New Year's Eve Eats + Drinks Guide

Dishes and spirits to celebrate

RESTO

Group dining on this busy holiday can be difficult, so if you're rounding up a crew, consider Resto's large-format feasts, where you can choose an animal and watch as the chef creates a three-course meal using everything from tongue to tail. Meals are composed of 10 to 12 courses, and you might have the opportunity to chow down on whole roasted pig's head, goat tartare, and waterzooi (stew) of fish and shellfish. For New Year's Eve, the restaurant is offering two seatings and a set menu for a large-format feast with a variety of animals. From 5 to 7 p.m., diners can snack on pork cracklings, roast quail, and porchetta as part of the $85-per-person extravaganza. After 9 p.m., reservations are $140 and include beer, wine, and spirits; that party lasts until the ball drops. 111 East 29th Street, 212-685-5585, restonyc.com Billy Lyons

ROSANJIN

Much of Japan celebrates the New Year with Toshikoshi soba, a special bowl of buckwheat noodles meant to bring good luck. Rosanjin incorporates the tradition into a decadent, intimate, and elegant 10-course kaiseki dinner, a traditional Japanese prix fixe. Expect an appetizer, soup, sashimi, and sushi, as well as grilled, simmered, and steamed courses in addition to your noodles. Kaiseki meals are planned and timed with precision based on a ritual performed for Kyoto emperors, so this is a good chance to feel like royalty ($150). 141 Duane Street, 212-346-0664, rosanjintribeca.com Eve Turow

TORO
Fizzy lifting drink: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
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Fizzy lifting drink: Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Jamie Bissonette and Ken Oringer's Chelsea tapas bar has been one of 2013's most talked-about openings, and with good reason — Toro's food is fantastic, the vibe convivial, and the service both friendly and competent. Come New Year's Eve, you'll have two celebratory options. If you'd like to dine, go early for a prix fixe dinner with seatings at 5 ($85) and 7 p.m. ($100). Otherwise, gather a crowd and reserve your space at the late-night Barcelona-themed fete, where a DJ spins tunes over passed tapas, sangria, Spanish wine, and cocktails. The party runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.; an open bar is included in your ticket price ($125). 85 Tenth Avenue, 212-691-2360, toro-nyc.com Hannah Palmer Egan

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