New Year’s Eve Eats + Drinks Guide





Spend New Year’s Eve in Eastern Europe by way of the N/Q line at Queens’s iconic Czech tavern, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, where free booze flows from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. The $80-per-person ($150-per-couple) entrance fee also gets you a dinner buffet of proficient Czech specialties like beef goulash, roast pork with dumplings, and langos, a deep-fried flatbread topped with a choice of cheese, garlic, sour cream, or even ketchup (owing to the potatoes used in the dough). With a guest DJ spinning tunes, cross that secret New Year’s resolution off the list and learn some traditional Czech dances from celebrating locals. Business attire is requested for the fellas, cocktail attire for the ladies, and a severe no jeans policy will be enforced — there’s a champagne toast at midnight, after all. 29-19 24th Avenue, Queens, 718-274-4925, Zachary Feldman




Cobble Hill mixology mecca Clover Club finds cause for celebration throughout the year — from the Kentucky Derby to Mad Men premieres — so it’s no wonder New Year’s Eve has regulars and first-timers alike looking forward to partying like it’s Repeal Day 1933. Live music from the Jessicats and an open bar mark the occasion, complete with club favorites and a mandatory NYE Royale selection to sample throughout the night ($100 excluding tax and tip, 9 p.m. until midnight). Before 12, guests will be supplied with party favors and a rotating series of hors d’oeuvres, with additional menu items available to order throughout the evening (additional cost applies). 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7939, Nicole Schnitzler




The term “studio” can be frightening in a city like New York, but here, we’re talking about a wine studio — a place to congregate and cultivate that long-running interest of yours in grapes. Such is the case with Union Square dining savior Corkbuzz, which hosts weekly classes and maintains a thoughtful list of 50 options by the glass (and 200 by the bottle) to pair with chef Phil Conlon’s seasonally driven menu. On December 31, the studio puts that wine knowledge to use when La Belle Époque makes a lavish comeback in the form of five Escoffier-inspired courses with wine pairings by master sommelier Laura Maniec ($120, 8 to 10 p.m.). Those looking for more of a dusk-to-dawn celebration can swing by for the afterparty, five hours of passed canapés, absinthe, and Ruinart Champagne ($120 separately, $200 with dinner, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). Fancy dress required. 13 East 13th Street, 646-873-6071, Nicole Schnitzler




If donning black tie and shelling out for a fancy feast sounds like a nightmare, consider toasting 2014 with a craft beer or five at Jimmy Carbone’s underground brew sanctuary, Jimmy’s No. 43, where you’ll find a three-hour open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, capped off by a Champagne toast when the ball drops ($60, gratuity not included). Your ticket price includes light snacks, but if you’re after a more substantial meal, spring for the early bird dinner: Jimmy’s offers a three-course $50 prix fixe meal with seatings between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. 43 East 7th Street, 212-982-3006, Billy Lyons




Keep things casually classy at Maison Premiere, a New Orleans–inspired cocktail and raw bar in Williamsburg, where the celebration starts at 4 p.m. and lasts for 12 hours with no cover charge (walk-ins welcome). The fresh seafood and expertly crafted cocktails from chef Lisa Giffen and head bartender Maxwell Britten are enough to make professional hedonists jealous, but high-rolling revelers would do well to book a seat for a special four-course NYE prix fixe ($95 for the 6 p.m. seating; $125 for 9 p.m.), which includes luxurious plates like raw scallop and shrimp with horseradish ice and a retro beef tenderloin rossini topped with melting foie gras. Should you somehow still not feel festive enough, head to the champagne bar on the heated outdoor patio for glasses of bubbly. 298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-335-0446, Zachary Feldman




If you believe in Italian tradition, you’ll want to find a plate of lentils and cotechino (salami-like pork sausage) to ring in 2014: The hearty combination, legend goes, brings good luck. Head to Marco’s, the grown-up pan-Italian restaurant Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg opened earlier this year when they moved Franny’s down the street into a bigger space. Cotechino and lentils is part of the New Year’s Eve seven-course tasting menu, which blends old-school tradition with offerings like tagliatelle with black truffle and spit-roasted ribeye. Wine pairings include bubbles, Barbaresco, and Barolo, and end with Moscato. (Dinner $125; pairings $70.) 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0427, Hannah Palmer Egan




Come dressed in black and white and listen for the chimes of midnight at the King’s Winter Masquerade, hosted by the McKittrick Hotel. The Chelsea performance space presents an evening that includes a sumptuous feast, performances of its interactive Macbeth-inspired drama, Sleep No More, and a masquerade party that lasts through the evening and features a DJ and complimentary cocktails. Attend all three events or pick and choose: Sleep No More and party, supper and party, or just the King’s party are also options ($125–$350). 530 West 27th Street, 866-811-4111, Eve Turow


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, Billy Lyons




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, Eve Turow




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, Hannah Palmer Egan

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