The Six Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco



Whether your New Year’s Eve shall be a night of drinking and dancing into a hazy 2016 or you want to be well fed and in bed before the calendar year turns, it’s not too late to get yourself sorted properly. Because planning early is overrated, here are six perfect ways to Auld Lang Syne it up:

1. Izakaya Rintaro
One of Bon Appetit’s ‘Hot 10’ for 2015, the Mission Japanese joint will offer a deluxe prix fixe menu for $75 that features traditional and celebratory items, such as Dashimaki, fancy folded egg omelet with special spicy cod roe from Fukuoka; and Kakiage, tiny scallop, squid and mitsuba tempura with matcha salt.

2. Mina Test Kitchen
The Mina Test Kitchen’s Little Italy 6-course New Year’s Eve extravaganza features buratta zeppole with osetra caviar, 100 layer lasagna, and veal saltimbocca and that’s not even the half of it. $125 per person, paesano.

3. Dirty Habit
The cocktail and food perch at the Hotel Zelos in SoMa is having a carnival. $90 per person gets you a champagne toast and two drinks, plus passed food that includes foie gras cotton candy, duck corndogs, funnel cakes, thick cut garlic fries, and carny fun for days.

4. Mourad
The 3-star PacBell Building modern Moroccan restaurant, which Michael Bauer called, “one of the most impressive restaurants to open in San Francisco,” is serving a 7-course tasting menu. Only first seating tables remain, so here’s the first half of an ideal 2-part New Year’s Eve strategy. From $135 per person.

5. Jardiniere
The Hayes Valley heavyweight is offering a 5-course chef’s tasting menu ($225) with optional wine pairing ($120), with courses such as foie gras terrine, local dungeness crab, and prime New York steak. Plus, there will be a champagne toast at midnight, dancing, and live music from the Terry Disley Trio. High style, as you’d expect.

6. Petit Crenn
“It’s going to be a dinner party,” says the Michelin-starred chef Crenn, who will highlight fresh seafood and vegetables in a 5-course, family style prix-fixe inspired by Brittany, where chef grew up. $150 per person. Only early seating still available.