New Year’s Eve 2008 at Boston’s Best Restaurants

See how your favorite restaurants are ringing in the New Year – we’ve got the game plans for spots like 606 Congress, Ashmont Grill, Aura, Azure, Beacon Hill Bistro, The Beehive, Bistro 44, blu, Blue Ginger, BOKX 109 American Prime, Bonfire, Casablanca, Chiara, Clink, Clio, Coriander, Craigie on Main, dante, dbar, Eastern Standard, Ecco, Estragon, Excelsior, The Fireplace, Franklin Cape Ann, Garden at the Cellar, Gargoyles, Grafton Street, Great Bay, Grill 23 & Bar, Grotto, Hamersley’s, Harvest, Henrietta’s Table, L’Espalier, La Voile, Lineage, Locke Ober, Lumière, Marliave, Meritage, The Metropolitan Club, Navy Yard Bistro, Oleana, Olives, OM, Persephone, Pigalle, Red Rock Bistro, Rialto, Rocca, Sage, Sandrine’s, Sasso, Sel de la Terre, Tastings, Temple Bar, Tomasso Trattoria, Top of the Hub, Toro, Trattoria della Nonna, Tremont 647 and UpStairs on the Square.

606 Congress
In conjunction with Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress restaurant is offering a New Year’s Savvy Celebration package for an affordable way to pamper yourself this New Year’s Eve. This smart savings package for only $299 includes: New Year’s Eve dinner for two and New Year’s Day breakfast for two in 606 Congress restaurant with deluxe overnight accommodations in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, late checkout and complimentary use of the hotel health club and lap pool. Guests can toast to the New Year with a taste of the American-spirited fare (beef and lobster menu specials) from 606 Congress Chef Toby T. Hill and complimentary mimosa or bloody mary on New Year’s morning. Call 617.476.5606 for reservations or if you have any questions.

Ashmont Grill
This New year’s Eve party the night away at Ashmont Grill where DJ Maryalice will be providing dance music until 3:00am.  And if that’s not enough to get you out to Dorchester, chefs Chris Douglass and Sam Putnam will be offering diners a fabulous a la carte dinner from 5:00-11:00pm. Call 617.825.4300 for reservations.

Spend your New Year’s Eve harborside, wining and dining at the Seaport Hotel. Chef Rachel Klein will be preparing a special four-course prix fixe for revelers at Aura. The evening’s $95 price tag ($125 with wine pairings) covers dinner, a champagne toast at midnight, live music from Urban Renewal and admittance to neighboring Tamo Bar for after dinner hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Call 617.385.4300 to reserve your spot at this fun waterfront celebration.
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Looking for a tasty way to count down the minutes until 2009 officially arrives? Spend the evening at Azure where chef Dennis Wilson will be presenting diners with a four-course prix fixe meal complete with amuse, dessert amuse, champagne and a goodie bag full of donut holes (yum!) to take home. The cost of the meal is $125 per person. Call 617.933.4800 to make your reservation.
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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro
Ring in the New Year with executive chef Jason Bond and the folks at Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro – just a stone’s throw from the First Night festivities on the Boston Common. They’ll be serving a special, celebratory prix fixe at three seatings throughout the evening (at 5:30, 7:30 and 10:00pm). The cost of this special four course meal is $68, with an additional $35 for the optional wine pairing. Call 617.723.7575 to ensure your spot at one of their seatings.
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The Beehive
And now for something completely different…The Beehive presents their second annual New Year’s Celebration, The End is at Hand featuring those bastions of bawdiness Pinchbottom Burlesque and the dance worthy music of Reality. The price tag for the evening, which runs from 9:00pm-2:30am, is $75 per person through if you’d like to partake of chef Rebecca Newell’s passed plates of gypsy fare and desserts, the price goes up to $95 per person. Call 617.423.0069 to reserve your spot at what’s sure to be a new years eve to remember.

Bistro 44
If you’re looking for an all-encompassing way to spend New Year’s Eve, you might want to check out the deal happening at Bistro 44. A mere $99 per person will get you a delicious four course meal prepared by chef Jayson DeMarco, overnight accommodation at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, live entertainment from the Mystics, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Reservations for this fantastic dinner will start at 7:30pm and will be taken every ½ hour until 9:30pm. Don’t miss out on this party – call 781.276.7565 to save your spot.
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If you’re looking for a great place to view the Boston Common fireworks, which are scheduled for 7:00pm, you can’t do much better than the observation deck at blu. If you needed any more reason to spend your New Year’s Eve there, consider the open bar, music by DJ’s Rudy M. Sixteen and Carmine P. Filthy, a champagne toast at midnight and of course delicious edibles from chef Joseph Carli. Tickets cost $50 is advance ($60 at the door) and can be purchased by calling 617.375.8550.

Blue Ginger
This year Ming Tsai and the rest of the staff at Blue Ginger want to celebrate with you. They are prepared to accommodate any way you want to spend the last few hours of 2008, whether it’s having a sit down dinner from their regular menu, partaking of the special New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu (priced at $85 per person, or $110 per person with wines) or simply having some Asian tapas and drinks at the lounge. You can even book a private room if you prefer a more intimate affair with just friends. However you’d like to greet 2009, Blue Ginger can accommodate – call 781.283.5790.
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BOKX 109 American Prime
BOKX 109 American Prime and Hotel Indigo are offering guests several fun and interesting ways to ring in the new year. Whichever way you choose to celebrate the beginning of 2009, chef Evan Percoco is sure to delight you with some delicious food. Opt for the Pop & Drop and you’ll enjoy an overnight stay, dinner for two at BOKX 109 American Prime, midnight champagne toast and breakfast for two the next morning. Go for the Night on the Town and you’ll get overnight accommodations, two First Night pins and two Charlie cards for transport to and from the downtown festivities. Choose the Wine & Dine package and make dinner the focal point of your evening with dinner for 2 at BOKX 109 American Prime. Call 617.969.5300 for reservations and pricing information.

Chef Robert Bean gets all kinds of creative this New Years Eve with a five-course tasting menu that shows his skills expand well beyond steaks. In fact, there’s nary a piece of beef on the menu (luckily, for diehard steakhouse traditionalists, the holiday menu is being offered in addition to the regular menu so they’ll still be able to get their red meat fix). The menu costs $60 per person and has to be ordered by everyone at the table. For reservations or more information, call Bonfire Steakhouse at 617.426.2000.
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Add a little bit of the exotic to your New Year’s Eve celebration this year by spending it at Casablanca – the one in Harvard Square that is. Chef Camillo Diaz has prepared a lovely three-course prix fixe menu for the occasion for only $55 per person. You can also opt for the additional wine pairings for $80 per person which includes a glass of champagne – it’s only appropriate. Call 617.876.0999 for reservations.
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Chef Steven LaCount celebrates the dawn of 2009 in elegant suburban style. Book a table and make your way to Westwood on Wednesday, December 31st to enjoy a five-course tasting menu (paired with complimentary wine if you’re so inclined) for $85 per person (or $110 with the aforementioned wine pairing). Call Chiara at 781.461.8118 for reservations.
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Spend your New Year’s Eve at Clink this year – at Clink, not in the clink – that’s a different kind of way to ring in the new year. Chef Joseph Margate is preparing a five-course dinner in honor of the holiday for $125 per person. Not only does the price include a champagne toast but it also covers admission to the exclusive rotunda party at 9:00pm. Reservations, which are available at 617.224.4004, can be made starting at 7:00pm.
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Make this New Year’s Eve one to remember by spending it at Clio. Chef-owner Ken Oringer and his staff will be giving lucky diners a choice of either a five-course or a seven-course prix fixe meal for $125 and $175 respectively. Dinner will be served from 5:30-10:30pm. Reservations can be had by calling 617-536-7200.

Add a little spice to your New Year’s Eve celebration by heading to Coriander. Chef Kevin Crawley will be flexing his culinary muscles, preparing a decadent four-course holiday prix fixe meal overflowing with special treats like foie gras, oysters and lobster. The delicious meal is priced at $85 per person, excluding tax, gratuity and beverages. Call 781.784.5450 to make your reservation.
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Craigie on Main
If you have yet to visit the totally new Craigie on Main, then there’s no better time than New Year’s Eve – Chef-owner Tony Maws is going all out, offering guests three seatings options to every type of reveler. The bar seating includes three courses to be served at the bar (of course) between 6:00and 10:00pm for $75; the early seating includes five courses for $110 served before 7:00pm; and last, but certainly not least, the late seating encompasses seven grand courses and a stroke-of-midnight champagne toast to be served to parties with reservations at 9:00 and later for $150 per person. Reservations are sure to go quickly so call 617.497.5511 asap to ensure you ring in the new year on Main Street.
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If you’re not the kind of person who has any intention of making or keeping a New Year’s resolution than you’ll absolutely love what’s going on at dante. This December 31st Dante de Magistris and the gang want you to revel in all the best kinds of sin. There’ll be food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres to keep you feeling gluttonous through the evening, some lusty dancing happening on the dance floor, and to top it all off, complimentary champagne at midnight. You can even book a private VIP section if you’re feeling particularly prideful. The party runs from 8:00pm-2:00am and tickets cost $80 in advance (they’re $100 at the door, so book early). Call 617.497.4200 to make your reservation for this evening of sinfully delicious fun.

Toast the New Year at dbar’s Veuve Clicquot prix-fixe dinner. Chef Christopher Coombs will be serving a special four-course meal which includes a glass of Veuve Cliquot for just $65 per person, additional wine pairings are available for a total of $99 per person. To book your table – and enjoy some quality bubbly – call 617.265.4490.
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Eastern Standard
Toast the New Year in the heart of Kenmore Square. From 5:00pm to midnight the folks at Eastern Standard, led by chef Marco Suarez will be serving his regular menu spruced up by the addition of celebratory food, wine and cocktail specials just for the holiday. Call 617.532.9100 to reserve a table.

Spend your New Year’s Eve at East Boston newcomer Ecco where chef David Fitzgerald will be preparing two special prix fixe meals to welcome 2009. For the first seating (at 5:30pm) he’ll be rolling out a three-course prix fixe dinner plus a glass of sparkling wine for $37, while the second seating (at 8:30pm) features a four-course menu plus glass of sparkling wine for $57. Call 617.561.1112 to reserve a table.

The friendly folks at Estragon want to wish you a Feliz Ano Nuevo!  If you want to give your regular New Year’s Eve a Spanish twist this year why not spend it in the South End feasting on chef Alex Castagneto‘s special tasting menu and eating the traditional grapes at midnight.The tasting menu, which costs $55 per person, is being served from 5:30 to 11:00pm – and from Midnight to 2:00am, expect general merriment. Call 617.266.0443 to make your reservation.

Enjoy a lovely and refined New Year’s Eve celebration this year at Excelsior. Chef Eric Brennan’s special New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu, in all its six-course glory, will be available in addition to the regular menu. The spectacular dinner costs $120 per person or $170 with wine pairings. Call 617.426.7878 to ensure you have a spot there come December 31st.
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The Fireplace
Spend the last hours of 2008 celebrating at The Fireplace. Chef Jim Solomon will be serving his regular lunch menu as well as a specialty dinner menu featuring end-of-the-year indulgences like foie gras and pate from 5:00-11:00pm. Reservations, which are strongly recommended, can be made by calling 617.975.1900.
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The Franklin Cape Ann
Get out of the city and celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Franklin Cape Ann this year. Executive chef David Dubois and head chef Daniel Oliveira will be presenting diners with a multi-course prix fixe meal overflowing with wintry holiday treats and, of course, champagne. The meal, which will be available at two separate seatings, 6:45-8:15pm and 8:30-10pm, is priced at $75 per person. Call 978.283.7888 to make your reservation.
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Garden at the Cellar
Chef Will Gilson makes two exceptions to the Garden at the Cellar rules this New Year’s Eve – the restaurant will be accepting reservations and they’ll be serving dessert. Gilson’s three-course prix-fixe features all new dishes with plenty of options for diners of all kinds – vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters. There are seatings at 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The menu is priced at $50 per person (gratuity and beverages not included). Reservations will go quickly, no doubt, so call 617.230.5880 to get yours.
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Gargoyles on the Square
Celebrate the New Year at Gargoyles on the Square this year where chef Jason Santos is creating special three-course prix fixe dinner for revelers at three separate seatings. Take your pick from 5:00-5:30pm, 7:00-7:30, or 9:00-9:30. Call 617.776.5300 to make reservations.
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Grafton Street Pub & Grill
Spend New Year’s Eve at Grafton Street Pub & Grill – chef Matthew Richey is offering guests a multitude of choices. From 5:00pm-8:00pm, diners can choose between the a la carte menu or a special prix fixe menu for $40. From 8:00-11:00pm, the prix fixe is the only option. For all the party animals out there, DJ Axle Foley will be spinning from 10:00pm-2:00am. There’s a cover charge (which covers entertainment, midnight champagne toast and party favors) for all non-diners – $20 after 8:00pm; $30 after 9:00pm; and $40 after 10:00pm. Call Grafton Street at 617.497.0400 for more information or to book your table.
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Great Bay
It may be cold outside but if you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve with the folks at Great Bay at least you can pretend you’re on a lovely tropical island for a few hours. Chef Michael Schlow will be offering, in addition to the regular menu, a five-course prix fixe meal brimming with delectable seafood dishes. The prix fixe will cost $85 per person, $125 with wine pairings, and will be served, along with the regular menu, until 11:00pm.  And for all you night owls who want to be nibbling right up until the ball drops, the island menu will be served until midnight. Call 617-532-5300 for reservations.
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Grill 23 & Bar
Celebrate the coming of 2009 at Grill 23 & Bar where chef Jay Murray has prepared several special holiday additions to the regular dinner menu. To give the evening an even more festive feel, Pulse will start playing at 9:30pm and there will be a champagne toast for all when the clock strikes twelve. Call 617.542.2255 to make reservations or ask about their private dining options.

Chef-owner Scott Herritt and the folks at Grotto want you to spend your New Year’s Eve with them this year. To entice you to their cozy, underground digs on Beacon Hill, they’ll be serving a three-course menu for just $45 per person. Chef Herritt will even slip in a few special holiday-inspired dishes into the mix. Reservations, which are required, will be taken until 10:00pm so call 617.227.3434 to make sure they’re holding a table for you.

Hamersley’s Bistro
Celebrate in style at Hamersley’s Bistro, where chef-owner Gordon Hamersley will be preparing a delectable four-course prix fixe holiday meal to put you in a merry mood. Dinner, which comes with a champagne toast (accompanying your dessert) costs $110 per person. Call 617.423.2700 for reservations.
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On December 31st, chef Mary Dumont welcomes revelers with two different prix fixe menus, depending on the time of your reservation. From 5:00-8:00pm Dumont and her team will be serving a three-course prix fixe for $70. For diners who come in from 8:30-10:30pm they’ll have a four-course prix fixe with champagne for $85. Call Harvest at 617.868.2255 for reservations or more information.

Henrietta’s Table
Spend your New Year’s Eve partaking of some farm-fresh, old-fashioned, New England-style cooking courtesy of Peter Davis at Henrietta’s Table. This year, Davis will be preparing a three-course prix fixe meal for a mere $48 per person (items can also be purchased a la carte, if you prefer).  Call 617.661.5005 to make reservations any time from 5:30-10:00pm.

Indulge yourself this New Year’s Eve by attending one of several seatings at L’Espalier. Chef Frank McClelland will by pulling out all the stops, preparing a grand five-course (plus hors d’oeuvres, amuse and intermezzo) prix fixe menu to celebrate the coming of 2009. The menu costs $195 per person (an additional $95 for the Vintners tasting) and will be available at six different seatings: 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm and 10pm. Call 617.262.3023 for reservations.
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La Voile
Give your New Year’s Eve that certain je ne sais quoi at La Voile. Chef Christophe Santos and sous chef Raphael Lambert will be serving a festive five-course menu at this Newbury Street newcomer. Bid 2008 adieu over a terrine of duck foie gras and fig puree; and lobster a la vanille; and roasted chicken with chestnuts and truffled mashed potatoes. The menu costs $75 per person. Call La Voile at 617.587.4200 for reservations and more information.
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The folks at Lineage like options which is why chef-owner Jeremy Sewall is offering, not one, but three separate dining options for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Aside from the spectacular a la carte menu, they will also be providing diners with a lovely three-course seafood tasting menu for $36 and a special three-course lobster menu for $42 (add an additional $12 for wine pairings). Whichever way you choose to go, you’re sure to have a fabulous meal. Call 617.232.0065 to make your reservation.
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Locke Ober
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve in the heart of the city at the beautiful and historic Locke Ober. Chef Lydia Shire has dreamed up a fabulous three-course prix fixe featuring classics like Dover sole meunière and chateaubriand. The meal, which costs $95 per person. Reservations are available between 5:30 and 10:00pm, just call 617.542.1340.
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Steer clear of the city this New Year’s Eve and celebrate at Lumière in West Newton. Chef Michael Leviton has prepared a stellar five-course prix fixe meal to help you ring in the New Year in true gourmet style.  The cost of the meal, which is being served from 5:00-11:00pm, is $100 ($45 supplement for wine pairings); and don’t forget the champagne toast at midnight to round out the evening.  Call 617.244.9199 to make your reservation.
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The Marliave
Ring in the New Year, turn of the century style, at Marliave. Chef Scott Herritt will be offering his regular menus in both the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, as well as their fabulous white truffle tasting menu – provided there are enough to go around. Dinner will only be served until 10:00pm, but, just so you can appropriately greet 2009, their bar will be open until 2:00am. Call 617.422.0004 to make reservations.

Looking for a perfect way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration?  Join the folks at Meritage where chef Daniel Bruce will be serving two wonderful prix fixe meals preceded by a glass of bubbly. There will be two seatings taking place between 5:00 and 11:00pm the first of which costs $95 and consists of a four course prix fixe meal, while the second costs $175 for a five course meal. Call 617.439.3995 to reserve your spot.

The Metropolitan Club
This December 31st celebrate the New Year with the folks at The Metropolitan Club. Chef Todd Winer has prepared some splurge-worthy, end-of-the-year specials like foie gras terrine with caramelized stone fruit and brioche to compliment their regular menu. Dinner will be served in the dining room until 10:00pm, but don’t worry all you night owls – the bar will be open to toast the New Year at midnight. Call 617.731.0600 for reservations.


Navy Yard Bistro
Ring in the new year at Navy Yard Bistro where revelers get the royal treatment with a tasty four-course prix fixe meal from chef Greg Digiovanni, not to mention the sparkling wine with which to usher in 2009. Reservations for this meal, which is priced at $55 per person, are available from 5:00-10:00pm. Call 617.242.0036 to reserve your seat.
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Looking for a little something exotic to liven up your New Years Eve this year?  Chef-owner Ana Sortun will be sending 2008 on its way and welcoming 2009 with a five-course prix fixe of her delicious Mediterranean fare (in addition to their regular menu). The prix fixe costs $65 or $90 with wine pairings. Book your table today by calling Oleana at 617.661.0505.

Celebrate the beginning of 2009 in Charlestown, where the team at Olives, led by chef Joe Brenner will be preparing a special three-course prix fixe meal to ring in the new year as deliciously as possible. The cost of the meal is $75 per person which includes a champagne toast. You can call 617.242.1999 to make your reservations.

OM Restaurant | Lounge
Just because the economy is a little down doesn’t mean you have to be depressed this holiday season. The folks at OM as they prepare a pre-depression roaring 20’s party to celebrate the New Year in style. The event, which includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and special fortune pastries at 2:00am, runs from 10:00pm-3:00am and requires that attendees be in proper period dress. And just so you can spend your entire evening at OM, chef Youssef Boujana has prepared three separate prix fixe dinner menus for three separate seatings: the first seating from 5:30-7:30pm costs $55 per person; the second seating: from 8:00-10:00pm costs $85 per person and the third seating at 10:30pm costs $100 per person, which includes a champagne toast. Leave your worries at the door and call 617.576.2800 to make your reservation.
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Have a happy New Year by starting it off right – with a great meal at Persephone. Dig in to a fabulous four-course prix fixe from chef-owner Michael Leviton and chef Jeff Pond.  Reservations for this celebratory meal, which costs $70 before 9:00pm and $80 after, can be made beginning by calling 617.695.2257. You can also partake of the party going on at the Achilles Project which, for only $100 per person, includes two drinks, champagne toast, music by DJ Beyonder and DJ 7L (the Bladerunners), small bites and breakfast served at 2am. The party starts at 8:00pm to 3am and, if you’d like to attend both Persephone’s dinner and the Achilles project party, you can purchase tickets to both for $150 per person. Call 617.695.2257.

Have a happy New Year by spending December 31st at Pigalle. Chef Marc Orfaly will be preparing two special prix fixe menus – a four-course for $95 and a five-course for $140. To liven things up even further, there will be live music from Hakim Law’s Trio all evening. Call 617.423.4944 to make your reservation.


Red Rock Bistro
Spend your New Year’s Eve at Red Rock Bistro attending the North Shore’s Best Show.  Muscians Johnny Ray and Joey Velucci will be teaming up to provide guests with some excellent entertainment while chef Lee Fannon dishes out his usual standard of delicious cuisine. So call 781.595.1414 and drop by and enjoy the party.

Celebrate at Rialto this December 31st. Jody Adams is offering two separate ways to enjoy the holiday with five-course prix fixe dinner beginning at 6:00pm and a seven-course meal, which also affords guests the chance to kick up their heels an dance, starting at 9:00pm. The early dinner costs $95, with optional wine pairing for an additional $40. Book a table for later in the evening and it’ll set you back $125, with an additional $60 for wine. Call 6176615050 to make your reservation for either of these delectable meals.
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Spend your New Year’s Eve toasting with the folks at Rocca. Chef Tom Fosnot is providing two separate prix fixe meals to please everyone – from 5:00-6:30pm they’ll be serving a three-course prix fixe for $45 and after 7:00pm they will be offering a four-course prix fixe for $65. Whichever way you choose to celebrate be sure to call 617.451.5151 to book your table.
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Wile away the last moments of 2008 at Sage in the South End. Chef Anthony Susi will be tantalizing diners with a special five-course menu full of his tasty Italian fare. The menu, which is available in addition to the regular dinner menu, will be complimented by a champagne toast at midnight. Everyone at the table has to be on board for the tasting menu, so get a few like-minded friends together and head down to Washington Street – Susi’s New Year’s Eve menu costs $75 per person and you can make your reservation by calling 617.248.8814.
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This December 31st, chef Raymond Ost of Sandrine’s Bistro invites you to spend New Year’s Eve with him dining on some wonderful Alsatian fare. He has prepared a special a la carte menu as well as five-course prix fixe New Year’s Dega Menu. The prix fixe meal costs $70 per person which includes beverage, tax and gratuity.  Both menus will be served from 5:30 to 11pm in the dining room.  Call 617.497.5300 for reservations.
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Give your New Year’s Eve a little Italian twist at the Back Bay’s beloved Sasso. Chef Anthony Mazzotta will be whipping up a special four-course holiday prix fixe for $75 per person. Call 617.247.2400 to book a table.
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Sel de la Terre
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at any of the three Sel de la Terres – the original Long Wharf location, their Suburban spot in Natick or their new Back Bay outpost. Chef Geoff Gardner has overseen the menus at all restaurants and whichever one you choose, you’re in for a treat. The Back Bay location will be offering a five-course prix fixe for only $85 per person from 4:00-11:00pm. The State Street locale will also be offering a five-course meal for $85 from 4:00-10:00pm, augmented by  live jazz courtesy of the Joe Morocco Duo. After dinner you can take in the midnight fireworks on the harbor. Avoid all the citified madness and stick to the suburbs, Natick specifically, where you can enjoy a three-course menu for $50 per person. Call 508.650.1800 for reservations in Natick, 617.266.8800 for reservations at the Back Bay or 617.720.1300 to reserve your spot at a Long Wharf table.
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Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
From the comfort of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro’s Foxborough dining room, welcome 2009 with a full belly and a glass of bubbly. Chef Rich Garcia and Matthew Maue will be serving a celebratory four-course prix fixe menu for just $55 per person. Book a table anytime between 5:00pm-12:00am just by calling 508.203.9463.
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Temple Bar
Celebrate the start of 2009 at Temple Bar as chef Tom Berry prepares a beautiful meal for guests to enjoy. Early diners (before 8:00pm) can sit down to a three-course prix fixe menu for $49, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $20. After 8:00pm, Berry adds a fourth course for $59 per person. Reservations for dinner are being accepted from 5:00 to 10:00pm, but the bar will be open until 2:00am so you can enjoy complimentary champagne and party favors until the wee hours. To get in on the festivities and to reserve your spot, call 617.547.5055.
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Tomasso Trattoria
If you think that a glass of champagne is the only way to ring in the new year then you may want to consider spending your evening at Tomasso Trattoria so they can expand your bubbly horizons. Chef Justin Melnick will be preparing a five-course wine dinner consisting of French and Italian fare wherein each course is served with one French and one Italian wine. At the end of the evening, guests can pick which sparkling wine they consider the best. The festivities kick off at 8:00pm and cost $200 per person. Call 508.481.8484 for reservations.

Top of the Hub
Spend your New Year’s Eve looking out over the best view of Boston money can buy. Top of the Hub is hosting an all night New Year’s Eve affair complete with cocktail reception at 7:30pm, six-course dinner from chef Marc Porcaro at 8:30pm (with an option for vegetarians), champagne toast at midnight and fabulous live jazz throughout the evening. Tickets to the event cost $250, which isn’t bad considering the view is priceless. Call 617.536.1775 to reserve your ticket today.
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For his first New Year’s Eve at Toro chef Jamie Bissonnette adds a few specials to the standard offerings on the Spanish-themed menu. But the real fun is to be had from 1:00 to 4:00am at the Down & Dirty Bacon & Eggs Feast for die-hard night owls who just can’t seem to call it a night. Call 617.536.4300 for reservations.

Trattoria della Nonna
Say buon giorno to 2009 at Trattoria della Nonna this New Year’s Eve. Chef Ken DeFazio has prepared a special five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Piedmont. Seating for the event which costs $125, is limited to 60 people so it’s sure to be an intimate and special evening. It’s also sure to sell out fast so call 508.339.5432 quickly to ensure you get to partake.
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Tremont 647
Ring in the New Year with the gang at Tremont 647 this year. Chef Andy Husbands will be providing diners with a special $59 prix fixe meal consisting of an amuse, three courses and dessert. Reservations, which you can make by calling 617.266.4600, are available throughout the evening.
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UpStairs on the Square
Get all gussied up and spend your New Year’s Eve feasting on tasty treats and dancing the night away at UpStairs on the Square. Proprietresses Deborah Hughes and Mary-Catherine Deibel and chef Steven Brand are offering several different options – the early seating in the Monday Club Bar (5:00-6:30pm) features a four-course meal for $55 (half price for the wee ones); the late seating in the Monday Club Bar begins at 8:30 and costs $125 for a four-course menu, champagne toast and dancing to the music of Catherine and the Greats. If, on the other hand, you prefer to dine in the Soiree Room, you can attend either the early seating which begins at 5:30pm and costs $85 for a four-course meal, or the late seating which begins at 8:00pm and costs $150 for a five-course meal, champagne toast and dancing in the Monday Club Bar. Call 617.864.1933 for reservations.
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