What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?


Cheers! Photo by Aubrie Pick from the tablehopper Top It Off event in 2013.

Ready for 2015? No? Neither are we, but New Year’s Eve is coming right up, on Wednesday December 31st. Since there’s nothing we can do about it, let’s at least celebrate its beginning in style, shall we?

For a jazzy good time in Dogpatch, check out ~PICCINO~, where a four-course prix-fixe dinner will be accompanied by live music from Tin Cup Serenade, an old-time jazz band. The menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but rumors of Dungeness crab and chestnut pasta are swirling in the air. There will also be special wines to pair with each course. Dinner is $125 per person, which includes food and wine pairings but not tax and tip. There are two seatings, from 5pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9:30pm. Reserve online or by calling 415-824-4224. If you’re not looking for a sit-down dinner but would love some pizza, the Piccino coffee window will be open until midnight, serving pizzas to go, sparkling wine, and coffee to keep you lively all night long.

It’s hard to beat the downtown glamour of ~BIX~, where a four-course prix-fixe menu will be served all night. The first part of the evening will include live music from a jazz duo, and the second half of the evening will be spent with a jazz quartet. Reservations from 5:30pm-7:30pm are $95 per person and include food but not beverages, tax, or tip; reservations made for after 8pm are $170 per person and include a glass of Champagne and a special gift. Reservations can be made by calling 415-433-6300, or try for a spot at the bar, which will be open to walk-ins.

~FOREIGN CINEMA~ continues their run of fun themed parties with a special Purple Rain Party on New Year’s Eve. Get your best ’80s glam gear out and shake it! The evening includes a four-course dinner for $100 per person, not including beverages, tax, and tip. The party kicks off at 5:30pm, and reservations are recommended.

Had a good year? Go full-on fancy at ~FARALLON~ with a six-course tasting menu. You can choose from the traditional tasting menu for $120 per person (wine pairings, $65), or really go for it with the Caviar and Truffle menu for $155 per person (wine pairings, $85). Reservations can be made online or by calling 415-956-6969.

Swanky ~HAKKASAN~ is offering a six-course prix-fixe on New Year’s Eve, with prawn dumplings and stir-fried green lobster, to name just a few of the choices. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Champagne from Perrier-Jouët, classy. The dinner is $138 per person, not including beverages, tax, and tip. Reservations are available for 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and 9:30pm and can be made by email or by calling 415-829-8148.

If you love crab, ~CHINO~ is throwing one hell of a crabtastic feast, complete with crab and pork belly soup dumplings, crab noodles, and spice-roasted crab, Chino style. It’s $70 per person for the four-course prix-fixe menu, and then $25 more for four customized cocktails by Danny Louie (tip and tax not included). This would be a fun one for a group too. Reservations can be made here.

For New Year’s in the 510, check out ~HOMESTEAD~ for a five-course prix-fixe with seatings from 5pm until 11pm. The menu will include a choice of entrées, including “ribeye and truffle” with winter root vegetables, creamed spinach, and sauce Périgord. Dinner is $100 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $100. The price includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a toast at midnight for those still dining. 4029 Piedmont Ave. at 40th St., 510-420-6962.

For a slightly more casual evening, try dinner at ~RAMEN SHOP~, where they’ll be offering a special six-course dinner with all-you-can-drink bubbly. There are two split seatings, one at 7pm/7:30pm and the second at 9pm/9:30pm and tickets are $75 per person. Or, if you’re just interested in a party, you can just go to their Champagne party after 10pm; tickets are $25 per person.

Go Italian style with a dinner at ~DOPO~, where they’ve created a special menu of Sicilian dishes to pair with a celebration of Sicilian wines (fantastico!). The highlight of the dinner is a celebratory timballo, or traditional meat pie, made with meat ragù, meatballs, stuffed pasta, and farm eggs. Take a look at the menu and pairings here. The dinner is $65 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $25. Seatings are at 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and 9:30pm (the last seating also receives a beverage at neighboring Adesso). Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 4293 Piedmont Ave. at John, 510-652-3676.

Still looking for a good spot? Check out this piece the ‘hopper wrote for 7x7.com on four good New Year’s Eve deals.

Event Info

Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 – Thursday Jan 1, 2015