The Good Spirits Guide to Where to Eat New Year’s Eve

With only a handful of days left in 2011, naturally we’ve got New Year’s Eve parties on our minds. From craft beer open bars to four course dinners, here are some Edible ways to ring in 2012. And of course, be sure to stay tuned to the citywide Edible Events Calendar for year-round suggestions; better still you can sign up for our email newsletter at right to get events and other Edible news in your inbox.

Ellabess on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan is one of the restaurants that will be participating in our upcoming Good Spirits cocktail party (speaking of which, you can get a ticket for the winter versionof our seasonal drinks event here), and they will be offering a four-course New Year’s Eve menu for $85 per person. From bay scallop crudo with American caviar, smoked apples and dill to butter Poached Lobster with blood orange beurre blanc and frisée, it’s a wonderful way to start 2012. Call the restaurant at (212) 925-5559 to make your reservation.

The Beagle, another Manhattan Good Spirits participant this year, also has delicious plans for New Year’s Eve. They will be offering two seatings (the early one is $65, the late one is $85) for a four-course feast that starts with a confit quail leg with sauerkraut mayo and wraps up with peanut butter and jelly eclairs. For additional information and to make a reservation, contact [email protected].

In the East Village Jimmy’s No. 43 is hosting a New Year’s Eve Craft Beer Slam. From 9 pm to midnight, you’ll enjoy an open bar (beer and wine) and the chance to ring in the New Year with the friendly community that makes up Jimmy’s No. 43. Get your $45 tickets here.

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