For New Years’ Eve in the city, there are usually two ways to dine out: early or late. Most restaurants have two seatings for the night intended to serve those dining before other activities and those looking for “The Activity.” At our Clean Plates-approved spots, this includes rooftop lounging, champagne toasts and a live Cuban band playing salsa into the wee hours of the night. Reserve your last night in 2010 now! And as always, make it a healthy one.
Four courses, two seatings (6-8pm, $85; 8pm, $145); (212) 533-1932
Both the early and late seating here start with oysters on the half shell with fennel and Meyer lemon, then an antipasto of either apple-yogurt-seaweed salad or wagyu beef tartare with quail egg. If you eat early, you’ll enjoy three courses, but the later seating features four. As far as entrees, we’d go for the poached halibut with celery root puree, mushrooms and sunchoke chips. From the three dessert options, we’re eyeing the persimmon gallettes with crème fraiche and lemon sorbet. By 9pm, the NYC-based Cuban band, Nu Guajiro, will have you out of your seats on the dance floor and at midnight, enjoy a champagne toast.
Three courses, two seatings (6-8pm, $75; 9-11pm, $110); (646) 237-8977
Choose from four first courses including candy cane beet carpaccio, celery root panna cotta and potato leek soup with a slow-cooked farm egg and chives. The second course features black winter truffle risotto with squid ink and a lobster fleischnacke with Santa Barbara sea urchin, leek and Thai basil. Third courses included squab, Piedmontese grass-fed New York strip steak with winter squash and heirloom cauliflower ravioli with Swiss chard. Dessert has not been selected yet, but judging by the rest of the dinner, it won’t disappoint. The second seating includes Champagne, party favors and a DJ spinning tunes all night long.
Three courses with wine pairing, $150 (with lounge reception, $350); (212) 757-2224
At the Ink 48 Hotel, Print has a three-course dinner at 8pm and a rooftop lounge reception to follow from 10pm till 3am; both spaces can be reserved separately. The meal includes appetizers of Maine lobster salad, oysters, American Paddle fish caviar, peekytoe crab salad and a seasonal soup. Of the six entrées, we’d go for the buckwheat pappardelle with braised lamb shoulder, kale and roasted tomatoes. Dessert features a chocolate bread with Catskill Provision honey; carmelized pineapple with moscato zabaglione; and espresso gelato with Turkish coffee granita and caramel cream. Head to the rooftop lounge for dessert and cheese tables, an open bar, a Champagne toast and DJs running 80s, dance and contemporary music.
Three courses, $75; (212) 334-9020
Start here with lobster croquettes before moving onto a choice of four antipasti like scallops in a porcini mushroom salad with cauliflower emulsion or hamachi crudo with shaved fennel, blood orange and toasted pistachio. Of the four mains, we like the sound of dry-rubbed grass-fed local lamb loin or roasted halibut with root vegetable gratin. End the evening with one of two desserts: a hazelnut-chocolate tartufo with amaretto cherry in an espresso shot or a Panettone bread budding with champagne gratin.
Three courses, $45 (with wine, $30); (212) 228-5100
Crispy pumpkin gnocchi or crab salad with citrus gelee starts this New Years’ Eve meal, followed by a second course of either Fazio Farms duck breast with shaved brussels sprouts and potato galette or poached Long Island striped bass with little neck clams and fingerling potatoes. Dessert is a toss-up between a lemon tart and goat cheesecake with chocolate macadamia short bread.
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