New Year’s Eve has its haters. You know – the ‘I don’t go out on New Year’s Eve’ people. The ‘It’s amateur night’ people. Foolishness, we say. New Year’s Eve is the one holiday celebrated by just about every single person on this planet. So go out, be with people, eat good food, and celebrate the Earth’s biggest planet-wide party.
For those who’ve been too burnt-out from all the holiday madness to put together a plan for New Year’s, here are a few last-minute suggestions for well-fed ways to welcome 2012.
– Boerum Hill –
Ring in 2012 with plenty of good booze, eats, and friends at 61 Local. As always, they’ll have a formidable selection of local beer and wine, including some special appearances at midnight like hard fizzy cider and sparkling red from Red Hook Winery. There’s no cover, so RSVP on Facebook.
5pm to 3am. 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)
Celebrate the best 2011 had to offer with a market-fresh tasting menu at Rucola. The prix-fixe includes speck with creme fraiche and caviar, saffron tagliatelle with octopus, roast quail, and venison loin (with vegetarian-friendly options available on request). Reservations are required, so call 718-576-3209 to snag a spot.
Dinner seatings from 5:30 to 11pm. Rucola, 190 Dean St at Bond St (Boerum Hill). $65.
If January 1st means a moderation-related resolution, give yourself one last hurrah at Buttermilk Channel. The three-course prix fixe features treats like crispy sweetbreads with house-cured bacon, butter-poached lobster from Red Hook Lobster Pound, wild mushroom pot pie, and duck meatloaf. Peep the full menu here.
Dinner starts at 5pm at Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court St between Nelson and Huntington Sts (Carroll Gardens). $85.
Neighborhood favorite Brucie is putting together a special a la carte menu. In addition to oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Party, the “fabulous fun holiday menu” promises to include plenty of surprises (duck, lobster, and crab are just a few touted on Twitter). They’ll be setting aside some room for walk-ins, but you can get reservations info here.
Dinner served from 6pm to 12am at Brucie, 234 Court St between Baltic and Kane Sts (Cobble Hill)
If you like your New Years to have a vintage feel, stop by Henry Public for an a la carte menu of oysters, lamb shank, lobster pie, Porter House steaks, desserts, and more. Even on a normal Saturday night the kitchen at this cocktail bar is open until 3am, so expect the party here to go late. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation (include your preferred time and how many are in your party) and bring your wallet because it’s cash only.
Henry Public, 329 Henry Street between Pacific and Atlantic Ave (Cobble Hill)
The Castello Plan
Maybe this New Years you’ve decided to keep it classy. Celebrate wine bar-style at The Castello Plan’s New Years Eve Feast. The meal includes 10 small plates, a half bottle of wine, and a champagne tasting. There’s an early seating and a late seating, whichever fits your party schedule. Call (718) 856-8888 for reservations.
Dinner is in two seatings: 6pm and 9:30pm. The Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and Argyle Road (Ditmas Park). 6pm is $60/person, 9:30pm is $80/person.
The a la carte menu at Purple Yam will include super fresh oysters from Walrus and Carpenter (of Brooklyn Kitchen oyster CSA fame), Beef Shortrib adobo with burnt coconut cream, Crispy fried grouper with pickled kumquat and ginger, and Pedmontese Beef in Brunei curry. Toast with one of two champagnes and end the night with a chocolate souffle. For reservations, call (718) 940-8188 or email Amy at email@example.com.
Dinner 5:30pm-11:00pm. Purple Yam, 1314 Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby Rd. (Ditmas Park)
For a relaxed end-of-the-year celebration, try the seasonally-inspired menu at iCi. The three-course prix fixe features decadent dishes like olive oil poached yellowfin tuna bruschetta, ricotta cavatelli with mushroom ragu, and chocolate-peppermint risotto. A champagne toast will be served with dessert. Call (646) 460-3808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner from 5:30pm to 11:00pm at iCi, 246 Dekalb Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave (Fort Greene) $75, $40 wine pairing
Fort Greene staple No. 7 helps you toast to the new year with a four-course feast. The menu includes beausoleil oysters with shallots and Meyer lemon gelee, grilled shrimp and broccolini, beef filet with turnip gratin and brussels sprouts, and chocolate and blood orange tart. See the full menu and make reservations here.
7 Greene Ave between S Oxford and Cumberland Sts (Fort Greene). $60, with wine pairings $80.
Greenpoint’s local food mecca, Eat, is keeping it simple for New Years Eve: they’re serving a family style meal with live bluegrass and jazz music. Folks are invited to stop in just for dinner (all locally sourced, of course) or stay until the countdown at midnight. RSVP here.
Dinner served starting at 8pm, 124 Meserole Avenue between Leonard and Eckford St. (Greenpoint) $30, includes free drinks.
Bark Hot Dogs
Spooked by expensive prix-fixe menus? Bark Hot Dogs has the remedy, with cheap “resolution specials” like $3 classic dogs, $5 burgers, $2 fries, and $4 Sixpoint pints to help you start off 2012 with some money left in your wallet. They’ll be open all day but close a few hours shy of midnight, so get your fill by 9:30pm.
Open from 10am to 9:30pm. Bark Hot Dogs, 474 Bergen St between 5th and Flatbush Aves (Park Slope)
Start off 2012 on the right foot with sustainably raised meat and seafood prepared with Latin flare at Palo Santo. They’re offering a three-course prix fixe menu earlier in the evening and a seven-course blow out later that night that includes wine pairings and a champagne toast. Call the restaurant at (718) 636-6311 for reservations.
Three course prix fixe from 5pm-7pm ($45), seven course Chef’s Tasting Menu at 9:30pm ($145 including wine pairings) at Palo Santo, 652 Union Street between 4th and 5th Ave. (Park Slope)
Picture your New Years Eve looking a bit like “Midnight in Paris”? Check out the Belle Epoque-themed celebration at Brooklyn Winery. Burlesque dancers and magicians will entertain you while you sip French wines, sparkling wine, craft beers, and absinthe cocktails. “Light bites” will be provided. If 2011 was particularly good to you, check out the VIP Bubble Room with a luxury food spread, top shelf bottle service, and high-end Champagne. Either way, make sure you arrive looking good: formal wear is required and enforced; classy 1890s Parisian costumes are encouraged. Buy your tickets online here
10pm to 2am at Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. 8th Street between Roebling and Driggs (Williamsburg) $200
Ring in the new year New Orleans-style with live music, champagne cocktails, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at Maison Premiere. No cover, first come first served for oysters, absinthe, and more.
Open until 4am at Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford Ave between South 1st and Grand Street (Williamsburg)
Marlow & Sons
Like any other night, Marlow & Sons isn’t taking reservations for New Years Eve, so get there early. The menu will include a “Big Plate” of raw seafood, sauteed prawns with bourbon, grassfed steak, and lobster fettucini. Both a champagne toast and confetti are promised.
Dinner from 5 to 11pm, Party till 3am at Marlow & Sons, 81 Broadway between Wythe Ave and Berry St. (Williamsburg)
The Saint Austere
If you can’t decide whether food or drinks are the focus of your New Year’s plans, Williamsburg newcomer The Saint Austere gives you the best of both worlds. They’ll be roasting a whole pig as part of a prix-fixe dinner, with the option to add open bar (or just keep it strictly drinks, if you like). Get reservations info and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
613 Grand St between Lorimer and Leonard Sts (Williamsburg). $40 for dinner, $50 for open bar, $80 for dinner and open bar.