With just about every restaurant, club and bar in Philadelphia offering a special prix fixe menu or open bar deal, figuring out what to do for New Year’s Eve is getting tougher and tougher.
So we here at Foobooz are aiming to highlight some of the best bets out there.
Happy New Year!
Alfa – 4 course dinner for $65. Bring a group of six or more and get a free bottle of Ciroc vodka.
Alison at Blue Bell – A special 4-course, prix-fixe New Yearâ€™s Eve menu is available starting at 6 p.m. for $110 per person. This includes four courses, wine pairings and take-home gift.
Amada – Philadelphiaâ€™s acclaimed Spanish restaurant will celebrate New Yearâ€™s Eve with Flamenco performances and a special tasting menu created by Chef Jose Garces, in addition to its a la carte menu.
Ansill – 4 Course Prix Fixe Dinner or if you’d like to take the low-key approach, Ansill’s a la carte menu will be available at the bar. Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 11:00pm with open seating.
Bar Ferdinand – 2 Seatings, 6:30 and 9 PM. Special 5 course menu.
Brasserie Perrier – $65 four-course dinner seating with complimentary glass of champagne at 5:30, 6 & 6:30. $120 for six courses starting t 7:30.
Cuba Libre – Ring in the New Year with a Cuban flair with three New Yearâ€™s options. Choose from Concept Chef Guillermo Pernotâ€™s three-course twilight dinner (5â€“8:30 PM; $32 per person, plus alcoholic beverages); a four-course late dinner with a midnight celebration and dancing from 10 â€“2 AM. (Seatings at 9 and 9:30; $150 per person, $50 additional for top-shelf open bar) and a late-night bar package (10 – 2; $85 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres, top-shelf open bar, tax and gratuity) with dancing and favors. Tickets and reservations are required and can be made by calling 215-627-0666.
The Dive – Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Dive’s upstairs this New Year’s Eve.
Deuce – No cover, $2 beer grab bag, Elvis, late night happy hour plus complimentary champagne toast at midnight and breakfast buffet at 1am.
Fez – Have yourself a Moroccan New Year with Fez’s belly dancers, hookahs and complimentary champagne.
Field House – Check out the new Field House at the Reading Terminal with a 5 hour open bar for $135, $100 if you hurry.
G – 4 hour premium package with hors d’oeuvres by Davio’s and champagne toast for $150. Add champagne for $100 and a complimentary bottle of Ciroc with a minimum of 4 guests.
Helium Comedy Club – Laugh off with 2007 with Joe DeVito. 8pm show includes appetizers for $35. 10:30pm show is $55 and includes champagne toast and dessert buffet.
Irish Pub – $75 gets you an all inclusive open bar, dinner buffet, champagne toast, DJ and party favors.
Johnny Brenda’s – Celebrate in classic style with the Peek-A-Boo Revue & Full Blown Cherry! Itâ€™s be a Tassle Twirlinâ€™, Rockabilly Surfinâ€™, Shimmy and Shakinâ€™, Bumping and Grindinâ€™ All Night Party with performances throughout the night from 10pm-2am. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Mercato – Make reservations for 4 or 5 course meals. 5 to 6pm is 4 courses for $60. 7 to 8pm seating is 5 courses for $80 and from 9 to 10 you can get 5 courses plus complimentary champagne toast and party favors.
Moriarty’s – Gourmet buffet, 4 hour open bar, DJ and champagne toast, Continental breakfast for $69.95 per person.
Moshulu – The first seating, guests will enjoy dinner from 5 pm to 7:15 pm for $90 per person. A second seating, from 7:30 pm to 10 pm will cost $150 per person. In addition to the special menu, all guests can enjoy the live music and dancing on Moshuluâ€™s deck under the famous Pennâ€™s Landing New Yearâ€™s Eve fireworks.
O’Neals – Upstairs it’s $25 for 10 to midnight open bar, buffet, noisemakers, hats and champagne toast.
Osteria – Osteria will have two seatings and feature a special, four-course â€œmenu fisso.â€ Early Seating (6 or 6:30) $150 per person; Later Seating (8 or 8:30) $175 per person.
Patou – Four course meal including fruit de mer plate for 2; escargots; duet of lobster & filet; and salmon en croute. 6PM seating $55/person; 7PM and 8:30PM seatings $75/person; Wine pairings available for an additional $25
Rae – With a dizzying array of options Rae butlered and buffet food, music, dancing and easy access to the train. And remember SEPTA actually does offer late night service on New Years!
Royal Tavern – You pick the 2 hours for your $15 open bar. This is a great deal for the beer snobs and it isn’t bad if you aren’t!
Rum Bar – $75 per person includes premium open bar from 9pm-2am, deluxe buffet, champagne toast or $15 General Admission including buffet, drink specials, and champagne toast.
Rx – Resolving to eat local in 2008, get the new year off to a good start with Rx’ local seasonal and organic four-course dinner for $55. Call 215-222-9590.
*Smiths – $55 per person includes one complimentary drink and champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and desserts. Discounted drinks all night, $5 Ciroc martinis, $5 wine, $5 St. Germaine cocktails and $3 Sam Adams Winter Lagers.
Southwark – 8 course chef’s tasting menu, $90, $125 with wine. 6:30 and 9 pm seatings available. Call 215-238-1888 for details.
Susanna Foo – Dinner party from 7:30 till 1 am. Dancing, butlered hors d’oeuvres, 5-course banquet including lobster, truffles, foie gras, lamb and more. Midnight champagne toast. $95 per person.
Ugly American – $55 for 3 course dinner at 6pm. Second seating at 8:30, $85, 5 courses, with champagne toast.
Valanni – First seating from 5 – 5:30pm w/ 3-courses, 2nd seating from 7 – 7:30pm w/ 4-courses, and 3rd seating from 9:30 – 10pm w/ 5-courses for $45, $70, and $90/person respectively.
XIX – XIX CafÃ© â€“ Three-course menu in the XIXâ€™s CafÃ© served from 6 to 7 pm and 9 to 10 pm. In addition to the amazing three-course meal, guests will enjoy live cabaret entertainment with Broadway favorites. The CafÃ© dinner will cost $80 per person and includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
XIX Restaurant â€“ Enjoy a four-course Chefâ€™s Tasting Menu, created by Chef Marc Plessis, served from 6 to 7 pm and 9 to 10pm. Dinner will cost $120 per person and includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
XIX Dance Party â€“ From 9 pm to 2 am celebrate 2008 with a night of dancing while enjoying the sweeping views of Philadelphiaâ€™s skyline. The dance party will take place in Rose Garden at XIX. Dancing will cost $30 per person.
Xochitl – The four-course menu will include such Mexican delicacies as Lobster Enchilada with Avocado and Ancho Chile Sauce, and Quail with Dried Plum and Pasilla Pepper Sauce. Wash down this once-a-year menu with a flight of specially-designed Champagne cocktails like the Xochitl Fizz and the Mexico 75. The cost for the evening is $50 per person, or $70 with cocktail pairings.
Downstairs starting at 10 pm, the Tequila will be flowing and DJs Junior will be spinning the funk, latin and soul. Open bar, snacks and champagne toast. Tickets $60 in advance.