During the holidays, many of the city's top restaurants feature special menus for the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve, including special Christmas dinners. Here's a list at some of our favorites -- which will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back!
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Abboccato Ristorante will have two seatings on New Year's Eve, offering an opportunity for guests to make it to the ball drop or celebrate in their intimate, comfortable setting. (5-7pm, four-course menu, $65; 7-11pm, five-course prix-fixe tasting menu, $80.) Click here to view the full menu.
Bateaux New York is offering a special New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, offering unparalleled views, premium open bar, live music with jazz classics and Broadway show tunes, party favors, and much more. $399.90/person. Click here to reserve and for more info.
Benjamin Steakhouse will be offering a special menu for New Year's Eve. Seatings begin at 9:30pm, and the evening includes a lavish, three-course dinner with sides, full open bar from 9pm to 2am, and a champagne toast at midnight. Entree options include Rack of Lamb, USDA Prime Filet Mignon, Dry-Aged USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak, Twin Lobster Tails, Filet of Norwegian Salmon, and Filet of Chilean Sea Bass. $295/person. For the full menu and more details, click here.
Bice Ristorante will host their Gala New Year's Eve Celebration from 9pm-1am, with live entertainment featuring the High Society Rhythm Band, a four-course prix-fixe menu ($150/person), dancing, a champagne toast, and party favors. Click here for more info. A four-course prix-fixe menu will also be offered from 5-8:30pm ($100).
Bobby Van's will offer an a la carte New Year's Eve menu, featuring Portherhouse steak, Chilean sea bass, and speciality drinks, from gimlets to bellinis. For reservations, call 212-957-5050, or visit bobbyvans.com for more information.
CO-OP Food & Drink and the Hotel on Rivington help you ring in the New Year with a 5-course tasting prix-fixe dining experience (menu) from Chef James London. Vegetarian options are also available. 6pm-8pm on December 31. $75 per person. For reservations call, 212-796-8040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Del Frisco's Steak House, located near Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan. The expansive setting reflects the rhythm and energy of midtown, and the menu features fresh, aged prime beef shipped from the Midwest twice a week, and lobster, fish, lamb, and more. Del Frisco's is the perfect place to bring her to enjoy her day with impeccable chef-driven cuisine and world-class hospitality. Click here for reservations or call 212-575-5129.
Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY will host an evening of New Year's Eve entertainent, including The Guss Hayes Band in Empire Terrace, dinner packages and live entertainment. Special dinner party packages are available, and live entertainment at the Entertainment Lounge in the Gotham Palace will be featured as the curtain comes down on 2012. The FDR Drive Band will also perform, and the Entertainment Lounge will have the slots, roulette, craps and baccarat as a back drop to live complimentary entertainment. Click here for more info.
On New Year's Eve, Garage Restaurant & Cafe will be offering a brunch from 11am-4pm, dinner from 5-9pm, and 5-Course Prix Fixe NYE Gala Dinner from 10pm-4am with VIP bar seating, 3-hour open bar, unlimited gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Berk, live jazz, live dancing, and much more. Click here for the menu. On New Year's Day, they will be offering a special New Year's Day Brunch (menu) from 11am-4pm and their regular dinner menu from 5pm until close. Call 212-645-0600 for more information and reservations.
For a “Sweet Night” of New Year’s Eve reveling, check out the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar, which will offer its annual dessert menu all day Monday, December 31, to wrap up 2012. Executive Chef Sandy Ingber and Pastry Chef Janoz Noka have teamed to put forth their own visions of sugarplums. The Oyster Bar, located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal, will be open from 11:30am for lunch through 10pm for dinner reservations. Call 212-490-6650 or visit www.oysterbarny.com for more info.
NYC's Guantanamera Cuban restaurant, located near Times Square and the Theater District, will be hosting a New Year's Eve party complete with mojitos, great food, live music, and more. There are two options for their 4-course dinner: For $150, enjoy the menu, 1 drink, and a champagne toast; for $175, it's all-you-can-drink. Click here for the full menu and more information. Call 212-262-5354 for reservations.
Guy Fieri's new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, will be hosting a New Year's Eve Bash featuring a live DJ, dancing, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, passed hor d'oeuvres (8-9pm), a three-hour open bar, and "the Most Original Buffet Dinner in Times Square" for $225. Bacon Chicken Mac N Cheese, anyone? Click here to see the full menu; click here to purchase tickets.
Hakkasan New York will offering a new holiday menu (in addition to their a la carte menu) on New Year's Eve, and will be open from 11:30am-3pm for lunch and 5:30-10pm for dinner. On New Year's Day they will serve their Dim Sum menu from 1-10pm.
Heartland Brewery in Times Square (127 W. 43rd St., 646-366-0235) will be hosting a New Year's Eve bash with an open bar (9pm-midnight), hors d'oeuvres (8-9pm), buffet dinner (9-11pm) and dessert (11pm) for $175/person. Click here to see the full menu. To purchase tickets, visit www.heartlandbrewery.com.
Hornblower Cruises' hosts their Admiral's New Year's Eve Gala -- with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, four-course dinner, open bar, live music, and more; click here for more info -- and a Nautical New Year's Celebration. They will also offer a New Year's Day Brunch on the water.
“A farmhouse in the middle of Manhattan,” La Masseria offers classic cuisine from the Puglia region of Italy, utilizing fresh, natural ingredients for simple and authentic pastas, risottos, and meat and fish dishes that evoke the flavors and aromas of the Italian farmhouse culture. Their New Year's Eve dinner (beginning at 9pm; $150 per person) features live music and four courses, including choices of antipasti, pastas, entrées, and dessert. Entrée options include Spicy Young Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs, Roast Loin of Veal with Black Truffle Sauce, Venison with Chestnut Sauce, and Italian Sea Bass with Clams and Arugula Sauce. The a la carte menu will be available from 5 to 8pm. Click here to view the full menu.
Recipient of the 2011 Concierge Choice Award for Best New Restaurant -- and bestowed with Zagat's coveted "Z," which refers to restaurants that have received their "highest ratings [for] popularity and importance" -- La Silhouette will be offering their five-course New Year's Eve menu ($95/person) includes crudo of tuna & caviar or truffled slow-poached egg, grilled prawn or crispy veal sweetbreads, file mignon "Rossini" or lobster & sea bass, passionfruit sorbet, and dark chocolate truffle torte or Meyer lemon-almond semifreddo. Call 212-581-2400 for reservations.
Located in the iconic landmarked Hotel des Artistes, The Leopard at des Artistes will be serving their a la carte menu and New Year's specials for 5, 6 & 8pm reservations. For 10pm reservations, chef Vito Gnazzo will prepare a special selection of his favorite recipes. For reservations, which are highly recommended, call 212-787-8767.
For New Year's Eve, Molyvos and Executive Chef Jim Botsacos will be offering a 3-course tasting menu. Early seating ($55) is 5-7:30pm, with late seating ($70) 8-11pm. Late seating guests will also be invited to partake in “The Cutting of The Vasilopita” a Greek tradition reputed to bring luck to whoever receives the coin in his or her slice of cake. Chef Botsacos’s New Year’s Eve menu features fresh, traditional and modern takes on Greek cuisine; to view the complete menu, click here.
Oceana restaurant will be celebrating New Year's Eve with dinner from 5 to 11pm and live music courtesy of the Ryan Hayden Quintet featuring Stacy Dillard & Marianne Solivan from 9pm-12:30am. The full a la carte dinner menu will be available, as well as New Year's Eve specials courtesy of Chef Ben Pollinger. Click here for more info on all their holiday offerings.
On New Year's Eve, The Sea Fire Grill's $295 4-course menu includes choice of lobster, #1 yellowfin tuna, organic Scottish salmon, Montauk swordfish, linguini with clams, rack of Colorado lamb, and USDA prime dry-aged bone-in ribeye. Visit theseafiregrill.com for more info and full menus.
Tio Pepe in Greenwich Village will celebrate New Year's Eve with the traditional Spanish Champagne & 12 Grapes at Midnight, live DJ, champagne, party favors, and special dinner menu ($65); click here for details.
New York City's popular Italian restaurant Trattoria Dopo Teatro -- located in the Theater District, near Times Square and Broadway -- will be offering special menus on New Year's Eve. Their New Year's Eve Gala Dinner ($300/person) begins at 7pm with an unlimited premium bar open all night long. Click here for the menu.