Eat, Drink, and Party Well on New Year’s Eve

Posted December 30, 2015 by Brian Keaney in Eat & Drink

New Year’s Eve always has the potential to be one of the most enjoyable mights of the year, but it is also fraught with many tough decisions. Where to go? What to wear? And perhaps most importantly, where to eat?

Fortunately, downtown is full of wonderful options for those who want to dine with either Old Man 2015, or Baby 2016.  Of course, with so many quality restaurants catering to all tastes, why not do both?

For those who plan to send out the old year not with a bang, but with the drop of a curtain, Avenue One inside the Hyatt Regency (1 Avenue de Lafayette) is hosting a special 3-course pre-theater menu. You can dine early, catch a show, and still make it in time to count down the final seconds of 2015.  For those who can wait, they are also offering a 4-course New Year’s Eve dinner with a champagne toast. They also offer a wine pairing option as well. Call 617-422-5579 for more information and reservations.

Avery Bar Fireplace

Hop into the Avery Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton.

If craft cocktails are more your speed, the Avery Bar at the Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery Street) has the menu for you. Sip one of their creations, or go more traditional with a champagne cocktail. No matter what you drink, don’t miss the charcuterie, poutine, and other delectables on their Taste and Share menu. More information can be found on their website or by calling 617-574-7100.

Those who want to celebrate in a casual space with classic American food will find just what they are looking for at the Back Deck (2 West Street).  In addition to their regular offerings of charcoal-grilled meats served on retro lawn furniture, they have put together a special menu to celebrate the holiday.  More information can be found online, and reservations can be made at 617-670-0320.

Need an excuse to put on that smoking new outfit you picked up last week?  Check out the huge party at GEM, located at 42 Province Street.  Tickets for the party offer general late night admission up to a VIP experience for you and your friends. Be sure to check out the champagne dinner for two, and dance the old year away to music spun by DJ Diskino.

For a more low key experience, the Merchant (60 Franklin St.) is serving a 3-course prix fixe menu with a wine pairing option.  Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-482-6060.

For those who are working on New Year’s Eve and want to get something on their way home from the office, Ogawa Coffee (10 Milk Street) and Teatro (177 Tremont Street) are both good options.  The former is open until 6 p.m., and the latter is serving diner until 11 p.m.  More information can be had at 617-778-6841.

To start the new year off right, Artisan Bistro at the Ritz is offering a brunch and a build your own Bloody Mary bar on Friday morning, and the Back Deck is keeping that special menu open for another day.  If you partied a little too hard the night before, the annual New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch Party with DJ Costa is being held at GEM from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.