Neighborhood Gems: Restaurants for a Hip, Casual New Year’s Eve Celebration with Friends
If you’re looking for a lo-fi New Year’s Eve celebration that’s less about the pomp and circumstance and more about delicious food, chill ambience, and the company you’re with, check out these neighborhood gems for a fun-yet-low-key way to ring in 2019. Not near any of these spots? With more than 47,000 restaurants on OpenTable, we can help you find the right place to celebrate – whatever kind of experience you’re looking to have. And, if you’re not sure what kind of night you’re craving, check out our New Year’s Eve 2018 Dining Decider for help planning your night, tips, and more.
Crab Cellar, Chicago, Illinois
This is surf and turf our way. Since the dress code includes bibs, you don’t even need to overthink your outfit for the night. Feast on buckets of crab and beef tenderloin topped with Roquefort and crispy onions. Wash it back with wine, cocktails, and 18-ounce frosted beer schooners. And there’s a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to help put you in an extra-festive mood. Make a reservation at Crab Cellar.
Ema, Chicago, Illinois
Keep it fresh with modern Greek at Ema. Grab your friends, order some fine-yet-affordable wines, and dig into specials like lamb chops with vinaigrette capers and a golden lemon and Greek herb mix, branzino, and more. Guests will receive a complimentary Champagne toast when midnight strikes! Make a reservation at Ema.
Aba, Chicago, Illinois
Grab your pals and celebrate the new year at Aba! Toast to 2019 with craft cocktails and wines served alongside festive dinner specials including lamb osso buco with hand-rolled saffron couscous and Greek orzo with winter black truffles. Keep the celebration going until midnight with pours of bubbles, like Giuliana Prosecco. Make a reservation at Aba.
Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois
You can’t miss with Beatrix. They’ve got three locations throughout the CHI and the menu legit has something for everyone, from hardcore carnivores (Hello, Wagyu pot roast filet mignon), vegans (mushroom farrotto), and diners living the g-free life (chili and chocolate-glazed salmon). Specials for the night include beef tenderloin with short rib ragout, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, baby beets, Brussels sprouts, and red wine sauce, and jumbo lump crab cake with shaved fennel, persimmons, mesclun greens, and pepperoncini aioli. Grab a glass and enjoy a complimentary toast at midnight! Make a reservation at Beatrix.