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The Last Meal

Here's where to ring in 2013 by eating well. Plus, some suggestions for recovery brunches.

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Arlington Club  

Arlington Club
1032 Lexington Ave., nr. 74th St.; 212-249-5700
The Upper East Side newcomer heads back to the jazz age for 2013: They're hosting a Great Gatsby–themed dinner, with seatings at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. The first seating is à la carte, the middle seating is a three-course prix fixe for $125, and the final seating is also three courses, with a bottle of Dom Pérignon for parties of four, for $250.

Catch
21 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-392-5978
Celebrity chef Hung Huynh (Top Chef, season three) will offer a four-course prix fixe menu at his 14,000-square-foot meatpacking behemoth. Dessert is something called a Midnight Meltdown, “served for the table made from liquid Klondike, brownie, tres leche ice cream and rum ganache.”

The Darby
244 W. 14th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-242-4411
Not many restaurants in the city can boast a house band, so live music for New Year’s Eve is a forgone conclusion at the West Village neo-supper club. Two seatings (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) for the four-course menu both include Champagne—a complimentary glass at the earlier dinner and a bottle per couple at the later dinner.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
700 W. 125st St., at Twelfth Ave.; 212-694-1777
Red beans and rice is among the New Year’s Eve specials at this Harlem spot, whose pan-southern menu promises a casual New Year’s Eve dinner. Expect live music and a friendly staff.

Dressler
149 Broadway, nr. Driggs Ave.; 718-384-6343
Dressler bids 2102 adieu with a four-course dinner, and as the meal winds down, the real party gets going: Burlesque performer the Maine Attraction hosts a party from 11:30 on with a D.J. and guests. Dinner is $125, and there is no cover for the party.

Eataly
200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd. St.; 212-229-2560
Mario Batali's Italian food emporium hosts a cocktail party with an array of Italian delicacies washed down by freely flowing prosecco and other drinks. The party runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; tickets are $110.

EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-647-9196
EN is planning a New Year's experience you're unlikely to find anywhere else on this side of the Atlantic: a traditional New Year's Mochitsuki (the pounding of mochi rice cakes with a giant wooden hammer). Chef Abe Hiroki will supervise, but any diner that wants to give a swing will be welcome. A keg of sake will be tapped at the stroke of midnight, and two prix fixe options will be available for ($95 and $135), in addition to a vegan menu.

Gramercy Tavern
42 E. 20th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-477-0777
The restaurant Adam Platt called Danny Meyer’s “most self-consciously twee” will offer a new menu for New Year’s Eve, celebrating the people of Gramercy Tavern and the seasonal foods of the Northeast. The Roots Run Deep Here menu will feature five savory courses and two dessert courses for $175. First-timers can still order the standard three-course menu or the six-course vegetable tasting menu.

Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-576-2232
The upscale club plays host to Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band starting at 7:30. Tickets are $125 and include a three-course dinner at Blue Smoke upstairs.

The Library at the Public
425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
Andrew Carmellini's mezzanine lounge caters to those who like to start eating early, with reservations for their $95 3-course menu starting at 5:30 p.m. (and ending at 8 p.m.). If you're more into into light bites, booze, and dancing hit up their cocktail party at 10:30 p.m., where for $150 you'll get music provided by Julian Verlard (who regularly performs at Joe's Pub), food, and an open bar featuring cocktails by Tiffany Short.

The Modern
9 W. 53rd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-333-1220
The dining room will offer a five-course prix fixe from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $125 and a seven-course prix fixe from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party will move to the lounge, where there will be live music from nine on and a Champagne toast at midnight.

North End Grill
104 North End Ave., nr. Vesey St.; 646-747-1600
The Battery Park City restaurant home to Top Chef alum Floyd Cardoz has two New Year’s Eve offerings: an early (5:30 p.m.) five-course menu and a second seating starting at 8:30 p.m. For the traditionalist, the latter has all the lavish trappings: six courses (including white and black truffles), caviar, live jazz, dancing, and a Champagne toast.

The Pines
284 Third Ave., at President St., Brooklyn; 718-596-6560
Gowanus clam shack Littleneck's precocious little brother is getting ambitious for 2013: They've got a ten-course menu of their inventive cooking planned. It's $90 and will be served in a single seating starting at 7:30.

Pork Slope
247 Fifth Ave., nr. Carroll St.; 718-768-7675
A limited menu of grease-bomb Americana bar food complements a whiskey list of awe-inspiring length and variety. The party is all-you-can-eat-and-drink, so temper your bender with a few lipids and give your night a new lease. Chef Dale Talde’s kitchen serves food until 2 a.m.

Reynard
80 Wythe Avenue, at N. 11th St.; 718-460-8004
Williamsburg's Reynard will celebrate the New Year with a maritime-inflected dinner: The $95 six-course prix fixe includes a raw bar, caviar, scallops, and lobster—the shellfish averse can sub in steak.

Riverview
2-01 50th Ave., at 2nd St., Queens; 718-392-5000
Long Island City's Riverview is an all-inclusive New Year's Eve destination: $120 gets you a buffet dinner and then four hours of top-shelf open bar at a D.J.-ed party, or come to just the party for $75. The restaurant's riverfront location should offer glimpses of the Times Square pyrotechnics across the river.

Seersucker
329 Smith St., nr. President St., Carroll Gardens; 718-422-0444
Robert Newton's seasonal, ingredient-driven spot is offering a six-course tasting menu for $95, with an option for wine pairing for an additional $45. Reservations for three seatings throughout the night can be made via OpenTable or phone.

Talde
369 Seventh Ave., at 11th St.; 347-916-0031
For a more casual night or New Year’s Day brunch, try chef Dale’s eponymous Asian-American restaurant. A four-course prix fixe with optional wine pairings reveals the chef’s more grown-up side. Plus, Talde will be open for brunch as usual on New Year’s Day.


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