New Year’s tends to bring out the decadence. Toasts of champagne, towers of oysters, a moment of extravagance to ring in another trip around the sun.
There’s plenty to celebrate in the dining rooms of Triangle restaurants, as we close out a 2017 full of national press and acclaim for the local dining scene, and plenty of optimism that there’s more exciting things in store next year.
Here’s a round up of special New Year’s meals from spots all over, from Durham to Pittsboro, from North Raleigh to downtown. There’s also a handful of brunch options sure to settle the screams of the stomach if indulgence turned to excess.
Remember that reservations are highly encouraged, if not required.
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New Year’s Eve
Alley Twenty Six
320 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham. 984-439-2278 or alleytwentysix.com
Serving a three-course prix-fixe dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. for $55 per person. Cocktail pairings are available for an additional cost. The bar will stay open until 2 a.m.
3585 N.C. Highway 42 West, Garner. bbqbrothersrc.com
Serving a barbecue spread from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $10 per person, including Brunswick Stew and a champagne toast at midnight.
201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-928-8200 or citykitchenchapelhill.com
Serving an a la carte menu from 5 to 8 p.m. then at 9 p.m. offering a four-course prix-fixe menu for $65 per person, including a champagne toast.
111 North Corcoran St., Durham in the 21c Museum Hotel. 919-956-6760 or countinghousenc.com
Serving a four-course menu from 5 to 11 p.m., including festive holiday specials. $75 per person and includes a toast of sparkling wine.
610 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-977-3714 or facebook.com/dogwoodbarandeatery
The new Dogwood Bar & Eatery (from the owners of Milk Bar and the new Southern Charred) will open New Year’s Eve with a free party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dogwood features on-tap cocktails and rose, craft beer and snacks. There will be a toast at midnight.
315 East Chapel Hill St., Durham, in The Durham hotel 919-768-8830 or thedurham.com/dining
Serving a four \-course tasting menu, including truffles, oysters and caviar, for $85 per person. A New Year’s Eve party will also be held on the rooftop with sparkling wine and a shrimp cocktail and oyster bar.
2110 Environ Way, Chapel Hill. 919-537-8780 or elementsofchapelhill.com
Offering a four-course tasting menu for $75 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing. The menu includes champagne-poached oysters, a lobster and arugula salad, beef wellington or halibut and a molten chocolate cake.
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121 or fearrington.com
Serving an eight-course tasting menu for $150 per person.
317 S. Harrington St., Raleigh. 919-829-9222 or humblepierestaurant.com
Serving a special menu from 5 to 10 p.m. followed by a free dance party of ’80’s, ’90s and 2000s, complete with a champagne toast at midnight.
1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2545 or ilpalio.com
Serving a three-course early bird menu from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for $56 per person. Starting at 5:45 p.m., a five-course menu for $98 per person.
Jimmy V’s Osteria and Bar
420 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-256-1451 or jimmyvsraleigh.com
The restaurant has the perfect view for Raleigh’s First Night activities, including the acorn drop and fireworks. There will be a three-course menu (two options for each course) for $35 along with the regular menu. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight for dining guests.
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-425-0760 or kiposofchapelhill.com
Seatings from 5 to 10:30 p.m. featuring New Year’s Eve specials. From 10:30 p.m. to midnight, a DJ will spin music, and a dance party will commence.
2022 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-402-8059 or thelakewooddurham.com
Serving a four-course menu for $65 per person, with an optional $20 beverage pairing. The menu includes an oyster flight, fried quail, roasted duck and some boozy desserts.
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-969-8846 or lanternrestaurant.com
Serving a three-course menu from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $27. Options on the menu include roasted oysters, chestnut chowder, roasted duck and coconut braised pork shank.
8111-111 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. 919-846-9846 or margauxsrestaurant.com
Hosting two seatings of prix-fixe menu for $69 or $99 per person, followed by a DJ and dancing.
321 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-301-8465 or mofushoppe.com
The restaurant is hosting a Boodle Fight/Boodle Night New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. The “boodle fight,” as the restaurant owners describe, is a “Filipino Military tradition where a feast is placed on a long table lined with bamboo leaves and every participant, regardless of rank or file, stand shoulder to shoulder and eat together as a symbol of camaraderie, brotherhood and equality.” In the “fight,” diners eat with their hands. Look for suckling pigs, roasted duck, grilled lamb, octopus, squid, shrimp and whole fishes, cheeses, traditional Asian desserts, fruits and chocolates along with drinks made from Boodles Gin.
After dinner, there will be more drinks, a DJ at 9 p.m. and champagne toast. Tickets are limited for the Boodle Fight. The New Year’s Eve festivities don’t require a ticket.
2200 W.Main St., Durham. 919-286-9712 or parizadedurham.com
Serving its regular menu for seatings from 5 to 7 p.m. Then Parizade will serve a special four-course prix-fixe menu starting at 9:15 p.m. The $85-per-person menu includes a champagne toast. The band Crossover Drive will perform live.
401 Foster Street, Durham. 919-683-1213 or piedmontrestaurant.com
Serving a special a la carte menu New Year’s Eve, including oysters, caviar service, country ham doughnuts, a foie gras stuffed half chicken for two and a 24 ounce ribeye.
301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh. 919-828-0018 or plateskitchen.com
Serving a four-course prix-fixe menu, including a free glass of sparkling wine. $59 per person with an optional wine pairing for $19.
426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 919-832-4477 or ac-restaurants.com/pooles
Three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 per person with wine pairings available. Limited reservations available.
Saigon Grill and Bar
222 Glenwood Ave., Suite 103, Raleigh. 919-307-3477 or saigonraleigh.com
This Asian-fusion spot will serve a three-course menu for $50 per person from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be a complimentary toast at midnight.
2130 Clark Ave., Raleigh, in Cameron Village. 919-322-0440 or socaraleigh.com
Serving a four-course special menu with optional wine pairings, plus the regular menu. They will also serve brunch New Year’s Day until 3 p.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight, dance music, party favors and complimentary valet parking.
500 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh. 919-803-6033 or vidrioraleigh.com
Vidrio is offering two options: a four-course meal with optional wine pairings, or a champagne toast at the upstairs Fiera Lounge. The four-course dinner is $60 per person with $25 per person wine pairings. Reservations are available for seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Fiera Lounge party is $25 per person and includes a midnight toast, bar bites and live music by Brickhouse.
4209 Lassiter Mill Road, Suite 115, Raleigh. 919-787-7747 or vivaceraleigh.com
Serving a four-course prix-fixe menu for $65 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $25.
New Year’s Day
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-322-0127 or ac-restaurants.com/beasleys
Open at 11:30 a.m. serving fried chicken, biscuits, waffles, brunch cocktails and a few specials.
111 N. Corcoran St., Durham in the 21c Museum Hotel. 919-956-6760 or countinghousenc.com
Dubbed the “Hangover Brunch,” the restaurant in the 21c Hotel is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving an a la carte menu and brunch cocktails.
2022 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-402-8059 or thelakewooddurham.com
Open for New Year’s brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mama Dip’s Kitchen
408 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-942-5837 or mamadips.com
New Years superstitions mean eating collard greens and black-eyed peas, and Mama Dip’s has put together a menu of good luck for 2018. From 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., they will serve roast pork, collards, black-eyed peas and yams for eating in or taking out.
1002 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2642 or monutsdonuts.com
The closest thing to brunch everyday, Monuts is open from 8 a.m to 3 p.m on New Year’s Day.
Raleigh Times Bar
14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-0999 or raleightimesbar.com
Open at 11 a.m. serving its regular menu.
Trophy Brewing & Taproom
656 Maywood Ave., Raleigh. trophybrewing.com
The brewery presents the New Year’s Day Hangover Bash with whole hog barbecue, raw oysters on the half shell and music by Sassagrass String Band. Doors open at 3 p.m. Food is served 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $27.50, with children 12 and under admitted free. Day-of pricing starts at $7.50 for admission. Go to eventbrite.com and search for Brew, ‘Que, Pearls + Grass.
Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson