New Year’s Eve Dinner Specials at 45+ Boston-Area Restaurants
Alden & Harlow
Besides Alden & Harlow’s usual creative fare, chef Michael Scelfo has “blinged out” specials like smoked sturgeon terrine with caviar; A5 Wagyu beef with a celery root hash brown; carrots, parsnips, and lentils with fried caper berry and tahini; and white bean caramelle with black garlic and escarole. On the bar, wine director Jen Fields is pouring I Clivi “RBL” Spumante by the flute, and bar manager Seth Freidus is crafting luxe cocktails, like Gold Cup, and Old Fashioned with Pierre Ferrand Reserve Cognac.
40 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-864-2100 or aldenharlow.com.
At James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow’s suburban spot, chef de cuisine Joshua Us has flavorful New Year’s specials, like Trio del Mare: bacala with salsa verde, salmon rillettes, and marinated sardines; potato gnocchi with braised boar ragu, winter mushrooms, and buttered leeks; and braised veal with saffron-whipped potatoes and broccolini. The regular menu is available, and everything is priced a la carte.
92 Central Street, Wellesley; 781-237-6100 or altastrada-wellesley.com.
The South End’s Parisian bistro has New Year’s Eve specials like tuna tartare with teriyaki vinaigrette; paella-style risotto with lobster, mussels, shrimp and calamari Salbitxada; Meyer lemon mousse; and more. The regular menu is also on offer.
Specials priced a la carte; 569 Tremont St., Boston; 617-424-8577 or aquitaineboston.com.
ArtBar’s four-course dinner begins with dishes like apple turnip bisque, and leg of duck confit. Seasonal salads cleanse the palate before mains, including Georges Bank scallops with a honey peppercorn glaze; Niman Ranch sirloin; or pumpkin ravioli. Sweets include raspberry sorbet and espresso panna cotta. Ring in midnight with Champagne and chocolate truffles.
$65 per person, seating 6-10 p.m., 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-806-4122 or artbarcambridge.com.
Back Bay Harry’s
Close out 2015 like royalty—music royalty, that is. The Jay-Z and Beyonce-themed dinner brings “Flawless” wild mushroom-crusted grilled filet mignon with robuchon potatoes, black truffle jus, and swiss chard; “99 Problems (but Blackened Swordfish Ain’t One)” with scalloped sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, roasted grapes, and pecan-thyme butter; and other aptly-titled specials to the table. Get dressed up and watch concert footage on the big screen.
$65 per person, seating between 6-11 p.m., 142 Berkeley St., Boston; 617-424-6711 or backbayharrys.com.
Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Chef Jay Silva is offering four courses of comfort food—herbed ricotta ravalini with shaved black truffles, hens of the wood, and Parmesan broth; grilled lobster tail with uni butter, Macomber turnip puree, fingerling potatoes and crispy brussels sprouts; braised veal shank osso bucco with creamy polenta, spicy broccoli rabe and gremolata; and chocolate cremosa with toasted brioche, salted caramel and chantilly cream. Not up for the full prix-fixe? Each dish is price a la carte, too.
$85 per person for all four courses, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-868-4444 or bambara-cambridge.com.
If you’re looking for an early dinner, chef Jonathan Kilroy has a three-course prix fixe with a selection of Tristan Crépin’s charcuteries and other regular menu items. If you’d rather come later and go bigger, reserve the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. This four-course menu includes appetizers of foie gras and ricotta gnocchi, mains including wild European turbot and a duo beef, and Délice de banane, aged rum crème brûlée and banana mousse, for dessert. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m.
Pre-Celebration Prix Fixe: $80 per person, 5:30 p.m.; New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner: $150 per person, 9:00 p.m., 776 Boylston St., Boston;617-535-8800 or barboulud.com.
Along with the regular, a la carte menu, executive chef Adam Kube has expanded raw bar offerings: requisite caviar, Alaskan king crab legs, and fresh, local bivalves. Pastry chef Nathan Kibarian has almond marjolaine cake with almond praline, German buttercream, and chocolate ganache, and spiced brandy crème brûlée. Meanwhile, DJ Sandy Poirier will be supplying the music, and there’s a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For a more indulgent drink, 100-year-old Grand Marnier aperitif will be pouring by the glass.
49 Melcher St., Boston; 617-556-8000 or eventbrite.com.
Beat Brasserie is throwing a Blues Soiree to ring in 2016 with jazzy tunes from Ricky King Russell & the Cadillac Horns and Toni Lynn Washington. Meanwhile, chef Ignacio Lopez’s three-course prix-fixe comes with a glass of bubbly, plus your choices among tuna carpaccio, aged filet mignon, fig crème brûlée, and more. Earlier in the night, the regular menu is available at a la carte prices.
$105 prix-fixe per person, 9 p.m., 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001 or beatbrasserie.com.
Bergamot chef/owner Keith Pooler has six courses planned, like Hoppin’ John with game bird terrine, pickled black eyed peas, bacon lardons, poblano cream, and crispy Carolina gold; butter poached oysters; sole and lobster; lemon curd mousse, and more. For an additional $60, add curated wine selections to your evening.
$95 per person plus $60 for wine pairings, 118 Beacon St., Somerville; 617-576-7700 or bergamotrestaurant.com.
Sure, there’s a six-course tasting menu featuring Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, sunchoke panna cotta, braised veal breast, and chef Dan Bazzinotti’s whimsically delicious dessert charcuterie with an egg-cognac truffle and apricot-pistachio macaroon. But stick around into the night for the free suckling pig roast party, with live music and accompanying champagne.
$75 per person, seating 5:30-10 p.m.; suckling pig roast at 10:30 p.m., 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-714-3693 or bisqcambridge.com.
Bistro du Midi
Early in the evening, take in four courses, like yellowtail crudo, duck and lardo terrine; Spanish octopus; venison with lentilles du puy, winter black truffle, celery root, and au jus; celebratory sweets, and more—and if you’re feeling extra flush, an extra course of white truffles with parmesan gnocchi. Later, a six-course meal adds on dishes like razor clam on lamb belly and goat cheese gnocchi. Both feasts begin with an amuse bouche from chef Robert Sisca, an oyster with truffle “caviar.”
First option: $95 per person, seating 5-6:30 p.m.; Second Option: $150 per person, seating 8:30-10 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston; 617-426-7878 or bistrodumidi.com.
Before the late-night tiki party, Blue Dragon has five courses on the menu, including Wagyu beef carpaccio; crispy lobster and bacon maki rolls; General Tso’s quail with dirty sticky rice, and the famous chocolate chip skillet cookie. Later, ring in 2016 with pu pu bites; no grass skirt necessary.
$85 prix-fixe per person, seatings at 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.; late-night tiki party $25 per person, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 324 A St., Boston; 617-338-8585 or ming.com.
Pregame a three-course meal with fresh oysters, ceviche, and other raw bar offerings price a la carte. Then, there’s wild boar with ricotta gnocchi; beef carpaccio and tartare; black bass; a duo Giannone chicken, the deluxe Chateaubriand steak for two, and more. Upside-down pineapple cake and chocolate caramel dulce choices finish the evening.
$99 per person, seatings from from 5-11 p.m., 1375 Washington St., Boston; 617-227-5011 or bostonchops.com.
At the restaurant inside the Colonnade Hotel, ring in 2016 with a champagne toast at midnight. But first, try a la carte menu specials, like parsnip soup with lobster bon-bons and caviar; country Basque-style mussels with spicy sausage; champagne sorbet, and more.
120 Huntington Ave., Boston; 617-424-7000 or colonnadehotel.com/brasserie-jo.
Bristol Restaurant and Bar
A decadent, three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel’s restaurant begins with a luxe happy hour featuring 2009 Louis Roederer Champagne Rosé, a New England raw bar, and passed appetizers. For the meal, begin with foie gras, oysters, or white truffled risotto; try petite filet of beef on lobster ravioli; pan-seared king salmon, or smoked duck breast; and top it off with a Cristal toast and a towering display of desserts.
$275 per person, 9:30 p.m. seating, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston St., Boston; 617-338-4400 or fourseasons.com.
An unconventional New Year’s Eve party is happening at chef Steve “Nookie” Postal’s Kendall Square spot. Before the DJ kicks off the dance party, it’s a kid-friendly fête with passed appetizers, unlimited Shirley Temples, desserts, crafts, kids’ movies, and a sparkling cider toast. Parents’ ticket price also includes a glass of beer, wine, or a house cocktail. Reservations are required.
$50 for adults, $25 for children; 7 p.m. kids’ party and 9 p.m. dance party, 11 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7030 or commonwealthcambridge.com.
A five-course meal by executive chef Patrick Campbell and pastry chef Renae Connolly features foie gras au torchon with valencia oranges, jamon mangalica and Marcona almond; bone-in veal rib chop for two with polenta fries, endive and fontina gratin; Valrhona Alpaco 66 percent chocolate sable with banana chiboust, finger lime gelée and hazelnut ice cream; and more. Planning to party? Add on Todd Maul’s cocktail pairing menu, too.
$98 per person plus $70 per person for cocktail pairings; 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge; 857-999-2193 or cafeartscience.com.
Craigie on Main
Celebrate with good food and beautifully paired wines. Chefs Tony Maws and Aaron Chambers are currently sourcing ingredients for the special menu. There will be five- and six-course seatings.
Five courses, $130 per person, optional wine pairing for $69 per person, seating 6-7 p.m.; Six courses, $160 per person, optional $79 wine pairing, seating 9-10 p.m.; 853 Main St., Cambridge; 617-497-5511 or craigieonmain.com.
A three-course prix-fixe is classic: filet mignon and lobster tail with Béarnaise; spaghetti with scallops and black truffle cream sauce; and pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras are some of the options. Not your style? The downtown steakhouse’s regular menu is on offer, too. At midnight, the champagne will flow.
$95 per person, 5 p.m.-12:00 a.m., 75 Arlington St., Boston; 617-357-4810 or davios.com.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Indulge in surf and turf here: The featured special for New Year’s is 8 ounces each of filet mignon and lobster tail. Plus, the steakhouse has a limited version of its regular menu, including prime rib, hand-cut steaks, seafood, and, of course, wine.
$79 for surf and turf, other items priced a la carte; 250 Northern Ave., delfriscos.com.
The Elephant Walk
At the South End’s Cambodian-French fusion restaurant, executive chef Nadsa de Monteiro is spicing things up with a la carte specials like beef tenderloin seared in duck fat with foie gras sauce and figs; squid ink pasta in lobster broth with black tiger shrimp and other seafood; and Trio de Douceurs Khmères—three Cambodian sweets— including sankhia l’pao with coconut milk custard and kabocha squash, pôt k’tis with sweet corn, tapioca and coconut milk, and t’peh with sweet fermented black rice and fresh coconut. The regular menu is available, too.
1415 Washington St., Boston; 617-247-1500 or elephantwalk.com.
Foundry On Elm
If you’re celebrating the New Year in Davis Square, Foundry On Elm could be your one and only stop. First, chef Shayne Nunes is dishing out a three-plus-course meal, kicked off by a roasted Asian pear amuse bouche with Great Hill bleu cheese and smoked honey. Other dishes include roasted farmer’s beets with mesclun and chicory, citrus, and honey pecan ricotta; brick-seared Statler chicken with shiitake mushrooms, baby kale, creamy goat cheese polenta and a maple-sherry jus; and more. At 10 p.m., the vibe changes: DJ Axel Foley provides the beats, and there’s complimentary champagne at midnight.
Dinner prix-fixe: $75 per person; seatings beginning at 5 p.m.; dance party cover: $30, 10 p.m.; 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville; 617-628-9999 or foundryonelm.com.
Order a la carte specials like lobster vol au vent with roasted leeks, salsify, and saffron vanilla soubise; and roasted halibut with sunchokes, swiss chard, cauliflower puree, and caviar vin blanc; or make it a three-course prix-fixe.
Specials priced a la carte; or h’or d’oeuvres, plat principal, and dessert for $55 per person; 560 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-422-0224 or gaslight560.com.
This Seaport District spot boasts a prime location for watching the fireworks over the Boston Harbor. For dinner, choose from regular menu items, or featured specials like cream of lobster soup with puffed pastry and sherry; roasted prime rib with charred red onion and tomato salad, creamed spinach popover, and a red wine sauce; seared Alaskan halibut with lobster and chanterelle risotto and beurre blanc; and more.
Items priced a la carte; 75 Northern Ave, Boston; 617-982-7220 or gatherboston.com.
Journeyman and Backbar
Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudajarova’s Union Square spots have several options for revelry. Journeyman’s early seating features six to-be-announced courses, plus an optional pre-party punch at Backbar next door. Opting for the later seating includes a post-dinner champagne toast. For the more casual reveler, pop into Backbar for hot dogs, oysters, bubbles, and tiki drinks into the night—make sure to grab your tickets fast.
$85-$125 per person, reservations between 5-10 p.m., Backbar party 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville; 617-718-2333 or journeyman.tocktix.com.
Savor the last night of 2015 with friends: Loyal Nine has two seatings for an all-inclusive, shared supper, featuring a selection of chef Marc Sheehan’s East Coast revival fare. Try marinated mussels and Brussels with pease porridge and a buckwheat cracker, Maine sea urchin with bone marrow and hops brioche; Harvard beets with cultured cream and barley; smoked lobster, salsify and littleneck clams stew; and many more dishes—even vegetarian options. There are dessert options, too, and later seatings include a midnight toast, sea urchin, and cheese course.
First seating: $60 per person, 6-8 p.m.; second seating: $70 per person, 8:15-10:30 p.m.; optional beverage pairing $30 per person; 660 Cambridge St., East Cambridge; 617-945-2576 or loyalninecambridge.com.
Before he officially hands his West Newton restaurant over to chef Jordan Bailey in February, Lumière founder Michael Leviton is serving a three-course prix-fixe for the ages. There are bone marrow and potato croquettes, hand-harvested Stonington, Maine sea scallops; root vegetable pavé; a duo of BN Ranch lamb; black sea bass Prosecco sorbet; dark chocolate cremeux
with peanut butter mousse, candied peanuts and salted caramel sauce, and more.
$95 per person with optional wine pairings TBD, 1293 Washington St., Newton; 617-244-9199 or lumiererestaurant.com.
Beginning with a glass of Italian sparkling rose toast, MC Spiedo’s New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner offers three courses with highlights wagyu steak tartare, scallops and foie gras, and a dessert of berries and balsamic vinegar.
$85 per person, 606 Congress St., Boston; 617-476-5606 or mcspiedoboston.com.
Specials include deconstructed beef Wellington with filet mignon, truffled mushroom duxelles, wilted spinach, and pommes puree; and chocolate and buttered popcorn mousse.
Specials priced a la carte; 584 Tremont St., Boston; 617-247-2931 or metropolisboston.com.
Inspired by his 4,000-mile trip through Asia, chef Jason Tom is crafting a five-course tasting menu this New Year’s Eve. There’s a champagne toast at midnight, too, and if you so desire, each dish has its own, curated sake pairing.
$60 per person, optional sake pairing $5 per course; 75 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 857-285-6948 or nightmkt.com.
Outlook Kitchen and Bar and the Lookout Rooftop Bar
While the three-course tasting menu features items like butter-poached lobster with caviar; Pineland Farms filet with oxtail ragout, chanterelle mushrooms, enoki, black truffle, and pomme purée, the real reason to go to the new Envoy Hotel in the Seaport for New Year’s is the spectacular view. Watch the harbor fireworks from Lookout Rooftop Bar with a complimentary flute of champagne in hand. Convenience factor: Consider getting a room in the new hotel, and have your hangover brunch there, too.
$75 per person, Ccmplete package for two: $629; dinner reservations from 5 p.m., 70 Sleeper St., Boston; (617) 530-1559 or theenvoyhotel.com.
Executive chef Walace Benica has designed a five-course menu to celebrate his Burlington restaurant’s first First Night. Start with wood-baked scallops with prosciutto, arugula and balsamic; before a fish croquette of haddock and potato. The mezzo course is a traditional minestrone, with prosciutto, beans, kale and tomato; before a hearty braised lamb shank with onions, carrots, tomatoes, and polenta. Vanilla gelato tops a warm chocolate cake to finish the meal—and the year.
$55 per peron, 19 3rd Ave., Burlington; 781-272-1600 or osterianino.com.
Harvard Square’s new multilevel, mod restaurant is ringing in its first New Year with a four-course prix-fixe in the dining room. Chef Peter Quinion is making globe artichoke, black quinoa, and truffle salad with pistachios and lemon; steamed lobster lasagna; cardamom-roasted monkfish on fennel compote and swiss chard with orange and chive; and more.
$85 per person, optional wine pairing $30; 91 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 617-714-3206 or parsniprestaurant.com.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Find a wonderful irony in ringing in the New Year with complimentary champagne from inside the former Boston Police headquarters. Precinct has a four-course dinner, too, featuring Wellfleet clam chowder, roasted duck breast with purple potato puree, lobster bolognese, rosemary crusted beef, triple chocolate Charlotte, hazelnut mousse, and more.
$79 per person, seatings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m., 154 Berkeley St, Boston; 617-532-3827 or precinctkitchenandbar.com.
Puritan & Company
Sea trout crudo; cauliflower black truffle soup; 40-day dry-aged sirloin; roasted duck breast; potato gnocchi; or seared scallops; rum cake; and Indian pudding are just some of the options on chef Will Gilson’s four-course prix-fixe menu. Arrive for your meal after 9:30 p.m. and stick around for a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Speaking of wine, pairings are an option, too.
$75 per person, optional wine pairing for $35 per person; 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-615-6195 or puritancambridge.com.
If you want to end 2015 with guacamole made fresh at your tableside, head to this Seaport cantina. The four-course meal begins with guacamole de Grenada, which adds seasonal pomegranate jewels and pepitas. There will be lobster and short rib flautas, bone-in tablones with smoky mestiza sauce, tres leches cake, churros, and more. The prix-fixe includes a festive bebida: The Sparkling Margarita adds champagne along with tequila and agave nectar.
$30 per person, 5 p.m.-midnight, 155 Seaport Blvd; 617-476-6122 or rosamexicano.com.
In addition to the regular dinner menu, chef Francisco Millan is offering several pairings of Ossetra caviar and Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne at cost. There will be traditional caviar service, a potato latke with smoked salmon and Caviar, soft scrambled eggs and house-made brioche with caviar, and the option to add these highbrow delights to Row 34’s selection of smoked and cured seafood. If a bottle of Krug isn’t your desire, general manager Jillian Rocco is pouring some specialty magnums by the glass for the occasion, too.
383 Congress St., Boston; 617-553-5900 or row34.com.
Russell House Tavern
Chef Mark Goldberg’s seasonal prix-fixe features three courses from choices like Maine crab tortellini; house-made lamb sausage and roasted rack of lamb; roasted root vegetable risotto; and Greek yogurt panna cotta. Looking to imbibe? (Of course you are.) Bar manager Ashish Mitra has curated an optional beer pairing for every dish, including Transmitter Brewing F0 Brett Farmhouse Ale, Two Roads Brewing Co. Bergamonster Imperial Wheat Ale, and Lookout Farm hard cider.
$55 per person plus $19 option beer pairing; 14 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-500-3055 or russellhousecambridge.com.
SELECT Oyster Bar
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with pristine seafood at this Back Bay gem. Chef Michael Serpa is preparing a seven-course tasting menu, including a kusshi oyster with Giaveri sturgeon caviar and cucumber tartare; Japanese madai with Santa Barbara sea urchin and fresh wasabi oil; Maine halibut with Alba white truffle and parsley sauce; and more. There’s an optional wine pairing, too. Reservations are made through the Reserve app.
$175 per person, optional wine pairings $125 per person; 50 Gloucester St., Boston; 857-239-8064 or selectboston.com.
Chef Keenan Langlois is pairing four courses with a curated selection of limited-release craft beers this Brew—sorry, New—Year’s Eve. Honest Weight The Tully IPA; Element Red Giant; Jack’s Abby Fire in the Ham; and Founders KBS bourbon barrel-aged stout stand up to the hearty courses: house-smoked kielbasa; grilled mushroom tartine; cider-brined pork loin; and toasted meringue.
$50 per person, 52 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 617-547-5200 or sinclaircambridge.com.
STRIP by Strega and Strega Waterfront
Offering two different three course tasting menus, the two Boston-based Strega offshoots offer plenty of delicious bites to ring in the new year. At STRIP, enjoy Filet Oscar topped with lump crab or pan-seared halibut, and for dessert their homemade frozen Snickers bar. At Strega Waterfront, you can get Oysters Rockefeller, prime sirloin, and Chef Sal’s special tiramisu.
Fort Point’s nose-to-tail restaurant is roasting a whole, suckling pig. The third annual party will have plenty of sides, party favors, and complimentary bubbly from 90+ Cellars.
Chef Luiz Prata’s Italian prix-fixe begins with a glass of wine and antipasti selections including burrata caprese, and meatballs over creamy fontina polenta. There’s a grains course, including risotto porcini and lobster ravioli; and Chilean sea bass, filet mignon with truffled mashed potatoes, and other choices comprise the mains. End on a sweet note with tiramisu or other dessert.
$65 per person, Seating 5-10 p.m., 98 Salem St., Boston; 617-523-3112 or terramiaristorante.com.
Top Of the Hub
With an option to come early or come late, Top of the Hub has a four-course prix-fixe, including fricassee of Maine lobster and scallops with hand-rolled potato gnocchi, beech mushrooms, green grapes, and vanilla-infused lobster sauce; Belgian endive and peppercress salad, Brandt beef tenderloin and braised beef cheek, and other options, along with a flute of complimentary champagne. Later diners, expect live music—a fabulous view of the Boston Harbor fireworks from the 52nd floor view.
First seating: $125 per person, reservations from 5-6:30 p.m.; second seating: $175 per person, Rrservations from 8:30-10 p.m.; 800 Boylston St., 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, Boston; 617-536-1775 or topofthehub.net.
Chef Matt Jennings’ seasonal menu is available on New Year’s Eve, including the celebratory farm hen for two. Plus, there’s a four-course, set menu of lobster and radish salad; macomber turnip agnolotti with pork trotter, wild mushroom ragoût and chestnut; grilled ribeye, whey brined and fried oysters, salsify hash, and spinach; and Amarena cherry and chocolate fondue.
Set menu $75 per person, optional wine pairings $30per person; 120 Kingston St., Boston; 617-993-0750 or townsmanboston.com.
This Cambridge spot is all about choice on the last night of 2015. Chef Tim Wiechmann is creating prix-fixe menus at different price points, featuring three, four courses, or nine courses. Expect dishes like gnocchi with poached egg and white truffle; uni custard with geoduck, yuzu froth, and caviar; smoked chestnut soup with bay scallops and house-made ham; foie gras on almond cake; and more.
Three courses: $75 per person, seating 5-7 p.m.; Four courses: $95 per person, seating 7-9 p.m.; Nine courses: $155, 9:30-midnight; 377 Walden St., Cambridge; 617-864-4745 or twfoodrestaurant.com.