Tuck into an Irish pub to close out the year by stopping by County Clare—an Irish pub with an inn upstairs (in case you don't wish to go home just yet)—on the Lower East Side. Live music kicks off at 6 p.m., followed by another set at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Free glasses of champagne will be poured at midnight and, for dinner, there’s a ribeye special: an 8-ounce cut marinated in whiskey with sides of onion shoestrings, champagne-battered shrimp, garlic asparagus and mashed potatoes.
Walker's Point Restaurants
Braise, which is a fine-dining, farm-to-fork eatery in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, is hosting a set menu on New Year’s Eve. For $45 you get a three-course menu ($60 with wine pairings); four courses is slightly more at $60 ($80 with wine pairings). According to chef-owner Dave Swanson, the meal ends on a sweet note, with either ale cake with pumpkin custard or flourless chocolate cake with spiced-pear sorbet. Another Walker’s Point fine-dining restaurant—c. 1880—is offering a set menu on New Year’s Eve. The five-course tasting menu with wine pairings is only available on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Also in Walker’s Point, Triskele’s special holiday meal is served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., leaving you lots of room to build in other activities like bar hopping or cocktail lounges. The meal’s courses haven’t been announced, but in 2015 it included unique dishes not normally on the menu like shrimp and crab stuffed lobster tail, sherried lobster bisque with cognac cream, and chilled Rehorst Gin shrimp on the rocks.
From Steak to Champagne
Surg Restaurant Group’s three eateries—Carnevor, a steakhouse; Hom Wood Fired Grill, much of the menu cooked in a wood-fired oven; and Distil, focused on artisan drinks and foods—are all offering New Year’s Eve specials. Reservations required, via OpenTable.com. At Carnevor there is a free champagne toast at midnight, and at Hom, you get a three-course dinner and a champagne toast ($50 per person); while Distil’s serving a three-course couple’s meal with a champagne toast ($60). Bottles of Veuve Clicquot are reduced to $70 on that evening, too.
For more casual fare, head out for Mexican food. Gus’ Mexican Cantina in Franklin is bringing in a live band (Brew City Rockers, performing cover hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s) with dancing (starts at 10 p.m.). The all-you-can-eat buffet (Mexican, of course) begins serving at 8:30 p.m. You must buy tickets ($25, in advance; or $30, at the door). Health-minded, vegan and gluten-free diners need not stay home on New Year’s Eve. Café Manna in Brookfield is offering a prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu ($45) that consists of three courses (there’s a Champagne Berry cupcake or chocolate mousse for dessert) and includes a glass of sparkling wine or lemonade. The dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bartolotta restaurants—which include Bacchus, Mr. B’s-A Bartolotta Steakhouse, Harbor House, Ristorante Bartolotta, Joey Gerard’s, Lake Park Bistro and Rumpus Room—are all offering New Year’s Eve dining experiences. At Harbor House, Mr. B’s Steakhouse, Rumpus Room and Joey Gerard’s, they’ll have their regular dining menu but are tacking on specials such as, at Harbor House, dark-chocolate budino, and Nantucket Bay scallops. Or you can ring in the new year with
Bacchus’ five-course dinner ($125 per person, plus beverages) at 5 p.m., served to the tune of live music and dancing—plus a champagne toast. Lake Park Bistro will offer two special meals: a three-course prix-fixe ($65 per person, plus beverages) between 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. or a four-course experience ($85 per person, plus beverages) any time after 5 p.m. Reservations are necessary for all of Bartolotta Restaurants eateries.