Where to Eat New Year's Eve Dinner in New York City

Go all out this New Year's Eve with spectacular meals
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Where will you be toasting at midnight?

Whether you've eaten well all year or resolve to eat better in 2014, celebrate the last night of the year with a festive and delicious meal at one of New York's top restaurants.  Here's what's on offer; check back for regular updates!

Cull & Pistol in Chelsea Market will serve an extravagant seafood dinner with a selection of one dozen oysters, 1.5-pound steamed or grilled lobsters, truffled mashed potatoes, bone marrow creamed spinach, and huckleberry shortcake with bourbon whipped cream for dessert. $150/couple.

Hakkasan is offering a special 7-course prix fixe dinner curated by chef Ho Chee Boon. Menu options include Baked Black Cod with truffle and supreme soya sauce, Steamed Red Snapper in spicy yellow bean and fresh chili sauce, Mongolian Grilled Lamb Chop, Pan-seared Boston live scallops with yellow chive flower, as well as Hakkasan’s iconic Peking Duck with Tsar Nicoulai Reserve caviar. A vegetarian menu will also be available, and guests may choose between two wine paring options. 

Maison Premiere will offer a four-course prix fixe menu, with dishes like tuna tartar, halibut with leeks, and absinthe-spiked panna cotta. Seatings at 6pm ($90) and 9pm ($125, with champagne).  

The Standard Grill will serve a three-course prix fixe dinner alongside a unique pouring of festive large format bottles -think Magnum and Jeroboam- of wines and champagne. The evening will also include a DJ, Moulin Rouge Bingo and more live entertainment. Seatings between 9:30pm-12am, $175/person.

Qi Times Square will serve a prix fixe menu in addition to its ala carte options.  Specialities include blanketed shrimps with chicken garlic, Qi pad thai with mussels, scallops, and calamari, charcoal grilled jumbo prawns, and a steamed chilean seabass in a cast iron pot.  $29.14 5-8pm, $59.14 afer.  

Top of The Standard will host a booming black tie evening with Icona Pop to perform as you ring in the new year. An a la carte menu will features Champagne Poached Oysters, Wagyu Skewers, Lobster Fritters and Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches. Tickets start at $250 per person.

Rouge Tomate, the Upper East Side, Michelin-starred restaurant that focuses on health, seasonality and sustainability, will have a 3-cours menu with optional wine pairing ($45) from 5:30pm-7pm ($95) as well as a five-course tasting menu starting at 7:30pm, including a midnight champagne toast, music by The Bailsman, and party favors ($150 with optional $95 wine pairing). Highlights include Celeriac and Roasted Chestnut Soup with Hudson Valley foie gras, black truffle, celery and chervil, Branzino a la Plancha with Greenmarket potato, leek, broccoli and American Sturgeon Caviar and Chocolate-Banana Trio by Rouge Tomate’s Executive Pastry Chef James Distefano,  featuring a chocolate-banana Opera cake, caramelized banana and hot cocoa.

Maiden Lane will serve a special menu featuring dishes like uni gelee and salt-cod fideos alongside its regular menu until 10 pm. There will also be a a DJ spinning all night long and a champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge.

Sembrado is hosting a New Year's Eve Special featuring a 2-Hour Unlimited Tacos & Open Bar. Time starts from seating. $55/person. RSVP to info@sembradonyc.com.

On New Year’s EveBack Forty in the East Village is reviving a traditional New York meat-fest set at a large communal table. The menu will feature dishes like bone-marrow parsley salad, steak tartare, and crispy potatoes. Parties of six or more will be offered a free pitcher of Old Man Winter ale. $65/person

At Meatpacking District hotspot, Manon Restaurant, diners can enjoy the modern, seasonal American fare by Executive Chef Tae Strain in a lively, chic setting, perfect for New Year's Eve with a date or group of friends. A special a la cart menu will be available from 5:30pm to 7pm and at 9pm a five-course menu with an additional amuse and a chef’s selections of canapés will be served. Champagne toast at midnight and party favors included ($185/person). Highlights on both menus include Smoked Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and Tartarte with a crispy quail egg, pickled shallots and garlic-horseradish aioli,  Pan Roasted Chicken Breast and Pressed Thigh with foie gras bread pudding, winter squash puree, baby brussels sprouts and sage and Eggnog Sorbet with nashi pears.

Betony will host an upscale New Year’s Eve party  The dinner will feature a nine-course tasting menu with dishes like caviar with sea urchin and grilled short rib with sweetbreads and romaine. There will be a Champagne toast at midnight. Seatings at 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person. 

Richard Sandoval's Maya Modern Mexican Tequileria is offering a special New Years Eve dinner. Prix fixe menu includes Chile Relleno with shrimp, calamari, scallop, chile dearbol sauce, black bean puree, and crema fresca;  Chicken Breast Adobada, adobo marinade, huitacoche dumpling, warm pico de gallo, cilantro pesto; and Abuelita Double Chocolate Cake, devil's chocolate cake, chocolate abuelita mousse, and salted caramel sauce.  The first seating will be from 5-6:30PM for $69.  The second seating will be from 9PM-on with the addition of the ball drop, Mariachi band, & champagne toast for $99. And if you want to cure a New Years Eve Hangover, continue the fun with Maya's Bottomless Brunch on New Years Day!

Morimoto NYC will be celebrating New Year's Eve with a special celebratory omakase menu including Oyster, Hokkaido Uni and Ikura with Pickled Wasabi Stem in Chilled Dashi Broth; Grilled Foie Gras Dumplings, Rice Crackers with Red Miso and Port Wine; Buri Sashimi with White Soy, Yuzu and Wakame Gelee, Jalapeño, Daikon and Black Truffle; a selection of Morimoto's acclaimed sushi; and more. There will be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, as well as festive décor throughout the restaurant. Guests are welcome to order a la carte from the regular dinner menu as well. $150/person.

Ring in 2014 at Bisutoro, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's new, contemporary Asian-inspired bistro, with a three course, prix-fixe dinner and an after party in the subterranean PDR. The prix-fixe dinner includes highlights such as Iberico Jamon and Poached Diver Scallop with mizuna, apricot, togarashi pepper, crispy shallot; Uni Carbonara with quail egg, harinori, arugula; Duck Breast Salad with tabour, goat cheese, kumquat, pickled red radish; Bouillabaisse with tile fish, shrimp scallop, mussels, lobster broth; and Miso Sea Bass with braised tuscan kale and crispy gobo. The downstairs after party will include a speakeasy electro-swing DJ, unique specialty cocktails, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The early seating will cost $50 pp, with an optional $30 extra charge for admission to the after party. The later seating, which takes place from 8:30pm – midnight, will cost $80 and include dinner, admission to the party, and a complimentary drink ticket.

At Tribeca neighbourhood favourite, The Harrison, chef and owner, Jimmy Bradley will be serving up two special menus of three and four courses, to help celebrate the New Year in serious style. The first, three course seating will be served from 5:30pm -8:30pm and will be $75/ pp. Seatings for the second, are between 9:00pm -10:45pm (dinner will last past midnight) Highlights from the menu include: Long Island Duck Breast with crispy apple and pistachio-truffle dipping sauce; Pan Crisped Gnocchi with walnut pesto and hen of the woods mushrooms; Colorado Rack of Lamb with pomegranate, parsley and garlic emulsion; Pan Roasted Halibut with fennels, capers, currant and anchovy; and Chocolate Mi Cuit with salted caramel ice cream and cacao nibs.

Ring in the New Year at The Red Cat with a special four-course menu.  Highlights include: Lobster and Potato Chip Salad with chili mango vinaigrette; Truffled Parsnip Ravioli with trumpet royale, brown butter and savoy cabbage; Curried Lamb T-Bone with tomato orzo stew, basil, olives and haricots-verts; Pan Roasted Arctic Char with Brussels sprouts, fennel confit, sunflower seed crumble and salsify; and Buttermilk Panna Cotta with ginger snaps, fig sorbet, red wine reduction and lemon beignet.  $85/pp, 5:30-11pm. 

Red Rooster will offer a three-course New Year's Eve prix-fixe menu alongside the regular a la carte menu. Highlights from the special menu include a starting amuse of Oysters Rockefeller, Chicken Liver Crostini or Deviled Eggs, followed by first course options of Coconut Cauliflower Soup with lump crab and honey crisp apple; or Light Smoked Trout with quail egg, yuzu salmon roe and green  goddess sauce. Main choices include standouts like Beef Duo with NY strip, short rib, beef tongue, chanterelles, salsify ragout and butternut squash béarnaise; Double Lamb Chop with smoked leg, white bean cassoulet, minted root vegetables and truffle cream; Arctic Char with barley and mussel broth; and Mac & Greens with porcini mushrooms, melted onions, braised collards and black kale. $75/person, 5:30-10:30 PM.

New Year’s Eve at Geoffrey Zakarian's The Lambs Club is just steps away from Times Square, so you can capture the excitement of the ball dropping, sithout worrying about the cold and crowds. Guests are invited to the Mezzanine balcony to experience the momentum when the ball drops and ticket tape at Midnight! The restaurant will be offering two options for the evening: Cocktails and Dancing ($200/person) will start in the Mezzanine Bar at 10pm with passed Hors D'oeuvres including Arancini di Riso, Tallegio, Pork and Veal Meatballs, Turbot Fish Tacos and Beef Tartare Tarts plus desserts such as Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Mousse and Lemon Meringue Tart. Dinner and Dancing ($375/person) includes a five course dinner with wine pairing, plus tax and gratuity with large format wines and handcrafted cocktails until 2am. Dinner will be served in the Dining Room at 9 PM. For hors d'oeuvres, indulge in dishes such as Winter Squash Pudding with Granola and Ginger to Crispy Frog Legs with Watercress Puree. For appetizers, choose between Gateau of Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Pickled Mustard Seed and Hazelnut or Quark Spaetzle with Whipped Salt Cod and Greenmarket Apple. Mains include Caramelized Diver Scallops with Tomato Pain Perdue and Celery Root or Roasted Creekstone Farms Ribeye with Brisket, French Prune and Bone Marrow Mignonette. Save room for dessert - endless choices range from Elderflower Champagne Gelée and Lemon Meringue Tart to Passionfruit Semifreddo.

Both the Flatiron and Soho locations of Boqueria will be hosting a Spanish New Year's Eve celebration with unlimited tapas and an open bar of beer, wine, and sangria.  Sample tapas dishes include: Pan con Tomate, Montado de Foie (Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras, caramelized red onion, toast), Patatas Bravas, Croquetas de Pollo y Morcilla (Roasted chicken and morcilla croquettes); Albondigas (lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, sheep's milk cheese); Coliflor con Pinones (crispy cauliflower, mint, pine nuts, Labne yogurt); Torrada de Cangrejo (Fillone toast, peekytoe crab, avocado, citrus allioli, micro-basil); Pintxos de Pulpo a la Gallega (grilled octopus skewers, potatoes, pimenton) and more. Two seatings: (6pm-9pm at $85pp, and 9:30pm-12:30am at $115pp.

And on New Year's Day both locations of Boqueria will have their unlimited tapas brunch , which includes endless brunch tapas dishes such as Huevos Benedictinos (poached egg, Serrano ham, English muffin, Hollandaise), Tortilla de Chorizo (traditional Spanish omelet of eggs, confit potatoes, Spanish onions and chorizo), and Revuelto de Butifarra y Setas (soft scramble of organic eggs, pork sausage, wild mushrooms and goat cheese); as well as bottomless drinks like red, white, or rose sangria, mimosas, or draft beer. $39/person

Hecho en Dumbo's New Years Eve will feature an unlimited antojitos dinner featuring a variety of toppings on house made corn tortillas, sopes, and tostadas. Champagne toast at midnight. For entertainment, there will be mariachi bands and DJ sets from Heroes of the Galeon Trade starting at 10pm (no cover). Dinner $75/person; Dinner with premium open bar $175/person. New Year's Day will feature a brunch with unlimited champagne cocktails -- including a new seasonal Ponche Otoñal punch (tequila, muddled mint, local apples, fresh lemon, champagne), mimosas, and more.

Atrium DUMBO is offering a 6-course menu from 6-9pm with variety of canapés to start for $85/person. Wine pairings are available for $55/person. Menu includes Oyster Royale, Deviled Quail Egg, Flatbread with crudite and bagna cauda, Fluke Crudo with celery root, Lobster Salad with hearts of palm and coral dressing, Maine Diver Scallops with endive, caramelized apple, treviso, red wine sauce, Veal Medallion with brussels sprouts, black trumpet mushrooms, natural jus; and Chestnut and Chocolate Mousse with candied chestnuts and burnt orange ice cream.  For the 9pm seating a 7-course menu including a variety of canapés to start is $115/person and wine pairings are available for $65/person.  The menu includes additonal courses like Sunchoke Agnolotti with porcini, parsley and winter black truffle. 

Jump back a few decades at Terroir Park Slope’s 80’s Themed Prom. There will be snacks and spiked punch.  Cram your puffy sleeves into the photo booth, participate in trivia with high school nerds, and dance to 80s jams with the hope of being crowned to the prom court before midnight’s champagne toast.  9pm, 284 Fifth Avenue, $100 

Triomphe, the intimate French/American restaurant in Midtown's Iroquois New York hotel has created the six-course "Pop, Pour and Pair" menu which not only pairs an appropriate champagne to each dish, but each menu item is also infused with champagne-- an ingredient in every single dish! Champagne gelee pearls wil be featured on the Shooting Point Oyster appetizer as well as a champagne broth for the Wild Mushroom Agnolotti.  $195/person. 

At Sirio Ristorante at the Pierre, a Taj Hotel, there will be an early and a late seating, the early seating taking reservations between 6 – 7:30pm and the second seating taking reservations from 9pm on. The early $115 per person four course prix-fixe includes a classic appetizer like Lobster Bisque, a pasta course such as Baby Artichoke Risotto or Veal Tortellini, hearty entrées such as Braised Beef Cheeks, and decadent desserts like a baked Alaska alla Napoletana. The late seating (also a four course prix-fixe) widens the menu a bit to include dishes like Dover Sole and Pan Seared Sausages with Green Lentils (which are good luck for the New Year), plus includes live music, dancing and entertainment, party favors, and a midnight Champagne toast for $395 per person.

Harlow is offering two prix-fixe options in addition to their a la carte menu: a 6-course meal for $100 and a 7-course meal with 3 wine pairings for $150. Reservations are available from 6pm-7:30pm for the first seating, and 8:30pm-10:30pm for the second seating, which will also have a complimentary Champagne toast. Enjoy decadent Truffle Pappardelle before digging into a succulent Colorado Lamb served with potato pave in a maple reduction with crispy shallots. The chic atmosphere, which recently received the ‘Best Of’ award in fine dining from Interior Design Magazine, will set the mood for an exciting, sophisticated evening.

Sweet Chick is hosting its annual family-style pig roast. Alongide plenty of roast pig there will also be kale BLT salads with house-cured bacon, flaky biscuits, and fried chicken (vegetarian fried chicken also available, for your meat-hating friends you drag along). Crack Bars (an addictive chocolate cake layered with salted caramel, rich chocolate mousse, and peanut butter mousse crunch, coated in chocolate glaze) will be in abundance for dessert.  Open bar and Champagne toast included. Tickets are $75/person, 10 p.m to 2 a.m.

Rotisserie Georgette will serve a family-style menu including lobster gratin, roasted rack of lamb, and capon with black truffle and chestnut. $160/person. Addition of 30 grams of ossetra caviar with brioche, $300.  

Daniel Delaney is hosting a traditional Louisiana boucherie at Briskettown. The six-course, family-style feast will include pig-centric dishes, ranging from hog head terrine to trotter soup to cochon roule. $75 for the 6 p.m. seating and $95 for the 9 p.m. seating (includes a glass of Champagne). Reservations by calling 718-701-8909 ext 201.

The original Brooklyn location of Frankies 457 is serving a four-course prix fixe, with dishes like veal osso buco and suckling pig confit. $85/person. Its sibling restaurant, Prime Meats will have a menu featuring foie gras, lobster, and venison tenderloin. $75-100/person. 

For a formal start to 2014, Extra Fancy is hosting an extra fancy five-course prix fixe with dishes like scallops with pork belly and butter-poached lobster tail. An "extra fancy" version of the meal for $125, adds luxury ingredients like caviar and truffles to each dish. A la carte options will also be available at the bar, and a DJ and dancing from 11:30 on. Seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $75.

For more fancy Williamsburg meals, Maison Premier will serve a three-course prix fixe including tuna tartare and cauliflower veloute with caviar, uni toast, and lobster. For a more casual evening, the bar will take walk-ins and serve a menu of small plates and oysters. Seatings at 6 p.m. for $95 and one at 9 p.m. for $125 (glass of Champagne included).

Andrew Tarlow's original restaurant, Diner, is celebrating its birthday and serving a special New Year's a la carte menu including seafood platters, lamb chops, whole trout stuffed with prosciutto and fennel, and more.

Alice’s Arbor’s Vintage Gotham Gala brings you back to the 1920s (minus prohibitions) with food like lobster bisque, oysters half shell, and kale-dorf salad (okay, so 2013 slipped into that one). A live DJ will mix jazzy and party music through midnight.  Seatings start at 5pm.

For more 1920’s Gatsby-style partying, once an abandoned factory, MyMoon a reflection of the continuing transformation of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is offering a prix-fixe menu including classics like mushroom ravioli and halibut ($100), open bar ($70), and dancing with a live jazz band. 

The Midnight Stardust bash at Brooklyn Winery will feature glitter and sparkling wine galore. Toast to 2014 with a four-hour open bar (including their own wine, top shelf liquor, premium beer, and specialty cocktails) as well as decadent hors d’oeuvres. DJs will have you on your feet dancing throughout the glam soiree as 2013 blends into 2014 (wine humor!). Tickets $175 in advance, $200 at the door.

Two of Williamsburg’s greatest institutions, Nitehawk Cinema and Brooklyn Brewery are teaming up for the New Year's Greatest Hits Party.  Beer bar will be open all night accompanied by snacks like Steak and Guinness pie, while party scenes from your favorite flicks are projected on the wall. A Brooklyn Brewery souvenir glass is included with ticket purchase. 9pm,, $100/person

A seafood feast, and spectacular views of midnight fireworks over New York Harbor, can be found at Red Hook’s Brooklyn Crab. The prix-fixe menu includes PEI Mussels in white wine garlic broth, crab cakes, crab stuffing, “seafood party bowls” and much more. $55 - $75 

If your New Year’s resolution is to start eating more healthfully and sustainably, dine at Ditmas Park’s The Farm on Adderley, which will host a 5-course locavore menu and a live jazz band.
Seating: 6:30pm / 7pm (bar) & 9:30pm/ 10pm (bar), $65 - $95

Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9 is offering a gluten-free four-course tasting menu including items like catfish and crab salad and a Berkshire pork noodle bowl ($50/person). On January 1, a special Hangover Menu consisting of pho, fried chicken, and spring rolls along with free Vietnamese coffee will be offered until 5pm.

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