Celebrating the new year with a toast at midnight is a must but finding the right place to go can be an ordeal. If you want to countdown to midnight over a nice meal instead of at a large party or bar, head to one of these spots that include everything from casual vegetarian fare to fancy five-course meals.
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 $55 you get a three-course menu ($70 with wine pairings); four courses is slightly more at $65 ($85 with wine pairings). You'll have your choice of courses and the dessert is a subprised determined by the chef. In the past options have included ale cake with pumpkin custard or flourless chocolate cake with spiced-pear sorbet.
From Steak to Champagne
Surg Restaurant Group’s steak house Carnevor is offering a New Year’s Eve special. Reservations via OpenTable are highly recommended since the restaurant tends to fill up quickly. You can order off the usual menu and there is a champagne toast at midnight.
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 for $45. It is three courses of vegan and vegetarian fare and dessert is your choice of blackberry lemon cheesecake or arroz con leche. It also includes a glass of sparkling wine or lemonade. The prix fixe menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You'll also be able to order off the regular menu if you'd prefer to try something else.
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. Mr. B’s Steakhouse, Rumpus Room and Joey Gerard’s are offering special a la carte menus from around 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later. Harbor House will have a special a la carte menu alongside the regular menu from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. All four restaurants will also have champagne specials available.
Or you can ring in the new year with Bacchus’ five-course dinner ($140 per person, plus beverages) at 5 p.m. The dinner also includes Champagne at midnight, party favors, and admission to 5 Card Studs for music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. Bacchus is also offering a limited a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lake Park Bistro will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu($90 per person, plus beverages) between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ristorante Bartolotta will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. ($70 per person) and a four-course prix fixe menu available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($90 per person) Reservations are necessary for all of Bartolotta Restaurants eateries.