New Year’s Eve is next week, but it’s not too late to order a takeout feast from a Boston-area restaurant. Here are seven last-minute holiday dinner options — ranging from Japanese to Italian to Chinese to Filipinx and Black American cuisine — that, as of publication, are still available.
For a sushi and pizza combination situation
Chestnut Hill newcomer Bianca (from the folks behind O Ya and Hojoko) is offering several different holiday menus — including prime rib, maple ham, and rotisserie chicken — but it’s the sushi and pizza combination ($80), which comes with three sushi rolls and a half sheet pan pizza courtesy of Bianca’s takeout pizzeria Mr. Roni Cups, that most screams New Year’s Eve party. Orders must be placed online by December 27 and can be picked up at Bianca on December 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a meaty, wood-fired Italian feast
Eataly’s in-store restaurant Terra — which features a wood-burning grill — is offering New Year’s Eve dinner takeout packages for two, four, and eight people. The dinner for two option ($130) includes a salumi platter, honey-roasted ham, roasted Brussels sprouts, coal-roasted potatoes, creamy polenta, and candied fruits for dessert. Orders must be placed by December 27 (email email@example.com, or call (617) 807-7300) and can be picked up on December 31.
For something to snack on when the ball drops
Wife-and-husband duo Kate and Trevor Smith opened Thistle & Leek toward the end of the summer, global pandemic be damned. The Craigie Street Bistrot alums are celebrating New Year’s Eve with a midnight snack pack takeout menu ($85) that includes Island Creek caviar, housemade potato chips, shrimp cocktail, truffled hummus, artichoke tapenade, spiced popcorn, seeded crackers, crostini, and petit fours. Add bubbles for an additional $25. Orders must be placed by December 28 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the city’s best dumplings
Dumpling Cafe is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Boston and has some of the best dumplings too. It isn’t serving a special New Year’s Eve menu, but it will be open, and you should order the whole menu (or at least the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, pork soup dumplings, deep-fried pig intestines, string beans, and Taiwan-style eggplant). Dumpling Cafe is currently open for takeout, as well as delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.
For noodles, egg rolls, and coconut shrimp
Honestly, Tiger Mama’s New Year’s Eve menu is impeccable: lobster rangoons, egg rolls, Singapore noodles, its own take on general Tso’s chicken, coconut shrimp, pork and chive dumplings, and grilled teriyaki beef sticks. It’s available for two ($99) or for four ($189), and there is no ordering deadline (though it is first come, first served, so act fast). Add a boozy punch bowl for $49. Pick it up from sibling restaurant Fool’s Errand (just down the street) from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Call (617) 425-6262 or visit the restaurant’s website to place an order.
For some of the city’s best pasta
Mida chef and owner Douglass Williams, who is serving some of the best housemade pasta in the city — or anywhere — has put together a thoughtful three-course tasting menu for two ($120) for New Year’s Eve. While the restaurant is accepting reservations for indoor dining, the menu is also available for takeout, and includes baccala with tomato aioli; Tuscan kale and artichoke dip; a salad with winter citrus, pomegranates, and toasted hazelnuts; and a choice of ricotta agnolotti, osso bucco, or roasted salmon. Call (617) 936-3490 to place an order.
For tiki cocktail flights
Tanám is offering two menus — one for New Year’s Eve, another for New Year’s Day brunch — focused around tiki cocktails. A press release for the event states that the restaurant, which is known for its narrative storytelling through food, wants to “rewrite and reclaim tiki culture under a new vision: ‘Afro-Tiki’,” and that the goal is to “educate diners on the true origins of tiki through food, drink, and discussion while centering Black and Brown voices, many of whom were previously marginalized or forgotten for their contributions in developing this culture.”
The dinner option for two ($170, plus taxes and fees) features cocktails made with rhum agricole, smoked guava, and black salt; shrimp toast and grilled wagyu skewers; and festive favors and a playlist curated by the restaurant. The brunch option ($85, plus taxes and fees) features a steamed mini bao bun platter; coffee rubbed pork roast; Hoppin’ John beans puree with pickled greens; bloody Marys and housemade Gatorade; a journal for 2021; and a playlist curated by the restaurant. Tanám’s New Year’s packages can be purchased through Resy until they sell out.