New Year’s Eve at Boston Restaurants

Not one to ring in the new year at home? See what kind of fun things they’ve got in store for you – culinarily and otherwise – at restaurants like 606 Congress, Alta Strada, Amelia’s, Aquitaine, Aura, Avila, B&G Oysters, Bambara, Beacon Hill Bistro, The Beehive, Black Trumpet Bistro, Blue Ginger, Blue Moon Bistro, BOKX 109 American Prime, Bond, Butcher Shop, Cape Sea Grille, Casablanca, Chez Henri, Chiara, Clink, Craigie on Main, dante, Davio’s Patriots Place, dbar, The Fireplace, Grafton Street, Grotto, Hamersley’s, Harvest, L’Espalier, Lumière, Marliave, Masa Southwest Bar and Grill, Meritage, The Metropolitan Club, OM Restaurant | Lounge, Pain D’Avignon, Pesce Blue, Pigalle, Radius, Red Rock Bistro, Regatta of Cotuit, Rialto, Rocca, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Sel de la Terre Back Bay, Sel de la Terre Long Wharf, Sel de la Terre Natick, Sensing, Sherborn Inn, Spiced Pear, Sportello, Temple Bar, Tomasso Trattoria, Top of the Hub, Trattoria della Nonna, Tremont 647, Tryst, UpStairs on the Square and Vox Populi.

606 Congress
With just a few hours before your New Year’s resolutions take effect you should be sure to enjoy one last decadent meal. Get to 606 Congress for Gregory Griffie’s four-course holiday prix fixe. The feast, priced at $65 per person, offers plenty of indulgent options so you’ll feel plenty satisfied as you give 2009 a big send off. Call 617.476.5606.
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Alta Strada
While away the last hours of 2009 in Wellesley. Chef-owner Michael Schlow and his Alta Strada team are adding some festive a la carte specials to their regular Italianate menu. Look for seasonal deliciousness like pesce crudo with bay scallops, caviar and oysters; tortelli with mortadella and winter truffles; and pan-seared beef tenderloin with Yukon puree and Brussels sprouts. For reservations, call 781.237.6100.

Enjoy an intimate New Year’s Eve across the river at Amelia’s. Chef Delio Susi is serving a special $70 holiday prix fixe in addition to the everyday menu. Regulars won’t miss their favorite signature dishes and diners who are just discovering this cozy, Kendall Square trattoria will be wowed by Susi’s way with hand-crafted, locally-sourced Italian cuisine. Stick around until the ball drops and toast the new year with a complimentary glass of prosecco. Call 617.868.7600 for more information and reservations.
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New Year’s Eve or not, chef Matthew Gaudet sees no need to mess with the tried and true menu they’ve got at Aquitaine. Sure he’ll add a few tempting holiday specials for diners who are feeling indulgent or particularly festive but fans of the South End bistro can rest assured they’ll be able to order their favorite dishes from the regular menu – whether they stop in for lunch (from 11:30am-3:00pm) or dinner (from 5:30-11:00pm). Call 617.424.8577 to book a table.
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Chef Rachel Klein welcomes guests to join her at Aura at the Seaport for a tasty celebration. Her four-course menu is full of indulgent end-of-the-year dishes like the duet of oysters or the lobster mac and cheese. After dinner, which costs $95 (or $125 with wine), guests can dance the rest of the night away at the Tamo Lounge where Urban Renewal will be playing into the wee hours. Call Aura at 617.385.4300 for reservations.
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Just a short walk from the First Night festivities on the Boston Common and the parade route down Boylston Street, Avila is easily incorporated into any New Year’s Eve plan. Chefs Rodney Murillo and Tom Ponticelli have mapped out their culinary plan for diners – five Mediterranean courses for $65 per person (or $85 with paired wines). They’re accepting reservations at 617.267.4810.
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B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters welcomes the new year with two tasting menus in addition to a limited version of their regular menu. Chef Stephen Oxaal culls some classic B&G dishes for one of the tasting menus and has a little fun, creating festive New Year’s Eve-appropriate dishes for the other. Call the restaurant directly at 617.423.0550 for all the details and to make reservations. Of course, if you’d prefer to get the party started a little early you can swing by anytime after 12:00pm for the ultimate pairing – oysters on the half shell and champagne.
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Bambara’s New Year’s Eve bash includes both the regular menu and a special four-course menu from chef Jay Silva. Opt for a la carte selections or enjoy the prix fixe for $65 per person. Either way, call Bambara at 617.868.4444 to make sure they hold a table for you.
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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 $72, 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
The Beehive hosts a night of bohemian decadence and eccentric fun at their third annual New Year’s Extravaganza. The fun, which includes dancing to the live salsa sounds of The Beehive Flamingo Orchestra, passed plates of delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts from chef Rebecca Newell, starts at 9:00pm. Admission is $85 per person, which covers food but not drinks – it’s a cash bar. Purchase tickets by calling The Beehive at 617.423.0069.

Black Trumpet Bistro
Chef Evan Mallett offers diners at Black Trumpet Bistro two options this New Year’s Eve – a 6:00pm seating featuring a four-course menu with wines for $65 per person; or a 9:00pm seating with a five-course menu with wines and a champagne toast for $95 per person. Get all cozy in the downstairs dining room or secure yourself a window seat upstairs and enjoy chef Evan Mallett’s fabulous cooking looking out over Portsmouth Harbor. Call 603.431.0887 to reserve your table.
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Blue Ginger
Welcome the new year from a seat in the dining room of Wellesley’s Blue Ginger. Chef-owner Ming Tsai’s celebratory east-meets-west menu features four courses of Tsai’s signature fusion fare for $85 per person (or $110 with wines) not including tax or gratuity. Guests will also be able to order from the full regular menu, too. Call Blue Ginger 781.283.5790 to secure your table for December 31st.
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Blue Moon Bistro
Make a beeline for the Blue Moon Bistro this New Year’s Eve. Chef Peter Hyde welcomes diners to his Dennis Village eatery with a four course prix fixe for $55 per person, not including tax or tip. Reservations are recommended so call 508.385.7100.
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BOKX 109 American Prime
Bokx 109 American Prime, the swanky steakhouse at the Indigo Hotel in Newton, will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with two lavish fetes. For early diners (ones who are heading elsewhere to watch the ball drop), chef Evan Percoco will be serving a customizable three-course menu for $60 per person. For diners who are sticking around for the main event, Percoco is preparing a whole dinner extravaganza for $100 per person. He’s working on a four-plus-course dinner and adding a midnight champagne toast, party favors and live entertainment by saxophonist Michael Antunes. Whichever celebration you choose, reservations are a good idea, so call 617.454.3411.
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Whether you’re welcoming the new year with a romantic dinner for two or cocktails with the whole gang, the team at Bond has all the possible bases covered. Chef Mark Sapienza will be serving a four-course dinner paired with a bottle of champagne (so you can toast ‘til your heart’s content). There are seatings at 7:00 and 10:00pm and dinner costs $250 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Bond’s cocktail package, on the other hand, is perfect for groups of any size. It includes a bottle of Grey Goose (per four people) and some signature snacks from chef Evan Leavy’s lounge menu. Tables are available for $500 for one to four people, $1,000 for five to eight people, and $1,500 for parties of nine or more inclusive of tax and gratuity. The full cocktail menu will also be available at the bar with a $50 per person minimum. To make reservations for any of Bond’s New Year’s Eve packages, call 617.956.8765.
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Butcher Shop
Fans of the Butcher Shop needn’t worry about scrambling for a table this New Year’s Eve. The popular South End eatery is making an exception to their normal no-reservations policy so diners can secure themselves a table – either as the evening’s main event or as a precursor to other New Year’s festivities. Chef Robert Grant will be serving his regular menu so all the Butcher Shop standards – like the signature steak tartare or tasty charcuterie plate – will be available all night long. Call 617.423.4800 to be sure they save you a table.
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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 just $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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Cape Sea Grille
Spend New Year’s Eve in Harwich Port where chef Douglas Ramler is offering an incredible five-course tasting menu at the Cape Sea Grille. Reservations are going fast for both the 6:00 and the 9:00pm seatings. Dinner costs $100 per person, not including tax or gratuity, or $130 with paired wines. Call Cape Sea Grill at 508.432.4745 to book your table so you can get cozy on the Cape this New Year’s Eve.
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Chez Henri
Give your New Year’s Eve a French-Cuban twist at Chez Henri. Paul O’Connell’s celebratory menu features four courses so you can have your fill of cross cultural deliciousness like steak tartare with chipotle aioli, cornichon, organic hen egg and Manchego cheese toast; and seared sea scallops with sweet corn arepa ropa vieja, ahi amarillo and mojo verde. Dinner, which is also available a la carte costs $75 as a prix fixe. Call Chez henri at 617.354.8980 for bookings.
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Chef Steven LaCount celebrates the new year in elegant suburban style. Book a table and make your way to Westwood on December 31st to enjoy a three-course tasting menu for $69 per person. Available from 5:00-10:00pm, the menu is complemented by a glass of sparkling wine and a lovely amuse. Call Chiara at 781.461.8118 for reservations.
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Start 2010 behind bars. Chef Joseph Margate is whipping up two end-of-the-year menus for diners at Clink at the Liberty Hotel. The first seating, at 6:30pm, features a four-course menu for $85 per person while the second seating, at 9:30pm, features a five-course menu complete with champagne toast for $125 per person. You don’t have to commit a crime to get a table – just call 617.22.4004.
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Craigie on Main
Now that he’s totally settled in his fancy new digs, chef-owner Tony Maws is ready to celebrate the new year in true Craigie on Main style. Early revelers can opt for seatings from 6:00-7:00pm to enjoy a five-course dinner for $115 while diners who prefer a later seating can book a table between 9:00 and 10:00pm to sit down to a six-course feast and champagne toast 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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Forsaking the standard New Year’s Eve prix fixe, chef Dante de Magistris is hosting this year’s hot holiday party at dante. Sinners and saints alike can let loose their inner glutton with seven deadly sins-themed hors d’oeuvres and food stations – and it’s pure lust on the dance floor as the DJ spins the night away. When the clock strikes twelve the complimentary bubbly will flow, though the rest of the evening is a cash bar. Tickets cost $80 if purchased in advance and $100 at the door. Ask about booking the special VIP section. Call 617.497.4200.
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Davio’s Patriots Place
Skip the trek into town and celebrate at Davio’s Patriots Place. Chef Paul King’s five-course menu, available from 5:00-11:00pm, costs $65 per person (or $95 with wines). If you’re looking for something more casual, you can also grab dinner in the bar where they’ll be serving the bar menu until midnight. Toast the new year and still get home at a reasonable hour – not a bad plan. Call Davio’s at 508.339.4810.
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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. To book your table – and enjoy some quality bubbly – call 617.265.4490.
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The Fireplace
Leave your last meal of the 2009 in the talented hands of chef Jim Solomon. He’ll be serving a specially designed a la carte menu from 5:00-11:00pm at The Fireplace. Snag a table in front of the fire and a front row seat for the after-dinner festivities, which include party hats, whistles and a sparkling toast at midnight. Make sure you have a reservation by calling 617.975.1900.
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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 menu, designed especially for the occasion, costs $50 per person not including beverages, tax or gratuity. They’re taking reservations between 5:00 and 10:30pm Reservations will go quickly – they only have eleven tables – so call 617.230.5880 to get yours.
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Grafton Street
Count down to 2010 at Grafton Street Pub & Grill where chef Scott Robertson will be serving a three-course prix-fixe for Harvard Square revelers. Reserve a table between 5:00 and 9:30pm to enjoy dinner or drop by after 10:00pm for the post-dinner festivities which include music from DJ Axel Foley, plenty of party favors and a champagne toast when the clock strikes twelve. Dinner costs $40 per person and for non-diners, the cover for the late night fun is $30. Call Grafton Street at 617.497.0400 to book a table.

Grotto is currently accepting reservation for their New Year’s Eve celebration, which consists of a three-course prix fixe for $40 per person. Chef Scott Herritt‘s menu, a mix of signature items and holiday specials, will feature plenty of choices – five, but who’s counting? – for each course. They’ll be booking reservations until 10:00pm so call 617.227.3434 for reservations.

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 $65 ($95 with wines). For diners who come in from 8:30-10:30pm they’ll have a four-course prix fixe with champagne for $85 ($115 with wines). Call Harvest at 617.868.2255 for reservations or more information.
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Live it up at L’Espalier this New Year’s Eve. Chefs Frank McClelland and James Hackney will be pulling out all the stops, preparing a grand eight-course prix fixe menu to celebrate the approach of 2010. The menu costs $195 per person; tack on an additional $95 to add the vintners pairing. They’re also working on a vegetarian tasting so the non meat eaters won’t be left out in the cold. Call 617.262.3023 for reservations anytime from 5:30-10:30pm.
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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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Stick to the suburbs this year and celebrate New Year’s Eve in West Newton with the folks at Lumière. Chef Michael Leviton has prepared a stellar three-course prix fixe meal to help you ring in 2010 in true gourmet style. The cost of the meal, which is being served from 5:00-11:00pm, is $70 ($95 if you’d like them to pick your wines for the evening). Skip the hassles of heading into the city – call 617.244.9199 to make your reservation.
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Chef Scott Herritt keeps it simple at Marliave offering the restaurant’s regular menu throughout the evening, which means you’ll be able to welcome the new year over plates of tried and true favorites. For fans of First Night who are headed to the Boston Common, Marliave might be the perfect spot for a pre- or post-festivities dinner. Call Marliave at 617.422.0004 to plan your perfect New Year’s Eve outing.

Masa Southwest Bar and Grill
Don’t feel like trekking into the city this New Year’s Eve?  Spend the last few hours of the aught at Masa Southwest Bar and Grill in Woburn instead, enjoying chef owner Philip Aviles’ holiday specials in addition to their regular menu. The evening will also feature a tequila tasting and DJ – just because your hanging in the ‘burbs doesn’t mean it has to be boring. For more information or to let them know you’re coming, call 781.938.8886.

No need to save the champagne until midnight. The folks at Meritage start the evening off with a glass of bubbly followed by either of two extraordinary prix fixe menus from chef Daniel Bruce. Opt for the early seating and enjoy four courses for $95 per person; choose the later seating and celebrate with a five course menu for $175 per person.  Call 617.439.3995 to reserve your spot overlooking the harbor, where, come midnight, you’ll have a front row seat for the fireworks display.

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 confit duck en croute and bacon wrapped American Wagyu rib eye Wellington to compliment their regular menu. Diners will also get complimentary tickets to the Met Club’s New Year’s Eve party. Ask for details when you call to make reservations – 617.731.0600.
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OM Restaurant | Lounge
Chef Michael Madden offers diners at OM Restaurant | Lounge their choice of three seatings for New Year’s Eve – 5;30pm for $55, 7:30pm for $70 and 10-10:30pm for $85. He’ll be serving a three-course dinner menu during each of the seatings though the last one also comes with passed hors d’oeuvres to tide everyone over. He’ll also be serving his lounge menu downstairs. Reservations are available in the lounge starting at $120 for a party of four. To book upstairs or down, dinner or drinks, call OM at 617.576.2800.
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Pain D’Avignon
Give your New Year’s Eve celebration a festive French twist at Pain D’Avignon in Hyannis. Chef Toby Hill will be serving a five-course tasting menu at two separate seatings. The early seating, which includes a champagne aperitif, costs $75 per person while the later seating, which includes live music and a champagne toast at midnight, costs $90 per person. Be sure to pick up a loaf of artisanal bread to enjoy at your New Year’s Day brunch, while you’re there. Call 508.771.3650 to make reservations.
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Pesce Blue
Planning a New Year’s Eve road trip? Get Portsmouth-bound and you can toast the arrival of 2010 over dinner at Pesce Blue. Chef James Walter will be serving an a la carte menu of his Italian-influenced fare. Call 603.430.7766 to book a table right up until 11:00pm.

Have a happy New Year by spending December 31st at Pigalle. Chef-owner Marc Orfaly will be preparing two special prix fixe menus – the first, available at the early seating, which starts at 5:00pm, features four-course for $95 per person. The second seating features a five-course prix fixe for $140. Whichever seating you choose, you can enjoy live music from Hakim Law’s Trio, who’ll be playing all evening. Call 617.423.4944 to make your reservation.

Radius rings in the new year with five decadent courses from chef de cuisine Matthew Audette. All elegant sophistication, the menu offers diners plenty of opportunities to get in their last minute indulgences with rich dishes like butter poached Maine lobster, Muscovy duck breast and slow roasted rib eye. Dinner costs $100 per person or $150 with wines. Call 617.426.1234 to reserve your table.
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Red Rock Bistro
Avoid the crowds and celebrate the dawn of 2010 at Red Rock Bistro. They’re taking early reservations from 5:00-6:30pm and then late reservations from 8:00pm on. The later seating comes complete with party favors, live music and a great a la carte menu from chef Lee Fannon. Forget First Night, forget driving into the city and enjoy an elegant yet relaxed evening in Swampscott. To reserve a table, call Red Rock at 781.595.1414.
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Regatta of Cotuit
Chef-owner Weldon Fizell gets festive at the Regatta of Cotuit with a spectacular six course menu. The $100 prix fixe starts out with cheese and champagne and wraps up with desserty options like bittersweet chocolate cheesecake and apple caramel mosaic. Ring in the new year at the Regatta – for reservations, call 508.428.5715.
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Chef-owner Jody Adams is offering two separate ways to enjoy the holiday at Rialto – with a four-course prix fixe dinner beginning at 6:00pm or a six-course meal starting at 9:00pm. The 6:00pm seating costs $95, and the 9:00pm seating costs $125 – neither price includes tax, gratuity or beverages. Diners at the later seating can groove their way into the New Year with the musical tones of the Smoking Jackets and toast to the new year at midnight. Call 617.661.5050 to make your reservation for either meal.
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Ring in the new year in the warm and festive dining room at Rocca where their holiday celebration includes a special menu inspired by the Italian Riviera. For reservations before 7:30pm, the three-course menu costs $45 per person. For reservations after 8:00pm, the four-course menu costs $65per person. Wine pairings, designed to complement the evening’s menu will also be available. Count down to the midnight hour with a DJ, party favors and noisemakers, and celebrate 2010 with a video fireworks display. To enjoy either of chef To enjoy either of chef Tom Fosnot’s special holiday menus this New Year’s Eve, call Rocca at 617.451.5151.
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Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
If your motto for the new year is out with the old and in with the new, celebrate at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s new addition – the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. Chef Daniel Bruce (also of Meritage fame) is behind the menu so you know the evening’s special four-course prix fixe (priced at $70 per adult and $35 per child under ten years old) will be exceptional. Add live music from a classical pianist and the Boston Harbor Hotel’s spectacular harbor views and it’s shaping up to be a great start to 2010. Call the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at 617.856.7744 for reservations between 5:30 and 10:30pm.

This December 31st, chef Raymond Ost of Sandrine’s Bistro invites you to spend New Year’s Eve enjoying some wonderful Alsatian fare in the heart of Harvard Square. He’s prepared a special a la carte menu as well as three-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu. The prix fixe meal costs $65 per person which includes beverage, tax and gratuity.  Both menus will be served from 5:30 to 11:00pm in the dining room. Call 617.497.5300 for reservations.
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Sel de la Terre Back Bay
Celebrate the dawn of a brand new year at Sel de la Terre Back Bay. It’s their favorite night of the year and it shows on the evening’s five-course prix fixe menu. $85 gets you courses like guinea hen-foie gras galantine with cranberry preserves and lavender honey; and braised boneless beef short rib with caramelized baby artichokes, truffled Comté raviolis and French onion broth. Another $35 gets you perfectly paired wines to go with each course. They’re taking reservations – just call 617.266.8800 for yours.
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Sel de la Terre Long Wharf
The First Night festivities will be that much more fun on a belly full, so book a table at Sel de la Terre Long Wharf – not far from the fun at Faneuil Hall or along the harbor – and you can fuel up with five courses of Provencal cuisine. The New Year’s Eve menu costs $85 per person. They’ll pick and pair the wines for you for an additional $35. Call 617.720.1300 for reservations.
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Sel de la Terre Natick
Skip the trip into the city and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Natick. Sel de la Terre Natick will be serving a three-course and a five-course tasting menu for $55 and $75 respectively. They’ll also be offering a vintner’s tasting so you can toast 2010 with a new glass of wine at every turn. Reservations are there for the taking – call 508.650.1800.
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Spend New Year’s Eve at Sensing where chef Gerard Barbin will be hosting two celebrations to mark the end of 2009. Grab an early reservation between 5:00 and 6:00pm to choose between an a la carte menu and a $40 prix fixe. Book a later table, between 8:00 and 10:30pm, and your choices will include an a la carte menu and a $75 tasting menu. Whatever your schedule, make time to enjoy a delicious meal at this waterfront gem. Call Sensing at 617.994.9001 for reservations.

Sherborn Inn
If you’re looking for a low key New Year’s Eve celebration, head out to the suburbs and spend the holiday at the Sherborn Inn. They’ve orchestrated a romantically understated little fete that includes a multi-course dinner from chef Paul Walsh, champagne, a rose for the ladies and live music from Ross Petot. They’re accepting reservations for their New Year’s Eve festivities, which cost $65 per person, between 5:00 and 9:00pm so, call 508.655.9521 to save your table.

Spiced Pear
As if the views from the dining room weren’t enough, chef Kyle Ketchum’s New Year’s Eve menu is enough to lure Bostonians down to Newport for New Year’s Eve. He’s planned two menus for two seatings, the first, available at 6:00pm features five course for $125 per person ($175 with wine), while the second, available starting at 9:00pm, features seven courses for $165 ($240 with wine). To ring in the new year in Rhode Island, call the Spiced Pear at 401.847.2244.
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Sportello and Drink team up for a spectacular New Year’s Eve fete in Fort Point Channel. Chef-owner Barbara Lynch and her team will be providing cocktails and champagne, and delectable hors d’oeuvres, small plates and sweets while radio personality Ron Della Chiesa takes care of the evening’s entertainment (so bring your dancing shoes). Tickets, which can be reserved by calling 617.737.1234, cost $125 each. If you’re booked for dinner you can still swing by just for the tail end of the evening. Party-goers who turn up after 11:00pm can enjoy the general merriment and a champagne toast for $50 per person.

Temple Bar
Toast the arrival of 2010 at Temple Bar . The menu, carefully designed for just-under-the-wire indulgences in mind, features three courses of chef Michael Scelfo’s delicious fare for just $49 per person ($69 with wine pairings). Stick around until midnight and there’ll be a complimentary champagne toast and party favors. You can make reservations by calling 617.547.5055.
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Tomasso Trattoria
Whether you’re celebrating the arrival of 2010 with a romantic table for two or taking the whole family out, head to Tomasso Trattoria where chef Jeff Pond (who’s filling in for Justin Melnick while he travels around Italy) will be serving a four course tasting menu priced at $55 per person as well as the regular menu. They’ll also be offering a kids menu so you can bring the little ones. Reservations are available starting at 5:30pm. Call 508.481.8484.
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Top of the Hub
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in true Top of the Hub style this year – with live jazz, spectacular views, and a delicious menu from chef Mark Porcaro. The festivities, fifty two floors up, start at 7:30pm with a cocktail reception, follow by a six-course meal and a fun and fizzy champagne toast at midnight. The Bob Nieske Group featuring Phil Grenadier and popular vocalist Maggie Galloway will be playing throughout the evening. The real show-stopper however, might just be the spectacular views of the moon which will not only be full, but blue on December 31st. Top of the Hub’s New Year’s Eve celebration costs $250 per person including tax and gratuity. Call 617.536.1775 for booking information.
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Trattoria della Nonna
With help from George Schwartz of Vias Imports, chef-owner Ken DeFazio takes his New Year’s Eve diners on a five-course tour of the Piedmont region of Italy. Tickets costs $125 each and are available at 508.339.5432. The bar at Trattoria della Nonna will also be open for business serving DeFazio’s small plates menu, and there’ll be champagne toasts in the bar at midnight if that’s more your speed.
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Tremont 647
Chef Andy Husbands wants you to join him for an amazing feast followed by Tremont 647 ’s annual New Year’s Eve party. Husbands and company are serving a $49 four-course prix fixe that’s full of culinary masterpieces and must-haves.  Stick around after dinner for this year’s Studio 54-themed party. Bust out your bell bottoms and your butterfly collars and get down in 70s style. For all the details and reservations, call 617.266.4600.
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Tryst chef-owner Paul Turano will be prepping a three-course dinner for his New Years’ Eve guests. Be among them, call 781.641.2227 for reservations, and you can close out 2009 over courses like lacquered duck with scallion cake and pickled vegetables; and pan seared scallops with wild mushroom risotto and truffle vinaigrette. Dinner costs $55 per person (which includes a glass of champagne for each person – not to mention a champagne toast when the clock strikes twelve) so plan your romantic New Year’s rendezvous in Arlington.
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UpStairs on the Square
Get all gussied up and usher in the new year with the ladies of UpStairs on the Square, feasting on tasty treats and dancing the night away. With early and late seatings in both the Monday Club Bar and the Soiree Room there are options to suit any type of celebration. Reserve a table downstairs before 6:30pm and enjoy a three-course menu from Susie Regis for $55 per person. For diners who have reservations after 8:30pm, Regis switches gears serving a four-course menu for $135 per person, which will be paired with a champagne toast and plenty of after-dinner festivities. If, on the other hand, you prefer to dine in the Soiree Room on chef Steven Brand‘s delicious fare , you can attend either the early seating which begins at 5:30pm and costs $75 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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Vox Populi
Say good riddance to 2009 at Vox Populi. They’ll be getting ready for the better times ahead with a four-course menu from chef Ryan LaFrance and a late night party that’ll go on into the wee hours. Dinner, reservations for which are available between 5:00 and 9:00pm, costs $75 per person ($95 with paired wines). If you’d prefer to bury the memories 0f 2009 with bubbly, skip dinner and get to Vox for their après dinner party which runs from 9:00pm-2:00am. The $40 cover charge covers admittance, passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne until the end of the night. Call Vox at 617.424.8300 to reserve your spot at either celebration.
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