One of the best things about NYC (although it was not mentioned on our list of 25 reasons NYC is the BEST food city) is that there is a New Years Eve celebration for every person. You can drink cheap beer with friends at Smith’s (like I did in College), head to the hottest dance party where you may (or may not) meet the love of your life, or you can pick one of NYC’s amazing restaurants and have a memorable meal with those you love. There’s no wrong choice. But, if you love food, we think that you will not go wrong with any of these meals:
21 Club: 21 West 52nd Street – Midtown – Ring in the New Year at a New York classic. If you are more of an early bird, you can come in for their 6:30 seating and enjoy 21’s $75 3-course prix fixe (plus tax & tip). If you are more of a night owl, their “Countdown to Midnight” ($200 plus tax & tip) party starts at nine. Chef John Greely’s 4-course menu is sure to delight. There will be music, dancing, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast.
Alfredo’s of Rome: 4 West 49th Street – Rockefeller Center – Build up an appetite with an ice skating session and head over to Alfredo’s for their very special 3-course New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe menu at $85 per person (plus tax and tip). You can start off light with a Carpaccio di Manzo, move onto Lasagne di Crostacei (lobster lasagna as your secondi), and finish off the night with their homemade tiramisu. But don’t forget to order the Fetuccine Alfredo, it is their signature dish.
Barraca: 81 Greenwich Ave – Grenwich Village – Chef Jesus Nunez has put together an incredible way to ring in the New Year; a selection of 10 of his signature tapas, a choice of one of three paellas (meat, seafood, or fideua mixta), churros con chocolate, a pitcher of sangria for two AND a sparkling toast at midnight for just $80 per person.
Firebird: 365 West 46th Street – Theater District – Chef Paul Joseph will be considered one of NYC’s top chefs quite soon. I’d recommend that you enjoy his food while it is still affordable. Firebird’s 4-course prix fixe is priced at $100 per person ($55 for children under 12), or $200 per person with an accompanying bottle of Perrier-JouÃ«t Belle Epoque. Dishes on the menu will include an amuse of beet tartar with seven grain black bread, Hong Vit radish, and Kefir vinaigrette. Chef Joseph will also feature dishes like his amazing chicken Kiev (it’s ridiculously good) and for dessert, caramelized banana blinis with Chantilly, gelato, and chocolate sauce.
Hill Cafe: 17 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn -Blowing all your money on dinner may be a good way to end the new year, but not to start it. Hill Cafe’s New Years Eve includes a buffet style dinner, offering dishes such as braised boneless short ribs and roasted sliced duck breast with pearl onion and ginger pickle marmalade. There will be live music and open bar that begins at 10pm through 2am, where you can toast in the New Year. This New Year’s Eve package is priced at $65 per person. I’d say that’s a pretty good way to ring in 2013.
Jeanne & Gaston: 212 West 14th Street – Meatpacking/Chelsea – Chef Claude Godard will be preparing a $45 3-course French inspired prix fixe this New Year’s eve with plenty of choices to please any palate. What looks good to me? I’d probably start with the lobster Chartreuse, move onto the Pike Quenelles, and finish my meal with the Choux Diplomat for dessert.
Marco Polo Ristorante: 345 Court Street – Carroll Gardens – On New Years Eve, guests are invited to a grand party in the upstairs dining room, which will begin with hors d’oeuvres and continue with a four-course meal, with highlights including shrimp, clams, Oyster Rockefeller, Portobello, and mozzarella in Carrozza, along with homemade spinach pappardelle with porcini mushrooms and chestnuts in a light cream sauce. There will be an open bar and live D.J. for dancing, as well as a midnight champagne toast! The party will take place from 8:30pm ” 2:00am and is priced at $125 per person (all inclusive) and $60 per child under 12. If you’re looking for dinner before the big NYE bash, Chef Chirico will feature an a la carte menu in the main dining room, where he will serve dishes like Risotto with radicchio and Taleggio cheese, traditional rack of lamb made with the restaurant’s original 1983 recipe, and a Semifreddo Al Caffe’ dessert.
Millesime: 92 Madison Ave – NOMAD – Millesime’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be a fete to remember. Regular admission is $150 per person which includes an open bar from 9pm-2am, and appetizers (or $400+ for bottle packages). Their masquerade ball was inspired by Eyes Wide Shut. Think beautiful people, Venetian masks, appetizers and a champagne toast at Midnight. There will be a $500 prize for the best mask. What are you waiting for? Make your resos and check out Etsy’s mask selection.
Moti Mahal Delux: 1149 1st Avenue at 63rd Street – Upper East Side/Sutton Place – If you have vegetarians in your life, this is your choice. Chef/owner Guarav Anand will offer special vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus for you and your loved ones to enjoy on New Year’s Eve at $54.99 per person for vegetarians and $59.99 for non-vegetarian, and both will include unlimited pouring of wine/beer. Dishes on the vegetarian menu include Roomali Khasta (pine nuts, cheese, sundried tomato roomali), Baingan patiala (stir fried eggplant with onion and ginger), and for dessert Kesari Kulfi (reduced milk ice cream flavored with saffron and pistachio).
Trattoria Cinque: 363 Greenwich St – Tribeca – Start off the night by slurping Blue Point oysters. Then, move onto four luxurious courses including dishes like lobster bisque, duck ragu pappardelle, or a rack of lamb. If you still have room, you can move onto mixed berries and Zabaion. Cost for the 5-course prix fixe is $100 per person (plus tax and tip) and includes a complementary Prosecco Toast and Cotechino with Lentil (for good luck) at midnight. Besides, you can dance the calories away from 11pm to 2am, since there is free access to the Bellancauto Lounge Room with DJ.