Whether you're looking for caviar and truffles or glow sticks and beer, there's probably a restaurant around town that can make your New Year's Eve dreams come true. (If it's those truffles you want, get ready to fork over $320 for an eight-course feast with wine pairings at L'Espalier. The "glow party" at Tavern in the Square, on the other hand, will only set you back $30.) Here's a guide to 25 of the most intriguing prix fixe menus and parties that can be found around the Boston area on Monday night. Many of these events require reservations, so be sure to check with the restaurant directly before heading out.Read More
What to Do on New Year's Eve
The menu gets larger as the night goes on: three courses for 5 PM seatings ($75/person + $29 for wine), four courses for 7 PM seatings ($95/person + $39 for wine), or seven courses for 9:30 PM seatings ($125/person + $69 for wine). Black truffles, dark chocolate, white asparagus, and pomegranates make appearances. Vegetarian options available.
Five-course prix fixe; dishes include black ink paella (with piquillo peppers and aioli sauce), lamb pops (with lentil salad), and flan with guava and chocolate sauce. Vegetarian options available with prior notice. Seatings at 5:30 PM and 8 PM; $60/person (add $40 for wine pairings).
East Coast Grill
The New Year's Eve "Heaven or Hell" menu features three courses with spicy and non-spicy options, such as grilled swordfish with collard greens, black-eyed peas, and either corn chow chow or ghost pepper jelly. 5:30 PM - 10 PM; $60/person.
Russell House Tavern
Three courses of seasonal dishes; options include spiced game bird terrine (soft poached egg, pickled mushroom, black truffle honey), hardwood smoked short rib(roasted marrow bone, celery leaves, uni), and chocolate & cherries (frozen dark chocolate mousse, cherries in syrup, laphroaig & cherry gelee). 5 PM to 10 PM; $59/person (add $18 for beer and wine pairings, subtract $10 for reservations before 6:30 PM).
Four-course menu includes options such as crispin butternut squash soup, sweet potato gnocchi with sage brown butter, hangar steak in a blackberry demi, and creme brulee. 5 PM - 9 PM; $65/person. Price includes admission to party from 10 PM to 2 AM, hosted by Brother Cleve and Audio Prophecy.
Choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert from the regular menu (excluding lobster and lamb chops). Includes a glass of champagne. 5 PM - 10:30 PM; $36/person.
Garden at The Cellar
Four-course prix fixe includes options such as foie gras torchon (pineapple, kiwi, coconut, rum), salsify soup (bone marrow and oyster gratinee), and sweet potato gnocchi (house-made bacon, chanterelles, charred onion, apples & sage). Seatings at 5 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM; $65/person.
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Seven-course tasting menu includes she-lobster soup (lobster roe, Parker House roll), Painted Hills ribeye (fried oysters, bearnaise), and sweet tea granita (candied lemon zest, sugar cookie). 5 PM - 10:30 PM; $85/person (add $40 for beverage pairings).
Ducali Pizzeria & Bar
For a "low-key NYE," Ducali is offering a "champagne-style" beer list, including Unibroue Fin du Monde and Sam Adams Infinium, along with a menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and "nachos Italiano." Projector screens will show the ball drop at midnight.
Four-course tasting menu between 5 PM and 10 PM, plus a DJ (starting at 10 PM) and a champagne toast (at midnight); $80/person. Room packages at the Ames Hotel begin at $359 and include the dinner and dancing for two, plus an in-room movie and late checkout (1 PM).
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Three-course menu includes options like crispy pork belly (with celery root two ways, frisee, shallot herb salad), clam papardelle (with grilled chorizo, saffron cream, poached fennel), and dark chocolate and peppermint pot de crème(with vanilla chantilly cream, chocolate curls). $60/person ($80 with wine pairings).
Tavern in the Square
Masquerade black light glow party with a DJ and party favors; appetizer buffet from 9 PM - 10 PM. Doors open at 8 PM (no guaranteed admission after 10:30 PM); $30/person.
Complimentary hot chocolate and $5 pizzas in the enoteca all night, along with the regular menu and some specials, a midnight prosecco toast, party favors, and noisemakers.
Four-course tasting menu; dishes include seared foie gras (with roasted honey, crispy apple, and port wine) and hand-rolled potato gnocchi (with winter mushrooms and truffle cream). The standard dinner menu is also available. 5 PM to 10 PM (bar menu until 11 PM); $65/person ($85 with wine).
Dancing, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. "No sneakers / high heels preferred." The TVs at the bar will show the ball drop. VIP table service available. Begins at 10 PM; general admission $70/person.
Five-course menu and midnight champagne toast; options include hash & eggs (short ribs, potato, egg), kabocha & chestnut soup “en cocotte”, crispy pork belly (hot & sour soup, kale chips), and crispy cod (cabbage, parsnips, romensco). The Lance Houston Ensemble will perform music throughout the night for dancing. Begins at 5:30 PM; $98/person.
Eight-course prix fixe menu includes options such as Alba white truffles with Italian chestnuts, roasted Hudson Valley foie gras with a black truffle and beluga lentil ragout, and green apple with champagne sabayon and kaffir lime. 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM; $195/person (add $125 for wine pairings).
Towne Stove and Spirits
Put on your "Gatsby-esque semi formal attire" (required) for a 1920s-themed party that includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and "a night of elegance and splendor." Begins at 9 PM; $80/person.
Four-course prix fixe menu; includes Bluepoint oysters, duo of scallops, duo of prime rib, eggnog creme caramel, and a champagne hibiscus cocktail. Standard menu also available. 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM; $65/person ($85 with wine pairings).
"Discoteque burlesque gala celebration" features live music, a Parisian burlesque duo, buffet of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and cash bar. 9 PM - 2:30 AM; $115/person with food, $75 without food.
Tasca Tapas Restaurant
Four-course dinner; options include dishes such as fresh Duxbury oysters, roasted Cornish game hen, and prime rib. $49/person (or $39 for reservations between 5 PM and 6:15 PM). After 10 PM, bubbly included. Reservations by email only at email@example.com
The regular menu is supplemented with "more savory delicacies like fois gras, pate, and rack of lamb," culminating in a sparkling toast (plus party hats and noisemakers). 5 PM - midnight.
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
"Mardi Gras Soiree" with open bar, New Orleans-inspired buffet, dessert station, and champagne toast. 10 PM - 3 AM; $100/person in advance, $120 at the door.
Four-course menu includes options such as butternut squash soup (coconut milk, lemongrass, aji amarillo), ceviche de ostras (micro huacatay, yuzu jelly, horseradish cream), and lomito de cordero (spice-rubbed lamb tenderloin with lamb picadillo, yuca crisps, mint geleé, opal basil chimichurri). 6 PM - midnight; $45/person (includes champagne).
"Hogmanay" Scottish New Year's Eve experience includes a three-course menu including options such as smoky oyster stew, seared Arctic char, and a mystery dessert. Seats only remain for the 6 PM seating; $60/person (includes champagne toast at 7 PM for the Scottish New Year).