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Bye-Bye, 2021: Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly

Ready to say goodbye to 2021? Here are the New Year’s Eve parties in Philly where you can celebrate the arrival of 2022

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Let’s face it: 2021 was a bit of a slog. Maybe it wasn’t as hard as 2020, and maybe it didn’t feel quite as relentless, but with the continued presence of the pandemic (and with a new variant, no less), you’d not be blamed for wanting to bid good riddance to 2021 in style. To our good fortune, a number of Philly’s best restaurants are throwing New Year’s Eve parties with classy appetizers, delicious dinners, and sparkling drinks — fancy dress optional. Don’t feel like making elaborate plans to ring in 2022? Let these Philly restaurants and bars do the planning for you.

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Lark, the latest restaurant from Laurel’s Nick Elmi at the converted Ironworks between Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk, will serve a five-course tasting menu with poached lobster, hamachi crudo, and dry-aged strip loin. If waterfront views from a swank rooftop space are your thing, the $125 a person reservations are available to book on Resy on December 10.

Fishtown’s hybrid ramen-slash-sushi spot, Cheu Fishtown and Nunu, will be doing a family-style prix fixe dinner for $60 a person on New Year’s Eve (the regular menu is also available if you don’t want to be hemmed in.) For the set menu, a hamachi ponzu roll, toro tasting, and a black pepper yaki udon are finished off with an Aperol chocolate cake. Reservations are available on Resy.

Pizzeria Beddia

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At Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown, there will be a match made in heaven with Philly’s favorite brass band, Snacktime, and pizza, hoagies, and — if you’re lucky — fireworks on N. Lee Street. Each guest will get two drink tickets and a champagne toast, and a spread of some of the city’s best pizza. Tickets are $115 plus taxes and fees, and reservations can be made over at Resy.

Middle Child Clubhouse

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Middle Child Clubhouse, the second location of the Washington Square West sandwich shop and the new kid on the block in Fishtown, is unsurprisingly throwing a giant fun party in its giant fun space on N. Front Street. Both serious and formal, the menu will be seven high-low courses — from hot dogs and caviar to onion rings with uni, and more importantly, “other stupid shit.” Tickets are $135 a person with an optional wine pairing, and there’s a seating at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Book on Resy soon, as seats are bound to sell out.

South Jazz Kitchen on N. Broad Street is — as the name implies — is both a restaurant and a jazz venue, and there is hardly a better place to enjoy live music alongside a deluxe soul food-inspired dinner. While details and tickets aren’t fully online yet, South will host the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble on New Year’s Eve, so keep an eye on South’s website for tickets.

La Chinesca

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Heading to Union Transfer to catch the New Year’s Eve spectacle of Philly band Dr. Dog’s last tour? Get tickets to La Chinesca’s big New Year’s fête afterwards. After all, it’s right next door. At $50 a person, revelers will enjoy La Chinesca’s hybrid Mexican and Chinese-American small plates, unlimited drinks, a DJ, and a champagne toast. Tickets are available at Resy.

Cafe Gabi

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Another French-inspired option, Gabi in Callowhill will be offering a three-course dinner for $55 featuring comforting highlights like French onion soup, a roast chicken, and pot de creme with whipped cream and butter cookies. Reservations for the feast are strongly encouraged, so don’t delay if you’re looking to eat pate while welcoming 2022.

The Wayward

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For $100 a person, swank seafood-focused restaurant The Wayward in Center City will serve up a four-course menu of oysters, filet mignon, and lemon tarts, with a midnight toast. Reservations from 5 p.m. up until 9:45 p.m. can be made on Resy.

A thoughtful and deluxe meal at Fork in Old City is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a long, luxurious meal to ring in the New Year. For $95 a person, diners will get to try some of Fork’s classics, like its excellent brioche as a starter, and a range of main dishes like monkfish, dorade, and spatchcocked quail. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Royal Boucherie

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Old City’s destination bistro, Royal Boucherie, will be doing what it does best on New Year’s Eve and serving French brasserie dishes a la carte alongside French wines, cocktails, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The highlight? There will be a burlesque performance from Mika Romantic and Sophie Sucre at 11 p.m. Reservations can be made at OpenTable.

Forsythia

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Is there anything more New Year’s Eve than a French disco dance party? Survey says: no. At Forsythia in Old City, a full menu of jazzy très Français dishes will be available a la carte. Black truffle beignets, steak frites, and of course, oysters, will all be on offer, as will glasses of champagne and craft cocktails. The door ticket is $50 and reservations open for the party on Resy on December 10.

Rex at the Royal

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Rex at the Royal — the newly-opened South Street destination for Lowcountry cooking — will be hosting a pre-fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve with an optional wine pairing to match. Featuring Rex’s new staples, like oysters and smoked duck l’orange, the real piece de resistance — a bourbon creme brulee — will surely have you in bed by 12:30 p.m. Reservations for the $75 menu can be made at OpenTable.

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The Good King Tavern

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Can’t decide what vibe you’re looking for on New Year’s Eve? The Good King Tavern, Chloe Grigri’s French restaurant on S. 7th Street is offering two options for two different moods. At the restaurant downstairs, a Saint Sylvestre prix fixe menu for $95 (plus tax and gratuity) will offer a build-your-own-Manhattan-cocktail menu, Parisian gnocchi, and an add-on tableside caviar service. Looking for something more wine-forward? Le Caveau, the wine bar upstairs, is throwing a boozy party with magnums of champagne. Reservations for both are available on Resy.

Dolphin Tavern

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If dancing is on your New Year’s Eve agenda, the Dolphin is the perfect spot to sweat it out. Featuring a drag show, house, and disco music with DJs Wassup Gina and Firestone, the Dolphin’s NYE party has $2 Tecates and $4 margaritas until 10 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $20, and tickets at the door will be $30, so it’s worth planning ahead.

River Twice

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Not four, not five, not six, but seven courses are part of River Twice’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu extravaganza, for a $150 menu. While tickets to the famous counter service, with full view of the open kitchen, are sold out, tickets for indoor and outdoor dining are available on Resy.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

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Though not a ticketed event, Bing Bing Dim Sum will offer its regular menu or a prix fixe menu for $55 on New Year’s Eve, the latter of which features all the Bing Bing highlights family style. Cheesesteak bao, pork soup dumplings, and seafood hot pot are part of the set menu — if you’re going for the prix fixe, keep in mind your whole table will have to order it. Reservations are available on Resy.

Irwin's

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Looking to get fancy on the rooftop of one of Philly’s coolest buildings? Look no further than Irwin’s, the award-winning Sicilian restaurant helmed by Michael Vincent Fererri. Black tie is highly encouraged, which is always a fun way of doing New Year’s, and a raw bar, midnight champagne toast, and other bound-to-be delicious small plates are included in the $150 ticket price. Don’t forget: Irwin’s has a proof of vaccination policy. Book on Resy.

Le Cavalier

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What do you know? Another French option for those dedicated Francophiles out there. Think foie gras mousse, Pousson chicken, and a dining room that will make New Year’s Eve feel appropriately classy. Depending on the hour, seatings increase slightly in price, and reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Lark

Lark, the latest restaurant from Laurel’s Nick Elmi at the converted Ironworks between Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk, will serve a five-course tasting menu with poached lobster, hamachi crudo, and dry-aged strip loin. If waterfront views from a swank rooftop space are your thing, the $125 a person reservations are available to book on Resy on December 10.

nunu

Fishtown’s hybrid ramen-slash-sushi spot, Cheu Fishtown and Nunu, will be doing a family-style prix fixe dinner for $60 a person on New Year’s Eve (the regular menu is also available if you don’t want to be hemmed in.) For the set menu, a hamachi ponzu roll, toro tasting, and a black pepper yaki udon are finished off with an Aperol chocolate cake. Reservations are available on Resy.

Pizzeria Beddia

At Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown, there will be a match made in heaven with Philly’s favorite brass band, Snacktime, and pizza, hoagies, and — if you’re lucky — fireworks on N. Lee Street. Each guest will get two drink tickets and a champagne toast, and a spread of some of the city’s best pizza. Tickets are $115 plus taxes and fees, and reservations can be made over at Resy.

Middle Child Clubhouse

Middle Child Clubhouse, the second location of the Washington Square West sandwich shop and the new kid on the block in Fishtown, is unsurprisingly throwing a giant fun party in its giant fun space on N. Front Street. Both serious and formal, the menu will be seven high-low courses — from hot dogs and caviar to onion rings with uni, and more importantly, “other stupid shit.” Tickets are $135 a person with an optional wine pairing, and there’s a seating at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Book on Resy soon, as seats are bound to sell out.

SOUTH

South Jazz Kitchen on N. Broad Street is — as the name implies — is both a restaurant and a jazz venue, and there is hardly a better place to enjoy live music alongside a deluxe soul food-inspired dinner. While details and tickets aren’t fully online yet, South will host the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble on New Year’s Eve, so keep an eye on South’s website for tickets.

La Chinesca

Heading to Union Transfer to catch the New Year’s Eve spectacle of Philly band Dr. Dog’s last tour? Get tickets to La Chinesca’s big New Year’s fête afterwards. After all, it’s right next door. At $50 a person, revelers will enjoy La Chinesca’s hybrid Mexican and Chinese-American small plates, unlimited drinks, a DJ, and a champagne toast. Tickets are available at Resy.

Cafe Gabi

Another French-inspired option, Gabi in Callowhill will be offering a three-course dinner for $55 featuring comforting highlights like French onion soup, a roast chicken, and pot de creme with whipped cream and butter cookies. Reservations for the feast are strongly encouraged, so don’t delay if you’re looking to eat pate while welcoming 2022.

The Wayward

For $100 a person, swank seafood-focused restaurant The Wayward in Center City will serve up a four-course menu of oysters, filet mignon, and lemon tarts, with a midnight toast. Reservations from 5 p.m. up until 9:45 p.m. can be made on Resy.

Fork

A thoughtful and deluxe meal at Fork in Old City is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a long, luxurious meal to ring in the New Year. For $95 a person, diners will get to try some of Fork’s classics, like its excellent brioche as a starter, and a range of main dishes like monkfish, dorade, and spatchcocked quail. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Royal Boucherie

Old City’s destination bistro, Royal Boucherie, will be doing what it does best on New Year’s Eve and serving French brasserie dishes a la carte alongside French wines, cocktails, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The highlight? There will be a burlesque performance from Mika Romantic and Sophie Sucre at 11 p.m. Reservations can be made at OpenTable.

Forsythia

Is there anything more New Year’s Eve than a French disco dance party? Survey says: no. At Forsythia in Old City, a full menu of jazzy très Français dishes will be available a la carte. Black truffle beignets, steak frites, and of course, oysters, will all be on offer, as will glasses of champagne and craft cocktails. The door ticket is $50 and reservations open for the party on Resy on December 10.

Rex at the Royal

Rex at the Royal

Rex at the Royal — the newly-opened South Street destination for Lowcountry cooking — will be hosting a pre-fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve with an optional wine pairing to match. Featuring Rex’s new staples, like oysters and smoked duck l’orange, the real piece de resistance — a bourbon creme brulee — will surely have you in bed by 12:30 p.m. Reservations for the $75 menu can be made at OpenTable.

Rex at the Royal

The Good King Tavern

Can’t decide what vibe you’re looking for on New Year’s Eve? The Good King Tavern, Chloe Grigri’s French restaurant on S. 7th Street is offering two options for two different moods. At the restaurant downstairs, a Saint Sylvestre prix fixe menu for $95 (plus tax and gratuity) will offer a build-your-own-Manhattan-cocktail menu, Parisian gnocchi, and an add-on tableside caviar service. Looking for something more wine-forward? Le Caveau, the wine bar upstairs, is throwing a boozy party with magnums of champagne. Reservations for both are available on Resy.

Dolphin Tavern

If dancing is on your New Year’s Eve agenda, the Dolphin is the perfect spot to sweat it out. Featuring a drag show, house, and disco music with DJs Wassup Gina and Firestone, the Dolphin’s NYE party has $2 Tecates and $4 margaritas until 10 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $20, and tickets at the door will be $30, so it’s worth planning ahead.

River Twice

Not four, not five, not six, but seven courses are part of River Twice’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu extravaganza, for a $150 menu. While tickets to the famous counter service, with full view of the open kitchen, are sold out, tickets for indoor and outdoor dining are available on Resy.

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Bing Bing Dim Sum

Though not a ticketed event, Bing Bing Dim Sum will offer its regular menu or a prix fixe menu for $55 on New Year’s Eve, the latter of which features all the Bing Bing highlights family style. Cheesesteak bao, pork soup dumplings, and seafood hot pot are part of the set menu — if you’re going for the prix fixe, keep in mind your whole table will have to order it. Reservations are available on Resy.

Irwin's

Looking to get fancy on the rooftop of one of Philly’s coolest buildings? Look no further than Irwin’s, the award-winning Sicilian restaurant helmed by Michael Vincent Fererri. Black tie is highly encouraged, which is always a fun way of doing New Year’s, and a raw bar, midnight champagne toast, and other bound-to-be delicious small plates are included in the $150 ticket price. Don’t forget: Irwin’s has a proof of vaccination policy. Book on Resy.

Le Cavalier

What do you know? Another French option for those dedicated Francophiles out there. Think foie gras mousse, Pousson chicken, and a dining room that will make New Year’s Eve feel appropriately classy. Depending on the hour, seatings increase slightly in price, and reservations can be made on OpenTable.

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