Before you make those New Years resolutions, Zagat offers three picks for New Year's Eve dinner in New York City. Zagat editor James Mulcahy filed the following report for NY1.
For a cozy meal at a neighborhood favorite, head to Nolita's Balaboosta, which is serving a Moroccan, family-style meal for $85 per person.
"I decided I want something different. I want to be kind of back to my roots, and back to what I really, really love to cook, which is going to be family style," says chef/owner Einat Admony.
The restaurant is taking reservations all night long, which means no timeline for dinner and no need to deal with the crowds who fill up Midtown to see the ball drop.
"It's going to be less crowded. You can walk in the street without getting shoved by a million people," Admony says.
If you want to hit up an option in Brooklyn, Maison Premiere in Williamsburg is ready with oysters and champagne.
"We're doing a four-course prix-fixe for New Year's this year. We're doing two seatings, a 6 and a 9 o'clock seating," says Ben Crispin, the restaurant's Maitre D'. "We have oysters available all night long. Walk-ins at the bar all night for oysters, champagne cocktails. It's going to be a lot of fun."
And if you're looking for a genuine blowout, brand-new Meatpacking district hot spot Tao Downtown will hook you up.
"Tao is a pan-Asian bistro. We offer Chinese dishes, Japanese dishes, a full sushi menu, some Thai dishes, a few Malaysian dishes and Vietnamese dishes," says chef and partner Ralph Scamardella.
There are two early seatings where you can order a la carte and a 9:30 p.m. prix fixe party that's sure to be epic if you're prepared to pay a hefty price tag.
"The third seating starts at 9:30, and it's $250 per person," Scamardella says. "It's going to be the wildest New Year's Eve party. We'll have dancers, DJs, stilt walkers. It'll be really a European indulgence. Just a crazy, crazy time."
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