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ATLANTA’S TOP RESTAURANTS RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS
Events and Specials to Start 2019 with Full Stomachs and Fun Times
ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2018) – The biggest night of the year is just around the corner, and it’s time to make resolutions and reservations! Atlanta’s best restaurants and nightspots are breaking out the Champagne, special menus and dance floor for memorable ways to ring in 2019 (and ways to recover gracefully on New Year’s Day).
The following restaurants are open for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day:
5Church Atlanta is celebrating New Year’s Eve with twice the fun. The Midtown hotspot will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. as well as presenting Fire & Ice, a two-story New Year’s Eve party featuring two separate environments on two different floors with two different DJs. Guests can begin the evening with a prix fixe dinner with Champagne or go directly to the party, which includes open bars, festive party favors, a live countdown of the ball drop and a Champagne toast at midnight. Dinner seatings are 5 to 5:45 p.m. ($80), 6 to 6:45 p.m. ($85) and 7 to 7:45 p.m. ($95). Upgrades may be added for an additional cost so guests can enjoy the post-dinner dancing, open bar and/or buffet during the Fire & Ice party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Purchase tickets online. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant is open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is throwing a 90’s themed bash on New Year’s Eve with a costume contest, prizes and a DJ playing all of the decade’s hits starting at 10 a.m. There will be an à la carte dinner menu and countdown party with Champagne toast at midnight on Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, enjoy the full brunch menu along with Atkins Park’s traditional Southern New Year’s Day offering of braised pork, hoppin’ John, collard greens and cornbread. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Weary travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during the holidays can count on favorites on the concourse, such as Cat Cora's Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s and Varasano’s. hbfairports.com.
Irby’s Tavern, Buckhead’s hometown sports bar, will be open from 6 - 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be open New Year’s Day, serving brunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. with regular dinner hours to follow. Georgia fans can watch the Sugar Bowl on it’s 21-plus TVs starting at 8:45 p.m. irbystavern.com.
All three locations (Brookhaven, Midtown and Perimeter) of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are hosting New Year’s Eve parties. HOBNOB’s original Midtown location (404-968-2288) is offering its regular menu with a lobster roll special until the official festivities start at 9 p.m. The New Year’s Eve party includes live music from James Patrick Morgan and all-you-can-eat pizza, bottomless beer and Champagne from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. along with a balloon drop and party favors, all for $49 per person (includes tip, excludes tax). Tickets are available here. The Brookhaven (404-464-8971) and Perimeter (470-395-7904) restaurants are hosting New Year’s Eve parties featuring their regular menus with a lobster roll special, a DJ and dance floor, Champagne and bourbon flights, party favors and a balloon drop. Tickets are not required, but reservations are strongly recommended. All three locations are open for brunch on New Year’s Day starting at 10:30 a.m. hobnobatlanta.com.
Beloved Virginia-Highland restaurant Murphy’s is serving its regular lunch and dinner menus on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On New Year’s Day, brunch is available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. 404-872-0904; murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.
Ray’s Restaurants - Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187), Ray's at Killer Creek (770-649-0064) and Ray's in the City (404-524-9224) - are each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $85 per person on New Year’s Eve. After dinner, ring in the New Year at Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek with live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight. Ray’s in the City’s bar will be open until 1 a.m. All three restaurants are open regular hours for lunch and dinner on Jan. 1. raysrestaurants.com.
With over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and multiple HD TVs for enjoying sporting events, Taco Mac is a prime destination for a pre-game warm up on Dec. 31 and watching all the football action on New Year’s Day. All locations are open both days with regular hours except for Stockbridge, which is open noon to close on New Year’s Day. tacomac.com.
For those looking to celebrate the arrival of 2019 with simple joys and oodles of noodles, Tin Drum Asian Kitchen locations are open regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Check locations for specific hours. tindrumasiankitchen.com.
The following restaurants are hosting New Year’s Eve festivities only and are closed on Jan. 1st:
Looking for a more low-key celebration for the whole family? Slow down and savor New Year’s Eve at 4 Rivers Smokehouse from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with barbecue and Southern homestyle side dishes. 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
The Alden is hosting its final Last Monday Supper series for 2018 on Dec. 31. This Tradition Meets Innovation dinner on New Year’s Eve features holiday fare such as oysters and caviar, Hudson Valley foie gras, Maine lobster bisque, peekytoe crab soufflé and beef Wellington. Cost is $150 per person, and wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Book a spot on Hand-Picked Atlanta. 678-395-6982; thealdenrestaurant.com.
Chef Gerry Klaskala and the team at Aria are offering a four-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu of modern American cuisine for $95 per person. Drinks, tax and gratuity not included. Reserve a table here. 404-233-7673; aria-atl.com.
Ring in the New Year in an eclectic, Latin atmosphere at B A B A L U ®. The Midtown hot spot has partnered with Bacardi and Grey Goose to host an Exclusive NYE 2019 party featuring heavy tapas, cocktails, Latin beats from DJ Danny and DJ Fernando, a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors to keep the celebrations going. Early bird tickets are $60 per person and the price will increase. Max 250 attendees. Purchase tickets here. (404) 900-9595; eatbabalu.com.
Head to the beach before the big night out with dinner at The Big Ketch. Both locations are featuring their regular dinner menu with chef specials. Buckhead: 404-474-9508. Roswell: 770-993-5749. thebigketch.com.
Enjoy an intimate and sophisticated New Year’s Eve celebration at The Blind Pig Parlour Bar with an all-inclusive ticket that includes open bar, party favors, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a Champagne toast at midnight at the 1920s-inspired speakeasy. Famous house band Fukushima Tuna will play a special New Year’s Eve set for dancing into 2019. Guests are invited to dress to impress in a suit, tuxedo or cocktail dress! Tickets are $105 per person and may be purchased here. 678-705-7697; theblindpigparlourbar.com.
Chido & Padre's brings the fun, festive atmosphere to Buckhead all year long, but the Baja Mexican restaurant is getting the party started early on New Year’s Eve with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., the restaurant’s regular menu alongside chef specials, a DJ, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. 404-848-9100; chidoandpadres.com.
Celebrate on Dec. 31 at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar and Seed Kitchen & Bar with three-course prix fixe dinners for $79, plus tax and gratuity. Menu selections include Maine lobster with parsnip roasted mushroom risotto and truffle foam and San Marzano braised veal osso buco at Seed or Alaskan King crab salad, red wine braised lamb shank and filet mignon at Drift. Wine pairings and reserve wine pairings are available at both restaurants for an additional $29 and $49 per person, respectively. Guests can also ring in 2019 with a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com. 678-214-6888; eatatseed.com
The Georgian Terrace Hotel’s community drinkery Edgar’s Proof & Provision is hosting a “Widespread New Year’s Eve” to complement Widespread Panic’s concert at The Fox Theatre. The evening begins at 8 p.m. and features festive music and decorations, passed hors d’oeuvres and a toast with Miller High Life ponies. Staff will be dressed up, and guests are encouraged to do so, too. 866-845-7551; proofandprovision.com.
The Federal is serving a special prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. Selections on the four-course menu include a sardinian flatbread with blood orange compote and goat cheese, 12-ounce Jackman Ranch wagyu steak and chocolate cheesecake with Mexican cinnamon. The prix fixe price is $150 per person, plus $45 for optional wine pairings. Book your spot for these seatings at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., with the latter including a festive Champagne toast, unique wine and spirits pairings and live music to celebrate the New Year. Reservations prior to 9 p.m. order from the a la carte menu only. 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
Normally closed on Monday, Gunshow is open from 5 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, offering its regular service (with chefs rotating selections tableside) in addition to special items such as lobster, crab and caviar. 404-380-1886; gunshowatl.com.
Gypsy Kitchen is serving a special five-course prix fixe menu beginning at 5 p.m. The meal begins with a croquette battle where guests can choose their favorite between roasted chicken with lime yogurt and blue crab with saffron aioli. Other dinner selections include charcuterie and cheese, grilled octopus, cocoa-dusted scallops, roasted root vegetable “paella,” butter poached monkfish, New York strip loin, South African lobster tail and churro bites. There will also be a DJ, party favors, a balloon drop and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $70 per person, and reservations are required. 404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.
Himitsu is teaming up with Dom Perignon for a masquerade party on New Year’s Eve starting at 10:30 p.m. There will be music orchestrated by multi-Grammy award winning producer Dallas Austin. Cost is $300 per couple and includes one bottle of Dom Perignon P2 2000 vintage. Tables are available for an additional cost. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations with the subject line “P2.” 404-841-4100; puraibeto.com/himitsu.
Ring in the New Year at Johnny’s Hideaway for a one-of-a-kind celebration at Atlanta’s oldest nightspot. $50 per person includes reserved seats and party favors at midnight. Reserve by phone. 404-233-8026; johnnyshideaway.com.
Livingston Restaurant & Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel is serving a special prix fixe menu plus a complimentary glass of Pol Remy Brut in place of its regular menu for $65 per person from 5 to 11 p.m. Festive selections include braised pork belly bahn mi wraps, rib-eye, grilled vegetable mille feuille and rhubarb crumble. A small selection from this special menu will also be served in the lounge area, which is open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is hosting a New Year’s celebration featuring DJ Monet at 9 p.m. Livingston is also open for regular breakfast and lunch hours on Dec. 31. 866-845-7551; livingstonatlanta.com.
Special dishes are on tap at Marlow’s Tavern on New Year’s Eve, including lobster shrimp chowder and prime center cut New York strip. Call the neighborhood taverns for additional details. marlowstavern.com.
In historic Crabapple, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails is celebrating with a three-course menu for $65 from 5 – 9 p.m. Selections include butter poached Royal Red shrimp, potato chips and caviar, bacon- wrapped wagyu sirloin and Champagne-vanilla bundlette. 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
Kevin Gillespie’s Revival is featuring a four-course tasting menu for $75 per person that includes dishes such as grilled oysters, braised beef short rib, wood grilled steelhead trout and caramel apple pie. Wine pairings are available for an additional $25. 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com.
The Southern Gentleman is offering a four-course prix fixe menu featuring such dishes as smoked trout ho-cakes, baby kale salad, smoked wagyu short rib, crackling pork shank, quinoa and farro risotto and sweet potato-bourbon pecan pie. Guests will also enjoy live music, party favors, a balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $70, and reservations are required. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.
Offering its Monday half-priced wine special, Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is open for dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is serving its regular menu. The Italian restaurant is the perfect place to pre-party before heading over to nearby Biltong Bar to continue the festivities. 404-500-2181; storicofresco.com.
Umi is open on Dec. 31 and is serving its menu of sushi, sashimi, nigiri and other Japanese favorites. 404-841-0040; umiatlanta.com. Himitsu, Umi’s exclusive Japanese cocktail lounge, is also open and hosting a party. puraibeto.com/himitsu.
Helping guests prepare for New Year’s Eve parties at home or out on the town:
4 Rivers Smokehouse is the perfect way to feed large crowds of adults and kids for New Year’s Eve parties. Bring the smokehouse home with barbecue and Southern homestyle side dishes. Place catering orders online or by calling 844-474-8377 by Dec. 28 for pick up on Dec. 31. 4rsmokehouse.com.
Those looking to ring in the New Year with sweets can pick up tasty treats at all three locations of Henri’s Bakery & Café through Dec. 29. The Atlanta institution is closed Dec. 30 through New Year’s Day. henrisbakery.com.
Welcome 2019 with a sense of community by touching down with friends and family at Irby’s Tavern. Atlanta’s hometown sports bar can host 10 to 150 guests and serves up quality fare. Call 404-254-1333 to book; irbystavern.com.