25 New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebrations in Boston [Updated]
Somerville’s favorite new brewery will be hosting a giant party with live music from some of the finest HONK! bands, a big balloon drop, a projector-bombing photo booth, limited release glassware, catered food from Pennypacker’s and Munch Mobile Bistro Bar, and a complimentary midnight toast with Aeronaut’s new single-barrel Belgian-style pilot beer. Additional Aeronaut brews will be available via a cash bar all night.
$50 per person, 14 Tyler St., Somerville; Eventbrite.com.
Bastille Kitchen executive chef Adam Kube will bring some Parisian flair to this New Year’s Eve with a three-course menu offering savory dishes like his house-made short rib agnolotti, a filet mignon with swiss chard and pommes dauphinoise, and chestnut stuffed quail with fig and dried cherry quinoa. At the end of this French gastronomic experience, diners will say goodbye to 2014 with a dessert of choice: chocolate mousse tart with marshmallow brûlée or crème brûlée with fresh berries and pistachio financier. Complimentary bubbly, party favors, hats, and noisemakers will also be provided upon arrival.
$85 per person, 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., 49 Melcher St., Boston; 617.556.8000 or bastillekitchen.net.
Beacon Hill Bistro
Looking for an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner? Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, located on historic Charles Street, has the answer. Chef Lucas Sousa’s multi-course, prix-fixe menu will have haute options like poached cod with an oyster velouté, roasted squab with a cherry gastrique, and sunchoke gnocchi with hen of the woods mushrooms. Guests can choose to dine early, leaving time to enjoy the festivities and see the ice sculptures in Boston Common, located just steps from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. Or guests can ring in the New Year by dining later in the evening while watching the clock tick down with a cold glass of champagne.
$79 per person, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., 25 Charles St., Boston; 617-723-7575 or beaconhillhotel.com.
The Beat Brasserie (a.k.a Beat Hotel) located in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, will be transformed into a 70’s underground disco. Join the Beat for a night of disco dance floor beats from DJ James Cerne, world class food from Chef Ignacio Lopez, and eye-popping burlesque from Lux LaCroix, recently named The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Reigning Queen. Chef Lopez will be offering an indulgent buffet featuring hors d’oeuvres and dessert set in a cocktail setting. To top it all off, guests can toast the New Year with The Beat’s signature hand-crafted cocktails or one of their 32 wines on tap.
$135 per person with food buffet, $80 without food buffet, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001 or beathotel.com.
The Beat’s counterpart, The Beehive, is throwing a similar evening of bohemian decadence and fun. Guests can indulge in the sights of sultry Parisian burlesque performances by the “Asian Sexsation” and boogie to the sounds of funk band, The ABeez. Throughout the evening executive chef Marc Orfaly will feature a buffet of small bites, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Champagne for the evening will be provided by Moët & Chandon.
$145 per person with food buffet, $90 without, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., 541 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-0069
Bistro du Midi
Chef Robert Sisca and his team are offering two dinner seatings that showcase Bistro du Midi’s award-winning Provencal cuisine. The evening’s early seating features a four-course prix fixe menu with dishes like grilled house-made sausages with lentils and a pork jus, a hamachi tartare with baby heirloom beets and a basil-lime crème, and an additional course of Sisca’s decadent white truffle gnocchi. The later seating will feature a seven-course prix fixe for $165 per person that includes an oyster and caviar amuse bouche and a glass of Pol Roger Champagne, among other sumptuous selections.
$95 per person for the earlier seating or $165 per person for the later seating, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston; 617-426-7878 or bistrodumidi.com.
Chef Jason Bond is going all out this New Year’s Eve with a seven-course prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced delicacies such as confit of East Coast halibut, Brook’s Cloud lamb, and a chocolate cremeux with preserved strawberries. Complimentary fresh cheese buns and beef tartare will be served upon arrival. And wine lovers take note, all the wines featured on the wine pairing were brought in especially for the occasion, including a 1973 Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne.
$120 per person or $170 with wine pairings, 279A Broadway, Cambridge; 617-661-0009 or bondircambridge.com.
At Jason Bond’s other standout restaurant, Bondir Concord, the chef will serve a four-course prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients such as 12 week dry-aged Vermont Wagyu ribeye, Jonah crab dashi consommé, and an Okinawa black sugar and chocolate soufflé. Sparkling wine punch will be served upon arrival along with caviar butter sandwiches. Like its Cambridge counterpart, Bondir Concord will be bringing in plenty of unique vintage champagnes and Bond will be dipping into his impressive beer cellar with selections like his Bondir Truffle Porter, reserve beers, and more.
$85 per person or $120 with wine pairings, 24 Walden St., Concord; 978-610-6554 or bondirconcord.com.
Boston Chops, the South End’s urban steak bistro, will be serving up a splurge-worthy three-course menu this New Year’s Eve. Chef-owner Chris Coombs will prepare a decadent menu with options like braised wild boar and ricotta gnocci, an 8oz filet mignon with potato and goat cheese croquettes, and a duo of Giannone chicken with truffles and potato puree. Fresh raw bar selections, which will be offered à la carte, include local oysters, ceviche, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and local Snappy lobster.
$99 per person, dinner is from 5-11:30 p.m. Bar is open until 1 a.m., 1375 Washington St., Boston; 617-227-5011 or bostonchops.com.
Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod
Chef Josh Lewin of Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod, the current culinary collaboration in the South End speakeasy’s rotating pop-up program, has crafted a fantastic four-course menu highlighting his signature combination of international flavors and fine local ingredients. The prix fixe is $100 per person and tempts with options like tomato-cured foie gras with lobster mousse and shishito peppers, smoked brisket with endive and anchovy butter, and roast duck with braised winter greens. Pasty chef Kate Holowchik’s dessert options are equally as enticing with options like her yellow cake panna cotta with chocolate ganache and a chocolate chicory chiboust with ice cream and burnt orange caramel.
$100 per person, Dinner from 5-10 p.m., 3 Appleton St., Boston; 617-482-0117 or breadandsalthospitality.com.
Partying near Kendall Square this New Year’s Eve? Then start the night at Catalyst where chef William Kovel will be preparing a five-course, prix-fixe dinner with options like seared Bay scallops with Tasso ham, crispy pork belly with green curry and Wellfleet clams, and orange glazed duck with a Chinese five-spice jus. Supplements like Wellfleet oysters, house-made charcuterie, and a variety of cheeses will be available for a small upcharge.
$80 per person or $120 with wine pairings, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge; 617-576-3000 or catalystrestaurant.com.
One of Dorchester’s premier nightlife and fine dining spots, DBar will be offering expertly crafted cocktails and a delectable four-course dinner. Executive chef Chris Coombs’ menu will have options like a Bay scallop crudo, Wagyu beef carpaccio, pappardelle with a braised boar shoulder ragu, and a 10oz bone-in beef tenderloin with bacon lardons and duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes. Dinner also includes a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight for the big toast.
$75 per person, 5–11:30 p.m. The bar will remain open until 2 a.m., 1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 617-265-4490 or dbarboston.com.
Christopher Coombs and his talented team in the Back Bay are pulling out all the stops with a decadent New Year’s Eve menu featuring four courses of exquisite French cuisine. The luxurious menu includes options such as Hudson Valley seared foie gras, prime black angus steak tartar, a pavé of duck confit with baby kale and pumpernickel croutons, or Scituate lobster with a citrus fricassee. Add a shaving of white truffles to any dish for an additional $25.
$150 per person or $225 with wine pairings, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-517-5915 or deuxave.com.
Il Casale Cucina
Chef-owner Dante de Magistris will showcase a selection of Italian favorites inspired by his Nonna’s traditional recipes in a special prix fixe four course menu available at both the Lexington and Belmont locations. Ring in 2015 with home-style food, friends, family, and a bubbly toast at midnight.
$75 per person. il Casale Belmont is located at 50 Leonard St., Belmont. For reservations, please call 617-209-4942. il Casale Lexington is located at 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington. For reservations, please call 781-538-5846.
Legal Harborside’s second level will ring in the New Year by dishing out a decadent three-course menu featuring the best from both land and sea. The customizable menu includes options like oyster stew with American sturgeon caviar, a veal chop with mascarpone polenta and gaunciale wrapped broccolini, and a classic surf and turf dish with Maine lobster tail and Creek Stone beef tenderloin.
$70 per person, 5:30-10 p.m., 270 Northern Ave., Boston; 617-477-2900 or legalseafoods.com.
Ring in the New Year with a Masquerade Party at Pastoral. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while they enjoy music by DJ Castaneda, wood-fired small bites prepared by Pastoral chef-owner Todd Winer, two complimentary Ketel One cocktails, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $45 from 10 p.m until 2 a.m. and only $25 for guests who make a dinner reservation earlier that evening and want to stick around for the party.
$45 per person or $25 for those also making a dinner reservation, 345 Congress St., Boston; 617-345-0005 or eventbrite.com.
Enjoy New Year’s Eve with a view. Pier 6, Charlestown’s scenic dining destination, is offering two special New Year’s Eve options that are sure to satisfy. Between 5-10 p.m., guests can relax and enjoy a special three-course dinner that will include dishes such as French onion soup with gruyere and croutons, swordfish with acorn squash, roasted cauliflower and apple puree, and rib-eye steak with rosemary fingerling potatoes. Then afterward, starting at 9 p.m., guests can party to the tunes of DJ Matty D, nibble on hors d’oeuvres and bar snacks, and ring in 2015 with a complimentary champagne toast and a spectacular view of the fireworks show over Boston Harbor.
$55.00 per person. Party ticket: $50.00 per person, Dinner from 5-10 p.m., New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 1 8th Street, Charlestown; 617-337-0054 or pier6boston.com/reservations.
Tim Maslow of Ribelle and Strip T’s and James Mark of North in Providence are teaming up once again to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration in Washington Square. This year, the two Momofuku alums will be preparing a French-inspired, nine-course dinner with optional beverage pairings provided by Theresa Paopao. Only 100 tickets are being offered for this very special dinner.
$175 per person or $250 per person with beverage pairings, 1665 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-232-2322 or nyeribellenorth.eventbrite.com.
On New Year’s Eve, River Bar will be transformed into a festive Tiki Party. The River Bar team will shake up tiki-inspired cocktails like their take on a Scorpion Bowl, as revelers toast by the open fires. Executive Chef Patrick Gilmartin will bring Polynesian tastes to Assembly Row with specials like a Nantucket Bay scallop rangoon with apple butter and Saugus rabbit legs, his tribute to Kowloon’s famous “Saugus Wings.”
661 Assembly Row, Somerville; 617-616-5561 or river-bar.com.
How does the team at Row 34 ring in the new year? With caviar and champagne, at cost. Alongside regular dinner service, guests can enjoy Ossetra caviar and all the trimmings ($70) from Chef Jeremy Sewall. Other specials will include a caviar addition to the regular smoked and cured board, chilled lobster tail with caviar vinaigrette and sunchokes, and sips of NV Krug Grand Cuvee priced at $121 a bottle.
383 Congress St., Boston; 617-553-5900 or row34.com.
The Salty Pig
The ’90s are back at The Salty Pig! On New Year’s Eve, party like it’s 1999 with a soundtrack of TLC, Smash Mouth and more. Guests are encouraged to wear parachute pants, your best Z. Cavaricci jeans, or that vintage pair of Docs while kicking back with a Cosmo and snacks from chef Kevin O’Donnell. Tickets include one drink and food, with additional drinks available at the bar on the night of the party. A prize will also be awarded to the “Most Radical” ’90s-inspired outfit.
$65 per person, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 130 Dartmouth St., Boston; eventbrite.com.
Sky will welcome in nationally renowned comedian and Charlestown native Steve Sweeney on New Year’s Eve. In addition to offering its full dinner menu all night long, executive chef Andy DiPace will also be whipping up plenty of New Year’s specials. After the show, at 11:45 p.m., guests will be invited to enjoy a complimentary dessert presentation from Sky’s pastry chef where they’ll count down to the end of 2014 with a glass of Enza Prosecco. Reservations are required.
$25 per person, Dinner from 4-10 p.m., Live Performance at 10 p.m., 1369 Boston Providence Hwy, (RT1 S), Norwood; 781-255-8888 or sky-restaurant.com.
Steel & Rye
This New Year’s Eve, Steel & Rye is hosting a raucous and delicious bash with one of Boston’s most beloved bands, TigerMan WOAH. Along with the live music, chef Chris Parsons will be devising a feast served from various stations throughout the room. Expect an oyster shucking bar, a pasta bar, a carving station, and an array of passed snacks and sliders. In addition to its great everyday selection of beer and cocktails, Steel & Rye will also host a table devoted to grower champagne so that guests can sip their farmer fizz of choice.
$50 per person, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., 95 Eliot St., Milton; 617-690-2787 or eventbrite.com.
Tavern in the Square
Any fans of Will Ferrell’s Step Brothers in the house? Well, now you’ll be able to party like Dale and Brennan when Tavern in the Square Allston hosts an real-life Catalina Wine Mixer. The décor will be nautical and guests are encouraged to wear their best yacht flair. DJ Shawn Sanga will be laying down a soundtrack of house and top 40 beats along with videos worthy of the Prestige Worldwide label. Tickets sold out before Christmas last year, so act fast.
$30 per person, 161 Brighton Ave., Boston; 617-782-8100 or eventbrite.com.
Top of the Hub
Top Of The Hub will welcome in 2015 with a festive New Year’s Eve celebration on the 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower. The night will begin with a cocktail reception featuring a chef’s selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated five-course dinner with dishes such as a dry-aged New York strip steaks, roasted Block Island swordfish, salmon crepes with Osetra caviar, and of course, a Champagne toast at midnight. A similarly priced vegetarian menu will be available upon request. Tickets are non-refundable.
$275 per person, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., 800 Boylston St., 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower, Boston; 617-536-1775 or topofthehub.net.