Roundup: Top Picks For New Year’s Eve Dinners In The Philadelphia Region For 2013

Philadelphia has no shortage of amazing restaurants do awesome things for New Year's Eve, offering everything from prix fixe dinners and chef's tasting menus to live flamenco performances and even a pig roast. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Raise a glass of champagne to 2014 at Philadelphia’s top restaurants with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations and midnight toasts to celebrate on Tuesday, December 31.

This year welcomes the return of two sets of (free!) fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront, at 6 p.m. and midnight. Both firework shows leave ample time to feast either after (the 6 p.m.) or before (the midnight) shows.

Join in the decadent celebration, and check out our top picks for where to eat out on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. We have a number of picks for dining specials below, categorized by neighborhood — from Chestnut Hill to Rittenhouse Square — for tons of options all around town.

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Read on for our picks for New Year’s Eve dinners.

Rittenhouse

 
R2L: Rittenhouse, 50 S. 16th Street 17th Floor, 215-564-5337. Take in sweeping city views at R2L’s New Year’s Eve dinner. The sky-high restaurant provides diners with two separate seatings, the first from 5 to 7 p.m. for $75 and the second from 8 to 10 p.m. for $125. Indulge in a three-course meal including items like tuna sashimi, smoked beef ribeye and black truffle risotto. The complete menu is available right here. Take note, the later seating includes live music, truffle flatbread for the table, champagne toast and a table to ring in the new year. Dinner prices do not include tax, gratuity or beverages.

Twenty Manning Grill: Rittenhouse, 261 S. 20th Street, 215.731.0900. A four-course feast fills stomachs all around the tables at Twenty Manning Grill. For $65 per person, enjoy a drool-worthy meal complete with Maryland crab bisque, seared ahi tuna and butternut squash ravioli. Seatings begin after 5:45 p.m. Looking for an earlier dinner? Try the theater special menu which is available at 5 and 5:30 p.m. The complete menus are available here.

Parc: Rittenhouse, 227 S. 18th Street, 215-545-2262. Rittenhouse Square’s resident French eatery, Parc, serves up its à la carte menu in addition to numerous final-meal-of-2013 worthy specials. When the clock strikes 12 (midnight), look forward to a champagne toast.

Tinto: Rittenhouse, 114 S. 20th Street, 215-665-9150. Diners, choose from a $70 prix fixe meal or a $90 prix fixe meal to accompany your last night of 2013. Tinto serves up a basque-inspired meal complete with Spanish menu items and an optional wine pairing for $40 and $55, respectively. The complete New Year’s Eve menu is available here.

10 Arts: Rittenhouse, 10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273. For $175 per person, camp out at 10 Arts for the evening (and for the midnight balloon drop and champagne toast!) for a six-course dinner at 8 p.m. The six-course meal is $75 for children ages 4 to 12. The à la carte menu will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

From Italian feasts to Spanish tapas, New Year's Eve dinners across the city offer something for everyone. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Fitler Dining Room: Rittenhouse, 2201 Spruce Street, 215-732-3331. Nosh on American bistro fare at Fitler Dining Room’s New Year’s Eve dinner featuring two separate seatings, the first, five courses from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for $85, and the second, seven courses from 9 to 9:30 p.m. for $120.

Sbraga: Rittenhouse, 440 S. Broad Street, 215-735-1913. In addition to the restaurant’s regular menu, Sbraga will be whipping up a number of special plates in celebration of the New Year, and at midnight, a champagne toast takes over the Broad Street space.

Square 1682: Rittenhouse, 121 S. 17th Street, 215-563-5008. Hotel Palomar’s resident restaurant, Square 1682, dishes up a $55 prix-fixe dinner with menu options like seared halibut, cauliflower soup and chocolate raspberry torte. Top the night off with a Studio 54-style dance party after dinner.

Vernick Food & Drink: Rittenhouse, 2031 Walnut Street, 267-639-6644. Reserve a table at Vernick Food & Drink to celebrate with a fabulous meal of brand-new seasonal dishes created just for the holiday festivities. For $85 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), sup on a prix-fixe menu featuring set hors d’oeuvres and dessert, with a range of choices for small and large plates in between.

The Dandelion: Rittenhouse, 124 S. 18th Street, 215-558-2500. Take your taste buds on a trip across the pond as The Dandelion celebrates its third birthday with regular menu items or the Sunday roast on New Year’s Eve.

Pumpkin: Rittenhouse, 1713 South Street, 215-545-4448. Pumpkin, a seasonal Rittenhouse BYO, is the perfect place for an intimate New Year’s celebration, with a delectable five-course menu for $75 per person in honor of 2014.

Ocean Prime: Rittenhouse, 124 S. 15th Street, 215-563-0163. Center City’s newest steakhouse, Ocean Prime, rings in the New Year with festive menu additions, its a la carte menu, complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Washington Square West and Queen Village

 
Barbuzzo: Washington Square West, 110 S. 13th Street, 215-546-9300. Raise a glass to 2014 at Barbuzzo’s four-course feast this New Year’s Eve. For $75, indulge in four-courses of tasty goodness including oven roasted feta, smoked pork belly, pan seared rock bass and, of course, the salted-caramel budino. The full menu is available right here.

Jamonera: Washington Square West, 105 S. 13th Street, 215-922-6061. Jamonera, 13th Street’s resident Spanish tapas eatery, offers diners a tasty four-course meal on New Year’s Eve for $75 per person. Sample bites like grilled gulf shrimp, grilled lamb chops and churros and chocolate. The complete New Year’s Eve menu is available here.

Morimoto: Washington Square West, 723 Chestnut Street, 215-413-9070. Visit the well-loved Morimoto for a number of New Year’s Eve dinner (and drink!) options. Indulge in a $120 Omakase tasting menu or fill up on items from the restaurant’s regular menu.

Little Nonna’s: Washington Square West, 1234 Locust Street, 215-546-2100. The latest addition to Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s restaurant empire, Little Nonna’s, greets its first New Year’s Eve with an Italian-style four-course meal — think beet and robiola ravioli, baked mixed-milk ricotta and pistachio-olive oil cannoli — for $75 per person. Click here to view the full menu.

More New Year’s Eve dinners, below.

Garces Trading Company: Washington Square West, 1111 Locust Street, 215-574-1099. For either $50 per person or $75 per person, depending on the tasting menu you prefer, indulge in European cuisine at Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Garces Trading Company. Both the $50 and $75 menus are available right here.

Talula’s Garden: Washington Square West, 210 W. Washington Square, 215-592-7787. Indulge in a farm fresh New Year’s meal at Talula’s Garden as it is set to whip up a $100 tasting menu with an optional $60 wine pairing for the masses to enjoy. Also nosh on items from the restaurant’s regular menu.

Supper: Washington Square West, 926 South Street, 215-592-8180. Choose from a three-course dinner for $72 per person or a four-course dinner for $85 per person at Supper’s special New Year’s Eve meal. Menu items include smoked kale salad, pork belly biscuits, butternut grits, New York strip steak and fennel dusted sea scallops. Both dinners also include a champagne toast at midnight.

Strangelove’s: Washington Square West, 216 S. 11th Street, 215-873-0404. Whether you’re vegan or a meat loving Philadelphian, Strangelove’s New Year’s Eve beer bash provides city dwellers with hors d’oeuvres a four-course meal (that can be made vegan-friendly), an open beer bar, a table for the whole night and a toast at midnight. Get all of this for $125 per person.

Spend the last eve of 2013 feasting on an Italian meal at Little Nonna's the newest restaurant from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's 13th Street empire. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Mercato: Washington Square West, 1216 Spruce Street, 215-985-2961. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine and head to Mercato for one of three New Year’s Eve dinner seatings. The first seating runs from 5 to 6 p.m., is three courses and costs $60 per person. The second seating runs from 7 to 8 p.m., is four courses and costs $75 per person. The final seating runs from 9 to 10 p.m., is five courses and costs $85 per person. Plus, guests of the final seating receive party favors and a complimentary champagne toast.

Cheu Noodle Bar: Washington Square West, 255 S. 10th Street, 267-639-4136. Cheu Noodle Bar serves up unique plates this New Year’s Eve. Choose one of four seatings to indulge in plates like a lobster miso soup and beef rib. The complete menu is available right here. Dinner is $75 per person, excluding drinks. But, enjoy free sparkling sake as the night progresses.

The Farm and Fisherman: Washington Square West, 1120 Pine Street, 267-687-1555. Whether you fancy a five-course tasting menu or six-course feast, The Farm and Fisherman is your answer. Indulge in a five-course tasting menu for $85 per person, or a six-course meal for $105 per person at the farm-to-table BYOB.

Serpico: Queen Village, 604 South Street, 215-925-3001. Stop by Stephen Starr’s newest Philadelphia restaurant, Serpico, for a special $100 tasting menu starting at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Serpico’s regular menu will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. At midnight, guests will be treated to a champagne toast.

Bistrot la Minette: Queen Village, 623 S. 6th Street, 215-925-8000. Transport your taste buds to France on the final eve of 2013 at Bistrot la Minette’s New Year’s soiree. Enjoy à la carte menu items or specials to ring in the New Year.

Headhouse Crab and Oyster Co.: Queen Village, 119 South Street, 215-418-0600. New Year’s Eve marks the final day of OysterFest at Headhouse Crab and Oyster Co., so stop by for a raw bar, tons of oyster menu items and even a Bucherie style pig roast. Tickets are $75 per person, $25 of which will be donated to the Ocean Conservancy. Dinner runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

New Year's Eve is an excuse to go out to a special occasion restaurant like Morimoto which is constantly an awesome spot even after many years. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Ela: Queen Village, 627 S. 3rd Street, 267-687-8512. Ela has something for everyone this New Year’s Eve as it plates three dinner options for all to enjoy. Early birds, attend the seating from 4 to 6 p.m. for a three-course meal for $50. After 6 p.m., choose from a four-course meal for $75 or seven-course meal for $150 per person, which includes a bottle of champagne for every two guests.

The Twisted Tail: Queen Village, 509 S. 2nd Street, 215-558-2471. In the main dining room, guests of The Twisted Tail can look forward to a four-course dinner for $50 before 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., enjoy dinner and a show for $60.

Brauhaus Schmitz: Bella Vista, 718 South Street, 267-909-8814. For $125, sip, dine and dance in true German style at Brauhaus Schmitz’s New Year’s dinner and bash. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., enjoy a four-hour open bar (with exclusive German imports!), a buffet featuring traditional German bites and live oompah music.

The Mildred: Bella Vista, 824 S. 8th Street, 267-687-1600. Enjoy seasonal American cuisine at The Mildred as it hosts two seatings this New Year’s Eve — at 6 and 9 p.m. For $65 per person, enjoy a four-course meal with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person.

Old City, Northern Liberties

 
Amada: Old City, 217-219 Chestnut Street, 215-625-2450. Have your pick of two tasting menus this New Year’s Eve at Amada in Old City. Ringing in at $75 and $90, the four-course feasts will have you feeling full well into 2014. If you fancy, pair your meal with an optional wine pairing for $35 and $50, respectively.

Red Owl Tavern: Old City, 433 Chestnut Street, 215-923-2267. Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco dishes out its regular menu along with a number of festive specials to help ring in the New Year. Red Owl Tavern guests, also look forward to a champagne toast at midnight.

Fork: Old City, 306 Market Street, 215-625-9425. Indulge in favorite fare at Fork’s three-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with some flavorful specials. Dinner rings in at $85 per person.

Cuba Libre: Old City, 10 S. 2nd Street, 215-627-0666. For $89 per person, celebrate the New Year at Cuba Libre with a five-course dinner at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. featuring classic dishes, non-alcoholic drinks, Latin floorshows, DJs and dancing all night long. Tip: Book your table before December 20 and receive a free bottle of champagne.

Moshulu: Old City, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, 215-923-2500. 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 4 to 7 p.m. or a later seating from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. The first seating is $100 per person and the second is $150. The menu is available right here.

Raise a glass to the New Year at countless restaurants in the city. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

City Tavern: Old City, 138 S. 2nd Street, 215-413-1443. City Tavern treats guests to both a four-course prix-fixe menu and an à la carte selection on the last night of 2013. The prix-fixe menu rings in at $74.95 for adults and $34.95 for children 12 and under and is available from 4 to 9 p.m. The à la carte menu will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for those looking for an earlier meal.

Ristorante Panorama: Old City, Front and Market Streets, 215-922-7600. 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. For $85 from 8:30 to 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. Prior to the prix-fixe meal, indulge in selections from the à la carte menu.

Bar Ferdinand: Northern Liberties, 1030 N. 2nd Street, 215-923-1313. Live flamenco performances on New Year’s Eve? Count us in! Bar Ferdinand provides diners with a five-course meal for $70 per person. Guests have the option of three seatings, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The last two seatings treat guests to live flamenco dancing in addition to a tasty meal. The drool-worthy menu includes plates like a seafood cannelloni, roasted pumpkin soup and seared scallops. Click here for the menu.

University City and Fairmount

 
Distrito: University City, 3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657. Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy a taste of Mexico City at Distrito in University City. Indulge in one of three tasting menus, the Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and vegetarians, there’s even a tasting menu specifically made for you. Check out the full menu, right here and the vegetarian menu here.

Pod: University City, 3636 Sansom Street, 215-387-1803. Nosh to a soundtrack, curated by an area DJ, at Pod’s New Year’s Eve dinner. Look forward to sushi, à la carte menu items and a champagne toast at midnight.

White Dog Cafe: University City, 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-9224. Feast on locally grown eats at White Dog Cafe’s New Year’s Eve dinner, a four-course meal for $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for $20. Seatings are available from 5 to 10 p.m., and vegetarians, rejoice, special menu items are available for you, too. The complete menu is available here.

Hickory Lane: Fairmount, 2025 Fairmount Avenue, 215-769-2420. Hickory Lane Bistro in Fairmount dishes out three separate New Year’s Eve meals for all to enjoy. Indulge in a five-course meal for $80 at 5:30, 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. Pair dinner with wine for $50 per person.

Four Seasons Hotel: Fairmount, 1 Logan Square, 215-963-1500. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., ring in the New Year with dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Enjoy a three-course meal for $95 while munching to live music.

Warm up this New Year's Eve with a multi-course meal and drink pairing at restaurants across the city. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Water Works Restaurant and Lounge: Fairmount, 640 Water Works Drive, 215-236-9000. Located behind the Art Museum, Water Works Restaurant and Lounge serves up a four-course dinner this New Year’s Eve. For $75 per person plus an optional $25 wine pairing, look forward to oysters, mushroom ricotta ravioli, lobster bisque and more. The complete menu is available here.

London Grill: Fairmount, 2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545. Celebrate the New Year at London Grill as it presents a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $40 along with selections from its regular menu. Indulge in bites like foie gras, prime rib and a whole grilled fish.

Jack’s Firehouse: Fairmount, 2130 Fairmount Avenue, 215-765-7920. At 5 or 7 p.m., sit down for a special New Year’s feast at Jack’s Firehouse. Reservations are required for dinner, but are all welcome to count down to 2014 at the bar.

East Passyunk

 
Will BYOB: East Passyunk, 1911 E. Passyunk Aveue, 215-271-7683. Bring a bottle of wine and make your way to Will BYOB for a number of multi-course meal options this New Year’s Eve. The first seating, from 5 to 5:30, provides guests with a three-course meal for $50, the second seating from 7 to 7:30 p.m., offers guests a five-course meal for $80 and the final seating prvides diners with a seven-course meal and champagne toast for $120.

Noord: East Passyunk, 1046 Tasker Street, 267-909-9704. Dish out $60 for a five-course New Year’s Eve meal at Noord, enjoy bites hailing from the European countries around the North Sea. The complete New Year’s Eve menu is available right here.

Laurel BYOB: East Passyunk, 1617 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-271-8299. The latest addition to East Passyunk Avenue, Laurel BYOB, an eatery specializing in French fare, opens its doors to New Year’s Eve diners for a seven-course meal for all to enjoy. The complete menu is available here.

Birra: East Passyunk, 1700 E Passyunk Avenue, 267-324-3127. Indulge in an inspired menu at Birra’s New Year’s Eve dinner. Nosh on an assortment of appetizers, entrees and dessert. Also enjoy an open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner rings in at $85 per person and starts at 9 p.m.

Beyond Center City

 
Mica: Chestnut Hill, 8609 Germantown Avenue, 267-335-3912. Chestnut Hill’s well-loved restaurant, Mica, serves up a four-course meal for $80 per person. Look forward to dishes like pork cheek, sea bass and goat cheese brûlée finished with a glass of sparkling wine.

Blackfish: Conshohocken, 119 Fayette Street, 610-397-0888. Blackfish in Chestnut Hill will be serving a special four-course meal for $80 per person, with menu items like sweet potato ravioli, scallops and long fin tuna. The complete menu is available here.

Paramour at The Wayne Hotel: Delaware County, 139 East Lancaster Avenue, 610-977-0600. Five decadent courses fill the table at Paramour at The Wayne Hotel. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. for a menu full of items including oysters, filet mignon and foie gras. The complete menu is available here.

Select restaurants step it up a notch with live entertainment to accompany your New Year's dinner. (Photo courtesy Distrito)

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