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Main Line’s Top 6 New Year’s Eve Dinners


If it is true that the way you celebrate the final 24 hours of 2013 is a snapshot of your year to come, then we recommend that you snag a spot at the area’s finest best New Year’s Eve celebrations.

From the Main Line’s best tastings and prix fixes to the suburbs’ most appetizing parties, we have all the details here for you to seal the deal on Dec. 31.

Photo by Nina Lea PhotographyAmani’s BYOB, Downingtown — Chef Jonathan Amann invites local gourmands to devour a four-course tasting to finish off their delicious 2013. Each course features an eclectic range of options, from Maine lobster bisque and roasted beet salad to start, to pan-roasted quail with fig and pear gastrique and braised short ribs with ginger soy glaze, and even sweet endings like pear and cranberry bread pudding or white chocolate peppermint bombs. Complimentary champagne and house-made limoncello included in the tasting. Full menu here. Cost is $80 per person; reservations required. Call (484) 237-8179 or visit amanisbyob.com.

Blackfish, Conshohocken — Escape to chef Chip Roman’s treasured BYOB to savor your last meal of the year. On special for New Year’s Eve is a four-course prix fixe, featuring three enticing options per course. Featured creations include: foie gras terrine with gingerbread, chestnut risotto with mascarpone and black truffle, diver scallops with sunchoke and kohlrabi, and fresh-out-of-the oven beignets. Full menu here. Cost is $80 per person; reservations required. Call (610) 397-0888 or visit blackfishrestaurant.com

Forest & Main, Ambler — Join Daniel Endicott and Gerard Olson at their Victorian house-based brewpub for a whimsical year-ending bash—one pumped with chef Kaylin Miska’s innovative small plates, fine-crafted English and farmhouse ales, a photo booth, and a dance party. Visit forestandmain.com.

Paramour at The Wayne Hotel, Wayne — Jump-start your evening with a complimentary glass of bubbly, followed by five decadent courses crafted by the talented chef Drew Stark. From East Coast oysters speckled with apple, mint and ginger, to truffle gnocchi accented with chickpea puree and chorizo powder, butter-poached lobster and oven-roasted racks of lamb—this will be a captivating way to close out your year. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. Full menu here. Cost is $125 per person, with optional wine pairing available at an additional $50 per person. Call (610) 977-0600 or visit paramourwayne.com.

Peppercorn, Wayne — We were mesmerized at first bite when we first taste-tested chef David Murray’s mod-American cuisine at the former home of Georges’. Now, one peek at his New Year’s Eve menu and we’re trying to steal all the spots. Teases at the special tasting include: a mosaic of beets with salted pistachio soil, short rib ravioli with cabernet horseradish demi-glace, and poached black sea bass with braised fennel and sunchoke puree. Seating available at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person; reservations recommended. Call (610) 964-2588 or make reservations online here. Visit peppercornmainline.com.

Station Taproom, Downingtown — Beer lovers, rejoice—this special New Year’s Eve tasting is ideal for you. Chef Tim Smith gears up to prepare six courses that’ll perfectly complement the evening’s beers. Savor pairings like chicken liver mousse coupled with the iconic Delirium Nocturnum, or gator gumbo married with golden pours of Avec les Bon Voeux 2012, plus so much more. Wine pairings also available. Full menu and pairings here. Cost is $85 per person; reservations required. To reserve your space, call or email becky@stationtaproom.com. Visit stationtaproom.com.

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