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The best New Year’s Eve dinner in NYC

Looking for New Year’s Eve dinner? NYC restaurants are serving prix fixe and holiday specials for takeout and delivery.

Written by
Christina Izzo
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Peace the ’eff out, 2020. Like everything this year, New Year’s Eve celebrations will be slightly different, but thankfully some traditions remain, from the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop (yes, it’s still happening) to the holiday menus and specials on offer from some of NYC’s best restaurants. Indoor dining may be closed, but you can still have yourself a festive feast at home on December 31st thanks to these NYC takeout and delivery options. Consider it a delicious way to bid adieu to this chaotic year.

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New Year’s Eve dinner in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

From the two-Michelin-starred Scandinavian stunner, chef Emma Bengtsson is preparing a five-course tasting menu for those who want to celebrate at home this year. The $275 spread, which will serve two and can be ordered via Tock, includes dishes like scallops with lemon crudo, Wagyu short rib with mushrooms and a seasonal citrus dessert.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

This uptowner from chef Daniel Boulud is going hog wild for the holiday, with a $250 Porchetta Box (for 4-6 people) available for prepaid pick-up. The to-go prix fixe includes a roasted porchetta with mustard pork jus, a fresh-baked baguette, Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, sautéed fingerling potatoes, and a choux à la crème for dessert. Add-ons include a red-wine pairing ($70), a charcuterie board ($39) and cocktails for two ($28 each). 

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Flatiron
  • price 2 of 4

Even if it’s just you and a special someone at home celebrating the New Year, you can still have yourself a Spanish fiesta thanks to the tapas-bar chain. The $125 NYE at Home Party For 2 package comes with everything you’ll need, including a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine, a cheese and charcuterie board, small plates (bacon-wrapped dates; fire-roasted eggplant with flatbread), two slices of flourless chocolate cake, and even party favors.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • East Village
  • price 4 of 4

This New Year's package from the famed East Village bar has everything you need for a party: prebatched Vesper martinis (with vacuum-sealed lemon twists), a bottle of GH Mumm, 30 grams of Sturia Premier Caviar, housemade salt-and-vinegar potato chips, golden potato blinis, mother of pearl spoons, and ramekins of lemon crème fraiche and red onion marmalade. The $225 kit—available for preorder by December 29th and pick-up and delivery on the 31st between noon and 6pm—also includes some NYE party gear, a Spotify playlist, and a $50 gift card to use when the bar reopens in the new year. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

Celebrate the New Year in Japanese tradition with a Special Osechi Box Set ($270). Available for pick-up or delivery on December 31st (anytime between 3pm and 7pm, and below 125th Street), the set feeds two to four people with dishes like chilled uni chawanmushi, king crab ceviche with caviar, roasted duck breast, Wagyu with winter truffle and takikomi rice, and more. Diners can also upgrade their order with luxe add-ons like caviar and uni sushi.

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Milu
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7. Milu

The fast-casual Chinese spot is serving a duck-focused feast for the holidays, with a $168 heat-at-home dinner that serves up to four. (Order by end of day on December 26th for pick-up at the restaurant on the 30th.) A dry-aged duck crown stuffed with mushroom sticky rice is the star, with support from side players including duck fat pancakes, dry-roasted long beans, soy-glazed carrots, cucumber-radish salad, and chestnut cream-filled pineapple buns.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

If you want a hands-on holiday, the esteemed East Village noodle den is offering a $188 New Years Wagyu Brisket Set that welcomes you to play with your food. Available for pick-up (3pm to 6pm on December 29 or 30), the kit comes with everything you’ll need to DIY sensational NYE sandwich for four to six people: three pounds of smoked American Wagyu brisket, potato rolls, coleslaw, and pickled daikon. Cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and chocolate-peanut pie round out the take-home menu.

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  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • Nolita
  • price 2 of 4

New Year’s Eve just isn’t complete without bubbly—thankfully, Mary Attea’s Michelin-starred restaurant is offering some sparkling right along with dinner. The KRUG X MR holiday package ($350 per person) includes dishes-for-two like poached salmon with potatoes and black truffles, chicory and citrus salad, and sticky toffee pudding with fresh cream, all paired with a 750ml bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée.

  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Available for pick-up between 4pm and 8:30pm on Ave C, the holiday meal kits from chef Leah Cohen include two meaty options: A Hainanese duck meal, complete with a seared breast and braised leg, chili and ginger dipping sauces, duck fat rice cakes, and more; and a Bellychon kit, spotlighting Filipino-style pork belly porchetta with sides like Burmese tomato salad, sauteed choy sum, garlic rice, and more. Each kit costs $50 a person.

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Ruffian Wine Bar & Chef's Table
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • East Village
  • price 3 of 4

The neighborhood wine bar is offering holiday wine packs (three bottles, six bottles, or a case) for takeout and delivery from December 28th through the 31st. To complement the vino, the team is also hosting a vegetarian Holiday Dinner for Two menu for pick-up and delivery on New Year’s Eve: The $75 meal includes dishes like butternut-chestnut soup, pickled cauliflower and mushroom empanadas, braised basmati cabbage rolls, and citrus-cashew cake. 

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

The brasserie chain is ringing in 2021 with an at-home holiday box available for pick-up and delivery on December 30th and 31st in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The heat-and-eat meal, which can serve two for $130 or four for $260, includes starters like chicken wontons and tuna tartare, mains like braised short ribs and lobster risotto, and concludes with a hazelnut layer cake.

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Socarrat Paella Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Chelsea
  • price 2 of 4

What’s more festive than a big pan of paella? Available for takeout and delivery, the holiday special features a choice of paella—lamb truffle with mushroom sofrito ($68 per person) or lobster with tomato sofrito ($78 per person)—as well as shareable plates including charcuterie, croquetas, garlic shrimp, and churros with hot chocolate. Take-out orders can be placed by emailing the restaurant at athome@socarratnyc.com. 

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Upper East Side
  • price 4 of 4

The Michelin-starred omakase spot is offering a holiday chirashi box for New Year’s Eve, available for pre-order and takeout through Tock. Prepared with the restaurant’s signature red-vinegared rice and an assortment of fresh fish, each colorful $165 spread can feed two to four people.

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