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New Years Eve Dining-Cool Brooklyn Restaurants Offer Twist on New York New Years

Monster Ball at Brooklyn Brewery, "Apocalypse Dinner" Mark 2012 New Year's


Do something a little different for New Year's Eve 2012. Do Brooklyn.

Here's a mini-list of great places to dine in Brooklyn this New Year's Eve, ranging from $50 to over $145 per person. We couldn't be list them all, so think of it as a tasting menu, just a sampling of what's available for dining experiences for various budgets, schedules, and locations, in Brooklyn. (Note: The three stars *** indicate special opportunities for New Year's Eve dressing up.)

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1. Brooklyn Brewery "Monster Ball" - Dinner, Beer & DJ (Williamsburg)***

Dine and dance the night away at the one-and-only Brooklyn Brewery. Festivities go from 8 P.M. until 1 A.M.

Brooklyn Brewery's Monster Ball won't exactly be Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour. But this esteemed Brooklyn institution will have all eight taps taps open, including a keg of 2004 vintage Black Chocolate Stout. They're calling in highly regarded locals for the New Year's feast, with carving stations serving lamb, brisket and ham. Fill your plate with Brooklyn Cured's special cheeses, McClure’s pickles, deserts from Milk Bar and wine from BOE. Dance to DJ Popular Science who'll be spinning dance pop, rock & soul. Forget the champagne —this is, after all, a brewery— there's a midnight toast of Brooklyn Brewery's very own Sorachi Ace.

  • Where: The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th Street, Williamsburg. See website for directions.
  • Price: $100 in advance, $110 at the door (space is limited to 150)
  • New Years Dress Suggestions: They're calling it a Monster Ball, so...
  • Contact: (718) 486 7717. http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/events/2011-12-31/

Need costume ideas? Occupy Wall Street costumes (DIY of course).

2. DuMont - Dinner & DJ (Williamsburg) ***

For New Year's Eve, DuMont is offering a three-course, fixed price menu — and dancing. The menu includes such classics as French onion soup, arctic char with pureed parsnip and beer-braised pork sausage. Dessert's a surprise, and promises to be delish.

The DJ spins until 2 A.M.

  • Where: 432 Union Avenue, Williamsburg. See website for directions.
  • Price: $65 per person.
  • New Years Dress Suggestions: Come "dressed in glitter."
  • Contact: (718) 486 7717. http://dumontrestaurant.com/website/

3. Vinegar Hill House - "Apocalypse Theme" Dinner (DUMBO) ***

This tiny, classy restaurant is doing a theme event for New Years (nothing dramatic, just the apocalypse). So, guests are invited to eat and drink "like it's your last night on earth." There are two seatings, both with four-course prix-fixe menus.

Seatings: Early Dinner starts at 5 P.M. and includes a four-course meal. Or, come late and stay later for dinner and a champagne toast.

  • Where: 72 Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill/DUMBO. See website for directions.
  • Price: Early dinner costs $75 per person; late dinner and champagne toast costs $95 per person.
  • New Years Dress Suggestions: Go crazy. They say, "Come dressed like it's your last. Because it always could be, right?"
  • Contact: 718-522-1018 or email reservations@vinegarhillhouse.com

4. Palo Santo - Seven Course Decadence (Park Slope)

Palo Santo will offer two different seatings, and also two different New Year's menus. A family-friendly early seating from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. features a three-course prix fixe meal with meat, fish and vegetarian options. The second seating starts at 9:30 and is more elaborate, with a "decadent" seven-course meal with wine pairings.

A note from chef Jacques Gautier about the second seating: "The wine pairings are a big draw for our late seating. With the pumpkin stew we will be pouring Channing Daughters Sylvanus, an aromatic white wine from the South Fork of Long Island. It's local and it goes great with spicy dishes. Later in the evening, and most likely with grilled grass-fed beef, the big reds will come out. Ripasso de Tannat from Vinedos de los Vientos is a full bodied Amarone style wine made in Uruguay from the Tannat grape. I am excited for an opportunity to open a few bottles that wine because .. nothing is too good for New Year's Eve!"

  • Where: 652 Union Street,Park Slope. See website for directions.
  • Price: Early seating $35. Second seating (through midnight) with wine pairings is $145 per person.
  • Contact: (718) 636-6311. http://www.palosanto.us

5. Farm on Adderley - Live Music, Locavore Menu (Ditmas Park)

The much beloved Farm on Adderley, a mecca for locavores, is having two five-course seatings on New Year's Eve. The first seating, perfect for families and early-birders, begins at 6:30 P.M. The second seating is at 9:30. The later seating is perfect for revelers who plan to usher in the New Year in at the restaurant; there'll be live music and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Where: 1108 Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park. See website for directions.
  • Price: The first seating costs $65 per person, the second seating $95 per person.
  • Contact: (718) 287-3101. http://thefarmonadderley.com

6. Bogota - Killer Drinks, Latin Food & $50 Open Bar (Park Slope)

This popular Latin restaurant's extensive New Year's Eve menu features such appetizers as arepa with avacoado and lobster quesadilla. Entrees run the gamut from elaborate vegetarian tacos to a beer-marinated, slow-roasted spiced pork dish. Or, try the pan fried brook trout in a blue corn crust, topped with avocado salsa, served with jalapeno mac and cheese. Some special dishes cost an extra $5. Bogota stays open until 3 A.M. on New Year's Eve.
  • Where: 141 5th Avenue, Park Slope. See website for directions.
  • Price: $50 per person. (Also, you can opt for two hours of an open bar for an exttra $50 per person, but only if whole table participates.)
  • Contact: (718) 230-3805. http://bogotabistro.com/newyearseve.html
  • 7. Roman's - Party Hats, Italian Food (Fort Greene)

    One of Fort Greene's best restaurants, Roman's is owned by the same folks who created Williamsburg's Marlow & Sons. Roman's New Years Eve includes party hats, dinner and drinks, with free aperitifs at the bar after midnight. Reservations only for groups of six or more.
    • Where: 243 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene. See website for directions.
    • Contact: (718) (718) 622-5300. http://romansnyc.com

    8. Walter Foods - Raw Bar & Festivities (Williamsburg)¡

    Luxuriate! It's the new year! Indulge in some fresh oysters and martinis while enjoying an elegant ambiance. The scene is young and hip. The friendly, alcohol-fueled din at Walter Foods just gets louder and the vibe more fun as the clock ticks toward midnight. Crack open a bottle of champagne: it's 2012!
    • Where: 253 Grand Street, Williamsburg. See website for directions.
    • Contact: (718) 387-8783. http://walterfoods.com

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