Between Black Friday, Christmas, and Boxing Day, if you have two nickels to rub together by New Year’s Eve you either have unwavering self-control or an insanely high credit limit. Given the zealous over-spending of money and energy that commemorates the holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice to spend New Year’s Eve 2016 having a relaxing dinner that doesn’t break the bank?
Luckily for you, we at Vv Magazine understand the need for budget bites. That said, we don’t believe that minimizing price should require a compromise in quality. We’ve scoured Toronto for the city’s top restaurants that will be open and serving reasonable dinner deliciousness on New Year’s Eve this year.
Behold, a list of New Year’s Eve dinner party events serving their regular menu or special menus for $75.00 or under per person!
Bringing it Back at Drake 150
Drake 150 throws it back this year with live jazz, Motown tunes and delicious eats at $75 per person. Between 5:30pm and 7pm, enjoy a four-course dinner that includes a glass of sparkling wine, along with a countdown to 2016 dancing to the sounds of motown all night long.
Heard of this hotspot? Named one of the best restaurants in Canada, NYE is not a bad time to check it out. Enjoy a 4-course set menu for $75 per person, with a complimentary glass of bubbles, that includes foie gras, black cod and dry-aged beef striploin.
El Catrin Mexican Fiesta
Grab your sombrero and head over to the Distillery District to El Catrin where until 10pm, they will be serving regular menu. From 10pm to 3am the Mexican hotspot will be transformed into a full fiesta with spicy food stations, cool cocktails and DJs spinning into the new year. Cover is $30.00 per person for the party portion of the evening.
The Drake Hotel “All that Glitters”
Besides having their dependably fabulous building-wide bash, complete with DJs, bites, cocktails, and high energy, you can also hit up the Drake Hotel for some dinner. For $75.00, you can get into the party along with a three-course family-style meal plus a glass of bubbly. Seatings are at 6pm, 6:30pm, and 7pm.
Heard of the chef who raised money on kickstarter to open his restaurant? Support from thousands including some very influential foodies, the chef at the helm is sure to ring in 2016 with a bang. Enjoy (what we expect to be five stars) a five-course dinner for $75 per person. Two seatings available: 6pm or 9pm.
Disco Dance Party – Thoroughbred
It’s a disco dance party at this Richmond Street eatery where you can also enjoy NYE small plate dinner priced at $50 (5:30pm) or $70 (9:30pm) per person. If you don’t want to indulge in their unique offerings like snowcrab carbonara or beet carpaccio, just show up for the disco dance off. Cover charge is $10.
Want to experience a culinary miracle on New Years Eve? Head over to Dailo for a meal to remember at $75 person ($110/person with wine pairings.) The menu has the entire office drooling with items like shrimp toast and foie gras and Singapore Chili lobster. Given the eatery has been named one of the top 10 in Canada, this can’t possibly be a bad choice.
Patois Pork Roast
Another on the “best of 2015” list, Patois is a fun and lively spot that serves incredible Jamaican Chinese food. But to celebrate 2016, they’re hosting a pig roast at $65 per person that includes great cocktails, DJ Shai spinning tunes and free glass of bubbly at midnight.
Daisho at Momofuku
Daisho at the Shangri-la Toronto’s Momofuku will be doing a “three course dinner” priced at $75 per person. First seating is between 5:30pm and 7:45pm.
Noodle Bar at Momofuku
Noodle Bar will be offering New Year’s Eve revelers the chance to build their own dinner off their regular a la carte menu. That, or you can pre-order a fried chicken large format meal. Does anybody know how to say “yum” in Japanese?
An Italian staple among local foodies, Gusto 101 will be doing three seatings for New Year’s Eve and serving their regular menu with some additional special items for the occasion. We recommend making reservations ASAP, as it is always a packed house.
Swinging at Mill Street Beer Hall
At the Mill Street Beer Hall, brew is the new bubbly. For $70.00 per person, you can get a four-course dinner along with beer pairings such as Belgian Wit with seared scallops, or amber lager and a 6oz beef tenderloin. This year they’re going Gatsby with a theme of the 1920’s.
The Black and White Masquerade at Via Vai
The new Italian eatery located in midtown has sky high eccentric designs that can make for a fabulous place to ring in 2016. To celebrate their 2015 opening, they’ve turned to Moet & Chandon to host The Black and White Masquerade that includes a 4-course tasting menu by Chef Joe Friday priced at $75 per person that also includes a 375ml bottle of Moet bubbly. Upgrade to $115/person to get a 750ml bottle.
Enjoy the regular shared menu and simply make a reservation. Refreshing isn’t it? Good eats, good friends and good cocktails without spending a fortune. But make your reservations early… we imagine this will be a popular NYE spot….
Which of these budget-friendly menus will you be hitting up for New Year’s Eve this year? Let Vv Magazine know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.