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.)
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).
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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
- Where: 243 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene. See website for directions.
- Contact: (718) (718) 622-5300. http://romansnyc.com
- Where: 253 Grand Street, Williamsburg. See website for directions.
- Contact: (718) 387-8783. http://walterfoods.com