A Taste of Brooklyn for the New Year

31 Dec

In New York City for the new year but you’re more into a cozy dinner rather than standing outside in the freezing cold? You’re not alone! There are some really great restaurants offering prix fixe dinners without breaking the bank – and of course my faves are all in Brooklyn. If you don’t get to them for New Year’s, all of these restaurants are wonderful places to try at any time of the year.

Buttermilk Channel

I went here for a friend’s birthday and I really loved the spare yet still rustic design of this Carroll Gardens restaurant. The focus is on seasonal, fresh produce which shows up in the lovingly prepared food. I would opt for their excellent fish and seafood dishes over the so-so chicken and waffles. Other than that, this place was a hit with me. New Year’s Eve special: three courses/$55. Call (718) 852-8490 for reservations.

Jolie Restaurant

This is an older favorite of mine and I’ve gone a few times for my birthday and Valentine’s Day. It’s fast becoming a Boerum Hill standby in the overflow of French restaurants in the area, and aside from the food I love the pop-art on the walls and the beautiful back-garden. I love the lobster risotto and their classic molten chocolate cake is beyond heaven. Their special? Four course menu/$75 and it even goes down to $60 until 7pm. Call (718)488-0777 for reservations.

Night of the Cookers

It describes its ambience and cuisine as casual, sexy southern soul and its right in the heart of Fort Greene with reasonably priced dishes. I often come here for brunch and one of my personal loves is the blackened catfish with grits. If you like to dance, they are also having a New Year’s Eve party for $15 in advance/$20 at the door with a champagne toast at midnight! Call (718)797-1197 for more details.

Black Swan

If you are staying with friends in the BK area, why not head over to Black Swan in Bed-Stuy for a fantastic New Year’s Eve party with no cover! There you’ll find a great DJ, unlimited prosecco all night along with a fabulous dinner. And the ambiance is cool, all chic dark woods, but it’s still a pretty casual gastro-pub, so you’ll feel just fine putting on your snow boots before leaving the house. Call (718) 783-4744 for more details.


One Response to “A Taste of Brooklyn for the New Year”

  1. voyajer79 December 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Oh, and if you must stay outside and freeze head over to Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park for the fireworks. But only if you MUST! Lol.

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