On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.
George Sabatino’s Aldine is offering three tasting menus on New Year’s Eve. The first seating at 5:30 p.m. is three-courses and $55 per person. The second seating is at 7:30 p.m. and features a special four-course tasting menu for $75 per person. The final seating is at 9:30 p.m. and includes the $100 per person dinner will feature five-courses of primo ingredients like uni, foie gras and lobster. A Champagne toast will also happen at midnight.
On New Year’s Eve, Hop Sing Laundromat is loosening its legendary dress code for one night only. From 10 p.m. till closing, Lê is waiving his must-wear-shoes policy and offering guests the chance to wear sneakers.
Lê tells us, guests have asked for the opportunity to break one of the rules and he feels that there’s no better night than the night everyone else is getting dressed up and paying a premium for just about everything.
Hop Sing opens at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the dress code will be in effect till 10 p.m. As always, there is no cover at the Chinatown bar. Hop Sing will also be closed from Tuesday, December 23 to Thursday, December 25.
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Dinner at Marigold Kitchen is always a surprise. The way ex-chef Rob Halpern ran the menu, it was a constantly evolving spread of amuses and tastings that would sometimes change night to night and table to table. And now, the way new chefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza do things is roughly similar–all tasting menus, no a la carte, just a blindfolded adventure every time you walk through the door.
Except for this New Year’s Eve.
Whether you want to party all night, spend a quiet evening enjoying the arts, or have some kiddies in tow, there’s something to do in Philly on New Year’s Eve. Why stay in to watch the ball drop when you can celebrate with the rest of the town?
Here’s an easy way to keep your get-fit resolution: Sign up for one of these runs celebrating the New Year. Done aaaand … done.
Congratulations, you made it all the way to New Year’s Eve without making solid plans. Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is so overhyped, overpriced and overdone, that you refuse to make a big deal about the day. But you’re a social person and aren’t the type to skip a party. So here are some last moment suggestions for tonight.
Three things are definites at New Year’s Eve parties: 1. There will be champagne. 2. There will be a countdown. 3. There will be at least 14 girls wearing sequins. I love a good sequin-spangled dress as much as the next girl, but on New Year’s Eve, I prefer to play it sleek or pattern-happy. Here, five fresh looks that will have you standing out from the crowd—because when ringing in the New Year, your style should shine, not your dress.
1. Wear a jumpsuit. But opt for one with crisp tuxedo leanings and slim legs. Veronica Beard tuxedo jumpsuit, $795 at Kirna Zabete.
2. Choose pastels. Preferably a soft pink dress with clean lines. (Because the only thing more ubiquitous than sequins on NYE is an LBD.) Simone Rocha dress, $518 at The Corner.
3. Wear a bold ball gown skirt. I adore this Alice + Olivia version. Tone it down with a simple black turtleneck or sleeveless top. $698 at Neiman Marcus.
4. Mix and match patterns. Leave the LBD at home and opt instead for a geometric dress with contrasting patterns. $130 at Topshop.
5. Think scattered embellishments, not allover sequins. A smattering of interesting embellishments (holographic acrylic!) juxtaposed with a sweatshirt material is perfection. Roksanda Ilincic embellished sweatshirt dress, $3,995 at Browns.