We’re going to take a wild guess that you might be ringing in 2021 at home. The good news about this (besides that you won’t be waiting two hours for an Uber this year) is that plenty of restaurants have great New Year’s specials available for carryout. From surf and turf to omakase to ’50s-inspired hor d’oeuvres to pizza and beer, this list has everything you need to celebrate saying “goodbye, you were the worst” to 2020.
Consider this your one-stop shop to celebrate a fancy New Year’s at home. And of course, the steakhouse with a tasting menu called the “I Don’t Give A Fck” has named its NYE offering, “Fck 2020.” The options range in order of priciness and over-the-topness - from the “ultimate” for $800 that serves four and involves lobster and caviar to a $120 fried chicken and bubbles package to a $175 Champagne tower. You can also order a la carte off their regular menu.
Open for outdoor dining
We think this is pretty cute: Mon Ami Gabi is doing “round the fire pit” kits. They cost $50, and include things like hot chocolate with chantilly cream, brie, fresh chestnuts for roasting, and stuff for hot toddies. They also have a Parisian New Year’s dinner for $65 per person, with dishes like beef tenderloin, roasted vegetables, freshly-baked bread, and desserts.
Open for outdoor dining
This Peruvian restaurant in River North is doing a $140 seafood dinner for two. Tanta’s package includes things like tuna tartare, grilled king crab legs, and choclo lobster poached in butter with pasta and truffles. There’s also an option to add a caviar and Champagne kit starting at $80.
Open for outdoor dining on their rooftop
Chinatown’s Minghin is open 365 days a year, and there’s no better way to spend New Year’s than with some pork buns, siu mai, and creamy egg yolk buns. Thankfully their entire dim sum menu is available for carryout, so we say get it for NYE dinner or brunch.
RPM steak has a NYE dinner available for carryout. It serves two to four people and is either $120 or $250. It includes lobster bisque, black truffle risotto, chateaubriand (sliced filet in a red wine sauce), their 14k chocolate cake for dessert, and some other little extras thrown in. The restaurant also has the regular menu available.
Open for outdoor dining
Surf ’n turf is a New Year’s classic, and that’s what you’ll find at Joe’s. They have a dinner for two that includes a caesar salad, Alaskan king crab, two filets, two lobster tails, mac and cheese, asparagus, and key lime pie. It costs $224.95 and comes with reheating instructions.
Boka is offering a $190 prime rib dinner for two. It includes the prime rib along with black truffle baked potatoes, sides like warm grilled mushrooms and roasted green beans, and an opera cake for dessert. To really go all out, get the $250 caviar and Champagne add-on.
If you don’t want a formal, multi-course meal, consider ordering the Filipino grazing table from Bayan Ko. It’s $65 per person and includes a cheese and charcuterie board, pork belly maki with garlic rice, lobster palabok with rice noodles, dulce de leche cassava cake bites, and grapes for good luck, along with even more things. Because honestly, 2020 has been one neverending grazing table.
Another good choice if you don’t want to order a full meal, but still want something that feels a little special, Flat & Point in Logan Square is offering a variety of a la carte snacks - like smoked shrimp cocktail, meat and/or cheese boards, caviar with house-made chips, and beef tenderloin sandwiches on house-made rolls. If you do want something more substantial, they have meal kits so you can make truffle ravioli, mussels with tomato bisque, or cinnamon rolls for New Year’s Day.
Aba’s carryout Mediterranean dinner spread includes cold mezze like feta and olives, stracciatella, small plates like shrimp cocktail and spicy hummus, and a filet mignon entree with sides. It costs $79.95 per person, and you can add on a cocktail kit, bottle of wine, or Champagne. It also includes an assortment of party favors, which just sounds fun.
Rooftop patio is open for outdoor dining
For $95, you can get a New Year’s package for two from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. It comes with pintxos, tapas, paella, and a pitcher of sangria.
Open for outdoor dining
Sushi-san is doing a $150 14-course omakase to-go (which they are indeed calling “togo-makase”). The focus will be on ingredients like caviar, uni, and otoro, and you have the option to add Champagne or sake to your order. Their regular menu is available to order from, too.
This French restaurant in the Gold Coast has a four-course prix fixe dinner available for New Year’s Eve. It’s $110, and you can choose from dishes like a duck pithivier (it’s a puff pastry pie), tenderloin, foie gras, scallops, mussels, and chocolate cake. They also have a cheese plate available for $18 per person. And if you want something for New Year’s Day, they have an a la carte brunch available too.
Outdoor dining available
If you want to cook but deep down know you shouldn’t because you’re kind of bad at it, get the meal kit package from Daisies. It’s a beef tenderloin dinner for two, and includes potatoes au gratin, creamed chard, marinated beets, winter citrus and pistachio, and pie for dessert. If you want to make it a little fancier, you can order the truffle supplement (comes with a shaver), caviar with accouterment, or a cheese and charcuterie board.
This brewery has three different packages available and, to be honest, we want all three. There’s a $150 seafood tower that comes with shrimp, ceviche, crab claws, lobster, and caviar; a $100 charcuterie and cheese tower; or a $50 pizza and beer party.
The Bristol is offering a “1950s cocktail party”-themed New Year’s Eve package for carryout. This means hors d’oeuvre platters with retro dishes like cheese balls, pigs in a blanket (but with rabbit sausage wrapped in crepes), and smoked fish rillettes. It also includes party favors, plating instructions, and you can order ’50s-inspired cocktail and Champagne cocktail kits too. Pricing is still being determined.
Lincoln Park’s Chez Moi is doing a $68 per-person holiday “gourmet box.” You can get it either ready-to-eat or to be reheated the next day, and the options are a four-course dinner (you choose from dishes like short ribs or duck, foie gras terrine, or lobster bisque) or a smoked salmon crepe with a Kir Royale cocktail kit for brunch.
This year Yugen is doing a play on Osechi Ryori, which are the foods typically eaten on New Year’s day in Japan. There are two options to choose from, priced at either $150 or $300 per person, with dishes like crab or lobster motoyaki with crispy potatoes and caviar; kombu-wrapped smoked trout, truffle chawanmushi, uni, grape and celery; and desserts like coconut mochi cake and red bean dorayaki. Everything comes in jubako boxes, and there is an option to add a $200 wine pairing.
A lot of restaurants on this list are offering caviar deals for New Year’s. So it’s unsurprising that Heritage - a literal caviar bar in Humboldt park - is as well. Along with caviar, they have a wide variety of dinner and snack packages available, ranging in price from $100 to $650. They include things like oysters, beef wellington, shrimp dejonghe, cocktails and Champagne, and (of course) caviar. They also have a brunch buffet package for New Year’s Day.
Truth Italian Restaurant
One of our favorite reasons to visit this Italian restaurant is for their breakfast (which is decidedly un-Italian). Luckily, Truth is open for brunch on December 31st. So, if you couldn’t care less about Champagne toasts at midnight, or are someone who prefers to be in bed by 9pm on New Year’s Eve, come here for a french toast flight, waffles, or lobster and grits. Just don’t forget the mimosas, and you can call it a day - or better yet, a year.