December 14, 2012
Ring in the New Year at Philadelphia’s top restaurants with dinner specials, festive celebrations and champagne toasts.
This year is extra-flexible with the return of two sets of (free!) fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront, at 6 p.m. and midnight. Enjoy the 6 p.m. show with kids, or not, followed by dinner and a night on the town. Or else, plan your dinner reservation around heading to the midnight showing to conclude your night.
Either way, join the decadent celebration with our top picks for where to eat out on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. We’ve got a bunch of picks below, categorized by neighborhood for super easy decision-making, but there are even more over on Visit Philly’s New Year’s Eve Dining Guide.
Center City East
• Amis: You’ll be in the company of good friends and good food at Amis, open from 5 p.m.-midnight this New Year’s Eve. (Pay as you go)
• Barbuzzo: Barbuzzo is bringing in the New Year with a four-course menu including truffled polenta, grilled hanger steak with marrow butter and of course their cult favorite dessert, the famous salted caramel bundino. ($85 per person)
• Brauhaus Schmitz: Enjoy a grand buffet at Brauhaus Schmitz, complete with a four-hour top-shelf open bar and live entertainment. ($100 per person)
• Chifa: Choose from one of two four-course tasting menus at Chifa created by Chef Jose Garces and Chef de Cuisine Natalie Maronski from 5 p.m. until midnight. Head to the bar for la carte service with dishes drawn from the tasting menus. ($60 or $75 per person)
• Continental Mid-Town: Continental Mid-Town’s dramatic two-story atrium, rooftop bar and patio are perfect for celebrating the New Year. DJ Ernesto will be supplying the music during the New Year’s Eve celebration featuring dinner specials and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• El Vez: Forgo the champagne for a special tequila toast during the New Year’s Eve celebration at El Vez. Plus, enjoy special menu items, drink specials and a DJ spinning in house. (Pay as you go)
• The Farm and Fisherman: Stuff yourself full this New Year’s Eve with a six-course dinner from The Farm & Fisherman at 5 p.m. ($80 per person) If that’s not enough to celebrate 2013, you can enjoy an equally delicious eight-course dinner at 8 p.m. ($105 per person)
• Garces Trading Company: Garces Trading Company will be serving dinner from 5 p.m. until midnight. Guests can choose from two four-course tasting menus created by Chef Garces and Chef de Cuisine Gregg Ciprioni. The a la carte menu will not be offered. ($55 or $65 per person)
• Lolita: In addition to their excellent “bring your own tequila” margarita mixes, Lolita will be offering a special three-course menu featuring tuna tostadas, carne asada and tiramisu a la Mexicana. (5:30 p.m. $45; 7:45 p.m. $65 per person; 10 p.m. $75 per person)
• Mercato: It keeps getting better all night long at Mercato, with a three-course menu at 5 p.m. ($60 per person), a four-course menu at 7 p.m. ($75 per person) and a five-course menu at 9 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast and party favors ($85 per person).
• Morimoto: Ring in the New Year with a special Omakase menu at Morimoto, featuring the best in contemporary Japanese cuisine from 5 p.m. – midnight. A la carte menu will be available as well. ($120 per person; optional deluxe wine pairing available for $45 per person)
• Sampan: Treat yourself to Asian-fusion tapas courtesy of chef Michael Schulson and Sampan for an exceptionally delicious New Year’s Eve. (Pay as you go)
• Supper: Supper’s indulgent New Year’s Eve menu is perfect for celebrating. With crispy pork belly, lobster pot roast and a chocolate terrine, your 2013 will be off to a good start. (3 courses, $72.00 per person; 4 courses, $79.00 per person)
Many more New Year’s Eve Dinner suggestions, below: Oyster House, R2L, Sbraga, Fork and everything in between.
• Talula’s Garden: Serving the best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, Talula’s Garden is ringing in the New Year with an eight-course tasting menu featuring Maine oysters, charred quail with foie gras and more from 5–10 p.m. with a champagne toast at midgnight. ($100 per person; optional wine pairing for $60)
• Vetri: Experience an unparalleled New Year’s Eve dinner at Vetri, where you’ll be treated to one of Chef Marc Vetri’s creative tasting menus complete with Franciacorta on arrival and champagne toast at midnight. ($195 per person; optional wine pairings $135 or $200 per person)
Center City West
• 10 Arts by Eric Ripert: Feast on a special four-course New Year’s Eve dinner at 10 Arts, complete with a live band, a midnight balloon drop and of course a champagne toast at midnight. ($175 per person)
• El Rey and Ranstead Room: Make your reservation now for the New Year’s Eve parties at El Rey and Ranstead Room to enjoy their a la carte menu and a tequila or champagne toast at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• Nineteen: Celebrate New Year’s on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue with Nineteen’s four-course dinner. ($95 per person)
• Oyster House: Head over to the Oyster House for a four-course meal including roasted oysters with caviar, seared scallop with parsnip-brown butter puree and grill filet mignon with warm mushroom and bacon salad. Toast to the New Year with complimentary champagne at midnight. ($55 per person)
• R2L: Boasting some of the best views of the city, R2L is hosting a New Year’s Eve Penthouse Party with special hors d’oeuvres by Chef Daniel Stern, live music, dancing and more. ($150 per person)
• Sbraga: What’s better on New Year’s Eve than bubbly? That’s why Top Chef Kevin Sbraga is serving a four-course menu with champagne pairings from across the world at his flagship restaurant Sbraga. Happy New Year’s! ($125 per person)
• Square 1682: Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez is ringing in 2013 at Square 1682 in the Hotel Palomar. Choose from an early seating at 6 p.m. ($65 per person) or later seating at 9 p.m. ($95 per person) featuring live music, dancing, drinks and more in the Burnham Ballroom.
• Village Whiskey: Village Whiskey will be open until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, just long enough for you to welcome 2013 with a toast and a foie gras burger. (Pay as you go)
• Amada: Chef Jose Garces and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Zensinger of Amada have created two four-course “La Mesa de Jose” tasting menus for New Year’s Eve with seatings available from 5 p.m.–midnight. ($75 or $95 per person; optional $30 or $50 wine pairings)
• Buddakan: Buddakan will be serving their regular Asian-inspired menu with locally sourced ingredients, prepared using European and Asian techniques from 5 p.m.–midnight along with various specials, a multi-course tasting menu (for parties of six or more) and a champagne toast at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• Continental Martini Bar: In addition to the modern cocktails at the Continental, enjoy dinner specials and a special sparkling wine menu. (Pay as you go)
• Cuba Libre: Celebrate the New Year at Cuba Libre with a four-course Celebration Dinner at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. featuring classic dishes, non-alcoholic drinks, Latin floorshows, DJs and dancing all night long. ($89 per person)
• Ela: Chefs Janson Cichonski and Chip Roman are hosting a pair of prix fixe menus at their new Queen Village hotspot Ela. Choose a three-course or four-course menu highlighting hyper-creative, hyper-seasonal dishes. ($60 or $75 per person; optional wine pairing available for $20 or $25 per person)
• Fork: Catch the New Years Eve 6 p.m. fireworks at Penn’s Landing before enjoying a sumptuous four-course dinner at Fork featuring poached lobster, house-made pasta, delicious hand-made desserts and more. ($85 per person)
• Jones: Take a trip back to 1968 with Jones’ comfort food and nostalgic atmopshre as you celebrate with specials from 10 a.m.–midnight.
• Moshulu: You’ll have a spectacular view of the fireworks as you dine aboard the Moshulu during a special New Year’s Eve celebration with a four-course prix fixe menu from 3:30–7 p.m. or a later seating from 7:15–10:30 p.m. ($100 or $150 per person)
• Ristorante Panorama: Ristorante Panorama at the Penn’s View Hotel will be opening at 4 p.m. for dinner prior to the New Year’s fireworks show at 6 p.m. From 8:30-9:30 p.m., enjoy a special four-course meal and complementary sparkling toast at midnight at Panorama, not to mention a spectacular view of the fireworks on the Delaware Waterfront. Seatings are available from 8:30-9:30 p.m. ($85 per person)
• The Twisted Tail: The Twisted Tail is swinging into 2013 with a Retro Dance and Burlesque Party. Start off the night with a three-course prix fixe menu that includes fried oysters, t-bone steak with sautéed mushrooms capped off with a dessert of chocolate fondue. At 8:30 p.m., the Society Hill Dance Academy will offer a few tips before house band Mikey Jr. and the Stone Cold Blues takes the stage. ($45 or $120 per person for meal and party; $10 per person for party only)
• Zahav: Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav is offering his traditional tasting menus: Ta’yim ($39 per person) and Mesibah ($48 per person), with additional supplemental dishes available. An optional Wine Flight ($35 per person) will also be available to toast to 2013.
• Twenty Manning Grill: Celebrate New Year’s Eve neighborhood favorite Twenty Manning Grill with a special four-course menu to start 2013 off right. ($65 per person)
• Alma de Cuba: From 5 p.m.–midnight, Alma de Cuba will be their serving regular Latin American-inspired a la carte menu and specials, New Year’s Eve cocktails with champagne toast at midnight plus DJ Brendan Bring’em will spin in the lounge. (Pay as you go)
• Barclay Prime: Celebrate at Barclay Prime, as the kitchen offers more than just steakhouse fare from the a la carte menu with specials, deluxe wine pairings and a champagne toast at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• Butcher and Singer: Embrace the bygone era of Hollywood with the perfectly charred steaks and chops at Butcher and Singer. Enjoy old favorites and New Year’s Eve specials from 5–11 p.m. then celebrate with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
• The Dandelion: Inspired by the U.K.’s great gastropubs, celebrate all day long in the cozy comfort of The Dandelion with New Year’s Eve specials during breakfast, brunch, tea and dinner from 8 a.m.–midnight. Enjoy specials, special beers, New Year’s Eve cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight.
• Il Pittore: Savor the flavors and feel of Italy without leaving the city with Il Pittore’s New Year’s celebration featuring specials, deluxe wine pairings and a champagne toast at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• Parc: Philly’s own a Parisian-inspired brasserie in Rittenhouse Square will be offering their normal a la carte menu and various specials, including a champagne toast at midnight.
• Pumpkin: Pumpkin, a seasonal Rittenhouse BYO, is the perfect place for an intimate New Year’s celebration, with a delectable four-course menu in honor of 2013. ($60 per person)
• Rouge: Welcome 2013 on Rittenhouse square with a table at Rouge. Choose from items on their a la carte menu at their 6 p.m. seating or their 8 p.m. seating. (Pay as you go)
• Russet: Bring your own bubbly to Russet and celebrate with their festive four-course menu. ($68 per person)
• Tinto: Guests can choose from one of two tasting menus created by Chef Garces and Chef de Cuisine Anthony Scuderi of Tinto. ($70 or $90 per person; optional wine pairings available for $40 or $55)
• Vernick: Walnut Street’s new attention-grabbing Vernick will be serving their a la carte menu with a few special editions in celebration of 2013. (Pay as you go)
• Federal Donuts: Try to get your hands on some of the delectable donuts or fried chicken from Federal Donuts while supplies last (not long) before heading out for New Year’s Eve.
• The Mildred: The Mildred will be serving a sumptuous five-course tasting menu featuring cannelloni of crab, whole salt-baked fish and chocolate delice. Choose from the early seating (6:30 p.m.) or the late seating (9 p.m.). ($75 per person)
• Village Belle: Get a spectacular view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Penn’s Landing and a delicious four-course meal at Village Belle featuring lobster bisque, braised short ribs and cheesecake spring rolls with raspberry sauce. Choose from two seatings: 5 p.m. ($75 per person) and 8:30 p.m. ($125 per person).
• Distrito: Dinner at Distrito will be served from 5 p.m. until midnight. Guests can choose a $50 or $75 four-course Tasting Menu created by Chef Garces and Chef de Cuisine Maria Schmidt with an optional $25 specialty cocktail pairing. A la carte service will be offered at the bar only, with dishes drawn from the tasting menus.
• Pod: Enjoy specials in the modern, hip atmosphere of Stephen Starr’s sushi spot Pod from 5–11 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight.
• Alla Spina: Enjoy Italian tapas at Alla Spina while sipping champagne-like beers and $6 Prosecco from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Pay as you go)
• Fountain Restaurant: Fountain will be hosting a fabulous New Year’s Eve gala. Enjoy a caviar and champagne reception before dinner service begins at the Fountain Restaurant and Swann Lounge, then party all night long with live music and entertainment. ($300 per person; optional wine pairings $120 per person)
• Frankford Hall: The traditional open-air beer garden Frankford Hall is welcoming 2013 with a festive party featuring a performance from the Ja Ja Jas, a schnapps toast at 12 midnight and happy hour pricing all night. (Pay as you go)
• La Calaca Feliz: Mexican specialities like hiramasa ceviche, duck barbacoa tacos and black bass are all part of La Calaca Feliz’s two special four-course NYE menus. ($40 or $55 per person)
• Osteria: Dine on homemade pasta, thin-crust pizza and wood grilled meats at Osteria this New Year’s Eve, open from 5-11 p.m. (Pay as you go)
• Route 6: Route 6 will be showcasing their seasonal, coastal town-inspired menu along with specials, a lobster extravaganza menu and a champagne toast at midnight. (Pay as you go)
• Blackfish: Blackfish in Chestnut Hill will be serving a special four-course menu with a complimentary glass of champagne. ($75 per person)
• Citron and Rose: Chef Michael Solomonov’s newest restaurant Citron and Rose celebrates the cuisine of European Jews and will be celebrating New Year’s Eve from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. with their a la carte menu. (Pay as you go)
• La Cantina Feliz: La Cantina Feliz is celebrating 2013 with a special four-course menu including tuna ceviche, duck tacos and a petit filet. ($45 per person; option $20 beverage pairing)
Check out Visit Philly’s New Year’s Eve Dining Guide for even more.