28 Restaurants Where You Can Ring in the New Year in Philadelphia
Say goodbye to 2018 with special menus, wine pairings, or caviar service at one of the city's best restaurants.
Twenty eighteen is (finally) coming to a close — and that’s something to celebrate with a great meal. Whether you’re over partying hard or simply want to enjoy a delicious dinner before getting rowdy, Philadelphia’s restaurants are offering an impressive slate of tasting menus, special cocktails, luxe add-ons (think caviar service, truffle shavings, and jamón ibérico), and free champagne toasts to help you ring in 2019 right. Check out our list of some of the best below.
Royal Boucherie, Old City
Nick Elmi’s rustic, cozy brasserie will serve special à la carte dishes like galette de crabe and steak for two with duck fat potatoes and brown butter Hollandaise on top of the regular menu. And of course, there’s a complementary champagne toast at midnight.
Good King Tavern, Bella Vista
Step into a 1920s-style French speakeasy for New Year’s at Good King, with an $85 tasting menu of French foods typically enjoyed on the holiday, caviar service, and wine pairings from proprietor Chloé Grigri. Tasting menu dishes will be available aà la carte at the bar and high-top table, but the regular menu won’t be served. Reserve here.
Little Nonna’s, Midtown Village
Didn’t get enough of grandma’s cooking over Christmas? Grab seats for a $75 four-course Italian-American tasting menu of dishes like parsnip ravioli, meatballs, veal osso buco, and pistachio cannoli at Little Nonna’s. Check out the full New Years’ menu here, and you can make your reservations here.
High Street on Market, Old City
Celebrate with four courses and bubbly at High Street, beginning with banchan-style starters for the table, then dishes like celery root and smoked pear tortellini, prime rib, and dessert (with oysters available on request). See all the selections and make your reservation here.
Fork, Old City
Fork is serving a luxe tasting menu of local oysters, handmade pasta, and more. Get it for $99 per person, with the option to add on a $35 wine pairing, porterhouse steak for two for $10 each, a duck feast for four for $6 each, or truffle shavings. See the full menu and reserve here.
Oloroso, Midtown Village
Send off 2018 with a four-course Spanish tasting menu with oysters, tuna crudo, and Wagyu culotte steak for $65 per person (pair sherry with your meal for an additional $35 or wine and sherry for $50). Reserve here.
Bing Bing Dim Sum, East Passyunk
Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on December 31st, Bing Bing will offer a four-course, family-style tasting menu for $45 — and each guest gets a complementary glass of champagne. Check out the full menu here and call 215-279-7702 to make a reservation.
Fond, East Passyunk
The bar will stay open late at Fond, which is serving a five-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person with an optional $35 wine pairing. Service starts at 5 p.m.; there’s a complementary champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. Reserve here.
Lolita, Midtown Village
Get four courses of Mexican-inspired dishes — plus an order of wild mushroom and corn fundido to start — for $55 per person at Lolita. See the menu here and make your reservation here.
Townsend, East Passyunk
Choose between two seatings with different menus of traditional New Year’s Eve French fare (think oysters, seared foie gras, oxtail risotto, and galette des rois). Townsend is serving six courses at 6 p.m. for $95 with an optional $65 wine pairing, or a seven-to-eight-course tasting menu at 9 p.m. for $125 with complementary champagne and an $85 optional wine pairing. Reserve here.
Jane G’s, Center City
For a Rittenhouse-style dim sum dinner, hit up Jane G’s for four courses $80, plus the option to add on lobster (and why wouldn’t you?) for $10. Add on cocktail pairings with each course for $35. The menu runs from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m on New Year’s Eve, and you can reserve here.
A Mano, Fairmount
Townsend Wentz’s Italian spot has a three-course menu from executive chef Michael Millon, with dishes like roasted whole prawns, mushroom agnolotti with foie gras, and whey-braised lamb neck. Seats are $75; call 215-236-1114 to reserve yours.
Twisted Tail, Society Hill
The whiskey-centric bar and restaurant is throwing its annual burlesque bash, with live music and burlesque performances from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A special New Year’s Eve menu plus the show will run you $75; make your reservation here or call 215-558-2471.
Brauhaus Schmitz, Bella Vista
Enjoy a German-style fondue feast plus an open bar, champagne toast at midnight, and Dinner for One (a British comedy traditionally watched on NYE in Germany) projected all night in the restaurant’s back room, plus a great view of the Penn’s Landing fireworks at midnight from their third-floor roof deck. Tickets are $115 per person, and you can get them here.
Dim Sum House, University City
Just looking for dinner? Get five courses of dim sum specialties like scallion pancake, pork leek dumplings, and dan dan noodles for $35, with the option to pair them with four cocktails for another $35. Or snag tickets to Dim Sum House’s NYE party, with an open bar, a full dim sum buffet, and live DJ (plus lots of seats for when you need a break from dancing) from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Samantha Kincaid, Jon Nodler, and Michael Fry’s inventive BYO will offer three seatings for an $85 four-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. Choose from 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 seatings (there’s a complementary champagne toast at midnight). Reserve your seats here.
Heritage, Northern Liberties
Looking for live music with your NYE meal? Hit up Heritage for an à la carte menu of gussied-up fare (think their typical burger topped with seared foie gras, bacon jam, and truffle aioli), côte de boeuf for sharing, or the Heritage Special (a dozen East Coast oysters and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $99). Manouche 5 will be onstage hosting Gypsy Jazz from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., then the Mystery Pistols featuring Lionel Forrester Jr. will ring in the new year (with champagne at midnight, of course). See their full NYE menu here and reserve seats here.
Rex 1516, Graduate Hospital
Executive chef Justin Swain is busting out his very special fried chicken and caviar dish on December 31st: $50 gets you a buttermilk fried half-bird and paddlefish and orange tobiko caviars, plus fixins. The bar will be pouring special sparkling wine-based cocktails, too.
Bar Amis, South Philly
Looking to ring in the new year with your little ones? Bar Amis has you covered with a family-friendly celebration with dinner and kids’ activities from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., with an early 8 p.m. ball drop so you can get them to bed before celebrating the real thing (or hit the sack yourself). Tickets for adults are $65 and $35 for kids over age 2, and you can get them here.
Barbuzzo, Midtown Village
Celebrate 2019 with Italian fare like sheep’s milk ricotta, handmade farfalle gigante, Wagyu beef cheek bourguignon, and (of course) salted caramel budnino. See Barbuzzo’s NYE menu here and reserve here.
Amis Trattoria at Devon Yard will celebrate Roman style, with a special menu and a champagne toast to the Roman New Year at 6 p.m. Make your reservations here.
Russet, Center City
Dine on a five-course, farm-to-table feast at Russet on New Year’s Eve, with dishes like native chestnut soup, oysters with cognac crema, pappardelle with duck ragu, and dry-aged prime rib for $92 per person. The menu starts as early as 5:30; diners at midnight will receive a complementary glass of champagne (don’t forget to BYO otherwise). Reserve here.
Time, Midtown Village
Choose from two dining room seatings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) for Time’s four-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person with live music throughout — or simply grab a seat in their whiskey bar to order à la carte. Then head upstairs for a dance party with DJ Lucas from 10 p.m. until 1 p.m. See the full NYE menu and make dinner reservations here.
Noord, East Passyunk
Ring in the new year with a five-course prix fixe menu of Joncarl Lachman’s Dutch-inspired fare, including red wine poached pears with chevre, mustard-crusted pork loin choucroute, and duck leg confit, for $80 per person. Make your reservation here.
Bud & Marilyn’s, Midtown Village
Ring in 2019 Midwestern style with a four-course prix fixe menu featuring steak tartare, fried chicken, and bourbon pecan bread pudding for $65 per person. Reservations here.
Oyster House, Center City
Book Aaron Gottesman’s NYE tasting menu starts at 5 p.m. — or hit up buck-a-shuck happy hour from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. first before the four-course feast. The special menu includes dishes like fluke crudo, tempura rock shrimp, lacquered short rib with sweet potato puree, and lemon-lime satin cream for dessert. Reserve here.
Jamonera, Midtown Village
Feast on four Spanish courses for $65 (with the option to add on acorn-fed jamón ibérico for $24). See the full NYE menu and reserve your seats here.
Pumpkin, Graduate Hospital
The cash-only BYO is serving a four-course tasting menu for $75 per person on New Year’s Eve — think quail with delicata squash and pickled grapes, burrata with bread from Lost Bread Co. and salsa verde, Berkshire pork tenderloin and belly, and warm chocolate cake with ganache, kumquat, and hazelnut. Make your reservations here.