For a worldly New Year’s Eve...
Saté Kampar - East Passyunk’s Malaysian saté house will be offering all-you-can-eat saté with all the fixings for just $55. And for $20 more, add on all-you-can-eat chili crabs. BYOB, bring friends, buy your ticket here.
Noord - Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan’s Dutch BYOB overlooking Passyunk Avenue’s Singing Fountain is always a good time, but, for whatever reason, New Year’s Eve is always extra cozy. It’s BYOB, and bringing bubbles is never a bad idea, especially when you can pair it with champagne and prune steeped rabbit legs. Five courses for $75; menu here. Call (267) 909-9704 for reservations.
Suga - Have your New Year’s dinner cooked for you by a Philadelphia culinary legend. Susanna Foo’s posh Rittenhouse eatery put together a four-course, atypical-of-NYE menu full of Frenchy-Chinese delights. The NYE menu starts at 8 p.m.; $65 for the regular menu, $75 if you include champagne and party favors. Call (215) 717-8968 to make a reservation.
Cheu Noodle Bar - Ben Puchowtiz and Shawn Darragh are gearing their festivities to those who don’t like to plan. Walk-in only, Cheu is offering NYE specials like wagyu beef yakitori and lobster ramen, plus the regular menu. Every bowl of noodles gets you a free glass of champagne.
SouthGate - Rittenhouse’s Korean gastropub is getting all fancy with oysters and foie gras specials, discounted drinks at the bar from 10 p.m.-midnight, and if you’re dining in, complimentary bubbly for each guest. Call (215) 560-8443 for reservations.
For a Frenchy New Year’s Eve...
Baril - The newly-named Rittenhouse bistro is offering three deals to ring in the new year: $100 gets you a French six-course prix fixe with a three-hour open bar, $75 gets you just dinner, and $50 gets you the open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call the restaurant at (267) 687-2608 for reservations.
Le Chéri - For Philly’s Francophiles, Le Cheri is your best bet. Pierre Calmel’s seven-course $135 menu does it up with oysters, foie gras, oxtail ravioli (in red wine espresso jus!), roasted lobster, Moulard duck breast, and more. Reservations by phone: (215) 546-7700.
The Good King - NYE celebrations at Bella Vista's neighborhood bistro will be two-part: First, there's the St. Sylvestre prix fixe menu — four courses of French tavern fare by chef Nicholas Bazik at $75 a head. There's an optional wine pairing if you so choose, and you can make reservations online or by calling 215-625-3700. At 11 p.m., however, No Cork's Eve Late Night begins. The St. Sylvestre menu turns a la carté, plus you'll be given party favors and, of course, a complimentary glass of bubbly.
For a New American New Year’s Eve...
Russet - Explore our region’s wintertime bounty at Andrew Wood’s Rittenhouse BYOB. $95 gets you five courses of expertly prepared, locally-farmed eats like braised veal leg with scarlet turnip cake and rainbow carrots, or chestnut ravioli topped with cotechino, brown butter, Loc Tran’s egg, and, if you want to opt in, shaved Perigord truffles on top. Make your reservation by calling the restaurant at (215) 546-1521.
Aldine - George and Jennifer Sabatino’s Rittenhouse perch always likes to keep it local, homemade, or both. Sabatino’s five-course, $75 prix fixe is chock-full of interesting and, as always, involved surprises: lamb loin and homemade sausage gets a funky kick from black garlic and local mushrooms; scallops go sweet-and-salty with pork belly and pomegranate, and your chocolate mousse dessert? Have it smoked. The four-course version ($55) of the menu goes from 5-7:15 p.m.; the second seating starts at 9 p.m. Call (215) 454-6529 for reservations.
Balboa - Looking for a more intimate evening? Alex Garfinkel's Fishtown supper club will be serving up an eight-course, beer-paired (by Home Brewed Events) menu with special guest chef Jonathan Adams (owner-operator of Rival Bros. Coffee). Tickets ($150 per person) are available here and include complimentary champagne.