Still no plans for New Years Eve? Not to worry – we’ve put together a list of the top celebration destinations in Boston and beyond where you can ring in 2012 in style. From prix fixe French cuisine and drink pairings to “Anti-Resolution” parties, we’ve covered something for everyone in this “must-attend” list.
Ring in the Blue Year with Chef Jason Santos and the 3-course dinner menu he has created for the occasion and paired with wine. Guests can also customize their menu to include a salad course, foie gras course (foie gras torchon, cranberry, chocolate brioche, candied hazelnut crumbs) or wine and champagne pairings. Menu items include Hawaiian Style Tuna Poke (wonton crackers, tobiko, chile mayo), Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (epoisse, truffle toast, pickled shallots, porcini marmalade), Kurobuta Pork Wellington (parma ham, herb mashed, baby vegetables, sweet wine demi), Goat Cheese Stuffed Chile Rellenos (plaintain mole, spaghetti squash, blood orange salsa), Chocolate Tablet (chocolate cardamom sorbet, orange textures, gold flakes).
$60/person for 3 course menu
$90/person for 3 course menu paired with wine & champagne
Open at 4 P.M.
131 Broad Street, Boston, MA 617.261.5353
Chef Vittorio Ettore is offering a 3 course menu with options to please any palate. Things kick off with an amuse bouche and prosecco toast. Menu items include: Duck Confit with Kumquat Chutney, Crispy Salsify and Balsamic Syrup, Maine Sea Scallops with Stone Ground Organic Soft Pumpkin Polenta and Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Barn Raised Veal Flank Scaloppine with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Spinach, Taleggio Cheese, Veal Jus and Orange Gremolata, and Flourless Chocolate Cake, Brioche “Croccante,” Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Bubbles and Orange Confit.
$85/person for 3 courses
$110/person for 3 courses with carefully selected wine pairings
Open at 5 P.M.
5 Playstead Road, West Medford, MA. 781.395.7574
Chef William Kovel is open for the evening and will be offering Catalyst’s regular bar menu and dinner menu alongside some exclusive New Year’s Eve menu additions.
Open at 5 P.M.
300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA. 617.576.3000
Ducali will celebrate “A Beer Drinker’s NYE,” with a special “champagne-style” beer list including Brooklyn Local 1, Unibroue Fin du Monde 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.
289 Causeway Steet, Boston, MA 617.742.4144
Chef Dante de Magistris is offering an early and late seating at this suburban gem in Belmont. Guests can choose between a 3 course prix fixe menu for the first seating, or a 4 course prix fixe menu with a bubbly toast for the later seating. Menu items include: il leone (shaved fennel-arugula salad, cherry peppers, spicy olives, lemon vinaigrette), spaghetti cacao e pepe (genuine pecorino Romano Fulvi, (D.O.P Lazio), fresh cracked black pepper), branzino, begne al pistachio (chocolate-pistachio profiteroles).
All tables will receive lenticchie e cotechino (lentils and pork sausage), a classic New Year’s Eve accompaniment for prosperity in the New Year.
$45/person for 3 course prix fixe menu
$75 for 3 course prix fixe with wine pairings
$65/person for 4 course prix fixe menu with choices and bubbly toast
$95/person for 4 course prix fixe menu with choices, bubbly toast, and wine pairings
Open at 5:00 P.M.
50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA. 617.209.4942
Julep Bar, Boston’s newest bar and lounge, is hosting Lavish Saturday’s “Twenty-Twelve: The New Year’s Gala.” Enjoy music stylings by Boston’s famous DJ Dirty Dek, a midnight toast, and option VIP service. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at http://julepbarnye.eventbrite.com/.
200 High Street, Boston, MA 617.512.5311
Chef Frank McClelland has created a lavish menu at this luxe dining destination in the heart of fashionable Back Bay. Enjoy the lights of the city from their dining room while welcoming 2012 with their eight-course menu complete with champagne.
First seating, 5:30 – 6:30PM
Second seating, 9:00 – 10:30PM
774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. 617.262.3023
Lucia Ristorante – North End and Winchester
Lucia Ristorante is serving a traditional Italian a la carte meal all night long on New Year’s Eve at both of its locations – in Boston’s North End and in the heart of Winchester. The offerings at both locations include a champagne toast at midnight and a menu featuring Lobster Ravioli, Osso Buco, and Veal Chops Valdostana. In Winchester, Frank Zarba will be performing live beginning at 9 p.m.
13 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, MA 781.729.0515
415 Hanover St. Boston, MA 617.367.2353
At McGreevy’s 3rd Base Saloon, forget the champagne and get ready for a Jameson toast at midnight. Oh, and don’t worry about breaking the bank on a fancy cocktail dress or suit – anybody wearing Chuck Taylor’s will have the $10 entrance fee waived. Enjoy the end of 2011 on the two spacious levels, fully equipped with 12 HD plasma televisions and multiple projection screens withs surround sound, so there is no way the ball drop can be missed. There is also a modern Rock-themed Jukeox, three full bars, comfortable banquettes, and lounge seating (because even in Chuck Taylor’s, you can only dance for so long).
$10 entrance fee at door.
911 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 617.262.0911
The Back Bay’s premier neighborhood spot puts a modern spin on a traditional evening. Known for their comfortably elegant hospitality, Sidell and her team are creating an even more memorable experience for guests with the addition of live entertainment from KISS 108’s Rich DiMare. Rich will be performing as part of a trio, alongside an acoustic bassist and keyboard player. Mix, mingle and make new friends as this heartthrob serenades the crowd with his smooth vocals and charming charisma. The soiree also includes top shelf open bar, a DJ & dancing, snacks & treats, party favors and a Champagne toast.
$95/person, tickets can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2585671814
10:00PM to 2:00AM
279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA. 617.267.0451
Chef Patricia Yeo is hosting a dinner party with two seatings for New Year’s Eve. The first seating will feature Om’s regular dinner menu alongside an exclusive prix fixe menu. Menu options include: Sweet Potato Tamales with Duck Adobo, Persimmon & Pistachio Salad with Rocket & Black Olive Vinaigrette, Dry Aged Rib Eye Steak with Bone Marrow Fritters and Alliums, and Baked Alaska.
$80/person for prix fixe menu with choices
First seating, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Second seating, 8:00 – 10:30PM
For those who prefer late night festivities over a lavish meal, Om’s late night festivities will be in full swing with a DJ, dancing and champagne toast. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $40 at the door.
92 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 617.576.2800
On New Years Day, this popular Fort Point Mexican restaurant and tequila bar serves an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for $20.12, highlighted by Mexican eggs Benedict, Rice Krispies-coated French toast and its signature bloody Marias, a Mexican-style bloody Mary.
238 Summer St., Boston, MA 617.423.1000,
Chef Dante de Magistris is hosting SIN: The Anti-Resolution New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party featuring the 7 Deadly Sins. The cocktail party includes: gluttonous food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, DJ Adilson & dancing, and a bubbly toast at midnight. Guests must be 21+ to enter. Table reservations and bottle service available upon request.
$80 General Admission
8:00PM – 2:00AM
40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA. 617.497.4200
Offering a 4 course prix fixe menu composed of traditional New Year’s Eve Italian food, wine and a champagne flight, Chef Damien DiPaola invites guests to salute the beginning of the New Year at Ristorante Damiano as is customary in Italy. Menu items include: Cream of asparagus with truffles and parmigiano, Penne Bolognese, Rack of lamb with red wine and rosemary sauce, and Pandoro. Every third course, regardless of choice, is served with lentils and cottechino for good luck, as the pork is said to represent the riches of the land and the lentils are said to symbolize money or good luck. The final course is paired with a glass of prosecco to toast the New Year.
$50/person for prix fixe menu with choices (tax and gratuity not included)
Open at 5P.M., two hour seating, reservations preferred
307 Hanover St., Boston, MA. 617.742.0020
Sel de la Terre – Back Bay and Long Wharf
Ring in 2012 with Sel de la Terre as Chef Franco serves a special holiday prix fixe menu. The dinner begins with an amuse bouche and menu options include: Steamed George’s bank diver scallops (potato gnocchi, truffle buerre blanc, crispy shallots), Sparrow Arc organiz white carrot soup (black trumpet mushrooms, roasted pistachios), House dry aged beef sirloin (crispy sweet breads, smoked Vermont maple glazed Brussels sprouts, mousse of pommes pureé), Tagliatelle of marjoram and cracked black pepper (roasted pumpkin and spinach, pickled turmeric cauliflower, stout emulsion).
$85/person for prix fixe menu with choices
+$40 for optional champagne tasting
+$35 for options vintner’s tasting
4PM – 10PM
774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. 617.266.8800
Sel de la Terre’s Long Wharf location is also serving a special holiday prix fixe menu to ring in the New Year. This dinner also begins with an amuse bouche, and menu options include: Lobster Ravioli (with leeks, mushrooms and peas), Game Pate (with cranberries and pistachios; brioche, frisée and kumquat chutney), Sautéed Lemon Sole (with smoked tomato, black eyed peas and snap peas), Wild Mushroom and Onion Sope (with melted raclette, green onions and romesc), Crispy Rock Cornish Hen (with roasted pepper and artichoke fricassee),Truffled Delicata Squash Risotto (with mushrooms, apples and Brussels sprout), Orange Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée (with fresh kumquats and cinnamon citrus sable cookie).
$95/person for prix fixe menu with choices
4PM – 10PM
255 State Street, Boston, MA. 617.720.1300
Ring in the New Year with a bang at Tavern on the Water in Charlestown with arguably the best view of the Boston New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Tickets include admission as well as: free parking, passed apps, party favors (hats, noise makers, etc.), door prizes (Celtics tickets, restaurant gift cards, AMEX gift cards, cigars, etc.), a champagne toast, and Avion tequila. Enjoy the fireworks on the roof deck alongside an intricate ice sculpture.
$25 General Admission, and may be purchased at the door.
8PM – 1AM
One 8th Street, Pier 6 Charlestown, MA. 617.242.8040
Vito’s Tavern is throwing its first annual New Year’s Resolution Party, hosting a DJ and karaoke all night long while guests enjoy passed hors d’ouevres and NYE themed cocktail and prosecco champagne specials. There will be no chance of missing the ball drop as all six of Vito’s flat screen televisions will be displaying the countdown to midnight all night long. And don’t forget to wear red underwear as Italians believe that this brings good luck for the upcoming year. Those who do will cash in on the luck immediately; receiving a $20 gift card to Vito’s redeemable beginning January 2, 2012.
Admission is free with purchase of alcoholic beverage
10PM – 2AM
54 Salem Street, Boston, MA. 857.277.0229
No matter where you end up, have a safe and Happy New Year!