We personally find nothing wrong with ringing in the New Year with the Twilight Zone marathon and a bottle of Korbel. But if you’d rather greet 2014 in high style (without paying one of those tremendous Manhattan premiums), we fully endorse these festive, blowout Brooklyn bashes.
Extra Fancy: You can get a five-course meal featuring diver scallops with pork belly, a champagne toast, and handmade truffles for a comparatively inexpensive $75 per person at this Williamsburg seafood spot. But it’s New Year’s Eve, you cheapskate bastard, so upgrade to the $125 “Extra Fancy” option, for an upscale flourish (like caviar, shaved black truffles, morels, etc.), added to each dish.
302 Metropolitan Ave., (347) 422-0939
Talde/Thistle/Pork Slope: Dale Talde and co. are going big for NYE with three entirely separate concepts at each of their Park Slope spots. The classic Bensonhurst dinner at Pork Slope will appeal to dyed-in-the-wool Brooklynites, featuring old-school courses like Clam Casino, complimentary Prosecco, and dance tunes courtesy of DJ Pauley Alphabets. Champagne will be flowing at the swinging Great Gatsby-themed celebration at Thistle Hill Tavern (along with canapés and Waldorf lobster bisque), and a homestyle Filipino feast is slated for Talde, including lumpia (spring roll) tastings, pancit molo (pork and shrimp wonton soup), and duck adobo with duck arrozcaldo (rice porridge) and duck insal (barbecue).
Pork Slope: 247 5th Ave., (718) 768-7675
Thistle Hill Tavern: 441 7th Ave., (347) 599-1262
Talde: 369 7th Ave., (347) 916-0031
No. 7: Vegetarians will be disappointed not to find the infamous broccoli tacos at No. 7’s New Year’s Eve dinner, but carnivores will be delighted with the four delicious courses of duck ($85 including drink pairings), like smoked duck crostini with house mozzarella, crispy duck fritter with verbena and mint, roast duck roulade with fermented carrot and spinach, and a (thankfully poultry-free) coconut chocolate mousse.
7 Greene Ave., (718) 522-6370
Sweet Chick: Chowing down on chicken and waffles seems like a pretty great way to spend New Year’s Eve as it is, but Sweet Chick’s signature dish will only be one small part of their family-style feast. The $75 spread is also slated to include a whole pig roast, crack bars (chocolate cake layered with salted caramel, chocolate mousse, and peanut butter mousse crunch), an open bar from 10pm-2am, and a champagne toast at midnight.
164 Bedford Avenue., (347) 725-4793
Grindhaus: An eight-course tasting menu for $65 per person? On inflation-happy New Year’s Eve, it just doesn’t get any cheaper than that. And although this just-opened Red Hook spot originally planned to specialize in sausages, their holiday spread sounds unapologetically veggie-focused, including maitake mushrooms with rice, egg yolk and brown butter, cabbage with tofu, peanuts and chili, and even some straight up rabbit food; ie. a dish of carrots, nasturtium and Timothy hay. Consider it an early start on your resolution to eat more healthfully in the new year.
275 Van Brunt St., (718) 909-2881