive Chinese restaurant Mott 32 is celebrating with its ‘Mid-Night at Mott Street’ dinner party – in honour of the street in New York’s Chinatown that the restaurant is named after. Guests can look forward to an eight-course feast of epic proportions before toasting the new year together at midnight. Starters include fire roasted suckling pig and crispy beef salad with pomelo, followed by apple-wood roasted 42 days Peking duck. For dessert there’s the likes of fresh mango, coconut and glutinous rice roll.
$1,380 per person 6.30pm-8.30pm. $1,680 per person after 8.30pm.
If you’re after an indulgent feast upmarket brasserie Mr Wolf has got a special menu for you. It’s not cheap, coming in at $1,250, but it includes extravagant dishes like confit chicken, foie gras and leek terrine, seared scallop with wakame and for dessert, dark chocolate mousse, brandy caramel and hazelnuts. Also included is free-flow Louis Roederer champagne to send you on your way for the big countdown.
For a dinner with a view of the harbour fireworks, TST’s sky-high Italian Spasso is a solid choice. An eight-course festive feast is on offer for $988 per person featuring treats like Sicilian red prawns with citrus jelly and coconut sauce, ravioli filled with smoked aubergine with aged parmesan cheese foam, tomato sauce and fresh basil and slow-cooked beef tenderloin with carrot cream. The restaurant is set to be decked out with all your favourite celebratory gubbins as DJs rock you into the New Year.