Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly

Oysters, fireworks and plenty of bubbly
December 20, 2016
by Caroline Russock

All too often New Year’s Eve means festive but not exactly fun events at overcrowded venues. This year we’re suggesting celebrating the civilized way, i.e. over a great meal shared with friends and family. Here’s a look at some of the most tasteful ways to welcome 2017 in Philly.

For the wine enthusiast: The Good King Tavern
This warm French bistro is offering the best of both worlds on New Year’s Eve. Guests can opt for a prix fixe dinner complete with truffles and caviar, or head in after 11 PM for a no-cover celebration with an extensive menu of sparkling wine, cocktails and special pours from the cellar, plus a champagne toast.

614 S. Seventh St.; 215-625-3700

For the multi-generational crew: Lo Spiedo
If you’re celebrating with the whole family, Vetri’s Navy Yard wood-fired grill and bar is the place to be. With the underage set in mind, the restaurant is hosting a bedtime-friendly ball drop at 8 PM, laying out a buffet for kids and setting up a mocktail bar.

4503 S. Broad St.; 215-282-3184

For suburban celebrators: At the Table
The Main Line’s newest addition is kicking off 2017 in style with a six-course dinner. Bring a couple of bottles of bubbly and dive into a luxe menu with highlights such as Kumamoto oysters, tiger shrimp with orange beurre blanc and Wagyu over smoked potatoes.

11 Louella Ct., Wayne; 610-964-9700

For fireworks fans: SkyGarten
Towering over the city, Philly’s premier high-altitude drinking destination is the best place in town to take in the fireworks. For a $51 cover, expect a charcuterie buffet, dessert table, spiked hot chocolate, a midnight toast and binoculars to get a closer look at the pyrotechnics.  

1717 Arch St., 51st floor; 215-557-1999

For luxury seekers: Lacroix
Any meal at this gem overlooking Rittenhouse Square is a special occasion, and that goes double for the last dinner of 2016. The set menu boasts spirited dishes of Maine lobster, dry-aged duck and king crab, all of which can be supplemented with a swanky caviar starter.  

210 W. Rittenhouse Square; 215-790-2533

For the seafood set: Oyster House
To start your night on the right foot, the raw bar at this Sansom Street favorite (pictured below) is hosting a special Saturday buck-a-shuck happy hour with $1 oysters and specials on beers and cocktails.

1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683

For the BYO buffs: Russet
This Center City locale devoted to sustainable dining is rolling out a five-course dinner showcasing beautiful winter flavors. Choices include house-cured coppa and picked radicchio, chestnut ravioli with cotechino, pan-roasted halibut and a locally sourced ginger cake with cider sabayon.

1521 Spruce St.; 215-546-1521

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