Still haven't settled on plans for New Year's Eve? There are still a ton of good options available, whether you're looking for a fancy prix fixe, lively party, or more casual a la carte meal. We've rounded up a few handfuls of our favorite options to help you (finally) commit.
Sure, in some cases you might have to settle for eating very early or very late — although, with the main event not happening until midnight, this is one night a year when even notoriously early-dining Philadelphians should be OK with a 10:30 table — but everything listed here either does not require reservations, or still had tables or tickets available at time of publishing. (If you find one of them fully booked, please let us know in the comments or via the tipline and we'll update to strike it from the list.)
Prix Fixes and Parties
George and Jennifer Sabatino's new Rittenhouse restaurant is offering a couple of different menus throughout the night, starting at four courses for $55 at 5:30 p.m. and expanding to six luxe courses for $100 by 9:30 p.m. (All of the menus are laid out on their site here.) Reservations here.
Cocktail Tasting Menu at the Franklin
The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. has a new head bartender, Sara Justice, and she's devised a really good-looking seven-course, Pennsylvania Dutch-themed cocktail tasting menu for the occasion. $125-$200 per person, starts at 9 p.m. Details/tickets here.
Petruce et al.
Where better to say goodbye to 2014 than at Eater Philly's Restaurant of the Year? Their four-course prix fixe menu will go for $75 (beverage pairing optional), and there are still tables available for both early and late seatings. Reservations here.
Townsend Now sold out.
The late seating at Townsend is fully booked, but you can still get in for the 6 p.m. seating, which offers five courses of the restaurant's acclaimed French food for $75. Reservations here.
Club Vetri at Alla Spina
Marc Vetri's Italian beer bar will transform into a dance club for the evening, with tickets including an open bar and food from all of the Vetri family restaurants (yes, including Vetri). $140, starts at 8 p.m. Details/tickets here.
Champagne and Caviar Pop-Up Lounge at Fork
The Old City staple is going extra-swank for the holiday with a piano lounge pop-up featuring champagne, caviar, and oysters — plus a prix fixe dinner. Dinner is $95 per person; pop-up lounge packages range from $50 to $95 per person, depending on whether you're dining there or not. Details here. (NB: No a la carte menu available.)
The four-course menu at Chip Roman's Treemont offers multiple options and starts at just $50, which is awfully reasonable given the holiday and the central location. (See the full menu here; it offers options to supplement with oysters or foie if you so choose.) Reservations here.
The Olde Bar (at Old Original Bookbinder's)
Book here and you'll be among the first to get a taste of Jose Garces' revamp of Old City landmark Bookbinder's, which makes its big debut with its NYE party. $195 per person, starts at 8 p.m., includes open bar, food (including a raw bar), and live entertainment. Tickets here.
The Fishtown restaurant-butcher hybrid will offer a four-course menu for $65 per person, with a glass of champagne included. (There are multiple options for each course, and an available surf and turf supplement for $25. You can also add on a beer pairing for $25 or a wine pairing for $45.) Reservations here. (NB: The butcher shop will be open until 2 p.m. on December 31.)
Pub and Kitchen
Chef Eli Collins is going Italian for the holiday and will offer a four-course prix fixe for $65, with seatings available throughout the night. (And dinner includes either a glass of champagne or a shot of whiskey at midnight, which is welcome NYE prix fixe news if champagne gives you a headache.) Reservations here. They'll also be offering a limited a la carte menu at the bar, which will welcome walk-ins.
Business As Usual
All of the CookNSolo restaurants are planning to run along pretty much as they always do, meaning that if you snag one of the last few tables available at Abe Fisher, you can order a la carte or get their usual four-courses-for-$39 deal. (NB: If you want to try the special duck or short rib feasts, Eater strongly recommends calling today to confirm if they'll be available, or risk last-minute disappointment.) Reservations here.
CookNSolo's South Street staple Percy Street Barbecue is keeping it similarly simple on NYE: The menu and bar will be just as you'd find them any other day of the year, and they still have plenty of availability. Reservations here.
Dizengoff and all locations of Federal Donuts will also be open for their normal hours on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day — vital info if you're looking for a quick bite, but also if you need something tasty to bring to a party. Dizengoff offers to-go hummus at $15 per quart with six pita breads included (order by 4 p.m. on December 30 if you want to pick it up on NYE); Federal Donuts can accommodate advance orders of both fancies and fried chicken with 24 hours' notice. (Order forms are found on their respective websites.)
All Tria locations will be open their normal hours (from noon to late night) on December 31. Both Tria cafes will be offering their regular menus and a selection of sparkling wines all priced at $10 a glass. And if you're there at midnight, they'll throw in a complimentary glass to toast to 2015. As usual, no reservations are required.
At Tria Taproom, there's a three-course prix fixe menu for just $20.15 (beginning at 4 p.m.), but there's still no need for reservations. They'll also have a Venetian Prosecco on draft, on special at $8.25 a glass.
Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Cafe Ynez
All of Jill Weber and Evan Malone's places will be open and offering specials, but skipping the ticketing and pricy prix fixes. Jet Wine Bar will spotlight (what else?) sparkling wines, with champagne cocktails and a number of special varieties available by the bottle of glass. A special menu will be available a la carte, or paired with the wine bar's suggestion with a bit of a price break.
Meanwhile, Rex 1516 is offering a special a la carte menu. Sibling Cafe Ynez closes at 9 p.m. and is BYOB, so might not be your ideal final destination on NYE, but their affordable and widely praised Mexican menu and specials like chicken mole for $13 could make it a good first stop to fuel up.
Taproom on 19th
The bar will be open and serving as usual, just with a few pluses to sweeten the deal: They'll provide a free champagne toast at midnight, add a surf and turf special to the menu, and offer late-night happy hour with drink specials from 10 p.m. to midnight. Details here.