Where To Dine Out On New Year’s Eve 2015

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
December 23, 2015 6:29 pm Last Updated: December 30, 2015 8:35 pm
The interior of Le Bernardin. (Daniel Krieger)
The interior of Le Bernardin. (Daniel Krieger)

Le Bernardin

Treat yourself to a New Year’s Eve dinner at chef Eric Ripert’s three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin. The chef has prepared a special holiday tasting menu with his signature dishes, like King Fish-Caviar served in marinière broth, Langoustine with foie gras mache and white balsamic vinaigrette, and Lobster with chestnut mousseline and Persian lime sauce. Top off the meal with Slow-Roasted Pear with beurre noisette, or Baba Au Scotch, served with caramelized banana and black walnut ice cream. $240 per person.

Monday, Dec. 28—Thursday, Dec. 31
155 W. 51st St., New York, N.Y.

Soy Sauce Ice Cream. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)
Soy Sauce Ice Cream. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)


Chef David Bouley’s Japanese kaiseki restaurant is serving a six-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. For the second seating, an eight-course tasting menu will be accompanied by a champagne toasting at midnight, and live music performances on the shamisen, a traditional Japanese string instrument. First seating: 5 p.m.—6:30 p.m., $150; second seating: 8:30 p.m.—10:30 p.m., $250.

Thursday, Dec. 31
30 Hudson St., New York, N.Y.


For a Mediterranean New Year’s Eve feast, head to Nerai for a three-course prix fixe menu with dishes like Lobster Pasta, Grilled Whole Lavraki (European seabass), and Tuna Tartare. If you’re more in the mood for partying, Nerai will have a four-hour open bar while DJ Dino spins. $150 for prix fixe per person, $125 for open bar per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m.
55 E. 54th St., New York, N.Y.

Hakkasan's Crispy Duck Salad. (Courtesy of Hakkasan)
Hakkasan’s Crispy Duck Salad. (Courtesy of Hakkasan)


Michelin-starred modern Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan’s New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu will satisfy both meat and vegetarian eaters. Enjoy upscale takes on Chinese dishes, like Foie Gras Pipa Duck, Seared Wagyu Beef, and Vegetarian Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce. Wash down your meal with baijiu (Chinese distilled liquor), sake, and Japanese whiskeys from the restaurant’s rare spirits collection. $168 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31
311 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y.

Miss Lily’s

Celebrate New Year’s in the Caribbean style at Miss Lily’s. Enjoy dishes like Hot Pepper Lobster with scotch bonnet sauce, Asian greens and jasmine rice; Jerk Pork Shoulder with sweet plantains and mango chutney; and Steamed Loup de Mer with okra and coconut lime sauce. The menu will be served a la carte until 9 p.m. and prix-fixe after 9 p.m. There will also be music and a champagne toast at midnight.

On New Year’s Day, brunch will be served, with options like Coconut Pancakes and the Hangover Helper juice, made of coconut water, blueberries, and pineapple. $75 for prix-fixe dinner per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31 & Friday, Jan. 1
132 W. Houston St. & 109 Avenue A, New York, N.Y.

Hornblower Cruises

If you want to celebrate in true style, board the Hornblower Cruises for a six-course dinner on New Year’s Eve. A trip around the New York Harbor will give you supreme views of the New Year’s fireworks.

Or you can enjoy a leisurely New Year’s Day on Hornblower’s yacht, where a brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas will be served. New Year’s Eve: $400; New Year’s Day: $70.

Thursday, Dec. 31 & Friday, Jan. 1
Pier 40, 353 West St., New York, N.Y.

Dry-Aged Strip Steak with Marrow. (Courtesy of Wine Disciples Enoteca)
Dry-Aged Strip Steak with Marrow. (Courtesy of Wine Disciples Enoteca)

Wine Disciples Enoteca

Enjoy great food and wine at this Chelsea spot, where a multicourse menu will include Potato Croquettes with Caviar, Tagliatelle with white truffles, and Dry-Aged Strip Steak with marrow. First seating: 7 p.m., $95 per person; second seating with Champagne toast: 9:30 p.m., $105 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31
129 W. 29th St., New York, N.Y.

Pão de Queijo, a type of Brazilian cheese bread. (Courtesy of Botequim)
Pão de Queijo, a type of Brazilian cheese bread. (Courtesy of Botequim)


Stylish Brazilian restaurant Botequim is hosting a massive dance party on New Year’s Eve, with a live DJ and a toast at midnight. Chef David Brinkman will serve a three-course prix fixe dinner.  $75.

Thursday, Dec. 31
132-A Fourth Ave., New York, N.Y.

Morton’s Steakhouse

New Year’s is certainly an occasion to celebrate with steak. Head to Morton’s Steakhouse for prime-aged steak and seafood platters including Shrimp Scampi Capellini and Chilean Seabass Fillet a La Nage.

Thursday, Dec. 31 & Friday, Jan. 1
551 Fifth Ave. & 136 Washington St., New York, N.Y.

The interior of Riverpark. (Courtesy of Riverpark)
The interior of Riverpark. (Courtesy of Riverpark)


Chef Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark is serving a four-course dinner on New Year’s Eve, with dishes like Sweetbreads and Cotechino with beluga lentils, hakurei turnips, and black truffles; Pekin Duck Breast with black trumpet mushrooms and quince; and White Chocolate Namelaka, a creamy Japanese treat served with champagne sorbet, gingerbread, and tangerine. $250 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.—10 p.m.
450 E. 29th St., New York, N.Y.

The bar at Sessanta. (Courtesy of Sessanta)
The bar at Sessanta. (Courtesy of Sessanta)


Restaurateurs John McDonald and Steven Eckler’s Sicilian-inspired restaurant, Sessanta, will ring in the New Year with a four-course menu featuring Lobster Risotto with Acquerello rice and tarragon, Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli with white truffles, and Beef Short Ribs with bone marrow dumplings and potato puree. A jazz trio will provide live music. $125 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31
60 Thompson St., New York, N.Y.

The bar at Gotham Bar & Grill. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar & Grill)
The bar at Gotham Bar & Grill. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar & Grill)

Gotham Bar & Grill

This fine dining destination in the West Village will have two seatings on New Year’s Eve, one with a four-course menu and another with five courses. Both menus carry its signature New American touch: Poached Maine Lobster with sevruga caviar, celeriac custard, mango, avocado, golden beets, and yuzu emulsion; Dover Sole with rainbow carrots, shaved Brussels sprouts, marble potatoes, and lemon browned butter sauce; and Celeriac Velouté with spiced pear custard, seared fois gras, and pomegranate. First seating, $130 per person; second seating, $325 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31
12 E. 12th St., New York, N.Y.


This charming Greenwich Village spot is serving a family-style dinner and unlimited champagne all evening. To start off, there will be passed hors d’oeurves like Kobe Steak Tartare and Lardon Salad. Main courses include Duck Breast, Chilean Seabass, and Rack of Lamb.  

Thursday, Dec. 31
37 Barrow St., New York, N.Y.

The interior of Salvation Taco. (Daniel Krieger)
The interior of Salvation Taco. (Daniel Krieger)

Salvation Taco

Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield’s Mexican tacqueria restaurant is celebrating with a tiki-style party. New Year’s Eve specials include Duck Tamale with sweet potato masa colada, roasted duck, and cracklin; Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder Feast with charred pineapples and avocado salsa; and cocktail specials like the Rum Resolution, a take on Planter’s Punch. A live DJ will be spinning while the Times Square ball drop party is broadcast.

Thursday, Dec. 31
145 E. 39th St., New York, N.Y.

WM Farmer and Sons

If you find yourself staying in upstate New York during the holidays, consider dining at the restaurant inside WM Farmer and Sons, a hotel in Hudson, N.Y., where farm-to-table cuisine is a given. The restaurant is serving a four-course dinner on New Year’s Eve, with dishes like Peconic Bay Scallops with cauliflower and sunburst trout roe; Anson Mills Antebellum Grits with winter truffles and poached farm egg; and Pan Roasted Arctic Char with beluga lentils and lobster sauce tarragon. Four seatings from 5:30, $85—$95 per person.

On New Year’s Day and the day after, you can enjoy a jazzy brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31
Brunch, Friday, Jan. 1—Saturday, Jan. 2
No. 20 S. Front St., Hudson, N.Y.

Dishes on Sushi Zen's new kaiseki menu. (Courtesy of Sushi Zen)
Dishes on Sushi Zen’s new kaiseki menu. (Courtesy of Sushi Zen)

Sushi Zen

For the holiday season, upscale Japanese restaurant Sushi Zen has a new kaiseki menu with offerings like wild yellowtail shabu shabu; mashed tofu with apples, shiitake mushrooms, and persimmon; and fugu sushi, made from the infamously poisonous pufferfish (the poison is removed during preparation).

Available now
108 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y.

The Maite Burger. (Michael Tulipan)
The Maite Burger. (Michael Tulipan)


Bushwick, Brooklyn’s latest hip restaurant is Maite, which blends Columbian, Basque, and Italian influences. On New Year’s Day, they are previewing their brunch menu, to be served regularly in January. Offerings include the Puchero, a soup with potatoes, yucca, beef, pork, and chicken; the Maite burger, with local mozzarella, soft-boiled egg, and mustard-seed-and-pickle aioli; and Duck Egg on a Colombian arepa with gouda and manteca, a Spanish sauce made from butter, lard, and smoked paprika.

Wash your meal down with Colombian lager or sparkling cider from Basque country.

Friday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
159 Central Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

The interior of Minton's. (Evan Sung)
The interior of Minton’s. (Evan Sung)


This storied jazz club in Harlem is serving a New Year’s Eve dinner by executive chef JJ Johnson. Enjoy a performance by R&B singer Alyson Williams as you feast on a four-course menu with dishes like Braised Short Ribs and Pan Roasted Salmon with date eggplant puree, sautéed carrots, caviar, and chorizo vinaigrette. After midnight, the restaurant will host a late night funk party. First seating: 5 p.m.—8 p.m.; second seating: 9:30 p.m.—12:00 a.m.; late night funk party: 12:00 a.m.—3:00 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31
206 W. 118th St., New York, N.Y.

Vella Wine Bar and Kitchen

This Upper East Side wine bar is hosting a la-dolce-vita-themed party. Choose from sitting down for dinner, or just getting access to the open bar. The four-course prix fixe includes options like burrata and prosciutto for starters; Seared Filet Mignon with shiitake mushrooms and potato gratin for the main course; and tiramisu for dessert. $150—$250 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.—3:30 a.m.
1480 Second Ave., New York, N.Y.

The interior of Juni. (Courtesy of Juni)
The interior of Juni. (Courtesy of Juni)


Chef Shaun Hergatt will be serving his take on New American cuisine at Juni. Dishes on the prix fixe menus include Nantucket Bay Scallops with Kristal Caviar, Lamb Tenderloin with Hyssop Pesto, and Peekytoe Crab Agnolotti with Sea Urchin. First seating: 6 courses, $165; second seating: 8 courses, $195.

Thursday, Dec. 31
12 E. 31st St., New York, N.Y.

The interior of Quality Eats. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)
The interior of Quality Eats. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)

Quality Eats

The newly opened casual steakhouse from restaurateur Michael Stillman is serving a New Year’s Day brunch and dinner with an a la carte menu. There are meaty dishes like Short Rib Hash with Tabasco hollandaise, healthy dishes like Coconut Quinoa with banana, marcona almonds, black sesame, and cherries, and a Large Format Cinnamon Bun for dessert.

Friday, Jan. 1
19 Greenwich Ave., New York, N.Y.

The PieLogen. (Courtesy of The PieCaken Shop)
The PieLogen. (Courtesy of The PieCaken Shop)

The PieLogen from Pastry Chef Zac Young

In charge of bringing dessert to the holiday party? Executive pastry chef Zac Young of the David Burke Group has created a new line of pastries that consist of a pie inside a cake.

For the holiday season, Young created the PieLogen, a toffee pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake, and chocolate caramel yule log all in one, layered together with chocolate buttercream frosting.

The treats are currently only available for pick up at the David Burke fabrick restaurant inside the Archer Hotel. $65.

Available now
At the David Burke fabrick, The Archer Hotel
47 W. 38th St., New York, N.Y.