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15 Great Restaurants to Ring in the New Year in NYC

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121212_bk12_bk1212123123112008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29.jpegNew Year's Eve dining is rife with bad deals, but there are still some gems to be found. Here's a map of 15 great dining options for the last night of the year. Besides a range of prix fixe deals and Champagne toasts, this list includes places with a la carte menus and room for walk-ins, plus at least one solid option for those dining with a crowd.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barbuto

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775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-9700
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Jonathan Waxman's West Village classic is serving a $75, six-course prix fixe. Choose from dishes like gnocchi with lobster and that old standby, the JW Chicken with salsa verde. Reservations can be made by phone or online. [Krieger]

2. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3077
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Andrew Tarlow's original restaurant is serving a special New Year's a la carte menu all night. There will be seafood platters, lamb chops, whole trout stuffed with prosciutto and fennel, and more. New Year's Eve also happens to be the restaurant's birthday, which makes the meal that much more celebratory. [Krieger]

3. Alder

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157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
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Wylie Dufresne's new casual spot is having a little fun with its "Skeletons from the Closet" menu. Chef Jon Bignelli will serve a five-course meal of "Alderized" versions of wd-50 classics, for $150 per person. Reservations can be made online. [Krieger]

4. ABC Kitchen

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35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829
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For just a lovely meal without any special trappings, ABC Kitchen will be serving its usual a la carte menu, plus a few to-be-determined specials. There will also be a complimentary Champagne toast a midnight. Make reservations online or by phone. [Krieger]

5. Betony

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41 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 465-2400
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This is by far the biggest splurge of the list, but it's a solid one. Bryce Shuman is serving a nine-course tasting menu for $250, with luxe dishes like smoked foie gras, Perigord truffles, and poached lobster with chestnuts, plus Champagne at midnight. Reservations can be made online. [Krieger]

6. BrisketTown

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359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 701-8909
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Daniel Delaney is hosting a traditional Louisiana boucherie for the evening. It will be a six-course, family-style feast of pig-centric dishes, ranging from hog head terrine to trotter soup to cochon roule. It's $75 for the 6 p.m. seating and $95 for the 9 p.m. seating (which includes a glass of Champagne). Make reservations by calling 718-701-8909 ext 201. [Krieger]

7. Maison Premiere

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298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 335-0446
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Maison Premiere is serving two seatings of its three-course prix fixe, one at 6 p.m. for $95 and one at 9 p.m. for $125 (glass of Champagne included). Dishes include tuna tartare and cauliflower veloute with caviar, uni toast, and lobster. A more casual option is to sit at the bar, which will be taking walk-ins and serving a menu of small plates and oysters. Reservations can be made online or by phone. [Femia]

8. Extra Fancy

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302 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 422-0939
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Extra Fancy has seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. for its $75, five-course prix fixe, with dishes like scallops with pork belly and butter-poached lobster tail. There's also an "extra fancy" version of the meal for $125, which involves the addition of luxury ingredients like caviar and truffles to every dish. There will also be a la carte options at the bar, and a DJ and dancing from 11:30 on. Call to reserve. [Photo]

9. Gotham West Market

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582 7940
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This Hell's Kitchen hot spot could be a good bet for big groups. The Cannibal is offering a $75 menu of unlimited beer and wine, plus snacks like pork neck kimchi rillettes, while Seamus Mullen's El Colmado is serving tapas and unlimited Cava for the same price, with an upgrade to unlimited wine, beer and sangria for $100. The former is booking groups of up the 30 by phone, the latter by email at rsvp@elcolmadonyc.com. Other spots like Ivan Ramen and Little chef will be open until 9 or later. [Krieger]

10. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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Ssam Bar is offering a six-course prix fixe meal for $115 per person. For parties of four to 20, that meal includes a choice of whole rotisserie duck or bo ssam. Reservations must be made online. [Kalina]

11. The Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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There are neither reservations nor prix fixes at April Bloomfield's classic, which makes it a solid bet for a low-key New Year's meal. There will be some holiday specials on the menu, plus complimentary Champagne at midnight. [Krieger]

12. The Marrow

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99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 428-6000
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Harold Dieterle's Italian/German mashup is offering a three-course, $85 tasting menu. Options include spaghetti with lobster fra diavolo sauce and roasted guinea hen with hazelnut spaetzle. Make reservations online or by phone. [Krieger]

13. Hearth

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403 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300
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Seatings for Hearth's four-course, $72 tasting menu are from 6 to 7:30 pm., while seatings for a six-course, $140 menu are from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Dishes on both menus include cotecchino sausage and roasted venison loin with cabbage and squash. Reservations can be made by phone or online. [Krieger]

14. Frankies 457

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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The original Brooklyn location of Frankies is serving a four-course, $85 prix fixe, with dishes like veal osso buco and suckling pig confit. For reservations, email reception@frankiesspuntino.com. [Krieger]

15. Marco's

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295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-0427
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The new hot spot from the Franny's team is offering a seven-course, $125 tasting menu, with seatings between 6 and 7 p.m. or between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dishes include spit-roasted beef ribeye and the traditional cotechino with lentils. Wine pairings are available for an extra $70 and reservations should be made by phone. [Krieger]

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1. Barbuto

775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Read Review |
Jonathan Waxman's West Village classic is serving a $75, six-course prix fixe. Choose from dishes like gnocchi with lobster and that old standby, the JW Chicken with salsa verde. Reservations can be made by phone or online. [Krieger]
775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

2. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Andrew Tarlow's original restaurant is serving a special New Year's a la carte menu all night. There will be seafood platters, lamb chops, whole trout stuffed with prosciutto and fennel, and more. New Year's Eve also happens to be the restaurant's birthday, which makes the meal that much more celebratory. [Krieger]
85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Alder

157 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003
Wylie Dufresne's new casual spot is having a little fun with its "Skeletons from the Closet" menu. Chef Jon Bignelli will serve a five-course meal of "Alderized" versions of wd-50 classics, for $150 per person. Reservations can be made online. [Krieger]
157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003

4. ABC Kitchen

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
For just a lovely meal without any special trappings, ABC Kitchen will be serving its usual a la carte menu, plus a few to-be-determined specials. There will also be a complimentary Champagne toast a midnight. Make reservations online or by phone. [Krieger]
35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

5. Betony

41 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
This is by far the biggest splurge of the list, but it's a solid one. Bryce Shuman is serving a nine-course tasting menu for $250, with luxe dishes like smoked foie gras, Perigord truffles, and poached lobster with chestnuts, plus Champagne at midnight. Reservations can be made online. [Krieger]
41 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

6. BrisketTown

359 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Daniel Delaney is hosting a traditional Louisiana boucherie for the evening. It will be a six-course, family-style feast of pig-centric dishes, ranging from hog head terrine to trotter soup to cochon roule. It's $75 for the 6 p.m. seating and $95 for the 9 p.m. seating (which includes a glass of Champagne). Make reservations by calling 718-701-8909 ext 201. [Krieger]
359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Maison Premiere is serving two seatings of its three-course prix fixe, one at 6 p.m. for $95 and one at 9 p.m. for $125 (glass of Champagne included). Dishes include tuna tartare and cauliflower veloute with caviar, uni toast, and lobster. A more casual option is to sit at the bar, which will be taking walk-ins and serving a menu of small plates and oysters. Reservations can be made online or by phone. [Femia]
298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Extra Fancy

302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Extra Fancy has seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. for its $75, five-course prix fixe, with dishes like scallops with pork belly and butter-poached lobster tail. There's also an "extra fancy" version of the meal for $125, which involves the addition of luxury ingredients like caviar and truffles to every dish. There will also be a la carte options at the bar, and a DJ and dancing from 11:30 on. Call to reserve. [Photo]
302 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Gotham West Market

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
This Hell's Kitchen hot spot could be a good bet for big groups. The Cannibal is offering a $75 menu of unlimited beer and wine, plus snacks like pork neck kimchi rillettes, while Seamus Mullen's El Colmado is serving tapas and unlimited Cava for the same price, with an upgrade to unlimited wine, beer and sangria for $100. The former is booking groups of up the 30 by phone, the latter by email at rsvp@elcolmadonyc.com. Other spots like Ivan Ramen and Little chef will be open until 9 or later. [Krieger]
600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

10. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Ssam Bar is offering a six-course prix fixe meal for $115 per person. For parties of four to 20, that meal includes a choice of whole rotisserie duck or bo ssam. Reservations must be made online. [Kalina]
207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
There are neither reservations nor prix fixes at April Bloomfield's classic, which makes it a solid bet for a low-key New Year's meal. There will be some holiday specials on the menu, plus complimentary Champagne at midnight. [Krieger]
314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

12. The Marrow

99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Harold Dieterle's Italian/German mashup is offering a three-course, $85 tasting menu. Options include spaghetti with lobster fra diavolo sauce and roasted guinea hen with hazelnut spaetzle. Make reservations online or by phone. [Krieger]
99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014

13. Hearth

403 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |
Seatings for Hearth's four-course, $72 tasting menu are from 6 to 7:30 pm., while seatings for a six-course, $140 menu are from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Dishes on both menus include cotecchino sausage and roasted venison loin with cabbage and squash. Reservations can be made by phone or online. [Krieger]
403 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

14. Frankies 457

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The original Brooklyn location of Frankies is serving a four-course, $85 prix fixe, with dishes like veal osso buco and suckling pig confit. For reservations, email reception@frankiesspuntino.com. [Krieger]
457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

15. Marco's

295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The new hot spot from the Franny's team is offering a seven-course, $125 tasting menu, with seatings between 6 and 7 p.m. or between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dishes include spit-roasted beef ribeye and the traditional cotechino with lentils. Wine pairings are available for an extra $70 and reservations should be made by phone. [Krieger]
295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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