New Year's Eve, it should be said, is not necessarily the easiest night to dine out at a restaurant. Great venues often book up weeks, even months in advance; even sub-par restaurants might jack up prices for the sake of an easy holiday buck; and there's always the dilemma: to eat at a reasonable hour and miss the midnight party, or to wait until 10pm for dinner?
But there are any number of reasons why New Year's is actually a perfect occasion for a night at an excellent local restaurant. Let's ring in 2019 by remembering why there's nowhere better to spend the holiday than out of the town.
Every restaurant is a party. Watching the ball drop at midnight with a loved one or two can be lovely -- but it's not quite the same energy as you'll find with a big group of revelers, all eagerly anticipating the new year. On New Year's Eve, even the quietest restaurants have a palpable excitement in the air, one that's a pleasure to be a part of.
Go ahead, get dressed up. It doesn't matter if you're headed to the most modest neighborhood bistro, or the glitziest party in your city -- there's no such thing as being overdressed for New Year's Eve. Sequins? Tuxedos? Goofy "2019" novelty glasses? However you want to attire yourself, there's no reason to hold back. The more creative and celebratory, the better.
Restaurants always amaze us with their creativity. At Prairie, the new loosely-Italian restaurant in San Francisco, it's a veritable space odyssey, with a virtual reality lounge to ride through the winding streets of Rome, an ice luge pouring shots of their excellent Italian Greyhound cocktail, a dance floor, an antipasti bar, and so much more. At Tørst in New York, it's not only free-flowing beer (their speciality) but unlimited oysters, special reserve beers from the cellar, and a goody bag to take home -- don't ask us to ruin the surprise.
And hey -- free Champagne. Do we even need to say more?