If you’re still thoroughly shell shocked from the year that was, and trepidatious (to put it mildly) about the year yet to come, there’s never been a better reason to let it all hang loose on New Year’s Eve. For a short while, at least, you can forget your troubles in the bubbles of a glass of complimentary champagne—not to mention feast like there’s no tomorrow—at spots like Sauvage, The Good Fork and more.
Sauvage: A duo of seatings ($75 at 6pm, and $135 at 9pm) both include prix fixes featuring mackerel crudo with beets, persimmon and wood sorrel, truffle butternut squash ravioli with pecans and parmesan, and a hazelnut financier teamed with coconut meringue and crystalized mint (the midnight-abutting seating also has an extra course and glass of champagne). Walk-ins will be welcome at the bar throughout the evening, where beverage director, Will Elliott, will hold court with innovative martinis, low ABV aperitifs, and even a few non-alcoholic libations.
905 Lorimer St, (718) 486-6816
The Good Fork: Whilst her Korean karaoke club, Insa, might be the more popping NYE destination, owner Sohui Kim will be manning the kitchen at her original Red Hook boite, The Good Fork, instead, executing a $95 progression of gochujang shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad with boquerones, risotto paved with white truffles, day boat scallops over cauliflower puree, and flourless chocolate cake fanned with crème anglaise and blood oranges.
391 Van Brunt St, (718) 643-6636
Loosie’s Kitchen: A bayou-inspired spread is going for $75 at Williamsburg’s stylish Loosie’s Kitchen. Tuck into chestnut soup, crawfish lobster bisque, beef ragout pie and a drunken rum baba cake at 6, 8 or 10pm. Finish out the night next door at their subterranean sister bar, Loosie Rouge, which is throwing a no-cover DJ party sponsored by Suited magazine.
91 1/2 S 6th St., No Phone
Faun: What “outdoor festivities” does the garden-blessed Faun have in store for New Year’s Eve? It’ll cost you a c-note to find out (plus $45 for optional wine pairing), which will also cover a three-course Italianate feast of roasted oysters, duck-liver ravioli, and beef cheek paired with polenta popovers.
606 Vanderbilt Ave, (718) 576-6120
Ops: Instead of shaking down patrons with exorbitant NYE prix fixes, Ops is slashing the prices of pizza, calzones, oysters and beef stew instead, and popping the tops on a number of their precious bottles, including Nathalie Falmet Brut Nature Champagne.
346 Himrod St, (718) 386-4009
Samesa: You’ll need to act fast to score one of the precious few seats at the Sussman brother’s itty-bitty Samesa. If $100 sounds steep for pita, pickles and dips, crispy sweet potatoes and zhug, pomegranate molasses lamb shoulder and chocolate tahini pudding, know that the bros are throwing in beer and cider, extra courses, surprise guests, a ride on the shawarma spit, a nude 2017 calendar and your very own kitten to sweeten the pot.
495 Lorimer St, (718) 599-1154
Kimoto Rooftop: The Asian beer garden’s panoramic rooftop is the ideal perch for viewing firework displays from all around the city. But there’s still an added benefit of spending NYE at Kimoto: priced from $75-160, tickets to their annual gala cover a four-hour open bar, passed canapes, a DJ, party favors, a live countdown broadcast of the ball drop, and a midnight champagne toast.
216 Duffield St, (718) 858-8940
Bar Omar: Choose from three set meals at Parisian import, Bar Omar—including “The Cous is Loose” for $59 (revolving around their famous couscous royale with a selection of four meats), “A Mean Tagine” for $71 (showcasing conical stews of slow-braised proteins and veggies), or “Filet the Year Away” (select pan-seared salmon or filet mignon) for $59—all served with a chicken bastille or brick-au-thon, a choice of dessert from the menu, and complimentary prosecco.
188 Grand St, (718) 388-0411