Spending the 31st with the kiddos? You don’t need to shell out for a sitter because we’ve got you covered with family-friendly options to ensure everyone at the table has a good time. Check out these restaurants for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve 2018. Not dining with any little ones? Then head on over to our New Year’s Eve 2018 Dining Decider for an assist and more options from the experts at OpenTable. Whatever kind of night you’re after, OpenTable can help you find the perfect place to celebrate.
SafeHouse, Chicago, Illinois
At this spy-themed experiential restaurant, junior spies and adult spies alike are challenged to make their way through the SafeHouse by completing mission after mission. Once families have made their way through the entryway “clearance test”, spies can embark on an international all-ages mission to celebrate New Year’s Around The World. Starting at 2:00PM, kids can join their parents in toasting to each country’s New Year’s celebration with sparkling grape juice toast. Cocktail specials will be offered for adults as well and themed after different countries for each hour including Moscow Mules, Jameson drinks, house wines, and craft beers. SafeHouse’s food menu includes favorite bites like the C4 cheese curds, the Cuban missile crisis sandwich, and the double spy burger. Kids will find a suspiciously delicious Junior Spy meal just for them — with each coming with a box of spy gadgets and puzzles for the table. Make a reservation at SafeHouse.
Wokuni, New York, New York
At the Midtown Japanese restaurant Wokuni, chef and new dad, Kuniaki “Kuni” Yoshizawa surprises the little-ones (under 12 years old) with an adorable kids meal called “Captain Kuni’s Treasure Ship.” The meal combines favorite bento items, such as the octopus-shaped sausages and Karaage fried chicken, with Wokuni’s popular dishes such as salmon sashimi, yamaimo French fries, and edamame in a mini wooden ship, together with hidden “treasures” of gummy fish and chocolate coins. Parents can opt for an assortment of high-quality sashimi to start the New Year’s Eve, and choose from Wokuni’s variety of grilled fish, or flambeed Washu sirloin (to which you can add a whole tray of Uni with extra cost to celebrate this special day)! A festive meal is not complete without sake and shochu from Wokuni’s extensive drink menu. Make a reservation at Wokuni.
Stella Barra Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois
This New Year’s Eve, in addition to terrific happy hour specials in Lincoln Park, Stella Barra will be offering an extensive dinner menu complete with California–style pizzas, salads, and signature crispy red and white thin sin pizzas. Personal favorites include our spicy salumi & burrata and the sugar pumpkin & sausage pizza. Plus, kids can let their culinary creativity run wild as they make their own pies right at the pizza bar with Stella’s chefs (pictured at top). Make a reservation at Stella Barra Pizzeria.
Plume at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.
Michelin-starred restaurant Plume at The Jefferson keeps dinner fun for kids by offering a special menu and a non-alcoholic beverage cart with juices ($10 each) that can be paired with each menu item (prices ranging from $8-$16). When the cocktail cart is rolled out for adults at the table, kids can order from the non-alcoholic cart (pictured below), which includes offerings such as a crudité paired with the Cuvee No. 25 – a lightly sparkling juice with organic sloe plums, aronia berries, pears, and currants. A fine dining restaurant can be intimidating for kids in a room full of dressed-up adults, and the beverage cart and pairings help the kids feel respected and also breaks the ice. For the parents and grandparents, a tasting menu priced at $120 involves tasting the largest Madeira wine collection in the country and delectable dishes such as the truffle arborio risotto and king salmon marinated in a bento box of Amish beeswax. Make a reservation at Plume at The Jefferson.
The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
If you’re in Blue Ridge, a good time for revelers of any age can be found at The Omni Grove Park Inn. They’re putting on a lavish New Year’s eve buffet featuring three rooms of mouthwatering food and stunning views – plus there’s live entertainment. Best of all, the price is just $25 for kids (and kids under 5 are FREE!). Start as early as 4:30PM for early-bird specials. Make a reservation at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
Tavern on the Green, New York, New York
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a front row seat to the Central Park fireworks at Tavern on the Green’s annual kid-friendly, black-tie gala. Guests will enjoy a three-course seated dinner, live music, a premium open bar, passed desserts and sweets, midnight fireworks, late night snacks, and more. For families looking for an early start to the evening, reservations are available between 4:45PM-6:45PM for a family-friendly, three-course prix fixe dinner with complimentary sparkling toast on arrival. That menu is $150 per adult and $65 per child 12 and younger. Make a reservation at Tavern on the Green.
Buddy V’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
The quickest way to your family’s heart is through a hearty meal — like the one you’ll find tucked away in this cozy Italian diner. Celebrated as one of the best kid-friendly restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, Buddy V’s Ristorante is the perfect New Year’s Eve destination as there’s something for the entire family! Enjoy unique twists on classic Italian-American favorites such as Buddy’s favorite pizza, Mac & Cheese Carbonara, eggplant parmesan and more, and let the bambinos savor comforting dishes from their own kids’ menu, including a smaller version of the adult classic chicken parmesan. Make a reservation at Buddy V’s.
Virgil’s, Atlantis, Bahamas
Virgil’s Real BBQ, with locations in New York City and Las Vegas, is a fan favorite for real Southern-style BBQ. Kids love to get their hands dirty with their famous BBQ chicken wings, “Trainwreck” fries served with melted cheddar, jack cheese, smoked bacon, scallions, jalapenos, and ranch dressing, and their BBQ nachos served with pulled chicken, pulled pork, and beef brisket. Great for large groups, parents and families also can enjoy Virgil’s massive burgers and sandwiches or their incredible “Pig Out Platter,” which gives a heaping sample of everything – Memphis-style pork spare ribs, sliced Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and two housemade sides. Virgil’s also has a solid selection of rotating cocktails, beer, and wine for the grown-ups. Make a reservation at Virgil’s.
Carmine’s, Washington, D.C.
With locations in New York City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Atlantis, Bahamas, Carmine’s is the legendary Italian restaurant known for their family-style dining. Kids love their massive portions of pasta dishes, chicken parmigiana, and their famous “Titanic” ice cream sundae made with six heaping scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, two caramelized bananas, strawberries, pineapple, rolled wafer cookies, hot fudge, and whipped cream. At Carmine’s, there is something for everyone including beloved Italian favorites and an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list. Make a reservation at Carmine’s.
The Flying Fisherman, New York, New York
The Upper West Side is full of kid-friendly restaurants and the latest to land there is the new seafood gastropub, The Flying Fisherman. Decorated with Lucite hanging fish, the restaurant is a visual feast to enjoy delicious seafood dishes while feeling like you’re on the beach. Kids go in for the fried seafood and lobster rolls while adults can indulge in more upscale options such as the Fisherman’s inventive dips, such as the bluefish rillette, octopus hummus, and crab + avocado, the Calendar Island mussels, an extensive raw bar, scallops, and more. The Flying Fisherman also has happy hour throughout the restaurant with signature cocktails, beer, and wine. Make a reservation at The Flying Fisherman.
Ray’s & Stark, Los Angeles, California
Just because you have to celebrate early doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a terrific New Year’s Eve (11:30AM-8PM). Enjoy seasonal specials at Ray’s before ringing in 2019 at home. Take in the sights at LACMA as the sun sets on the past year and partake of specials including Ossetra caviar with blinis, and crème fraiche, tagliarini alla chitarra (made in-house) with Santa Barbara sea urchin and new Caledonian prawns, or the roasted rib eye steak for two with pommes puree and black truffle sauce. A full a la carte menu is also available, which includes French fries and a deep list of kid-friendly pizzas. Make a reservation at Ray’s & Stark.
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