Restaurant Takeout Menus That Will Make Your New Year’s Eve Feel Special

Celebrate at home with these festive feasts.

December 18, 2020

Photo by: MAXIM PHOTO STUDIO/Photo courtesy of Antique Taco

MAXIM PHOTO STUDIO/Photo courtesy of Antique Taco

We’re all ready to wave goodbye to 2020, even if this New Year’s Eve will be more low-key than years past. But just because it’s another night at home doesn’t mean it can’t be super special. Restaurants are pulling out all the stops with live virtual entertainment, decorations and of course stellar food and libations for takeout to make sure you can welcome 2021 with open arms.

The Musket Room, New York City

Have a magical virtual evening, literally, with this New York city neighborhood spot and world-renowned magician Mark Clearview, who will challenge guests with his mind reading and card tricks. While you sit in awe, enjoy cocktails based on your intention for the year - Love & Attraction, Good Fortune & Prosperity, Peace & New Beginnings or Abundance & Success. Plus, dig into plenty of “fancy food” like foie gras and truffle terrine, fresh baked sourdough bread and caviar.

Antique Taco, Chicago

Looking for a more low-key NYE that supports not just one, but four local businesses? Chicago’s Antique Taco has partnered with a few friends for a chill night and New Year’s Day. Grab a tray of ten tacos plus chips, guac and salsa paired with their rosemary margaritas. For a few more libations they are including a six-pack of 5 Rabbit’s Xicago Beer, key lime pie from Bang Bang Pie, noisemakers for midnight and Heritage Bike and Coffee coffee beans for the next morning.

Freight House, Paducah, Kentucky

Sara Bradley has taken her skills virtually to support restaurant workers by adding a few Zoom cooking classes to her offerings. If cooking your own meal with the help of a chef is your plan for the new year, Bradley will be whipping up her signature dishes on New Year’s Day. Think cornbread, smoky bloody Marys and more.

Birdsong, San Francisco

This year, we all deserve to treat ourselves and this NYE dinner does just that. Included are surf and turf lobster rolls, which are as decadent as they sound, a cooked two-pound lobster, beef tartare, trout roe plus parker house rolls and lobster brain aioli. Feeling slightly extra? Add caviar cream puffs, black truffle deviled eggs and plenty of sparkling wines.

Launderette, Austin

This lauded Austin restaurant is offering a chance to try something really new in 2021 – a preview of their new Sichuan restaurant, Angry Bear. They’ll serve up a four-course meal of dishes to anticipate plus a whole lot of fun – metallic straws, sparkling temporary tattoos, sparklers, bandanas, a Diamond Disco cocktail kit, a curated playlist and other fun surprises to say goodbye to this long year.

Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington D.C.

Dreaming of dinners with overflowing seafood platters to ring in the new year? You can have the delights of this DuPont Circle spot with a seafood platter – ceviche, chilled shrimp, oysters and more. Add your favorite warm apps – mini crab cakes, mini lobster rolls, bacon wrapped shrimp, crab-stuffed mushrooms – and a cocktail kit and you have yourself a perfect night.

Monger’s Provisions, Detroit

It’s still worth celebrating the best of a not-so-great year, and that was the thought behind this Detroit cheese, chocolate and provisions shop. They pulled together a curated box of their top-of-the-line favorites – seasonal cheeses like Black betty, aged Iberico jamon, caviar, red and sparkling wine and a selection of Francois Pralus chocolates. Although you may be able to devour the box without any assistance, they’ll walk you through all of the goodness via Zoom at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Cloak and Petal, San Diego

When we look to 2021, it’s important to reflect on what’s worth celebrating. One of those things? Our frontline workers. All of the New Year’s Eve packages at this Japanese spot in San Diego’s buzzing Little Italy will donate back at least two meals per order to those in need, frontline workers and first responders. Raise a cocktail to them, or a beer, or sake (the packages comes with all of them) and nibble your way through a sushi platter and satisfying appetizers like karaage and gyoza.

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