Another pandemic year is drawing to a close, and whether you’re happy to see it go or nervous about the next year to come, one thing’s for sure: It’s time to safely celebrate.
For many folks, in addition to fireworks and parties, that means plenty of food and drink — and preferably dishes you don’t have to prepare yourself.
Throughout the region, there are many bars and restaurants with special New Year’s dinner and brunch menus to help you ring in 2022.
Here, we’ve rounded up some restaurants in Philly, the suburbs, and New Jersey where you can say “good riddance” to 2021, and cautiously welcome 2022 — and you don’t even have to spin a noisemaker (or heat up the oven).
Here’s where to eat on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day in Philly, whether you’re looking for a multicourse feast or post-celebration pancakes.
🗓 Dec. 31-Jan. 1; $48-$105 per person, dine in
Bank & Bourbon’s New Year’s Eve dinner is a three-courser with options like tuna crudo, crab bisque, whole branzino with a lobster reduction, roasted chicken with watercress salad, Montreal smoked short rib with horseradish crema, and filet mignon with creamed spinach — plus crème brûlée cheesecake or a chocolate crunch bar with peanut butter ice cream for dessert. And on New Year’s Day, try the brunch buffet for ricotta toast with fig jam, smoked salmon, herb-roasted flat iron steak, made-to-order omelets, and more.
🗓 Dec. 31; Prices vary, dine in
Northern Liberties’ Figo has complimentary champagne for New Year’s Eve diners, plus a number of holiday specials including a 16-ounce bone-in rib eye, jumbo shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, grilled calamari salad, and vegetable lasagna — plus drink specials like make-your-own boozy soda. Choose between indoor dining or one of the seasonal, heated igloos.
🗓 Dec. 31; $95 per person, dine in
Fork’s epic New Year’s Eve dinner includes buckwheat brioche with smoked butter and caviar, red and golden beets with persimmon and puffed rice, Spanish mackerel crudo and trout roe, grilled spatchcocked qual with Brussels sprouts, seared octopus with rutabaga tartare and chorizo, and freekeh-sunflower risotto with black truffles. For the entrée, there’s monkfish with scallops and sauce Americaine, whole dorade for two, porchetta with cassoulet beans and kimchi, and shaved root veggies in a sunchoke ragù. Need something sweet? There’s coconut custard and miso-braised apples.
🗓 Dec. 31; $150 per person for takeout, prices vary for dine in ($50 admission)
Chef Christopher Kearse’s Old City spot has a French-themed disco dance party on New Year’s Eve with a la carte offerings like steak fries, oysters on the half shell, caviar bao buns, escargot, and black truffle beignets for folks looking to eat out. Or, you can grab the “Black Truffle NYE Takeout” package to party at home with a five-course meal: black truffle, lobster, and artichoke bisque, whole roasted hen of the woods mushroom with truffled and smoke ricotta, black truffle polenta tortelloni with poached lobster, 72-hour braised short rib with black truffle Bordelaise, and French rum cake for dessert.
🗓 Dec. 31; $140 per package, takeout
Celebrate the New Year at home with High Street’s special holiday dinner kit for two. This one has a cacio e pepe pasta kit, caviar with buckwheat crepes, and a millionaire’s shortbread tart, plus any a la carte you’d like to add on. Order via their page on Tock.
🗓 Dec. 31; $60 per person (two-person minimum), dine in
Chef Kevin Yanaga’s Fishtown sushi spot has an okonomi (or “whatever you’d like”) special for New Year’s Eve that runs across seven courses. You’ll choose one menu item from its small, ramen, robata, sushi maki, sashimi, chirashi, and sides categories, and get complimentary black sesame ice cream — and a champagne toast — on top if it. Sake pairings for each course are available for an additional fee.
🗓 Order by Dec. 29 for pickup Dec. 31; $65 per person, takeout
Chef Ari Miller has a four-course New Year’s meal kit planned in partnership with The Gefilteria’s Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Rhonda Saltzman of Second Daughter Baking Co. The Jewish food-focused feast has Yoskowitz’s fermented challah knedyl (matzo ball) in broth, mock chopped liver and seeded mandlen (soup nuts), and pretzeled latke with apple sauce and root vegetable rillettes. For dessert, there’s a caraway rye black and white cookie, a Second Daughter brownie, and citrus and poppy sourdough hamantaschen.
🗓 Dec. 31; $125 per person, dine in
It’s a full-on pizza party at Fishtown’s Pizzeria Beddia, which celebrates the holiday with all-you-can-eat pizza, hoagies, and special plates, plus a negroni fountain, live music from the Snacktime Philly Brass Band, and a champagne toast to welcome 2022. Advance tickets, which are required to attend, are available through Resy.
🗓 Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Prices vary, dine in
On New Year’s Eve, Positano has a special dinner menu that features a la carte dishes like grilled octopus, tuna tartare, branzino filet, veal saltimbocca, squid ink linguine, seafood risotto, lobster arancini, and a whole lot more. Then, on New Year’s Day, the restaurant is serving up a brunch menu with Belgian waffles, Grand Marnier French toast, smoked salmon flatbreads, zucchini crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and more — plus bottomless mimosas and sangria.
🗓 Dec. 31-Jan. 2; prices vary, dine in
New Year’s brunch with a side of fine art, anyone? This upscale spot inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a weekend-long holiday brunch in honor of 2022, just in case you need an extra day or two to recoup from your celebration. This one features specials including ricotta pancakes, fried chicken and Belgian waffles, a Kennett Square mushroom frittata, and smoked salmon and avocado tartine.
🗓 Dec. 31-Jan. 1; $75-$150 per person (NYE) or $18.99-$24.99 per plate (NYD), dine in
Twisted Tail’s “Burlesque & Blues Masquerade” party on New Year’s Eve offers a three-course, prix fixe dinner with plates like foie gras mousse, smoke Wagyu beef carpaccio, short rib ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms, burrata with sundried tomato jam, grilled swordfish skewers, duck breast cassoulet, center-cut prime rib with wild mushrooms, and blue bay mussels in a white wine tomato broth. Or, you can keep it simple on New Year’s Day with the “What’s the Catch?” fish and chips pop-up, which offers your choice of fish (cod, haddock, or catch of the day) and batter (beer batter, spicy, or lemon and parsley).
🗓 Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Prices vary, dine in
Head to this former whiskey blending house in Fishtown for a few luxe specials on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Offerings include golden osetra caviar with dill crème fraîche and crispy potato, and seared Norwegian langoustine with lemon and Liguarian olive oil — as well as the addition of Périgord black truffle shavings to any dish you choose.
🗓 Dec. 31; $125 per person (plus $65 for wine pairings), dine in
Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi’s latest project is celebrating the holiday in style with a five-course menu. Dishes here include sake-cured Hamachi crudo served with crispy rice, poached lobster with brown butter citrus beurre blanc, winter truffle tagliatelle with oyster cream and white truffles shaved table-side, stuffed sole with celery root and Meyer lemon, and roasted dry-aged strip loin. Then, it wraps up with a dark chocolate cremeux with malt and pretzel.
🗓 Dec. 31; Prices vary, dine in
Philly restaurateur Avram Hornik headed out to the ‘burbs earlier this year with Lola’s Garden, which has a New Year’s Eve menu in addition to its regular menu. Specials include oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonettes, black truffle flatbread with roasted mushroom ricotta, hazelnut-crusted halibut with roasted butternut squash, and roasted filet mignon with black truffle butter and red wine jus. And if you just want to drink in 2022, there’s a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight, plus a complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops.
🗓 Jan. 1; $79.99 per person, dine in
Newly opened in the former Olde Stone Church in New Hope, this spot from Marsha Brown rings in the New Year with a hearty brunch and music from jazz saxophonist Aaron Quarterman. Here, you’ll find carving stations with prime rib and fresh gravlax, scrambled eggs, yogurt and berry parfaits, a slew of traditional sides, and your choice of brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, Iberico bacon-gruyere omelets, and more. Oh, and one bloody Mary or mimosa is included.
🗓 Dec. 31; $145 per person, dine in
New Hope’s Stella is taking it back to the Roaring 20′s with a New Year’s Eve soiree, which includes a four-course dinner from Chef Michael O’Halloran, plus hors d’oeuvres and a French dessert buffet. The menu includes a creamy mussel soup, white asparagus caviar, truffled duck liver mousse (or a wild mushroom pate), and butter-poached halibut (or filet mignon). For dessert, you’ll find pots de crème, fruit tarts, white chocolate cheesecake, and more.
🗓 Order by Dec. 27 for pickup on Dec. 30-31; Prices vary, takeout
Even if you didn’t make reservations a year in advance for one of this Kennett Square-based institution’s highly sought-after tasting dinners, don’t worry — you can still eat its food in the comfort of your own home. The restaurant is running a holiday catering menu that includes offerings like scone trays and croissant boxes for breakfast, mini sandwich platters (think ham and Brie or chicken salad with almonds) and crab cake bites for snacking, braised brisket and shrimp risotto for the main course, and raspberry swirl cheesecake and Bûche De Noël for dessert.
Delaware and New Jersey
🗓 Dec. 31; $100 per person, dine in
Chef Alex A. Daku’s Amici, which recently relocated to an 1859 Colonial farmhouse in Cherry Hill, has a four-course holiday menu with plenty of choices. It starts with family-style antipasta and Caprese salad, then moves on to your choice of lobster bisque soup, calamari fritti, burrata and prosciutto salad, broccoli rabe and sausage, or roasted beet salad. For the main course, there’s filet mignon, chicken breast with shrimp and crabmeat in a white wine lemon sauce, branzino filet with a lemon caper sauce, halibut with artichokes, a 16-ounce veal chop with a porcini mushroom sauce, or pappardelle lobster. And for dessert, choose from tiramisu, chocolate cake, cannoli, or limoncello mascarpone cake.
🗓 Dec. 31; $125 per person, dine in
After closing up shop in Philly in 2020, Richard and Christina Cusack brought their June BYOB to Collingswood earlier this year — and now they’re welcoming 2022 with a five-course tasting menu. It starts with oysters and osetra caviar and persimmon mignonettes, followed by roasted escargot with bone marrow stuffing and chanterelle mushrooms. Next up is turbot soufflé with saffron lobster sauce, and tournedos Rossini with seared foie gras. And for dessert, there’s Gâteau de Crêpes with dark chocolate mousse and crème anglaise.
🗓 Dec. 31; $65-$75 per person or $150 per package, dine in and take out
Wilmington folks can ring in the New Year at Le Cavalier with a three-course menu that includes foie gras mousse with blood orange marmalade, bavette au poivre, and poussin chicken with chestnut tarator and barberry pilaf, plus chocolate mousse or Gâteau Millasson (flan with rosé-poached pear) for dessert. If you’re staying home, the restaurant’s four-person takeout package comes with an ounce of caviar and a dozen blini, black truffle and maitake duxelles, chocolate truffles, and some Marie Weiss champagne.