New Year’s Eve is sneaking up and the most raved about restaurants and bars in Boston and surrounding areas present an array of entertaining options. Whether fancy, fun, somewhere in between, or completely low-key, we have options from prix fixe French cuisine and drink pairings to “Anti-Resolution” parties. Our list covers something to appeal to all celebratory styles for an evening to remember!
L’Espalier is rolling out the red carpet for guests to ring in the New Year in style. Chef Frank McClelland has handcrafted a lavish menu at this luxe dining destination in the heart of Back Bay. Enjoy the lights of the city from the enchanting dining room while welcoming 2013 with a delectable eight-course menu complete with champagne, for $195. Preview the menu
Abby Park, the first restaurant in Milton to boast a full bar, offers American cuisine with a modern and creative twist. Mediterranean and European influences infuse classic comfort dishes with a hint of worldliness making it a fun place to kick off the New Year with family, friends or a special someone. Chef Tony DeRienzo offers a full NYE menu with an array of tasty dishes to pair with a drink of choice. Abby Park is located at 550 Adams Street in Milton, MA. For reservations, please call: 617. 696.8700.
Catalyst opens its doors and welcomes guests to a fun celebratory dining option for ringing in 2013. Chef William Kovel has created a delicious four-course menu for food lovers to enjoy as they cheers to the New Year in his comfortable, yet modern, Cambridge establishment. With constant praise for his mouth-watering dishes, guests are in for a fabulous start to their year’s dining adventures for just $75. Be sure to look at the full menu.
Tres Gatos Tapas Bar, Boston’s first full service restaurant, book and music store, is the perfect blend of an intimate and lively scene to ring in the New Year. Dinner service will feature their classic menu with some luxe new additions from Chef Marcos Sanches. Starting at 10PM, the three cats will change gears into a late night party as music & literary guide Phil Wilcox spins great music from the record player and salutes the New Year with vuvuzela blowing. Plenty of cava will be flowing and grapes will be abound in the true Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes, 1 for each month, to the chimes of the clock at midnight. Tres Gatos is located at 470 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. For reservations, please call 617.477.4851.
At il Casale, Chef Dante de Magistris is offering two New Year’s Eve seatings depending on guests’ celebratory schedule. Choose fancy, fun or both. At this suburban gem in Belmont, guests can expect top-notch service and an enjoyable start to 2013. For those who wish to dine on the earlier side, the first seating is from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be an option of selecting either a three-course prix fix menu, for $55, or a four-course prix fixe with choices and a bubbly toast, for $75. Guests looking to ring in the New Year at the restaurant will be invited to attend the second seating, starting at 8 p.m. The holiday experience will feature the four-course prix fixe with a champagne toast.
Ducali Pizzeria & Bar will celebrate “A Low-key NYE,” with a special “champagne-style” beer list with selections which all use re-fermentation including: Brooklyn Local 1, Unibroue Fin du Monde, Sam Adams Infinium, and Duvel Magnums. Ducali will also be serving its gluttonous Roman-style pizzas (think Tortellini or Patate), Nachos Italiano (pizza dough chips baked with mozzarella cheese, hot pepper, salami, and served with a spicy tomato sauce), and indulgent sandwiches until midnight – because hey, there will be no tight dresses to stay slim for. Guests can also watch the ball drop on the big screen projectors. Reservations strongly suggested. Ducali is located at 289 Causeway Steet, Boston, Mass. For reservations please call 617.742.4144 or visit www.ducalipizza.com
Restaurant dante is hosting its annual anti-resolution New Year’s Eve cocktail party. Join fellow Boston rebels and DJ Adilson to dance the night away and indulge in the seven deadly sins food stations, passed hor d’oeuvres and a special midnight toast. No judgement, no rules, and plenty of fun to be had. The food station selections include tasty options such as Restaurant dante’s own Cotechino with lentils, an Italian tradition, which is said to promote wealth in the new year.