Ring in the New Year with food, drinks and fun

Forsythia’s French Disco
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Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Dinner is served with a side of entertainment at this Center City Jazz favorite. At Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philly fan favorite Chelsea Reed & the Fairweather Nine will be performing on the last day of the year while diners enjoy a three-course prix-fixe meal featuring dishes such as lobster bisque, roasted oysters, a dijon herb-crusted rack of lamb, pan-roasted chicken, chocolate mousse tart with toasted marshmallow and more. Dinner and show packages are on sale now (maximum of 4 tickets per order) for $100 per person. Showtimes are 7, 9 and 11 p.m and all tickets are all premium seating. “Pay-As-You-Wish” streaming is also available via paypal.com/paypalme/PhillyJazz or by Venmo: @ChrisJazz-Café. 

1421 Sansom St., chrisjazzcafe.com

REX at the Royal

Ring in the New Year at the all-new Rex at the Royal on either New Year’s Eve or Day. On Friday, Dec. 31, beginning at 5 pm, REX will offer a three-course pre-fixe dinner ($75/person) in the main dining room (with last seating at 10 p.m.), serving through midnight. For an additional $65, guests have the option to add a wine pairing to their dinner selection, or enjoy a la carte items at the bar. The next morning on New Year’s Day, brunch-goers can enjoy a bustling service from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with offerings spanning oysters on the half shell, banana pudding stuffed french toast, crab cake benedicts and more. 

REX at The Royal

1524 South St., rexphl.com

Forsythia

It’s getting fancy for the New Year at Forsythia. As a release states, their French Disco Dance Party will be fit with small plates, themed cocktails, bubbly and of course – disco, in celebration of New Year’s Eve on Friday, Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m. Alternatively, the acclaimed restaurant is offering a black truffle tasting takeaway menu with complimentary wine pairings for those looking to spend the evening at-home. For sipping, Forsythia will offer $10 glasses of Champagne and sparkling rosé all night long in addition to a spirited craft cocktail menu, local brews and French wines. Priced at $14 each, celebratory tipples include Apple Butter Face crafted with apple butter-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon, spiced pear, and absinthe rinse; Fireworker composed of habanero-infused vodka, lime cordial and cucumber; and Negroni en Blanc with gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, and Dolin Blanc. Tickets are now on sale. 

233 Chestnut St., forsythiaphilly.com

Royal Boucherie 

This Old City hotspot will be offering a burlesque performance while diners indulge in an array of French fare served à la carte and toast to 2022. Burlesque performers Mika Romantic and Sophie Sucre will mingle with guests at the first-floor bar, followed by energetic performances starting at 10 p.m. in the upstairs dining room. There will be a complimentary champagne toast as well when the clock strikes midnight, and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to midnight in the main dining room. Reservations are recommended. 

Royal Boucherie

52 S. 2nd St., royalboucherie.com

Bank & Bourbon 

On the last night of the year, diners can head to Bank & Bourbon to enjoy a selection of starters including tuna crudo and choptank sweets oysters, plus signature entrees including their Sixty-South Salmon and Roasted Lancaster Chicken, while dessert will include a chocolate crunch bar or crème brûlée cheesecake. The New Year’s Eve dinner is available for $105 per adult with an optional $40 wine pairing and reservations available on Resy. The party continues the next day however with a robust breakfast buffet featuring an omelet station and more from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1200 Market St., bankandbourbon.com

Le Caveau & The Good King Tavern 

According to a release, Le Caveau & the Good King Tavern will host their Fancy Frenchie New Year’s Eve night of fun beginning at 6p.m. until 2 a.m. Downstairs the Saint Sylvestre Prix Fixe will be available ($95/per person) with an optional wine pairing ($35/per person plus tax and gratuity). This will be offered à la carte at the bar all night, and is first-come, first-serve, along with caviar. Upstairs, guests can enjoy hot dogs and caviar until midnight, grower champagne pouring by-the-glass, and an extensive bottle offering with all shapes, sizes, and colors of bubbles. Reservations and a full menu can be found online. 

Le Caveau

614 S. 7th St., thegoodkingtavern.com and lecaveaubar.com

Heritage

On New Year’s Eve, Heritage will be hosting a celebration from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. While there, diners can indulge in all new menu items including lobster toast, grilled halibut, grilled filet mignon and shrimp pasta. While there, Philadelphians ringing in the New Year can also enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and live music from Tom Moon (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and the Dan Kaplowitz Trio (9 p.m. – 1 a.m.).    

914 N. 2nd St., heritage.life

Musi

Chef Ari Miller is preparing a seven-course New Year’s Eve menu at Musi BYOB in Philadelphia’s Pennsport neighborhood. As a release states, included in the seven-course feast are an austere bone broth, Ari’s Famous Mock Chopped Liver, Jeffrey’s Famous Fermented Challah Kneydl, and a Hanukkah goose. There will also be kasha and bowties, and ingredients will be sourced from outside the industrial economy in accordance with the restaurant’s tenets of relationship cuisine. Finally, the last course will be provided by Rhonda Saltzman of Philly’s own Second Daughter Baking Co. A “Pennsport Delicatessen & Appetizing for the New Year” is a two-night only engagement, and reservations can be made for Dec. 30th and 31st with two seatings each night between 5:30 and 9 p.m. The release also states dinner costs $150 per person, which includes gratuity and service charges. Musi is a BYOB, so guests are encouraged to bring wine and champagne. 

Musi

100 Morris St., frizwit.square.site

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