Your Guide to Philly’s Best New Year’s Eve Dinners
Now is a good time to ball out on lobster, steak, truffle and champagne. Here are the best places to dine in the new year.
You could go clubbing on New Year’s Eve, but why fight your way through crowds of sweaty party-goers who can’t hold their liquor, when Philly has so many special amazing restaurants who are ready to wine and dine you until the clock strikes twelve. Don’t forget, eating will (probably) help your hangover.
Sate Kampar, East Passyunk, $50-$80 per person
Regulars wait all year for Sate Kampar’s special Malaysian chili crab to return. Go all out with an all-you-can-eat BYO sate and chili crab experience at this cozy South Philly spot. Tickets available here.
Heritage, Northern Liberties, a la carte
Go big or go home with a 48 oz. porterhouse steak for 4, served with marrow bones, truffle mashed potatoes, asparagus, arugula salad and au poivre sauce, all covered in freshly shaved winter truffles for $220. Quantities are limited, but you can reserve yours by calling Heritage at (215) 627-7500.
Kensington Quarters, Fishtown, $85 per person
In addition to a special oyster happy hour on New Year’s Eve, KQ will serve a special 4-course tasting menu paired alongside wine pairings from their sommelier. Their regular menu will also be available at the bar. Reservations via phone or on OpenTable.
Nunu, Fishtown, a la carte or $60 per person
In addition to the regular menu, Nunu will do a five-course tasting featuring their signature sushi and skewers. Guests can also opt for a toro (bluefin tuna) tasting for $30. Reservations here.
High Street on Market, Old City, $60 per person
Choose from a family style four-course feast for the table, opting for either the Land Feast (featuring Happy Valley Meats) or the Sea Feast (highlighting NJ fish purveyors Anthony and Local 130) for $65 per person. Larger groups can opt for both. Reservations here.
Forsythia, Old City, $100 per person
If you haven’t been to Forsythia yet, the New Year’s Eve tasting menu featuring salmon crudo, prime New York Strip, caviar and truffles, is a good way to start. Wine pairing available for $50. Reservations here.
Royal Boucherie, Old City, a la carte
French brasserie food is an excellent way to celebrate the New Year – look for a (duh) champagne toast, plenty of luxe specials, and good vibes at Royal Boucherie. Reservations here.
Fiore Fine Foods, Queen Village, $75 per person
Enjoy classic Italian traditions at Fiore, alongside two tiers of wine pairings at $35 or $50, depending on how baller you want to go. Reservations here.
Le Caveau, Queen Village, a la carte
Sip bubbles and nibble French hot dogs all night at Le Caveau. They’ll have special bottles of bubbly, as well as their regular menu of thoughtfully sourced, natural wines. Call to reserve for groups of four or more.
Brauhaus Schmitz, South Street, $115 per person
Fondue and fireworks are on the three course, family-style menu for New Year’s Eve at Brauhaus, alongside an open bar featuring beer, German mulled wine and a champagne “Prost” at midnight on the third-floor roof deck with a view of Penn Landing’s fireworks display.
Dim Sum House, University City, $35 per person
Five courses of dim sum delights will be available in University City for a more affordable (but still delicious) holiday dinner. A cocktail pairing is available for an additional $35. Reservations here.
a.kitchen, Rittenhouse, $85
Special champagnes will be available by the glass and in flights to pair with a.kitchen’s 4 course New Year’s Eve menu, available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant will also serve as a bottle shop for folks in need of a last minute bottle in the neighborhood.
Harper’s Garden, Center City, $75 per person
Reservations required for three seatings of Harper’s Garden’s four course seasonal prix fixe dinner, with space for walk-ins at the bar. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, obviously. Reservations here.
Volver, Center City, $60-$125 per person
Do an early 3-course menu from 5-7, or go all out with the tasting menu, featuring a yellowtail crudo, duck agnolotti and a complimentary glass of champagne. Reservations here.
Res Ipsa, Rittenhouse, $60-$80 per person
Go for a classic, southern-Italian, family-style menu, or up the ante with a caviar and truffle upgrade. Don’t forget it’s BYOB. Reservations available for groups of 2, 4 or 6 by calling the restaurant at (267) 519-0329.
Townsend, Rittenhouse, $95-$125 per person
Go fancy at Townsend with a five-course early seating and a seven-course late seating. Both will highlight French classics, and a Les Treize dessert — a traditional French-Christian Christmas Eve tradition that honors the 13 people present at the Last Supper. Reservations here.
Barclay Prime, Rittenhouse, a la carte
Menu specials will accompany decorations, a special soundtrack, and a complimentary midnight toast. There will be noisemakers — you can decide for yourself if that’s a good thing or not. Reservations here.
Cicala, Fairmount, $200 per person
Celebrate the new 20s in old 20s fashion at Cicala with an open bar, a raw bar, a salumi bar, a pasta station and (of course) a complimentary Prosecco toast. Ticket here.