Sometimes, you want to count down to the new year without the fuss, at a restaurant serving its regular menu. The following is a list of some of our favorite New York neighborhood gems, doing what they always do — and just happen to be open on the very last day of the decade, no Champagne towers included. And if you’d like to wrap up 2019 with a tasting menu bang instead, this New Year’s Eve guide may be better suited for you.
Adda — Book Now
Long Island City
When you’re aiming to recreate the home-cooked dishes of India’s matriarchs, you don’t skimp on the spices, and Adda is just that: spicy, layered, and utterly delicious.
Anton’s — Book Now
With its retro New York digs, spruced-up comfort food plates, and general cush and charm, Anton’s is like the best dinner party, and you’re on the list.
Cherry Point — Book Now
Behind its English gastropub looks, Cherry Point hides cheffy ambitions, killer wines, and stellar plates. Look no further than the rosy hanger steak — it’s one of the city’s best and won’t break the bank.
Claro — Book Now
With riveting moles, excellent mezcal, and some of the best corn tortillas you’ll ever try, it’s no wonder this Oaxacan charmer was crowned with a Michelin star.
Haenyeo — Book Now
With a menu ranging from the classics to the inventive, chef Jenny Kwak packs heat and love into kimchi-laced seafood dishes, making Haenyeo a bona fide Korean food destination.
Huertas — Book Now
The Basque spot will be offering its regular menu all night long, with a few specials worthy of the last meal of the year: Iberico pork (both cured and fresh) and magnums of Cava and Rioja.
Karasu — Book Now
Karasu might be the speakeasy to convert all speakeasy haters. With drinks shaken by a ZZ’s Clam Bar vet and small plates courtesy of an Aviary alum, this unpretentious spot seduces on all fronts.
Little Alley — Book Now
There’s a real slice of Shanghai hidden away in Manhattan: Little Alley, a charming haven where homesick expats tuck into time-honored Shanghainese dishes that are rarely seen here.
Noreetuh — Book Now
Think you know Hawaiian food? Think again. Noreetuh will eradicate every preconceived notion you’ve ever had about pineapples and ham, delivering some truly vibrant and complex plates.
Pastis — Book Now
Keith McNally’s emblematic French brasserie is back, and with Stephen Starr in tow, so get ready to satisfy your inner francophile — tartare, pét-nat, and escargots included.
TAK Room — Book Now
Thomas Keller will be serving TAK Room’s classic à la carte menu, in addition to New Year’s Eve specials like white truffles, caviar, and a prime rib cart. There will also be live jazz by Bon Musique in the lounge, where reservations include a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée and bar snacks.
Upland — Book Now
Stephen Starr is known for his thoughtful spaces, and Upland may be one of his best: leather booths, warm woods, and glowing jars of preserved lemons lend an ambient glow to this Gramercy stunner, where chef Justin Smillie stuns with his crowd-pleasing plates.
Van Da — Book Now
Because this female-led, Michelin-approved enterprise ventures into Vietnamese specialties less explored, from the refined and royal cuisine of Huê to the traditional flavors of Hanôi.
Wayla — Book Now
Lower East Side
Chef Tom Naumsuwan extols the flavors of his childhood for an uncompromising (read: fiery) taste of Bangkok. You’ll want to soothe your taste buds with an excellent cocktail, and head to the twinkly backyard patio afterwards.
ZZ’s Clam Bar — Book Now
This isn’t your average seafood haunt. ZZ’s is no less than a bona fide speakeasy, where the dream team behind Carbone puts the swank into shellfish, while shaking some of the best cocktails in town.