There are plenty of ways to simulate a typical New Year’s Eve celebration at home. You could drop a basketball in your living room and shout at no one in particular. You could use your fist to replicate kissing a stranger at a bar when the clock strikes midnight. You could pace around your apartment pretending you’re waiting for a $75 Uber. Or you could do none of those things and pick a celebratory spot that’s offering NYE specials for takeout or delivery. From sushi sets for two and Mexican chocolate raspberry tarts to four-course dinners with Champagne, this list has everything you need to properly bid 2020 goodbye.
We liked this California-inspired restaurant in Harlem long before they named their New Year’s Eve meal kit, “FU2020.” But now there’s even more to like. Whether you want a bunch of excellent snacks and some wine pairings, or a full twelve-course menu, Reverence is offering a few takeout meal kit options for pick-up and delivery. An important detail: each one comes with Champagne. Find more details and place your order here.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve and eating at The Fulton have a few notable similarities. Both activities encourage the consumption of Champagne and seafood in excess, both feel like life-reflecting occasions, and both require changing your outfit at least twice before you settle on dark pants. This year, you don’t need to worry about the pants since The Fulton is offering a four-course dinner at home. They also have an option to order a kit exclusively consisting of caviar and Champagne, which may or may not be even more life-affirming. Check out all the details here.
If you’re looking for an at-home NYE meal that feels like your average takeout dinner put on a pair of heels for the night, try ordering from L’itos in Chinatown. They’re offering an a la carte menu of pizzas topped with deluxe ingredients like black truffle and caviar, as well as agnolotti with short rib. You can pre-order your pizzas here for NYE pick-up or delivery between Saturday, December 26 and Thursday, December 31. Also, they have a New Year’s Day bunch option available that includes BECs, French toast sticks, and hash browns.
Trying Fat Choy’s Chinese-inspired vegan food should be on your 2021 resolutions list (along with “get vaccine” and “remember how to make meaningful eye contact”). Another idea is to give their $60 NYE takeout meal a chance. It comes with hot and sour soup, spring rolls with pear sweet and sour sauce, fried rice, cold sesame noodles, bao with trumpet mushroom and leeks, and a banana cake. Also known as everything you want to eat at home when it’s cold outside.
If you’re looking for an option close to Prospect Park, James in Prospect Heights has “Hello 2021” meal kits that come with three different cocktails, as well as oysters, steak, risotto, and burrata for dinner, and three different desserts. They’ll also be hosting a special outdoor dining night complete with sparklers and heat lamps.
Not only does Atoboy’s Korean seafood-focused feast include enough seafood, rice, ssam, and gim bugak for two people, but it also comes with a gift from Le Labo. No offense to the New Year’s party you threw with your friend last year, but smelling nice while eating high-quality snapper and sea urchin sounds more memorable than listening to drama from someone else’s work holiday Happy Hour. Place your order here.
Charlie Bird has all of your NYE needs covered, except for maybe the will to tolerate several hours of Ryan Seacrest’s smize. Their dinner kit for four includes a few different vegetable sides, which are a highlight of any meal at this Soho American/Italian spot, as well as mushroom lasagna, and roast chicken or prime rib. They’re also offering a snack pack and a Champagne kit, all of which are available for delivery or pick-up at Legacy Records in Midtown. See the details here.
This Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg is offering a five-course meal kit that comes with a crunchy jicama salad, ceviche, duck confit taquitos, your choice of entree, a Mexican chocolate raspberry tart, and a banana parfait with cajeta cream. Each dinner costs $85 per person, and you can make things slightly more of a party by ordering some large-batch palomas or margaritas.
Rezdora’s holiday meal kit for four is available for both delivery and pick-up at their Flatiron restaurant. Each one comes with a few dishes we’d always recommend ordering when you eat here, like the anolini in a parmigiano cream sauce and the prosciutto with burrata. The only kicker is that you need to place your order at least three days in advance.
Getting a meal for two from Sushi Noz on the Upper East Side is how you end 2020 on a high note at home. They’re serving special NYE chirashi sushi sets for $165 that supposedly feed between two and four people. Based on our experience eating excellent raw fish, four people’s worth is actually an ideal amount for two. You can check out the details and place your order here.
For the first time in Eleven Madison Park’s history, they’re offering a meal you can eat at home in your bathrobe while you consider the fact that Pitbull hosts a massive party every year in Miami called “Worldwide NYE.” Have you ever thought about Pitbull and EMP at the same time? Now you have. This New Year’s Eve, Eleven Madison Park is serving a special roast duck dinner that feeds up to four people. It comes with seven dishes (like duck breast and shepherd’s pie with duck confit), reheating instructions, and pick-up options all over the Tri-State area. Plus, for every takeout order, Eleven Madison Park will donate 20 meals to New Yorkers facing food insecurity.
This Indonesian restaurant in Nolita is one of our favorite places to bring a date for snacks and drinks. But you can inject some of that same date night energy at home for New Year’s Eve, since Wayan will be serving dinner and drink boxes for pick-up or delivery on December 31st. Check out the menu here and place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before December 28th.
Concord Hill is a neighborhood spot in Williamsburg where you can eat a burger and some oysters for lunch or dinner, or fried eggs with andouille sausage during weekend brunch. For New Year’s Eve, they’re selling five-course dinner boxes for two. Each one comes with a few apps (like foie gras terrine and lobster salad), mushroom pasta, beef bourguignon, a chocolate mousse cake, as well as two infused cocktails and a bottle of sparkling wine. Make sure you place your order before Wednesday, December 30th at 7pm.
In case you’re looking for a special dessert to add on to your New Year’s Eve dinner at home, this Japanese-Italian restaurant in Nolita is selling bomboloncini, yuzu-coconut monkey bread, and matcha swirl chocolate mochi panettone for pick-up. They also have a porchetta feast that feeds between four and six people, as well as outdoor dining brunch and dinner specials happening in person. Make sure to place your order here before December 27th.
Another sushi option is Rosella. This new Japanese restaurant in the East Village has sushi sets for two available for pick-up on New Year’s Eve. Each meal comes with a few rolls, a bunch of nigiri, rice with uni and salmon roe, your choice of soup, and cotton cheesecake. And just like you used to get goodie bags at birthday parties, Rosella is throwing in a jar of their homemade XO sauce with each NYE order.
It’s possible all you’re looking for is a quiet night when you can eat grilled octopus and drink enough wine to convince yourself that you actually created a few nice memories this year. This French bistro on West 79th Street can help make that happen with takeout or delivery. Their outdoor dining area will also be open on New Year’s Eve, in case you’re looking to make a reservation somewhere.