What better way to move past the complete and total mess that was 2016 than with very, very delicious food? We rounded up the spots around New York where we are most excited to spend New Year’s Eve. Ranging from low-key tasting menus to all-out dance parties, let us help to find the new year’s dinner that’s right for you.
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The Four Horsemen
The too-cool wine bar from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is doing its new years' dinner in partnership with Joint Venture, a “nomadic seafood concept” (according to the website), serving a menu that's playful yet elegant, and of course, heavy on the fish. And since it’s The Four Horsemen, you can bet the wine selection will be as eclectic and phenomenal as ever.
Price: $115, reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com
295 Grand St., Brooklyn; 718-599-4900
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One word: croquembouche. This West Village mainstay is hosting a hyper-festive NYE party in its cozy space, complete with a four-course tasting menu (including this delicious grilled octopus with spicy chile aïoli potatoes), streamers, sparkly hats and — the pièce de resistance — a tower of cream puffs (paraded around, cruise-ship style) for guests to enjoy. Opt for late seating to get the full brunt of the place's NYE revelry.
Price: $65 for the 5 PM seating, $85 for the 8 PM seating, reservations can be made on OpenTable
117 Perry St.; 212-727-1170
Is there a better way to ring in the new year than with pasta, and lots and lots of it? Del Posto has a menu option for everyone on New Years' Eve, including its standard 5-course Italian dinner, a “Captain’s Menu,” which adds in a fish course and the blow-out “Gala Menu,” which promises truffles, caviar and much more.
Price: $195–$450, depending on the menu selection, reservations can be made here
85 10th Ave.; 212-487-8090
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The NoMad – Mamma Guidara's
The chic restaurant from hospitality maestros Will Guidara and Daniel Humm is offering a number of new years’ specials, but the one we are most excited about is Mamma Guidara’s, the team’s pop-up red-sauce joint featuring Italian-American classics inspired by none other than Guidara’s mother. Expect an over-the-top night of giant plates of chicken Parm, shrimp scampi and lots of Sinatra.
Price: $125 for early seatings, $175 for late seatings, reservations can be made here
1170 Broadway; 347-572-5660
If you’re going to do a Momofuku restaurant for New Years’ Eve, you might as well go big and head to Ko, which is serving up a decadent 10-course menu that will no doubt be dripping with caviar (and an excellent wine selection). The dinner is certainly pricey, but for those willing to put in the cash, this is the way to ring in the new year in style.
Price: $300 (beverage pairings are an additional $250), reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 212-203-8095
8 Extra Pl.; 212-203-8095
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Manish Mehrotra’s refined, flavor-filled tasting menu spot is putting forth a festive take on its usual offerings for NYE, with delicious-sounding riffs on Indian classics like khichdi (a rice and lentil stew) with Meyer lemon prawns, foie gras papdi (fried crackers) with tamarind, and the restaurant’s ever-popular kulcha (a round, leavened bread) with stuffings like hoisin duck, pastrami mustard and butter chicken. Dessert is a showstopping Makhan Malai, a melt-in-your-mouth milk cream flavored with saffron, rose petal, jaggery and almonds.
Price: $150 for the 5 PM seating, $195 for the 8:30 PM seating, reservations can be made on OpenTable
123 West 56th St.; 212-842-8070
All Good NYC
Dale Talde’s brand-new Italian-ish spot (located inside the gorgeous Arlo NoMad hotel) is one of the hottest spots to eat in New York right now. Its New Years’ Eve plan, which includes a midnight toast on the roof, an open-bar dance party and dishes like tater tots with caviar and rigatoni with king crab, sounds like a pretty great deal for those looking for an all-inclusive fête that’s just the right amount of distance from Times Square.
Price: $150 for 6 PM seating, $250 for 8 PM seating, reservations can be made by calling 212-951-1141
11 East 31st St.; 212-951-1141
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Fresh off its very first Michelin star, the hip LES spot from Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske is offering a special New Years’ Eve menu that will undoubtedly stay true to its creative, modern roots — it’s the perfect choice for those wanting a lower-key celebration that still feels extra special. Plus, we’re obsessed with the rotating selection of dessert granitas.
Price: $166 (wine pairings are an additional $85), reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com, or calling 212-466-4633
138 Orchard St.; 212-466-4633
Keith McNally’s Cherche Midi is serving up the fancy French meal of your dreams this New Years’ Eve, with menu highlights that include escargots and garlic parsley butter, white truffle risotto and chocolate dacquoise — plus bubbly pairings to go along with each course. Book a table and be transported to a Parisian bistro for the night.
Price: $135 (menu can also be ordered à la carte), reservations can be made by calling 212-226-3055
282 Bowery; 212-226-3055