New York City is exciting on New Year's Eve with the ball-drop, harbor cruises to see the fireworks, midnight runs, and parties galore. But a relaxing way to start your celebration is to have dinner in one of these well-respected restaurants and venues. Often they have a special New Year's Eve menu to mark the event. Reservations are recommended.
New Year's Eve Menu: This East Village eatery offers Chinese-influenced modern American fare, helmed by chef/owner Thomas Chen (an alum of Eleven Madison Park).
The New Year's Eve tasting menu consists of:
- Fluke: (basil, coconut vinaigrette, black sesame crisp)
- Brussels Sprout: (miso blue cheese, bulgur, jambon de Bayonne)
- Snow Crab: (noodle, squash, dashi butter) You can supplement black truffle for an additional $20.
- Beef: (sunchoke, herbs, bone marrow jus)
- Chocolate Dessert: (tart, almond, quince)
What it Costs: $125 per person.
Contact Details: 536 E. 5th St. (between Avenue A and Avenue B), in the East Village; 646-833-7811.
This Mexican mainstay touts a winning combo of upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine and a stylish, fun atmosphere and will be serving a special meal in 2018.
Head to any of their four Manhattan locations for a reasonably priced, four-course New Year's Eve menu and special holiday cocktail. Please contact the individual restaurants for the menu.
What it Costs: In previous years, it has been $45/person for a four-course menu. Call for details for 2018.
Contact Details: Four locations, on the Upper East Side (212-753-7407), in Lincoln Center (212-977-7700), Tribeca (212-849-2885), and in Union Square (212-533-3350).
New Year's Eve Menu: Spice up your New Year's at the Michelin-starred modern Indian eatery Junoon. They'll be hosting a gastronomic New Year's Eve feast in the form of a three (in the Patiala room) or six-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing (in the main dining room).
What it Costs: $75 per person for the three-course tasting menu in the Patiala Room, $110 per person for six courses in the Main Dining Room, $75 for wine pairings.
Contact Details: 27 W. 24th St. (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in the Flatiron District; 212-490-2100.
And now for something more casual and different yet totally decadent. Join others at the iconic Murray's Cheese Shop, sip on French Champagne and taste your way through offerings like foie gras, caviar, truffles, and special holiday cheeses. The event takes place 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
What it Costs: $150
Contact Details: 254 Bleecker Street (212) 243.3289
Cruise aboard the luxury yacht, Cloud Nine IV for a luxe evening featuring a 6-course dinner with the chef and staff onboard, Champagne toast, DJ for dancing and the amazing fireworks at midnight at the Statue of Liberty. The main course is surf and turf with petit filet mignon and fresh, stuffed lobster tail. You'll board at 9 p.m.
What it Costs: $629
Contact Details: Cloud Nine Charters, 2430 FDR Drive, (212) 248-3800