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The Wayward’s opulent seafood selections are available for takeout on New Year’s Eve.
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Where to Order New Year’s Eve Specials in Philly

Say good riddance to 2020 with to-go sashimi platters, caviar add-ons, and bone-in ribeye dinners

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The Wayward’s opulent seafood selections are available for takeout on New Year’s Eve.
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As an ongoing pandemic squashes the possibility of large-scale soirees, midnight toasts, and indoor dining in general, this New Year’s Eve in Philly promises to be a big bore.

Luckily, plenty of Philly restaurants offer excellent takeout options to help diners safely celebrate at home on Thursday, December 31. State and city coronavirus restrictions require establishments to serve their last sip by 10 p.m., which means many restaurants and wine bars have plenty of bottles of bubbly and party favors for a proper New Year’s Eve at home.

From affordable surf-and-turf dinner spreads to decadent upgrades of caviar, foie gras, and truffles, here are 15 New Year’s Eve options for every price point and preference.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Balboa Catering & Supper Club at American Silk

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4345 Orchard St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 798-0036
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Balboa’s assemble-at-home meal kit requires minimal time in the kitchen (around 30 minutes of prep). The $55-per-person feast features potato gnocchi and duck confit, all-beef pigs in a blanket, and peanut crunch-filled chocolate bonbons dressed with yuzu. NYE add-ons include oysters, one-ounce containers of caviar, and housemade challah rolls.

— Tierney Plumb

Balboa jazzes up NYE dinner with one-ounce containers of caviar, available for pickup or delivery from American Silk.
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2. Thirsty Dice

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1642 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-2679
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To prevent New Year’s Eve from feeling like just another quarantined bore, opt for one of Thirsty Dice’s comfort crates ($79 for four). Kits come with a game to play all night for $20 extra, a spread of heat-and-eat apps like Cubano spring rolls and mac and cheese bites, plus a bottle of prosecco to pop at midnight. They’re also throwing in coffee, scones, and a quart of Bloody Mary mix for the morning after, because only amateurs don’t make a New Year’s Day breakfast plan.

Thirsty Dice is prepping New Year’s Eve (and Day) kits.
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3. Urban Farmer Philadelphia

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1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-2788
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The resident restaurant at Philly’s snazzy Logan hotel handles the heavy lifting with a “party starter” kit filled out by cheese and charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, and bruschetta ($50). Or go big with a “Four Courses for Forgetting 2020” menu for two starring bone-in ribeye or Himalayan salt-roasted halibut ($120 and up), along with enhancements like caviar and foie gras butter and a strong showing of bubbly to finish off the year right. Order by Monday, December 28.

4. Walnut Suite Cafe

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Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 372-9000
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For those who insist on leaving home this New Year’s Eve, consider the in-suite dining collaboration between AKA University City and Walnut Street Cafe. The program, dubbed Walnut Suite Cafe, is essentially one of Philly’s only indoor dining options as COVID-19 restrictions continue. Customers can effectively rent a hotel room at the AKA for three hours, during which they can indulge in a three- or five-course dinner. Book ahead, with an option to extend the stay overnight.

In-suite dinner bookings at AKA are limited to members of the same household.
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5. The Wayward

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1170 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 258-9430
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A decadent seafood tower is the ultimate New Year’s Eve order. The Wayward’s grande plateau for two ($120) goes the takeout route for the holidays to help diners send off a sour year in style. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 28 by noon. The tower is stacked with chilled Maine mussels, Nova Scotia lobster, Gulf shrimp, tuna nicoise, a dozen assorted oysters, and more. A takeout starter section ($22-$45) includes cheese and charcuterie for three to four, corn beignets, and salmon rillette.

6. Square 1682

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121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-5008
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Rittenhouse’s modern American kitchen butters up diners with a pretty affordable surf-and-turf dinner ($35 per person), complete with a Champagne cocktail, dry-aged New York strip with butter poached lobster, and black truffle whipped potatoes. Call to order. — T.P.

7. Mission Taqueria

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above Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 383-1200
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Up the ante on movie night by joining in on Mission’s beloved Movie Night, NYE edition. In addition to a streaming link for cult rom com When Harry Met Sally, the package includes an epic nacho kit and plenty of margs.

8. Charlie was a sinner.

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131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 758-5372
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The chic Center City cafe helps set the celebratory tone at home with takeout boxes of bites, bubbly, and NYE party starters like confetti, beads, tiaras, hats, and noisemakers. An accompanying dinner includes its ricotta-stuffed shells, artichoke fries, Lyonnaise potatoes with tempeh bacon and dill aioli, and more ($188 for two or $470 for four to six). Tack on a potent white rum-and-champagne Royal cocktail ($16) or upgrade to Veuve Clicquot for $40. —T.P.

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9. Forsythia

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233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105
(215) 644-9395
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Olde City’s French-themed Forsythia is the go-to place for sultry Moulin Rouge vibes, making it an ideal takeout choice for New Year’s Eve. A five-course NYE meal, complete with wine and cocktail pairings, includes includes wild boar pate en croute, an old school maitake mushroom appetizer, black truffle crab cakes, short ribs, and rum baba for dessert ($100). Call to order by Tuesday, December 29.

10. Garces Trading Company

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125 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 284-7950
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For the undecided, Garces Trading Company offers a dizzying amount of celebratory options. Prolific Philly chef Jose Garces’s pandemic-era ghost kitchen out of The Olde Bar preps appetizers, mains, and desserts found at a variety of Garces’s restaurants. A NYE-specific surf and turf dinner must be placed three days in advance ($65 per person, minimum of two) for pickup or delivery.

Jose Garces’s NYE spread includes family-style prime rib, poached lobster, artichoke gratin, and chocolate caramel layer cake. 
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11. Jet Wine Bar

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1525 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-1116
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After a year that’s often felt like Groundhog Day every day, consider sipping something new on New Year’s Eve. Jet Wine Bar’s vino selections are both unexpected and delicious. Its New Year’s package ($99) pairs local cheeses with a bottle of champagne, an Italian sparkling rose, and a Portuguese pet nat. Buy online, in-store or over the phone.

Jet Wine Bar’s NYE package includes cow, goat, pimiento cheeses, whipped pumpkin butter, and two buttermilk biscuits. 
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12. Le Caveau

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614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Le Caveau, the wine bar that just set up a pop-up bottle shop at The Good King Tavern downstairs, is stocked with a well-rounded assortment of labels starting at $15. Splurge on its fanciest section (over $40) to cheers to the end of 2020. The shop operates weekends starting at noon, with pickup available during the tavern’s normal business hours.

13. Little Fish BYOB

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746 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 455-0172
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For a lavish way to finish out the year, go for Little Fish’s 35-piece sashimi platter through the holidays. For $108, the abundant raw fish spread includes tuna, salmon, scallops, hamachi and more, plus an optional add-on of fresh uni. Fill out orders for pickup here.

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14. Fiore Fine Foods

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757 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 339-0509
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Dinner for two at Fiore is an absolute comfort food fest, featuring focaccia, cacio e pepe fritelles, leek and tarragon lasagna, choice of braised beef cheeks or a whole grilled turbot, and so much more ($173 for two). Fittingly fancy upgrades for New Year’s Eve dinner include fresh black truffles and a caviar box.

15. Bibou

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1009 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
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Bibou Boutique transports diners to Paris via a prix-fixe menu of lobster and scallop mousse, beef wellington and mango meringue tart for pickup ($90 per person). Peruse its online pantry to add imported cookies, black truffle Dijon mustard, and cutlery.

1. Balboa Catering & Supper Club at American Silk

4345 Orchard St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Balboa jazzes up NYE dinner with one-ounce containers of caviar, available for pickup or delivery from American Silk.
Balboa/official photo

Balboa’s assemble-at-home meal kit requires minimal time in the kitchen (around 30 minutes of prep). The $55-per-person feast features potato gnocchi and duck confit, all-beef pigs in a blanket, and peanut crunch-filled chocolate bonbons dressed with yuzu. NYE add-ons include oysters, one-ounce containers of caviar, and housemade challah rolls.

— Tierney Plumb

4345 Orchard St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

2. Thirsty Dice

1642 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Thirsty Dice is prepping New Year’s Eve (and Day) kits.
Thirsty Dice/official photo

To prevent New Year’s Eve from feeling like just another quarantined bore, opt for one of Thirsty Dice’s comfort crates ($79 for four). Kits come with a game to play all night for $20 extra, a spread of heat-and-eat apps like Cubano spring rolls and mac and cheese bites, plus a bottle of prosecco to pop at midnight. They’re also throwing in coffee, scones, and a quart of Bloody Mary mix for the morning after, because only amateurs don’t make a New Year’s Day breakfast plan.

1642 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

3. Urban Farmer Philadelphia

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The resident restaurant at Philly’s snazzy Logan hotel handles the heavy lifting with a “party starter” kit filled out by cheese and charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, and bruschetta ($50). Or go big with a “Four Courses for Forgetting 2020” menu for two starring bone-in ribeye or Himalayan salt-roasted halibut ($120 and up), along with enhancements like caviar and foie gras butter and a strong showing of bubbly to finish off the year right. Order by Monday, December 28.

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Walnut Suite Cafe

Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
In-suite dinner bookings at AKA are limited to members of the same household.
Lexy Pierce/AKA

For those who insist on leaving home this New Year’s Eve, consider the in-suite dining collaboration between AKA University City and Walnut Street Cafe. The program, dubbed Walnut Suite Cafe, is essentially one of Philly’s only indoor dining options as COVID-19 restrictions continue. Customers can effectively rent a hotel room at the AKA for three hours, during which they can indulge in a three- or five-course dinner. Book ahead, with an option to extend the stay overnight.

Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. The Wayward

1170 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A decadent seafood tower is the ultimate New Year’s Eve order. The Wayward’s grande plateau for two ($120) goes the takeout route for the holidays to help diners send off a sour year in style. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 28 by noon. The tower is stacked with chilled Maine mussels, Nova Scotia lobster, Gulf shrimp, tuna nicoise, a dozen assorted oysters, and more. A takeout starter section ($22-$45) includes cheese and charcuterie for three to four, corn beignets, and salmon rillette.

1170 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Square 1682

121 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rittenhouse’s modern American kitchen butters up diners with a pretty affordable surf-and-turf dinner ($35 per person), complete with a Champagne cocktail, dry-aged New York strip with butter poached lobster, and black truffle whipped potatoes. Call to order. — T.P.

121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Mission Taqueria

above Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Up the ante on movie night by joining in on Mission’s beloved Movie Night, NYE edition. In addition to a streaming link for cult rom com When Harry Met Sally, the package includes an epic nacho kit and plenty of margs.

above Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. Charlie was a sinner.

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Charlie was a sinner./official photo

The chic Center City cafe helps set the celebratory tone at home with takeout boxes of bites, bubbly, and NYE party starters like confetti, beads, tiaras, hats, and noisemakers. An accompanying dinner includes its ricotta-stuffed shells, artichoke fries, Lyonnaise potatoes with tempeh bacon and dill aioli, and more ($188 for two or $470 for four to six). Tack on a potent white rum-and-champagne Royal cocktail ($16) or upgrade to Veuve Clicquot for $40. —T.P.

131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Forsythia

233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19105

Olde City’s French-themed Forsythia is the go-to place for sultry Moulin Rouge vibes, making it an ideal takeout choice for New Year’s Eve. A five-course NYE meal, complete with wine and cocktail pairings, includes includes wild boar pate en croute, an old school maitake mushroom appetizer, black truffle crab cakes, short ribs, and rum baba for dessert ($100). Call to order by Tuesday, December 29.

233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105

10. Garces Trading Company

125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Jose Garces’s NYE spread includes family-style prime rib, poached lobster, artichoke gratin, and chocolate caramel layer cake. 
Garces Trading Company/official photo

For the undecided, Garces Trading Company offers a dizzying amount of celebratory options. Prolific Philly chef Jose Garces’s pandemic-era ghost kitchen out of The Olde Bar preps appetizers, mains, and desserts found at a variety of Garces’s restaurants. A NYE-specific surf and turf dinner must be placed three days in advance ($65 per person, minimum of two) for pickup or delivery.

125 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Jet Wine Bar

1525 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Jet Wine Bar’s NYE package includes cow, goat, pimiento cheeses, whipped pumpkin butter, and two buttermilk biscuits. 
Jet Wine Bar/official photo

After a year that’s often felt like Groundhog Day every day, consider sipping something new on New Year’s Eve. Jet Wine Bar’s vino selections are both unexpected and delicious. Its New Year’s package ($99) pairs local cheeses with a bottle of champagne, an Italian sparkling rose, and a Portuguese pet nat. Buy online, in-store or over the phone.

1525 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

12. Le Caveau

614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Le Caveau, the wine bar that just set up a pop-up bottle shop at The Good King Tavern downstairs, is stocked with a well-rounded assortment of labels starting at $15. Splurge on its fanciest section (over $40) to cheers to the end of 2020. The shop operates weekends starting at noon, with pickup available during the tavern’s normal business hours.

614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. Little Fish BYOB

746 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Little Fish/official photo

For a lavish way to finish out the year, go for Little Fish’s 35-piece sashimi platter through the holidays. For $108, the abundant raw fish spread includes tuna, salmon, scallops, hamachi and more, plus an optional add-on of fresh uni. Fill out orders for pickup here.

746 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Fiore Fine Foods

757 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Dinner for two at Fiore is an absolute comfort food fest, featuring focaccia, cacio e pepe fritelles, leek and tarragon lasagna, choice of braised beef cheeks or a whole grilled turbot, and so much more ($173 for two). Fittingly fancy upgrades for New Year’s Eve dinner include fresh black truffles and a caviar box.

757 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Bibou

1009 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bibou Boutique transports diners to Paris via a prix-fixe menu of lobster and scallop mousse, beef wellington and mango meringue tart for pickup ($90 per person). Peruse its online pantry to add imported cookies, black truffle Dijon mustard, and cutlery.

1009 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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