Haven’t made New Year’s Eve plans yet? Make reservations at one of these New York City restaurants offering everything from casual dinners to fancy prix fixe party packages for a guaranteed delicious way to ring in 2014. By Sarah Shaker.
W New York – Times Square
Want to celebrate where all the action is when the ball drops? Check in at W New York – Times Square, where you will be immediately treated to a bottle of bubbly upon arrival, followed by dinner for two at Blue Fin, a custom W Hangover Kit with the essentials needed to face New Year’s Day and even more surprises throughout your stay. And for a special way to toast at midnight, The Living Room will be serving up festive holiday cocktails, including The Cape Cobbler.
Sweet Chick is spreading love (and ringing in the New Year) the Brooklyn way, with a family-style pig roast on New Year’s Eve. This chicken and waffles destination will offer a family-style dinner priced at $75 per person, featuring a whole pig roast and Sweet Chick favorites, including their famous Fried Chicken (Vegetarian Fried Chicken also available), house-made Biscuits and Crack Bars (their addictive chocolate cake layered with salted caramel, rich chocolate mousse and peanut butter mousse crunch, coated in chocolate glaze) for dessert. Toast with drinks from the open bar, available from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Purchase your tickets here.
For their first official New Year’s Eve celebration, L&W Oyster Co. will serve a 4-course prix fixe dinner, starting at 9 p.m., with bottomless champagne from midnight until close for $75 per person. The menu includes Grilled Shigoku Oysters with uni glacage and trout caviar, Roasted Bone Marrow with grapefruit marmalade and toast, Butter Poached Lobster with truffled risotto, Chinese-style Short Ribs, and a selection of four desserts. The raw bar will be open all night for those who prefer to play it by ear without making reservations.
Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room in Flatiron will offer a range of festivities on New Year’s Eve. In their upstairs dining room, Chef Todd Mitgang will serve a five-course prix fixe menu ($75 for early seating and $110 for later seating with Champagne toast) featuring his signature modern New Orleans-inspired dishes. For those who need last-minute plans, the bar will be taking walk-ins all night, serving up signature cocktails by mixologist Jeremy Strawn, which would pair perfectly with their delectable Fried Alligator bites. In Bo’s subterranean basement lounge Garden District, partygoers can dance away to a DJs and live bands, while also dining on Chef Todd Mitgang’s special prix fixe dinner for $110 per guest with a Champagne toast.
Start the evening off with classic seaside fare like fried clams, lobster rolls and BLT Fish Shake’s famous crab dip. After 10 p.m. and continuing on until 1:00 a.m., The Fish Shack turns into a festive New Year’s Eve party with open bar, seafood specials, midnight toast and a DJ offered at $65 per person in advance or $75 at the door. For something more intimate, join Executive Chef Luke Venner at BLT Fish for his elegant take on seasonal seafood and other delicious fare with an a la carte menu for the first seating and a five-course tasting for the second seating. Dishes include Peekytoe crab ravioli and Maine lobster “surf and turf” with short rib daube, winter vegetables and cara cara oranges. The tasting menu is being offered at $125 per guest and also includes a ticket to the party downstairs at Fish Shack.
At Chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc in Tribeca, expect an outstanding New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu with three courses plus a dessert for $85 and an additional wine pairings option for $150. The restaurant will be offering Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo with Pickled Sunchokes and Garlic Chives for a first course, Grilled Maine Lobster Tail, served with sauce americaine and crispy gnocchi for the second course, and Seared Duck Breast with roasted cauliflower puree and black truffles. For dessert, indulge in the sticky toffee pudding and bourbon whipped cream. For those who want to stay uptown, Landmarc Time Warner Center will also be offering a special menu to ring in the New Year.
Villard Michel Richard
The Bistro room at Villard Michel Richard will have an early seating 3-course menu for $95 and a later 3-course menu with live entertainment and a Champagne toast for $190, with a menu including Oysters Rockefeller and Filet Mignon. In The Gallery, Villard Michel Richard’s tasting menu dining room, the early seating is 4-course for $185, the late seating a 5-course with live entertainment and wine pairings for $575, with dishes included Foie Gras Terrine and Venison.
Kingside is offering a $150 per person prix fixe menu with a $70 truffle supplement, where you can choose a first course, a second course, an entree and a dessert, plus side dishes. Dishes will include Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo with sunflower grapefruit pesto and chili oil, Grilled Octopus with crispy chorizo and papas bravas and Wild-Rice Stuffed Roasted Quail, with foie gras and black truffle and crispy brussels sprout leaves.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.