First Night in Boston has been a celebratory tradition for years where artists, musicians, dancers, sculptors and skaters come together to ring in the New Year. This year, the city will be bursting with many outdoor activities in Copley Square and beyond. There’s nothing that says celebration quite like a fantastic dinner in town. For example, over in the Seaport, Ocean Prime Boston is offering a prix fixe, four-course menu comes complete with a celebratory glass of Moet Imperial or Dom Perignon champagne. Nearby, Legal Harborside at Liberty Wharf is hosting a soiree atop the roof in a glass-enclosed space where guests can celebrate a midnight toast with Moët & Chandon “Imperial” Brut NV bubbly. Here’s a look at five other haute spots in Boston to ring in the New Year.
1 Top of the HubJoel Benjamin
One of the most exquisite views of the city can be found from 52 stories above all the New Year's Eve action in the Prudential Tower. If you are looking to book what is sure to be an unforgettable evening, the Top of the Hub is the place to be. They are offering two seatings - a four-course between 5 and 6:15 p.m. and a five-course being served between 8:30 and 9:45 p.m. Dishes include sauteed potato gnocchi, a bone-in dry aged strip steak with butter poached lobster tail along with a dessert trio.
800 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199
2 Bastille KitchenBastille Kitchen
Bastille Kitchen in the Fort Point Channel kicks off its New Year’s celebration at 10 p.m. with bubbles, bites, and late night beats in the upstairs lounge for the late night crowd. If you are looking for a little lower key celebration, come for the prix-fixe menu at this Parisian-style bistro that includes American caviar, duck prosciutto, and seared scallops with black truffle, not to mention a duo of desserts, including Bavarian Cream Exotique, laced with passion fruit Bavarian cream, coconut dacquoise and a pineapple diplomat.
49 Melcher Street Boston, MA 02210
3 City Tap HouseCity Tap House
There isn't a better place to ring in the New Year than at a new spot. Introducing City Tap House, which is making its debut New Year's Eve in the Fort Point Channel with a soft opening on New Year's Eve. With more than 60 beers on tap, this is more than just a beer hall. On Saturdays, they will introduce a steakhouse menu that features a selection of butcher-selected prime steaks and chops. The space has been beautifully furnished with reclaimed wood from upstate New York and Lancaster County, exposed steel structural beams, full-height glass windows, a copper-clad bar, industrial-chic lighting and Prohibition-era murals.
10 Boston Wharf Road Boston, MA 02210
4 Liquid Art HouseLiquid Art House
There aren’t too many places where the drinks will be flowing and the art will be showing, but at Liquid Art house, a three-course dinner will take center stage. On display at this art gallery/restaurant, private VIP tables can be reserved for the exclusive dinner offered with or without wine pairings. Sip on a champagne toast at midnight and watch the ball drop from the projection screens while enjoying live music being spun up by resident DJ Sandy Poirier. Appetizers include charred cauliflower and big eye tuna tartar while entrees feature roasted strip loan with black truffle demi glaze and striped marlin with crispy root vegetables.
100 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116
If you are looking for a luxe evening out on the town, Deuxave will be sure to come through for you. Here, you can indulge in a four-course menu with optional wine pairings. Starters include supplemental Israeli Golden osetra caviar and white truffles from Alba. Start off with a sampling of Wagyu steak tartare with forbidden rice chips, papaya salad and crispy shallots; then move onto seared Nantucket Bay scallops with maitake mushrooms, brodo, fines herbs, and chili oil. The main event features dishes like a prime beef tenderloin with egg yolk ravioli and celery root puree. Save some room for a sweet treat (think satsuma sorbet with kaffir lime cream).
371 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02115