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