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New Year's Eve restaurants in NYC: Dinner reservations to make now

Ring out 2017 on a full stomach with a special New Year’s Eve dinner.

Whether you're looking to eat an early bird meal off an a la carte menu as a pregame to other festivities, or you want to hunker down for the evening in one spot serving a prix-fixe menu and a midnight Champagne toast, there's a restaurant in this city that will meet your needs.

So pick out your finest party threads, select your favorite menu — from options that won't break the bank to treat-yo'-self splurges Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford would approve of — and get ready to ring in 2018 in superior foodie form.

Del Frisco's Grille

It's the turtle cheesecake, with chocolate and caramel

It's the turtle cheesecake, with chocolate and caramel pecan drizzle, that's calling us to this chophouse chain for its New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner -- but we guess cheesesteak eggrolls with honey mustard, artichoke beignets and coffee-braised pork shank (dressed up with bacon ends, collard greens and toasted sea island red peas) aren't a terrible introduction to the final course. Your meal comes with a celebratory Prosecco toast, and if you'd rather order something off the restaurant's regular menu, that's A-OK, too. ($75 per person, 50 Rockefeller Plaza and Vesey St., Manhattan, delfriscosgrille.com)

Socarrat

Get your night started on the later side
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Get your night started on the later side at this Spanish tapas and paella bar. Seatings for a tasting menu and open bar start at 9:45 p.m. Your meal begins with a tapas platter served family-style. Munch on bacon-wrapped dates and fried artichokes with lemon-caper remoulade, before the paella of your choice arrives. Options for the latter include the signature Socarrat (chicken, beef, shrimp, white fish, squid, mussels, cockles, fava beans, red and green pepper sofrito) and the vegetarian De La Huerta (eggplant, broccoli, artichokes, tomatoes, chickpeas, snow peas, red and green pepper sofrito). For dessert, there's flan or chocolate beignets. Partake in a Spanish tradition at midnight: a glass of sparkling wine and "12 lucky grapes," one for each toll of a clocktower bell. ($99 per person, multiple Manhattan locations, socarratnyc.com)

Merakia

According to Greek tradition, families cut their cake
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According to Greek tradition, families cut their cake at midnight to find the coin buried inside. That hidden treasure brings good luck to the house in the new year. That's why you're going to want to order the chocolate lava cake, served a la mode, for your final course, if you dine at the Flatiron steakhouse Merakia on New Year's eve: You could be the one diner to discover a lucky coin in your dessert and win a free meal. But first, fortify yourself for a boozy evening with a bowl of chicken egg-lemon soup and a rib-eye steak ($25 extra). ($125 per person, 5 W. 21st St., merakia.com)

Zuma

German-born chef Rainer Becker's London import, a club-sized
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German-born chef Rainer Becker's London import, a club-sized restaurant serving modern Japanese fare, will host a swanky New Year's Eve party with an open bar, DJ and midnight champagne toast. Don't expect a full meal here, but save room for some delicious bites: servers will be bringing around canapés like buttermilk-fried chicken with yuzu and lemon-yogurt dip and steak skewers with Japanese chimichurri sauce. A VIP reservation also comes with a platter of dishes like spicy tuna rolls (pictured) and rock shrimp with lime and chili tofu. ($109 per person for general admission, 261 Madison Ave., Manhattan, zumarestaurant.com)

Spring & Varick

Chef John Creger isn't kidding around with this
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Chef John Creger isn't kidding around with this holiday prix-fixe menu: It's not three but five whole courses, staring with indulgent choices like oysters and caviar. A "mid-course" inserting itself between appetizers and entrees gives you your pick of two pastas or a risotto with wild mushroom and white truffle. For $75, add access to an open bar or go for wine pairings selected by the restaurant's sommelier. That package also comes with party favors, entertainment and a Champagne toast. ($95, 246 Spring St., Manhattan, springandvarick.com)

Chumley's

The one-time West Village speakeasy-turned-elevated gastropub is serving
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The one-time West Village speakeasy-turned-elevated gastropub is serving up a four-course prix-fixe menu. Your meal starts with a sophisticated amuse-bouche, such as raw slices of hamachi fish. For an appetizer, vegetable pot pie is the most rustic of your options. Indulge in a plate of creamy lobster Newburg for your main course and opt for the rum and chestnut sundae for dessert. ($125 per person, 86 Bedford St., Manhattan, chumleysnewyork.com, 212-675-2081)

Narcissa

Make your New Year's Eve meal a farm-to-table
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Make your New Year's Eve meal a farm-to-table one at Chef John Fraser's restaurant in The Standard East Village. Narcissa's first seating starts at 5:30 p.m., the second at 8 p.m. Overlapping dishes for the two menus, one a three-course affair, the other a four-course one, include: a wagyu beef tartare; squash tortellini with caviar and truffles' "honey-lacquered" Long Island duck breast accompanied by smoked rutabaga and delicata squash; and a sundae topped with fruits and a honey waffle cone. Optional wine pairings cost extra. ($85 per person for earlier seating, $155 per person for second seating, 25 Cooper Sq., Manhattan, narcissarestaurant.com)

High Street on Hudson

The West Village restaurant, a critic's pick of
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The West Village restaurant, a critic's pick of The New York Times' Pete Wells, is serving a four-course dinner on New Year's Eve. (Included is a glass of white sparkling wine.) On the menu are: small bites like paddlefish caviar on potato toast; appetizers like charcoal-grilled octopus; pastas such as potato gnocchi with bay scallops, creme fraiche and shallots; and entreés like grilled swordfish with pickled peppers and brocollini. For dessert, pick an amaro float with ginger molasses gelato or a chocolate tart. ($75 per person, $35 extra for wine pairings, 637 Hudson St., Manhattan, highstreetonhudson.com)

Empellón

The midtown location of this trendy Mexican spot
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The midtown location of this trendy Mexican spot is offering a family-style, six-course dinner on New Year's Eve at two seatings, one before 7 p.m. for the early birds, the second at 9 p.m. Your meal begins with a "welcome margarita" before guacamole, octopus tacos, short rib confit and other dishes arrive at your table. For dessert, polish off some corn ice cream tacos (pictured). At the second seating, your dinner also comes with unlimited margaritas, the restaurant's signature avocado dessert (with lime, olive oil and eucalyptus yogurt) and a midnight toast. ($95 per person at the first seating, $195 per person at the second, 510 Madison Ave., Manhattan, empellon.com)

Salt & Bone

The Astoria smokehouse is ushering in 2018 with
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The Astoria smokehouse is ushering in 2018 with a pig roast and open bar. The theme of the evening's extravaganza is the 80s, so the DJ better spin all Blondie and Michael Jackson hits. ($65 per person in advance, $80 at the door, 32-07 30th Ave., Queens, saltandbone.com)

Tavern62

Chef David Burke's Upper East Side eatery will
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Chef David Burke's Upper East Side eatery will offer a speical a la carte menu at a 5-7:30 p.m. seating on Dec. 31, but it's preparing a special four-course prix-fixe menu, which comes with a Champagne toast at midnight, for the later crowd. Starters include pretzel-crusted crab cake and octopus-chorizo kebabs; among the mains are Peking pork shank with lap cheong fried rice and plum sauce and bison short rib. (For the high-rolling crowd, there's a $20 add-on of freshly shaved black truffles.) Save room for some chocolate whiskey pudding (pictured), garnished with candied orange and raspberry, at the end of your meal. ($95 per person,135 E. 62nd St., Manhattan, tavern62.com)

Clay

The farm-to-table Harlem restaurant's prix-fixe menu for the
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The farm-to-table Harlem restaurant's prix-fixe menu for the holiday features seared scallops with celeriac, apple and lardo, gnocchi with butter and winter truffle, and halibut with herb sauce, fennel, baby leeks and green sauce. An extra $50 gets you a cocktail, wine or beer pairing with your meal. (Pictured is the Round Midnight cocktail, a blend of pear brandy, ginger, smoked vanilla, egg, IPA and Monk's Secret liqueur tinted with activated charcoal.) Make reservations for one of two seatings, the first starting at 5:30 p.m., and the second, which comes with a Champagne toast at midnight, starting at 9 p.m. ($85 per person for the first seating, $140 per person for the second, 553 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan, claynyc.com)

Tender

This quasi-steakhouse, quasi-sushi bar in Times Square's Sanctuary
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This quasi-steakhouse, quasi-sushi bar in Times Square's Sanctuary Hotel is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner on New Year's Eve. You'll have your choice of appetizers like tuna tartare (pictured, with crispy wontons, radicchio and sesame dressing), a surf and turf platter and crème brûlée. Bring an even-numbered party if you can: the deal is a bottle of prosecco per couple. ($69 per person, 132 W. 47 St., )

Beauty & Essex

Start your glamorous night walking through a pawn
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Start your glamorous night walking through a pawn shop and into this speakeasy restaurant on the Lower East Side, where the theme on New Year's Eve is "Old Hollywood." A ticket guarantees you access to a four-hour open bar from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., hors d'oeuvre and a midnight Champagne toast. Dinner seatings are also available. ($250 per person, 146 Essex St., Manhattan, beautyandessex.com)

ACME

This neighborhood French-Italian bistro will serve diners off
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This neighborhood French-Italian bistro will serve diners off its normal a la carte menu (which includes dishes like butternut squash steak, pictured) during the first seating on Dec. 31. The second seating, a five-course tasting menu, which comes with a glass of Champagne, starts with crudité, peaks with Chateaubriand steak and potatoes served with spinach and a wild mushroom bordelaise, and ends with chocolate cake. ($135 per person, No. 9 Great Jones St., Manhattan, acmenyc.com)

P.S. Kitchen

An all-vegan prix-fixe menu prepared with classic French
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An all-vegan prix-fixe menu prepared with classic French techniques is the draw at this Hell's Kitchen restaurant. During service from 5 to 7:30 p.m., waiters will bring out five courses ending with chocolate and raspberries (pictured). Your meal comes with one glass of beer, wine or Champagne. ($150 per person, 246 W. 48th St., ps-kitchen.com)

Butcher & Banker

Absorb the ambiance of a bank vault-turned-dining room
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Absorb the ambiance of a bank vault-turned-dining room at this new steakhouse/speakeasy on New Year's Eve. A three-course prix-fixe menu will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., and a five-course alternative with midnight Champagne toast will be available from 8 p.m. onward. Chef Scott Campbell is serving dishes like a lobster bisque with creme fraiche and peekytoe crab, a five-spice duck steak with sour cherry jus (pictured) and creme fraiche cheesecake. Love your bubbly? You can opt for unlimited Champagne for two hours straight for an extra $55. (Three-course menu is $54 per person, five-course is $95, 481 Eighth Ave., Manhattan, butcherandbankernyc.com)

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