A Night Out: New Year’s Eve 2014

“What are we doing for New Year’s Eve?”
“Where should we go?”
The answers to these questions—and more—may very well be listed below. And if you know of another great New Year’s Eve celebration happening in the Garden State, let us know and we’ll add it!

The Orange Squirrel will offer three prix-fixe menus for three seatings (5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). 412 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, 973-377-6421.

Terre à Terre will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner with seating at from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The menu will include an oyster amuse bouche, slow-roasted chestnut soup, radicchio salad, and a choice of hen, beef wellington, or surf and turf served with scallops and pork, and ending with gingerbread bread pudding. There will be live music to cap off this special evening. Price is $79/person. 312 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt, 201-507-0500.

HAVEN Riverfront & Bar will offer a three-course prix fixe menu during three seatings priced from $65 to $105. 2 Main Street, Edgewater, 201-943-1900.

Englewood Cliffs
Grissini will offer a four-course tasting menu with various tempting options for $75/person exclusive of drinks, tax and gratuity. 484 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, 201-568-3535.

Crystal Springs Resort r
ings in 2015 with New Year’s Eve celebrations and prix fixe dinners featuring an extravagant Biosphere Party. At the Biosphere Party, guests can dance the night away to the sounds of a live DJ in the spectacular tropical Biosphere (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $125). Tickets include two hours of passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and an ice bar serving specialty cocktails. Watch the ball drop on the giant screen and toast the New Year with champagne at midnight. Crystal Tavern offers a five-course tasting menu from Crystal Spring Executive Chef John Greeley for $190 plus tax and gratuity including a slow-cooked Short Rib and a luxurious surf and turf “Land and Sea” entrée with char-grilled filet mignon and butter-poached Maine lobster with truffle potato gratin. Seatings available at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dinner at Crystal Tavern includes admission to the Biosphere Party. Restaurant Latour will serve a nine-course early dinner with seatings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. $195, $290 with wine pairing (tax and gratuity additional). On New Year’s Day, brunch will be served in the Emerald Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $34.95, ages 4 to 11 $18, 3 and under free. Click here for more details about Crystal Springs’ New Year’s Eve celebrations. 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, 973-827-5996 (ext. 3 for reservations).

Amanda’s will have three seatings with special New Year’s Eve menus. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. will offer a four-course meal, where the diner can choose between several options per course. The cost is $35/pp for the 5 p.m. seating and $65 for the 7 p.m. seating. Tax, gratuity and liquor are not included. The 9:30 p.m. seating will feature a set five-course menu including wine pairings, liquor and gratuity, for $125/pp. 908 Washington Street, Hoboken, 201-798-0101.

Anthony David’s will offer three seatings.
5:00 p.m. 3-course dinner for $60 per person ++.
7:00 p.m. 4-course dinner for $90 per person ++.
9:30 p.m. 4-course dinner with champagne toast and party favors for $110 per person ++.
953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, 201-222-8359.

Bin 14 in Hoboken will offer three seatings:
6:00 p.m., three-course dinner for $50 per person ++.
7:30 p.m., four-course dinner for $75 per person ++.
9:30 p.m., four-course dinner with champagne toast for $100 per person ++.
For reservations, call (201) 963-9463.

Pilsener Haus in Hoboken will hold its 2nd Annual Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. $10 per adult to reserve a table, $5 for each child and includes one kids meal, one kids dessert and a drink. Entertainment will include a balloon animal artist and Big Jeff and Bouncy People Kids band.
Starting at 9p.m.: Reserve a table now and receive guaranteed seating, sausage sampling and a pitcher of bier for your group for $20 per person (10 person minimum reservation per table). Seating starts at 9 p.m. $5 at the door for walk-ins after 9:45 p.m. Guests will receive a complimentary anti-hangover goulash soup at midnight, there will be a DJ, party favors and a raffle for a Mountain Creek Ski Resort Pass. Giant projector screens will be up to watch the Times Square ball drop. To reserve, call Robyn at 201-683-5465 ext. 503 or Britney at 201-683-5465 ext. 500, or email robyn.s@pilsenerhaus.com for more info. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken.

Jersey City
Maritime Parc will offer a special menu to celebrate the new year. 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, 201-413-0050.

Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City will have two seatings. The first one, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will include the regular menu along with an a la carte menu. The second seating starts at 8 p.m. and will only offer a pre fixe menu of four courses and include an open bar for $80 ++. There will be live entertainment from 9 p.m. throughout the night, along with party favors and a champagne toast. 341 Grove Street, Jersey City, 201-333-0001.

Satis Bistro will offer a special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu $95/person plus tax/gratuity. Add fresh white truffles for $40. Add wine pairing $40. Seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (9 p.m. seating remains for party). After dinner “Swing into 2015″ with live entertainment provided by Jersey City’s own The Gully Hubbards playing swing, blues, jazz to ring in the New Year in style until 2 a.m. Complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 212 Washington Street, Jersey City, 201-435-5151.

Union Republic will offer a special meat-centric and a vegetarian menu. $75 for dinner plus $35 for optional wine pairings. 340 Third Street, Jersey City, 201-279-5094.

Strip House will showcase luxe specials in addition to its regular menu: Double Smoked Pastrami Cured Salmon  $14, Filet Rossini  $51, Crepe with vanilla bean ice cream chocolate sauce. 550 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973-548-0050.

Long Branch
Avenue will have two seatings with special New Year’s Eve dinner packages. The first seating will offer a four-course menu from 6 to 8 p.m.. The second seating starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes a four course menu, champagne toast, live entertainment by Red Hot Rhythm, party favors, and live viewing of the ball drop. The cost is $55/pp for the 6 p.m. seating and $120/pp for the 8:30 p.m. seating. Limited seating is available. 21 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, 732-759-2900.

Escape Montclair will serve a three-course dinner where guests are welcomed to bring their own wines. $68/person plus tax/gratuity. 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.

Fascino will offer two options. A three-course menu for $80 pp at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00 p.m., and a five-course menu for $120 pp will be offered at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, or 9:30 p.m. Visit website for menus and more information. 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-233-0350.

Pig & Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge will host a Rockabilly Sock-Hop. Guests are urged to wear anything 50s-themed and anything fun. Live entertainment will feature Rhymin’ Bobby Diamond & the Rock Hards, games, cigar rollers, games, ice bar, malted milkshakes, raffles, dancing and more! A lavish spread of 50′s diner-inspired cuisine and an open bar will be available. $160 per person ($150 per person in groups of 6 or more). 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, 973-233-1006.

Blue Morel rings in the New Year with an indulgent New Year’s Eve dinner accompanied by live jazz and a Champagne toast. There’s an early menu and a late menu available. Early seating is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: three-course menu ($85) with multiple options and late seating is 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the four-course menu ($129). 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619.

Jockey Hollow Bar + Kitchen will be offering a variety of tasting menus in The Oyster Bar and The Dining Room accompanied by the live music of Grammy Award winning jazz virtuoso Christian McBride. Reservations are available for two seatings. Call for details and to make reservations. 110 South Street, Morristown, NJ, 973-644-3180.

Chakra will celebrate the New Year with a four-course dinner, live DJ, party favors and midnight champagne toast. A four-course New Year’s Eve menu ($138) full of Chef Thomas Ciszak’s signature dishes will be served with seatings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can also enjoy an early dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a three-course menu for $79/person. 144 W. State Rte 4, Paramus, 201-556-1530.

Luna Rossa Biagio Lamberti will serve a special New Year’s Eve menu. 3210 Route 42, Turnersville, 856-728-4505.