[UPDATE] 25+ Boston Restaurants With New Year’s Eve Dinner Specials
By now, most of you are probably ready to just get on with 2017. Welcome the New Year with a fine meal at a revamped French institution, a brand new beer bar, or one of 2016’s hottest new restaurants and bars, where you can toast to fresh beginnings.
Want to keep the party going into New Year’s Day? We got you covered.
Alden & Harlow
Chef Michael Scelfo will offer his regular menu alongside a few a la carte specials, like roasted pork shank and Kobe beef with celery root. The restaurant is also bringing back its baller burger, which debuted during last year’s New Year’s Eve service. The $95 sandwich features bone marrow whip, white truffles, Benton’s double-smoked bacon, and lobster, and is served with a French 75 cocktail.
Priced a la carte, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100, aldenharlow.com.
The newly renovated South End spot has a slew of specials alongside the normal dinner menu, such as honey-roasted duck with squash, while the bar pumps out drinks late into the night. You can find similar New Year’s Eve specials at the restaurant’s sisters spots in Dedham and Chestnut Hill.
Priced a la carte, 5-11 p.m., 569 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-424-8577, aquitaineboston.com.
During an earlier seating, chef de cuisine Michael Denk and team have three courses, like spaghetti nero (squid ink pasta) with sauce Américaine, and coq au vin. Later diners will choose from five courses including including oyster canapé topped with champagne gelée.
$80 per person from 5:30-9 p.m., $110 after 9 p.m., $95 for optional wine pairings, 776 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.
Back Bay Harry’s
Nothing says welcome, 2017, like a Rihanna and Drake-themed dinner party. This multi-course meal features dishes like the Started From the Bottom bisque, One Dance striped bass, and Disturbia duck confit. Revel in it all while music videos and live concert footage of the duo are aired around the space.
$75, 6-11 p.m., 142 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-424-6711, backbayharrys.com.
Chef David Bazirgan is serving two multi-course meals throughout the day, highlighting plates from his menu overhaul like bay scallop crudo, grilled ribeye, and triple crème tortelli. Additional wine pairings are available.
Seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., $65 and $80, Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-868-4444, bambara-cambridge.com.
Over in Inman Square, Bergamot’s sibling is focused on whole animal dinners, like roasted chicken, lamb leg, and suckling pig. Complement that feast with small plates like grilled broccoli and beef heart tacos, or simply opt for a churro and a night cap.
$70, 5:30 p.m., 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-714-3693, bisqcambridge.com.
Bistro du Midi
Dine early for a four-course feast, or later for six courses. Each seating has Provençal plates like Nantucket bay scallops with finger lime, pink peppercorn, crispy sunchoke, and buttermilk; and striped bass with artichoke barigoule, fennel, broccolini, and a garlic emulsion, courtesy of executive chef Josue Louis and team. Feeling indulgent? Add on a white truffle course, no matter what time it is.
$95 per person, $65 for optional wine pairing, 5-6:30 p.m., $15 per person, $95 for optional wine pairing, $30 for optional white truffle course, 8:30-10 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Stop by the Cambridge restaurant for a five-course menu of bone-roasted monkfish, Alaskan salmon, and more alongside a complimentary champagne toast.
$115, 5-10 p.m., 279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Brooklyn Boulders and Aeronaut Brewing
The rock climbing facility is normally a great bar alternative, but for New Year’s Eve, Brooklyn Boulders is teaming up with neighbor Aeronaut Brewing to host Jazz From the Ashes. The vintage-themed party will have a number of different drinks from the Somerville brewers and Bantam Cider Co., as well as live music and dancing. Go VIP for a number of added perks.
$75, VIP $100, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Brooklyn Boulders, 12A Tyler St., Somerville, Event Page.
How about going classically French for your final meal of 2016? This five-course prix-fixe in Kendall Square has a terrine of foie gras and rabbit with dry fruit, chantenay carrots, and grilled bread; poached St. Peter’s fish with braised leeks, fried caper brow butter, and potato noisette; and more. It’s also a great stop for cocktail-loving revelers.
$98 per person, $65 for optional cocktail or wine pairings, 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com.
City Tap House
The Fort Point bar is not only pouring drinks on New Year’s Eve, but it softly opens that day, too. Beers all around!
Priced a la carte, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Fort Point/Seaport, 617-904-2748, boston.citytap.com.
For families, and any other early-to-bed types: Chef Nookie Postal and team are planning a kid-friendly menu, including passed appetizers, and there will be a DJ, movies, crafts, and games to keep everyone entertained. Tickets get grown-ups a complimentary boozy beverage plus a bubbly toast, and kids get bottomless Shirley Temples and a sparkling cider toast at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Nosh snacks from a visiting food truck and drink your weight in Baltic porter during this 2016 debut’s New Year’s Eve bash. The brewery is also planning a special beer release for that night, so stay tuned for updates.
Priced a la carte, 11:30-12:30 a.m., 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, 617-514-0900, dorchesterbrewing.com.
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Michael Schlow’s Park Square restaurant is serving a five-course family dinner of crispy lamb meatballs, spinach tomato orzo, baklava, and more. Or, go big with the Santorini seafood tower and bubbles special, which boasts a dozen oysters, yellowtail crudo, Nantucket Bay scallops, and a bottle of bubbly. And with Pelekasis founder Brendan Pelley now steering the kitchen, either option is bound to be good.
$75, seafood special $100, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., 79 Park Plaza, Boston, 617-422-0008, dorettaboston.com.
Harvard Square’s newest tapas place has a five-course menu planned with dishes like delicata brulée with goat cheese panna cotta, chicories, and pepita vinaigrette; and tagliarini with preserved Meyer lemon, oyster brown butter, and American caviar. Plus, there’s a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
$100 per person, 8 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 857-259-6321, enbocacambridge.com.
A five-course meal of Italian pastas, wines, and festive desserts is one thing. The fact that every reservation comes with a free bag of house-made pasta to take home, care of chef Michael Bergin, is another entirely.
4:30-9 p.m., $100, reservations after 9 p.m. $150, 124 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-1612, fathenboston.com.
Throw down here for a full-on feast: the Gallows is doing a whole smoked- and roasted pig, as well as smoked brisket, macaroni and cheese, braised collard greens, and more barbecue necessities, plus a glass of sweet tea and starters like popcorn crawfish tails. Reservations are required.
$40 per person ($30 between 5-6 p.m.), 5-10 p.m., 1395 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-425-0200, thegallowsboston.com.
Haley.Henry Wine Bar
Kick it old school on New Year’s Eve day with oysters on the the half-shell and oysters Rockefeller, alongside the regular menu of tinned fish, fancy toast, and more European snacks in Downtown Crossing. Chef Carolina Curtin has an “On Fleet” caviar flight planned, too.
Priced a la carte, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 45 Province St., Boston, 617-208-6000, haleyhenry.com.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
The restaurant is commemorating its Kenmore Square tenure with an exclusive menu that riffs on its opening year in 2010. Dishes include the flaky, blue crab vol-au-vent with leeks and caviar, and a Shore board of assorted smoked and cured eats.
Priced a la carte, Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Fenway/Kenmore, 617-532-5300, islandcreekoysterbar.com.
This Somerville hideaway transforms into the Waldorf Astoria, circa 1936, this year with a menu in homage to legendary chef Auguste Escoffier. Earlier seatings are a six-course affair, while later seatings feature a full, nine-course feast with a champagne toast. Expect classic flavors like hot and cold Island Creek oysters with horseradish and caviar, winter root potage with black truffle, ember-roasted boudin blanc with charred pear, and more.
$115 from 6-7 p.m., $165 8:30 p.m. and later, 9 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville, 617-718-2333, journeymanrestaurant.com.
Chef Joshua Lewin’s New Year’s Eve feast includes dishes like poached hake and lobster, alongside wine pairings and a few a la carte options for walk-in guests. Then at 10:30, the restaurant space transforms into a scene from the film The Thin Man, ditching the quiet dinner setting for a countdown club party with a cash bar.
Seatings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m., $75-$100, countdown party 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $50, 257 Washington St., Somerville, 617-718-0958, julietsomerville.com.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Start your night at Tony Maws’s Somerville spot with a four-course dinner, plus beer flights and buckets of beer on every table. Want to continue the party—and the feast? The Bash begins at 9 p.m. and goes into 2017, with live music, a midnight toast, plus house-made hummus, a taco bar, and meat coming off the grill all night long.
$59 per person, $29 for optional wine pairing, 5:30-9:30 p.m., the Bash, $58 per person or +$15 for diners, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 425 Washington St., Somerville, 857-259-6585, Eventbrite, kirklandtapandtrotter.com.
Lamplighter Brewing Company
Brett beers, board games, snacks, music—the list goes on. Luckily, so do the festivities.
Priced a la carte, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 284 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-945-0450, lamplighterbrewing.com.
The Waltham restaurant is open this holiday to sate your cravings for salumi, pasta, and chilled craft beers.
5-10 p.m., 99 3rd Ave., Waltham, 781-622-1500, osteriaposto.com.
A seven-course tasting menu from executive chef Benjamin Steigers highlights the restaurant’s signature plates, like the Happy Spoon with uni and oyster; miso black cod, foie gras gyoza, and more.
$95 and $135, seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Millennium Tower, 3 Franklin St., Boston, 857-327-7228, michaelmina.net.
The Painted Burro
During two New Year’s Eve seatings, get your fix of mezcal, tacos, and huevos rancheros.
Priced a la carte, brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner from 4-11 p.m., 219 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-0005, thepaintedburro.com.
Puritan & Co.
Chef Will Gilson’s final feast of 2016 features blood orange and basil bay scallop crudo, wood-grilled duck breast, a whiskey-laced “hot toddy” lemon tart, and more.
$75 per person, $40 for optional wine pairing, 1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Two seatings for brunch and dinner means two chances to nosh on entrées like St. Louis-style ribs, loaded mac and cheese, and griddled omelets.
Priced a la carte, brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner 5-11 p.m., 381 Summer St., Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.
A holiday a la carte menu accompanies chef Jeremy Sewall’s regular dinner offerings with specials like caviar service, salmon pastrami, potato latkes, and more.
Priced a la carte, 4:30-11:00 p.m., 383 Congress St., Fort Point, 617-553-5900, row34.com.
Dine on a four-course feast at Barbara Lynch’s Italian eatery. After dinner, the restaurant will shift gears to offer themed treats, lounge music, and a countdown celebration.
$85, $55 for optional wine pairings, Dinner 5-11 p.m., party 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 348 Congress St., Fort Point, 617-737-1234, sportelloboston.com.
The restaurant is hosting a Night in Havana-themed event on New Year’s Eve, complete with bubbles, a three-course menu, and Cuban music. If you’re feeling a little more like celebrating in your PJs, you can grab a New Year’s At Home package that includes two Neapoltian-style pizzas, salad, meatballs, and flourless chocolate torte.
$75, to-go meal $55, 69 Kilmarnock Street, Fenway/Kenmore, 617-421-4470, tapestry.restaurant.
The Table at Season to Taste
A six-course dinner with chef Carl Dooley includes oysters, beef short rib bourgogne, cheeses, and of course, dessert. If you hold out until the second seating, your meal comes with a free drink to toast in the New Year.
$110, beverage pairing $170, seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-871-9468, cambridgetable.com.
Following dinner service, the Fenway restaurant transforms into a beatbox party during its Roar into Tiger Mama event, courtesy of New York’s the Beatbox House. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, and plenty of plates as you watch empire state artists thrown down.
$50, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 1363 Boylston St., 617-425-6262, tigermamaboston.com.
Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s tapas restaurant will be open with a full menu, so you can go through as may Spanish small plates—and ears of grilled street corn—as necessary. A number of themed specials are also slated to make their debut.
Priced a la carte, 5-11:45 p.m., 1704 Washington St., South End, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com.
The restaurant is hosting a three-course, Venetian-style menu 0n New Year’s Eve. The staff have a few treats in store as the night goes on, including an Aperol spritz for your midnight toast.
$65, seatings 5-6 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m., 8:30-11 p.m., 569 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-536-9500, srvboston.com.
Chef Michael Scelfo is debuting a festive specials in addition to Waypoint’s standard fare. A la carte options include a parsnip and smoked egg raviolo with shaved white truffle, bone marrow pizza with black truffle, and a two-pound lobster stuffed with pork belly. A number of cocktail specials are also there for you.
Priced a la carte, 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-864-2300, waypointharvard.com.
Ken Oringer and Tony Messina’s revamped restaurant is serving a holiday a la carte menu and a four-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. But the real highlight is an omakase menu, which flaunts an indulgent spread of chef’s specialty plates.
$105, omakase menu $185, 5:30-10:30 p.m., 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200, uni-boston.com.