No doubt everyone is eager to celebrate the end of 2020 and toast a fresh start for the New Year. As has been the case pretty much throughout the past nine months, the fete will be more muted, since crowding into places on New Year’s Eve during a pandemic is just not an option. Restaurants and bars in Seattle are all closed for indoor dining until January 4, but there are several still offering some special take-home meals and drinks for smaller same household festivities. Here are some of the notable options, from special soba, Greek feasts, low-intervention bubbly, and beyond.Read More
Where to Order Dinner and Drinks for New Year’s Eve in Seattle
Celebrations may be more muted on December 31, but take-home meal kits from favorite local spots should liven up the countdown to 2021
1. Cafe Juanita
There are several different meal kit takeout options at Kirkland’s critically-lauded Italian fine dining destination, from smaller appetizer portions (eggs and caviar) to fuller offerings (Anderson Valley rack of lamb with rosemary, thyme, and garlic). Diners can mix and match various side dishes, and add wine pairings from a deep list.
As has become an annual tradition for the celebrated soba destination in Fremont, chef Mutsuko Soma is taking preorders for toshikoshi, the name given to soba that’s eaten right before the New Year. The kits come with noodles, broth and instructions on how to boil at home, as well as the options to add sides such as tempura, pickled daikon, or fried mochi.
Fremont’s acclaimed Korean restaurant has a New Year Eve’s tasting menu with an optional wine and cocktail pairing. Snacks include caviar and larb spring rolls, while the main dishes feature scallops, smoked tea noodles, and a wagyu chuck steak with spinach and caramelized kimchi. There’s also chocolate torte with miso caramel and spicy whip for dessert.
4. Ba Sa
Bainbridge Island’s modern Vietnamese restaurant has been making holiday menus a regular thing, and are keeping the party going for New Year’s Eve. On the December 31 menu is wagyu New York steak with truffle yucca frites, crab and asparagus bisque, and strawberry toffee cheesecake, along with enough canapes and champagne for two.
Capitol Hill’s sibling Italian restaurants Spinasse and Artusi are celebrating the end of 2020 with cured foie terrine, scallop salad, white truffle potato ravioli, and braised short rib topped with caramelized honey sauce. There’s also a decadent-sounding chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, vanilla cream filling, and pomegranate sauce for dessert.
6. Omega Ouzeri
Those looking for a more Mediterranean-style celebration may want to check out this Capitol Hill Greek restaurant, offering a four-course dinner for two. Items include squid salad, crab cakes, roasted lamb shank (or vegetarian moussaka), vasilopita, a traditional Greek dessert bread that’s supposed to bring luck in the New Year.
7. La Dive
Seattle, WA 98122
Capitol Hill’s natural wine bar and bottle shop should be worth a look for at-home revelers focused on bubbly. Among the offerings for pickup or delivery are rapper Raekwon’s Italian sparkling red Licataa Lambrusco, a fruity La Petite Gaule du Matin pet-nat, and a Lelarge-Peugot extra brut. On the snacks side, there are dumplings to go along with the booze, usually a stellar combo.
8. Metropolitan Grill
The classic downtown steakhouse has a full heat-at-home meal kit for two, including one main (prime rib, kurobuta ham, lamb, or chateaubriand), sides (roasted red potatoes, grilled asparagus, and tomato gratin), and a spiced pear bread pudding for dessert. Wine and champagne pairings are optional, and customers can even purchase a roasting pan and meat thermometer, if needed.
9. Pioneer Square D&E
Fried chicken fans may want to jump on the New Year’s Eve options at this longtime Pioneer Square restaurant, which pairs full family meals with champagne. Customers can order enough fried birds to feed two or four, and the kits come with maple Sriracha sauce, Beecher’s cheddar-beer mac ‘n’ cheese, cabbage and poblano pepper slaw, and parmesan-pepper biscuits.
10. Lady Jaye
West Seattle’s smokehouse offers a tomahawk ribeye dinner served with seven sides (including fried Brussels sprouts, black eyed peas, potato salad, and smoked jalapeno kale Caesar) and four biscuits. Diners can also add bellinis, bloody marys, and hot buttered rum kits to their orders to liven up the occasion.