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New Year’s Eve Dinner
at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2015/2016

Toast to the New Year with amazing meals at the city’s top restaurants

Philadelphia’s top restaurants will raise a glass of champagne to 2016 with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations and midnight toasts to celebrate the New Year.

This year welcomes the return of the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, two FREE fireworks shows on the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight. Both shows leave ample time to feast either after (the 6 p.m.) or before (the midnight) shows.

Join in the decadent celebration, and check out our top picks for where to eat out on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as the city’s top tables will book up fast.

Browse a selection of New Year’s dinners and celebrations at restaurants around the city, below.

Tons of Philadelphia restaurants have special New Year’s Eve menus, including Bufad.


Waterfront Dining

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast | Fireworks views

Party the night away and take in the awesome SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront from the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing as part of its City Rhythm Orchestra New Year’s Eve Party Celebration, which includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner and a midnight champagne toast — plus a great view of the midnight fireworks. $130 per person (general seating) or $169 per person (premium seating). Details: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, (800) 598-0005

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La Peg at FringeArts

Prix-fixe | Live music | Fireworks views

FringeArts is saying goodbye to 2015 with a funky celebration. Start your night with a prix-fixe meal at 8:45 p.m., then enjoy live music, beer garden fire pits, balloons and more. For the midnight fireworks, just cross the street to Race Street Pier, then head back inside and dance the night away. Cover admission ($29) is included with the 8:45 p.m. meal. Details: 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 375-7744

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Moshulu

Prix-fixe | Family-friendly | Fireworks views

Have a sweet celebration aboard the Moshulu as you celebrate the New Year. Below deck, enjoy a special four-course prix fixe dinner with seatings between 3:30-6:45 p.m. ($125 per person) and 7-10:30 p.m. ($195 per person). A three-course children’s menu is available for children 2-14 for just $35. Those looking to watch the fireworks can head to the deck for great views of both fireworks shows and a scrumptious dessert buffet for $30 per person and cash bar. Details: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500

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Ristorante La Veranda

Prix-fixe | Fireworks views

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing is just south of the Ben Franklin Bridge, making it a prime location for watching the fireworks. The four-course dinner runs $75 per person. Details: Penns Landing – Pier 3, (215) 351-1898

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Spirit of Philadelphia

Prix-fixe | Fireworks views

Cruise into the New Year aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Get up close to the fireworks shows with two festive dinner cruises including delicious food, live entertainment, dancing, toasts and more. Advanced reservations are required.

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Moshulu

Climb aboard the Moshulu on the Delaware River Waterfront for an elegant dining experience and front-row views of the fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. (Photo courtesy the Moshulu)


Old City

Amada

Prix-fixe

The “San Sebastian” prix-fixe tasting menu at Iron Chef Jose Garces’s Old City tapas spot includes bites like lamb chops, scallops and carpaccio. Diners who wish to upgrade to the “Barcelona” spread get additional options to enjoy, like Serrano ham salad and pan con chocolate for dessert. Options for $75 or $90 per person; wine pairing $35/$50 additional. Details: 217-219 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-2450

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Bank and Bourbon

Prix-fixe

Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Philadelphia will cook up a three-course New Year’s Eve menu, complete with options like seared scallops, arctic char and filet mignon. $65 per person. Details: 1200 Market Street, (215) 231-7300

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Amada

Close out 2015 by dining on small plates and flavorful dishes at Amada in Old City. (Photo courtesy N. Sheldon)

The Gaslight

À la carte

This casual Old City spot will offer a special a la carte menu for New Year’s Eve. Toast with a Miller High Life at midnight and head over to see fireworks along the river just a block away. Details: 120 Market Street, (215) 925-7691

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Panorama at Penn’s View Hotel

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast | Fireworks views

Located on Front Street, Panorama at the Penn’s View Hotel features front-row views of the fireworks over the Delaware River. Families (and early birds) can choose to arrive at 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. for a three-course price-fixed menu. Later on, diners who want to party the night away can opt for a five-course menu at 9 p.m., along with a champagne toast at midnight. $60 per person for the first two seatings (kids’ menu $30 per person), $95 per person for third seating. Details: Front and Market Street, (215) 922-7600

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Red Owl Tavern

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast | Live music

Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco is offering a four-course meal for New Year’s Eve. Live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight round out the evening. Two seatings (7-7:30 p.m. and 9-9:30 p.m.) are available, and the meal runs $60 per person. Details: 433 Chestnut Street, (215) 923-2267

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Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern is hosting a four-course meal this New Year’s Eve. (Photo courtesy Red Owl Tavern)

Victoria Freehouse

À la carte

Join in a decidedly low-key New Year’s Eve celebration at Victoria Freehouse in Old City. In addition to the regular menu, this British-style pub will offer food specials and menu additions like shrimp cocktail with bloody Mary sauce, beef wellington, and Scottish salmon. Details: 10 S. Front Street, (215) 543-6089

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Graduate Hospital

Pumpkin BYOB

Prix-fixe | BYOB

Bring a bottle of champagne to Pumpkin BYOB for a dinner featuring four courses of local eats. Dinner rings in at $75 per person. Details: 1713 South Street, (215) 545-4448

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Avenue of the Arts

10 Arts

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast | Live music |

Get into the festive spirit at 10 Arts Lounge on New Year’s Eve with a special dinner tasting menu, live music and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are strongly recommended. Details: 10 Avenue of the Arts, (215) 523-8000

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10 Arts

Countdown to a festive balloon drop at the 10 Arts Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton. (Photo courtesy 10 Arts)

Volver

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

This elegant eatery from Chef Jose Garces will offer three different options for New Year’s Eve diners. A ten-course tasting menu will be served in the dining room, and a pre-theater menu will be available from 5-7 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., live jazz, passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar will make Bar Volver a festive place to ring in 2016. Pre-theater dinner $65 per person; dining room reservations $200 per person; Bar Volver celebration $150 per person. Details: 300 South Broad Street, (215) 670-2303

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Society Hill & Queen Village

Brauhaus Schmitz

Champagne toast

Ring in the New Year at the hottest Haus party in Philly. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., guests can enjoy an open bar, an appetizer buffet, music, and a champagne “prost” at midnight. Details: 718 South Street, (267) 909-8814

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Ela

Prix-fixe

Celebrated chef Jason Cichonski will offer special four- and six-course New Year’s Eve menus at his cozy Queen Village dining room. Dishes will include elements like truffle shavings, oysters and caviar. Details: 627 S. 3rd Street, (267) 687-8512

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Positano Coast

À la carte | Fireworks Views

Toast to the New Year at Positano Coast with an à la carte menu followed by an evening party, which includes a cash bar, DJ, party favors and dancing. The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront are just a few blocks away at 6 p.m. and midnight. Details: 212 Walnut Street, (215) 238-0499

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Volver

Enjoy a special New Year’s tasting prepared by Chef Jose Garces at Volver at the Kimmel Center. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The Twisted Tail

Prix-fixe | Live music

In addition to a rocking 1920s-themed party, The Twisted Tail is set to serve a prix-fixe dinner for $75. Dinner will be discounted to $42 per person for those who dine on a three-course menu from 5 to 6 p.m. Details: 509 S. 2nd Street, (215) 558-2471

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Rittenhouse Square

a.kitchen

Prix-fixe

Reserve a spot at a.kitchen‘s price-fixed, multi-course dinner, or stop into a.bar for champagne and oyster specials. The meal at a.kitchen runs $75 per person. (An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional cost).

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Audrey Claire

Prix-fixe | BYOB

Bring a bottle of wine and head to Audrey Claire on New Year’s Eve for a $60 five-course feast featuring eats like pork and foie gras pate, 24-hour sous vide short ribs, braised octopus and more. Details: 276 S. 20th Street, (215) 731-1222

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Bank and Bourbon

Bank and Bourbon on the ground floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel features a comforting three-course dinner for New Year’s Eve. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Del Frisco’s

Prix-fixe

Why choose between surf and turf? As a New Year’s special, diners can enjoy an 8-oz. filet paired with an 8-oz. lobster at this popular steakhouse located in an impressive landmark building. Details: 1426 Chestnut Street, (215) 246-0533

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Estia

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

Enjoy Greek fare at Estia’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which promises à la carte from 5-7 p.m. and a $90 four-course prix-fixe dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Diners will be treated to dancing, a DJ and a complimentary glass of champagne. Details: 1405 Locust Street, (215) 735-7700

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Lacroix

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel is celebrating the New Year with two special tasting menus — a four-course meal for $85 per person and an extravagant eight-course feast for $135 per person. Celebrate at midnight with a champagne toast. Details: 210 W. Rittenhouse

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Liberte Lounge at Sofitel Philadelphia

Prix-fixe

Romance is in the air at Liberte Lounge, where an interactive and intimate dining experience awaits couples and groups. Dinner includes an elegant three-course meal – think beef wellington and lobster Thermidor – and tableside visits from the hotel’s chefs and bartenders. Details: 120 S. 17th Street, (215) 569-8300

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R2L

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

Ring in 2016 on the 37th floor of Liberty Place. At R2L, early birds can enjoy a three-course dinner from 5-7 p.m. From 7:30-9:30 p.m., the menu expands to four courses and includes a champagne toast, party favors, live music and dancing. The bar and lounge will be open to the public until 9 p.m., at which points the area closes for a ticketed event. $75 per person from 5-7 p.m. (guaranteed window seating $95 per person); $150 per person from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (guaranteed window seating $200 per person) Details: 50 S. 16th Street, (215) 564-5337

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Russet

Prix-fixe

The special $90-per-person five-course menu at Russet includes mouthwatering dishes like roasted garlic gnudi, house-cured prosciutto and pan-roasted halibut. Details: 1521 Spruce Street, (215) 546-1521

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R2L

Reserve your table at R2L and celebrate the New Year 37 floors above the city. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Tinto

Prix-fixe

On December 31, the kitchen at Tinto will churn out masterpieces like sunchoke papardelle, Colorado lamb rack, prawn brochette and white asparagus salad. Dining options are available for $75 and $95 per person; wine pairing available for $40/$55 additional. Details: 114 S. 20th Street, (215) 665-9150

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Tria

Locations in Rittenhouse and Wash West make Tria a convenient option for New Year’s revelry. Diners will get $10 specials on sparkling wine, and a festive cheese board will be added to the menu for the occasion. Details: 123 S. 18th Street, (215) 972-8742; 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200

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Vesper

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

Celebrate speakeasy-style at this tucked-away spot in Center City. A three-course, price-fixed dinner will include hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. Live music and DJs will be entertaining guests all night long. Details: 223 S. Sydenham Street, (267) 930-3813


Midtown Village & Washington Square West

Barbuzzo

Prix-fixe

Head to Midtown Village for a special price-fixed dinner at Barbuzzo. The menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but we’re willing to bet it ends with the eatery’s signature dessert, the scrumptious salted caramel budino. Details: 110 S. 13 Street, (215) 546-9300

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Bud & Marilyn’s

Prix-fixe

Celebrate the New Year with a price-fixed dinner at this new spot from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. The duo added the whimsical American restaurant to their Midtown Village empire just a couple of months ago, and it’s already a hit with locals and visitors alike. Details: Corner of 13th and Locust streets, (215) 546-2220

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Garces Trading Company

Prix-fixe

Enjoy a curated version of the recently revamped menu at Garces Trading Company this year. Two meal options ($55 or $65 per person) accommodate guests with different budgets, and a handpicked wine pairing is available as well. Details: 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099

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Jamonera

Prix-fixe

Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney turn their attention on Spanish tapas with this neighborhood gem. Specific dishes are still TBD on the price-fixed New Year’s Eve menu. Details: 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061

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Hilton

Get waterfront views of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks as you ring in 2016 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. (Photo courtesy Hilton Philadelphia)

Little Nonna’s

Prix-fixe

Hearty fare and an authentic atmosphere delight diners at this red-gravy Italian restaurant in Midtown Village. Marcie Turney will serve up a special price-fixed menu for the holiday for $75 per person. Details: 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2100

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Lolita

Prix-fixe

This Mexican eatery will offer two seatings for New Year’s Eve. Early diners get a $55 price-fixed menu, and the price goes up $20 for the late shift. Exact timing is still TBD. Details: 106 S. 13th Street, 215-546-7100

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Mercato

Prix-fixe | Champagne Toast

Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy as Mercato offers a trio of prix-fixe dinner options for New Year’s Eve revelers. For seatings from 5 to 6 p.m., nosh on a three-course dinner for $60. For seatings from 7 to 8 p.m., a four-course dinner is available for $75. And for seatings from 9 to 10 p.m., chow down on a five-course dinner for $85. Guests of the final seating will also receive complimentary champagne and party favors. Details: 1216 Spruce Street, (215) 985-2962

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Opa

Prix-fixe

Mediterranean cuisine reigns supreme at this Center City restaurant. The New Year’s Eve menu includes specialties like octopus, lobster, sea urchin, pork shank and baklava. Details: 1311 Sansom Street, (215) 545-0170

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Strangelove’s

Prix-fixe

Starting at 8 p.m., revelers can celebrate in style at Strangelove’s with passed hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner, an open beer bar and a toast at midnight. A full vegan menu is available for non-meat-eaters. Details: 215 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404

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Tredici Enoteca

Throughout December (New Year’s Eve included), the brand new Tredici Enoteca will offer Moet Brut ($12) and Veuve Clicquot Rose ($14) by the glass. One dollar from each glass sold will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Details: 13th and Sansom streets, (267) 928-2092

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Valanni

Prix-fixe

From 7 to 11 p.m., Valanni, a Mediterranean eatery, serves up a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person. Alternatively, $70 gets you a three-hour premium open bar, complimentary snacks and a DJ from 10-1 a.m. Details: 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494

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La Peg

Enjoy food from La Peg as you dance into 2016 during FringeArts’ funky New Year’s Eve celebration on the Delaware River Waterfront. (Photo courtesy La Peg)

Varga Bar

Prix-fixe | Champagne toast

New Year’s Eve at Varga Bar comes a couple different ways. Those looking to dine have three options: a three-course meal at 5:30 p.m. for $40, a four-course meal at 7:30 p.m. for $55 and a five-course meal at 9:30 p.m. for $65. Looking to celebrate? Book the three-hour premium open bar package for $55 per person and enjoy party favors, a champagne toast and the return of the 10-foot cheesesteak. Details: 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200

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Zavino

Throughout December (New Year’s Eve included), both Zavino locations will offer Moet Brut ($12) and Veuve Clicquot Rose ($14) by the glass. One dollar from each glass sold will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Details: 112 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2400; 3200 Chestnut Street, (215) 823-6897

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East Passyunk

Coeur

Be among the first guests to ever celebrate New Year’s Eve at the newly opened Coeur, where the special holiday menu includes goodies like caviar, lobster bisque and vegan spaghetti squash. Details: 824 S. 8th Street, (215) 922-6387

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Fond

Prix-fixe

East Passyunk favorite Fond will be offering a special five-course prix fixe dinner on December 31 for $95 per person. An optional wine pairing is available for $35 per person. Details: 1537 S. 11th Street, (215) 551-5000

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Noord

Prix-fixe

Enjoy Nordic fare at Noord’s New Year’s Eve dinner. The five-course meal, which includes smoked shrimp-stuffed tomato, roasted cauliflower bisque, braised lamb “kapsalon” and more, goes for $75 per person. Details: 1046 Tasker Street, (267) 909-9704

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Palladino’s

Prix-fixe

Visit East Passyunk’s Palladino’s for a prix-fixe four-course dinner featuring Italian dishes. On the menu this year: razor clam crudo, chestnut soup, Maine lobster, duck saltimbocca and more. Details: 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 928-4339

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Valanni

Enjoy a stylish meal at Valanni, then party the night away during their New Year’s Eve celebration. (Courtesy Valanni)

Townsend

Prix-fixe

Chef-owner Townsend Wentz will offer a multi-course, price-fixed menu of French fare alongside an expert wine pairing. Contact the restaurant directly for reservations and details. Details: 1623 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 639-3203

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Fairmount and Spring Garden

Alla Spina

Alla Spina will host this year’s Vetri Family annual New Year’s Eve celebration. In addition to more than five hours of open bar, the party will feature delectable dishes from Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and Alla Spina. On the entertainment front, get ready for a DJ, dancing and a photo booth. Details: 1410 Mount Vernon Street, (215) 600-0017

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Bufad

Dine on a holiday tasting menu at this southern Italian favorite, where Neapolitan, wood-fired pizzas are a particular specialty. Details: 1240 Spring Garden Street, (215) 238-9311

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SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Bar

Prix-fixe

On New Year’s Eve, SOUTH will host two seatings featuring southern fare from Chef Paul Martin. The first seating will include a four-course, price-fixed menu, which expands to five courses for the second seating. Guests dining in the jazz parlor will enjoy live music from Juanita Holiday. Details: 600 N. Broad Street, (215) 600-0220

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Yakitori Boy

This DJ-centric party goes until 2 a.m. Lounge table VIP bottle service is available for tables of 10-12 guests, and private rooms can be reserved as well. Details: 211 N. 11th Street, (215) 923-8088

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Northern Liberties, Kensington and Fishtown

Bar Ferdinand

Prix-fixe

Dine to a live flamenco performance at Bar Ferdinand’s New Year’s Eve dinner. For $75, enjoy five-courses of Spanish plates. Seatings are available at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. An optional wine or cocktail pairing is available, too. Details: 1030 N. 2nd Street, (215) 923-1313

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Distrito

Cheers to the New Year with tequila instead of champagne at Distrito, Chef Jose Garces Mexico City-inspired restaurant in West Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy Distrito)

Kensington Quarters

Prix-fixe

Carnivores flock to this Fishtown butcher-shop-cum-restaurant. A sustainable, price-fixed menu is in the works for New Year’s Eve. Details: 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5086

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Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

The pioneering nanobrewery will debut a special New Year’s Eve variety for the second year in a row. This time, the brew is Bonne Annee, which means “Happy New Year” in French. Details: 1710 N. 5th Street,

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University City

Distrito

Prix-fixe

Take your palate south of the border with two prix-fixe menus at Distrito in West Philly. Optional beverage pairings are available to enjoy alongside the guacamole, tacos and tamales. Details: 3945 Chestnut Street., (215) 222-1657

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Distrito Taqueria

Champagne toast

At Distrito’s downstairs Taqueria, the fiesta starts at 8 p.m. and DJs will be spinning tunes until 1 a.m. Partyers can munch on Mexican street food; get silly from margaritas, sangria, beer and well drinks; and toast to the new year with champagne at midnight. Details: 3945 Chestnut Street, (215) 222-1657

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