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Make the Last Meal Count

15 restaurants serving up exceptional New Year's Eve dinners.

Almanac's rustic dining room.   


28 Seventh Ave. S., nr. Leroy St.; 212-255-1795
This Greenwich Village tasting room will be serving up a special prix fixe menu for New Year's. Kick back in the rustic, farmhouse-inspired dining room and enjoy James Beard–winning chef Galen Zamarra's inventive hyperlocal, "micro-seasonal" cuisine.
Four courses, three options each, $150/person with an optional $85 wine pairing

39 E. 19th St., nr. Broadway; 212- 387-1200
Chef James Corona will be offering a four-course prix fixe including rich dishes like a porcini-rubbed filet mignon with a crispy polenta cake and wild mushrooms in a Chianti reduction. Or, if you prefer your cacio e pepe à la carte, regular service runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Four courses, $65/person; $105/person with two hours of open bar

181 Thompson St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-254-3000
The Torrisi empire's retro red-sauce emporium is the place to be for big spenders this New Year's. Mario Carbone and company will be cranking out a prix fixe of hearty fare, like spicy rigatoni, meatballs, and veal parmesan. If you really want to blow the bank, splurge on the later seating with an extra course and a Champagne toast to top it all off.
Five courses, $395/person (6 p.m.); six courses with Champagne toast, $595/person (9 p.m.)

299 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-933-5300
Welcome 2016 with some upscale bangers and beer at Daniel Boulud's DBGB. There will also be a special holiday menu on offer, which harkens back to the chef's French roots (seared foie gras, ricotta gnocchi, and herb-crusted veal). And when the clock strikes midnight, guests are invited to bang on the multitude of copper pots and pans while the chefs parade around the dining room.
À la carte

463 W. Broadway, nr. Prince St.; 212-254-3000
After debuting dinner service in November, Sadelle’s is preparing to take on its first New Year’s crowd. For the special evening, master baker and co-owner Melissa Weller is whipping up curry lobster to start, and swapping out the poultry in her usual chicken-paprika entrée for lamb chops. The later seating will also include Sadelle’s specialty caviars and wild vodka infusions (like horseradish).
Two seatings: $195/person (6:30 p.m.); $295/person (9:30 p.m.)

White Street
221 W. Broadway, nr. White St.; 212-944-8378
Come to this Tribeca restaurant if you're in the mood for an indulgent meal. The special prix fixe menu will include black-truffle potato gnocchi, filet mignon in an oxtail ragu, and chocolate buttons with salted caramel. Plus, a live swing band goes on at 9 p.m.
Two seatings: $125 for three courses (5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.); $225–$295 for five courses and Moët split or half-bottle Grand Cuvée (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)


Eataly: Baita at La Birreria
200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St.; 212-937-8910
Spend New Year’s overlooking Madison Square park while munching on seared buckwheat polenta with fontina fonduta and ribollita sliders with smoked pork belly at Baita, the latest pop-up on the roof of Mario Batali’s massive Italian specialty store. You'll be dining in an alpine-ski-lodge-inspired room, complete with a photo booth and dance floor.
$95/person (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

321 W. 46th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-246-9171
At more than 100 years old, and still owned by its original founding family, Barbetta is kicking off yet another New Year with its traditional Piedmontese cuisine. You'll also have the option of dancing to the sounds of the Felix Swing Band. Just try not to break any of the 18th-century antiques scattered around the joint.
Multicourse, $185/person (8:30 p.m. to “the wee hours”)

The Smith
55 Third Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-420-9800
956 Second Ave., at 51st St.; 212-644-2700
1900 Broadway, at 63rd St.; 212-496-5700

Until 8 p.m., you can dine on a special prix fixe menu (including poached lobster over black pasta and ricotta gnocchi) at the midtown and Lincoln Square locations of this New American favorite, or go à la carte at the East Village location. For later diners, there's a 10 p.m. three-course prix fixe at all locations, which also includes an open bar, party favors, and a Champagne toast (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.).
Three courses, $65/person until 8 p.m. (Lincoln Square and midtown only); three courses with open bar, $140/person (all locations)


The Mark by Jean-Georges
25 E. 77th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-606-3030
Splurge on this culinary icon’s five-course tasting menu while listening to playful French and American standards from the Avalon Jazz Band. Vongerichten is rolling out a true feast with rice-cracker-encrusted tuna in a sriracha-citrus emulsion, poached lobster in vegetables and Champagne broth, and tournedos of beef Rossini with crispy potato gratin. Then, after a Champagne toast at midnight, everyone’s invited onto the dance floor to party the night away with DJ Arq.

72 W. 69th St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-580-4300
At Telepan, you’ll find dishes inspired by ingredients from the winter market. This year, for their three seatings of New Year’s Eve dinner, expect to sample truffle-crusted celeriac, lobster Bolognese, and gemelli and goose confit.
Three courses, $95/person (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); four courses, $115/person (7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.); four courses plus a Champagne toast, $150/person (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.)


Atrium DUMBO
15 Main St., nr. Water St., Dumbo; 718-858-1095
Spend New Year’s Eve in the two-tiered dining room of this cool, industrial space with stunning views of both bridges and the Manhattan skyline. There will be two seatings of a special prix fixe menu. Whet your appetite with sea-scallop ceviche to start, go for a Dover sole with a porcini marmalade as your entrée, and finish off with the Meyer-lemon tart. For later diners, a DJ starts at nine.
Four courses, $85/person (6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and $48 optional wine pairing); five courses, $125/person (9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and $55 optional wine pairing)

213 Smith St., nr. Baltic St.; Cobble Hill; 718-246-2221
Landmarc alum Angelo Schifilliti will be serving a special prix fixe menu of Hunter’s signature “foraged” local-and-sustainable fare. This year, expect house-cured lox, lamb shank with a spiced chickpea ragu, and chocolate panna cotta. Cap it all off with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.
Three courses, $65/person

Locanda Vini e Olii
129 Gates Ave., at Cambridge Pl., Clinton Hill; 718-622-9202
Sit down for antipasti with braised pork sausage over lentils — a New Year’s Eve tradition that supposedly brings good luck and prosperity — at this 130-year-old Clinton Hill pharmacy turned Tuscan restaurant. Executive chef Michele Baldacci will also prepare roast suckling pig stuffed with fresh herbs and served with roasted potatoes, a multitude of pasta, and "ugly but good" flourless almond cookies.
Four courses $75/person, optional wine pairing for $35

The Pearl Room
8201 Third Ave., at 82nd St., Bay Ridge; 718-833-6666
This New Year’s Eve, executive chef Anthony Rinaldi will be showing off his Eleven Madison Park pedigree with dishes like Dover sole stuffed with lump crab meat and pesto in a light tomato sauce with clams and mussels, and bacon-wrapped chicken stuffed with spinach risotto.
Four courses, $59/person (6:30 p.m.); four courses, $145/person plus an open bar, a Champagne toast, and a DJ all night (10 p.m.)