Still trying to figure out your New Year’s Eve plans and not sure where to go? Ringing in the new year with delicious food is always a great option, and most cities have plenty of restaurants open and serving special meals (along with plenty of booze) to give 2015 a proper sendoff.
Just make sure to look at this list now and call your favorite restaurant ahead of time -- most places will be packed come Thursday night, so you’ll want to plan in advance. Here are some of the best dinners being offered for New Year’s in cities around the country.
New York City:
Bocca -- Chef James Corona is offering a four-course prix fixe meal of indulgent Italian dishes. The meal costs $65/person, or you can pay $105/person if you want to add two hours of open bar. If you’re a bit more choosy, the restaurant is serving its a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
DBGB -- Daniel Boulud’s DBGB will offer bangers and beer for the new year. Guests can order off a holiday menu that includes French-inspired fare, and at midnight, diners can bang on the many copper pots and pans around the restaurant while the chefs parade through the dining room, according to New York Magazine.
Atrium DUMBO -- This two-tiered dining room gives guests beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn bridge. There will be two seatings of a prix fixe menu, and the later dinner will include a DJ playing at 9 p.m. The prix fixe costs $85/person, with an optional $48 wine pairing.
14K Restaurant and Lounge -- The restaurant in the Hamilton Hotel is offering a special four-course dinner with “endless” champagne for $85/person. Plus, there will be live entertainment and a cigars and cognac bar.
Ambar -- There will be two seatings on New Year’s at Ambar: one from 5 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. and the second from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant is serving up a special “Balkan Experience” menu that includes unlimited small plates, specials and bottomless drinks. The early seating is $69/person and the later seating costs $99/person or $79 at the bar. There will also be a DJ to set the mood.
701 Restaurant -- Diners can choose from two seatings here as well, with the first running 5-7:30 p.m. and the second 8-11:30 p.m. The early seating can choose from a la carte menu options or a three-course prix fixe menu for $55, while the second seating offers a four-course prix fixe for $110, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. A four piece jazz band will play eaters into the new year.
Riva Crab House -- This restaurant offers stunning views of the Navy Pier fireworks from the upstairs dining room or the downstairs dance floor. The chefs are offering specials on New Year’s and a champagne toast at midnight.
Harry Caray’s Tavern -- Enjoy a special meal of surf and turf for two before heading out to experience the pier. The restaurant’s wine director has chosen wine pairing for each option on New Year’s eve, and at the Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse locations you can try out a prixe fixe menu too.
Frontier -- This New Year’s dinner package is being served from 8 p.m. through 1 a.m. It includes a food buffet with whole-smoked animal service (whole pig, lamb, goat and boar) as well as appetizers, salads and desserts, a champagne toast at midnight and beer as well as cocktails. Tickets are $100.