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Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve in Boston

Celebratory meals worth the ticket price

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Finding a decent meal can be a difficult feat on New Year’s Eve, when too many restaurants and clubs offer inflated ticket prices for a sad hors d’oeuvres display and a small cup of cheap bubbly at midnight. Here are 10 food-filled New Year’s Eve events that may actually be worth the ticket price and the hassle this year: These restaurants have a track record of serving good food and putting on solid events.

As of publication time, tickets or reservations were still available for each of these, but act fast, as some may sell out ahead of time.

Note: Map points are arranged geographically from north to south, not ranked.

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Field & Vine: A Very Local Tasting Menu

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From an Eater Boston 2017 Chef of the Year nominee comes a festively local and seasonal tasting menu with everything from black trumpet mushroom salad to foie gras sausage cassoulet. Consider hitting up Backbar’s New Year’s Eve cocktail party right next door (you don’t even have to go back outside) after dinner.

Reservations: Seatings between 6 and 6:30 p.m. are for a five-course dinner ($65 with wine pairings for an additional $40), and seatings between 9 and 9:30 p.m. are for a seven-course dinner ($85 with wine pairings for an additional $50). Call (617) 718-2333.

A spread of food at Field & Vine
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Waypoint: Hello, Lobster Pierogi

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It’s business as usual at Waypoint — seafood, pasta, pizza, and more — with the addition of various a la carte specials, including lobster pierogi with smoked chanterelle and bacon ragout, black truffle, and buttermilk.

Reservations: Still plenty of availability throughout the night on OpenTable.

Waypoint
Waypoint
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The Smoke Shop: Four Words — Midnight Fried Chicken Buffet

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The Smoke Shop’s original location will be throwing what it’s calling a Sazerac Ball from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring Sazerac cocktails, a barbecue buffet, a midnight sparkling wine toast, and a midnight fried chicken buffet...followed by dancing, somehow, or perhaps lounging in a corner and feeling quite full. B.C. & Company will be playing the hits going all the way back to the 1920s.

Tickets: $80 via Eventbrite (includes your first Sazerac cocktail, the toast, and the two buffets; additional beverages available for purchase)

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Chef-owner Andy Husbands (and meat) at the Smoke Shop
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Pagu: For the Pork and Paella People

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Suckling pig makes frequent appearances at Pagu events, and New Year’s Eve is no different. There will also be plenty of Island Creek Oysters, seafood paella, pintxos (small bites), and a bubbly toast at midnight. The party starts at 9 p.m. (Note: Pagu was a nominee for Eater Boston’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year.)

Tickets: $80 via Eventbrite

Pagu’s signage and a whole pig
A pig at Pagu
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Flatbread Company Brighton: For Those Who Want to Bowl in Formalwear

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For those who want to dress up in celebratory formalwear (encouraged, but not required) but keep things casual with bowling, pizza, and beer, the new Flatbread location in Brighton is throwing a party with Flatbread’s pizzas, salads, a midnight champagne toast, and access to the semi-private bowling lanes upstairs with the option to reserve extra lanes (first come, first served) in the main space downstairs.

Tickets: $50 via Eventbrite, with additional food and booze (aside from the items listed above) available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will support Allston-Brighton’s West End House, a youth development agency.

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Flatbread Company in Brighton
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Ruckus: For Those Who Wish to Top Ramen With Caviar

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No midnight champagne toasts and tickets here. Head to one of Eater Boston’s 2017 Fast-Casual Restaurant of the Year nominees, Ruckus, for a flavor-packed dinner in a cozy space that is generally blasting hip-hop music. The restaurant will be open extended hours on New Year’s Eve — 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. — and serving a la carte specials, such as duck tantanmen ramen with smoked and seared duck breast, a foie gras “bomb,” Chinese water spinach, fried tofu, and Sichuan chili oil. Luxurious add-ons include black truffles and caviar, because this is New Year’s after all.

Tickets: None; just show up. All pricing a la carte. On Ruckus’s regular menu, most ramen options start at $14 or $15 before add-ons.

A white bowl with a thick, ink-like swoosh of black around the rim is filled with spicy miso ramen, including corn, bean sprouts, and egg, and other ingredients.
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Row 34: For the Caviar-Loving Ballers

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Row 34 likes to celebrate every New Year’s Eve with an explosion of osetra caviar and NV Krug Grand Cuvee champagne, all available at cost for the night. Plus, the regular dinner menu is enhanced with some caviar specials, including traditional caviar service with toasted brioche and garnishes.

Reservations: A little bit of availability left on Reserve; act fast

Caviar and champagne at Row 34
Caviar and champagne at Row 34
Emily Hagen for Row 34

Eastern Standard: The Classic

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You know it; you love it; it’s been around for over a decade, doing its thing. Eastern Standard is open regular hours on New Year’s Eve, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., with the full dinner menu available right up until midnight.

Reservations: Some still available on OpenTable, especially early in the evening

Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard
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Bully Boy Distillers: For the Fancy Local Booze Enthusiast With a Limited Budget

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Bully Boy’s snazzy newish cocktail bar snagged the readers’ choice award for Eater Boston’s 2017 Taproom or Tasting Room of the Year. The team is aiming to combat “overpaying for bad booze at overcrowded venues” with a New Year’s Eve party that includes “plenty of elbow room, no attitude, great drinks and food.” More specifically, attendees get two drink tokens and plenty of American Provisions sandwiches and charcuterie and Union Square doughies. And no cheap bubbly for the midnight toast — it’ll be something special and barrel-aged. “Assorted weirdness is totally free,” the team promises. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets: $35 via Eventbrite

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The cocktail bar at Bully Boy Distillers
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Home.stead Bakery & Cafe: Karaoke, Bingo, and Dumplings

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What it says above. There’ll be karaoke, there’ll be bingo, there’ll be dumplings: perfection. The ticket includes a reserved seat, your first bingo card, and a midnight champagne toast; additional bingo cards are $5 each. Yang’s Delicious Dumplings dumplings, drinks, and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

Home.stead bakery & cafe dorchester
Home.stead Bakery & Cafe

Field & Vine: A Very Local Tasting Menu

From an Eater Boston 2017 Chef of the Year nominee comes a festively local and seasonal tasting menu with everything from black trumpet mushroom salad to foie gras sausage cassoulet. Consider hitting up Backbar’s New Year’s Eve cocktail party right next door (you don’t even have to go back outside) after dinner.

Reservations: Seatings between 6 and 6:30 p.m. are for a five-course dinner ($65 with wine pairings for an additional $40), and seatings between 9 and 9:30 p.m. are for a seven-course dinner ($85 with wine pairings for an additional $50). Call (617) 718-2333.

A spread of food at Field & Vine
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Waypoint: Hello, Lobster Pierogi

It’s business as usual at Waypoint — seafood, pasta, pizza, and more — with the addition of various a la carte specials, including lobster pierogi with smoked chanterelle and bacon ragout, black truffle, and buttermilk.

Reservations: Still plenty of availability throughout the night on OpenTable.

Waypoint
Waypoint
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

The Smoke Shop: Four Words — Midnight Fried Chicken Buffet

The Smoke Shop’s original location will be throwing what it’s calling a Sazerac Ball from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring Sazerac cocktails, a barbecue buffet, a midnight sparkling wine toast, and a midnight fried chicken buffet...followed by dancing, somehow, or perhaps lounging in a corner and feeling quite full. B.C. & Company will be playing the hits going all the way back to the 1920s.

Tickets: $80 via Eventbrite (includes your first Sazerac cocktail, the toast, and the two buffets; additional beverages available for purchase)

Two hands, wearing black gloves, hold a piece of barbecue meat above a wooden counter
Chef-owner Andy Husbands (and meat) at the Smoke Shop
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Pagu: For the Pork and Paella People

Suckling pig makes frequent appearances at Pagu events, and New Year’s Eve is no different. There will also be plenty of Island Creek Oysters, seafood paella, pintxos (small bites), and a bubbly toast at midnight. The party starts at 9 p.m. (Note: Pagu was a nominee for Eater Boston’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year.)

Tickets: $80 via Eventbrite

Pagu’s signage and a whole pig
A pig at Pagu
Facebook

Flatbread Company Brighton: For Those Who Want to Bowl in Formalwear

For those who want to dress up in celebratory formalwear (encouraged, but not required) but keep things casual with bowling, pizza, and beer, the new Flatbread location in Brighton is throwing a party with Flatbread’s pizzas, salads, a midnight champagne toast, and access to the semi-private bowling lanes upstairs with the option to reserve extra lanes (first come, first served) in the main space downstairs.

Tickets: $50 via Eventbrite, with additional food and booze (aside from the items listed above) available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will support Allston-Brighton’s West End House, a youth development agency.

flatbread company brighton
Flatbread Company in Brighton
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Ruckus: For Those Who Wish to Top Ramen With Caviar

No midnight champagne toasts and tickets here. Head to one of Eater Boston’s 2017 Fast-Casual Restaurant of the Year nominees, Ruckus, for a flavor-packed dinner in a cozy space that is generally blasting hip-hop music. The restaurant will be open extended hours on New Year’s Eve — 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. — and serving a la carte specials, such as duck tantanmen ramen with smoked and seared duck breast, a foie gras “bomb,” Chinese water spinach, fried tofu, and Sichuan chili oil. Luxurious add-ons include black truffles and caviar, because this is New Year’s after all.

Tickets: None; just show up. All pricing a la carte. On Ruckus’s regular menu, most ramen options start at $14 or $15 before add-ons.

A white bowl with a thick, ink-like swoosh of black around the rim is filled with spicy miso ramen, including corn, bean sprouts, and egg, and other ingredients.
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Row 34: For the Caviar-Loving Ballers

Row 34 likes to celebrate every New Year’s Eve with an explosion of osetra caviar and NV Krug Grand Cuvee champagne, all available at cost for the night. Plus, the regular dinner menu is enhanced with some caviar specials, including traditional caviar service with toasted brioche and garnishes.

Reservations: A little bit of availability left on Reserve; act fast

Caviar and champagne at Row 34
Caviar and champagne at Row 34
Emily Hagen for Row 34

Eastern Standard: The Classic

You know it; you love it; it’s been around for over a decade, doing its thing. Eastern Standard is open regular hours on New Year’s Eve, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., with the full dinner menu available right up until midnight.

Reservations: Some still available on OpenTable, especially early in the evening

Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard
Meg Jones Wall for Eater

Bully Boy Distillers: For the Fancy Local Booze Enthusiast With a Limited Budget

Bully Boy’s snazzy newish cocktail bar snagged the readers’ choice award for Eater Boston’s 2017 Taproom or Tasting Room of the Year. The team is aiming to combat “overpaying for bad booze at overcrowded venues” with a New Year’s Eve party that includes “plenty of elbow room, no attitude, great drinks and food.” More specifically, attendees get two drink tokens and plenty of American Provisions sandwiches and charcuterie and Union Square doughies. And no cheap bubbly for the midnight toast — it’ll be something special and barrel-aged. “Assorted weirdness is totally free,” the team promises. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets: $35 via Eventbrite

bully boy distillers
The cocktail bar at Bully Boy Distillers
Jason Zucco for Bully Boy

Home.stead Bakery & Cafe: Karaoke, Bingo, and Dumplings

What it says above. There’ll be karaoke, there’ll be bingo, there’ll be dumplings: perfection. The ticket includes a reserved seat, your first bingo card, and a midnight champagne toast; additional bingo cards are $5 each. Yang’s Delicious Dumplings dumplings, drinks, and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

Home.stead bakery & cafe dorchester
Home.stead Bakery & Cafe

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