60+ Connecticut Restaurants To Celebrate New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

t’s almost time to bid farewell to 2017 and say hello to the New Year!  Connecticut restaurants are celebrating 2018 with epic parties, prix fixe menus, and hangover brunches.  Here is what they have in store!

  1. Washington Prime, Norwalk Washington Prime in SoNo's NYE Dinner has 3 Seatings: 4pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm. It includes selection of appetizer, entree, and dessert and costs $65 per person plus tax & gratuity.
  2. The Cottage, Westport: The Cottage in Westport presents a New Years Eve Brunch followed by a New Years Eve Celebration Dinner from 5:30-10:30pm. The a la carte menu will include lots of caviar, truffles, and buttered lobster!
  3. Griswold Inn, Essex: The Griswold Inn has NYE Dinner Seatings starting at 5:30 pm and the Shiny Lapel Trio will play from 10pm-1am. Entrees include Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Long Island Duck, Roasted Prime Rib, and Filet of Beef Wellington. It costs $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
  4. Present Company, Simsbury: Present Company's 5 course prix fixe NYE dinner includes options like lightly roasted cauliflower carpaccio with black truffles and beef “wellington” with mushroom stuffing. It is $110 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $40.
  5. Harlan Publick, Norwalk: Beginning 12/31 at 9:30pm, dance the night away and enjoy craft cocktails and a chefs buffet at Harlan Publick in Norwalk.
  6. Peaches, Norwalk: Peaches in Norwalk is celebrating New Year's Eve on every level! On the 1st floor, enjoy a 3 course seated dinner at 5pm, 7pm and 9:30pm. On the 2nd floor the Juke Joint Party includes passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar from 10pm, - 1am, champagne at midnight, and party favors with a $45 pre purchased ticket
  7. Flinder’s Lane, Stamford: Flinders Lane in Stamford will have a 4 course tasting menu from 6:30pm - 8:30pm for $80 per person with one complimentary glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne. The 9:30pm seating will consist of 5 courses for $120/ per person with one complimentary glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne. After dinner, stay for their party with Live Music, Dancing, Craft Cocktails, and a Champagne Toast at Midnight
  8. Barcade, New Haven: Barcade's New Year's Eve Party in New Haven will feature a Champagne toast at midnight, as well as a special tap list put together just for the occasion. No cover charge and no advance tickets needed!
  9. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport: Spend New Year's Eve at a Masquerade with the Pocket Hotties at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport.
  10. Basso Cafe, Norwalk: For Basso Cafe's New Years Eve celebration, they will serve an a la Carte menu with festive additions starting at 5pm. There will be live music from 8pm-1:30am.
  11. The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House, Uncasville: The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House hosts an epic New Year’s Eve Party featuring music by DJ Mike City, starting at 9:00pm. Ticket prices start at $30.00 and include a party favor, champagne toast at Midnight and more! Tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. less
  12. Fresh Salt @ Saybrook Point, Saybrook: Ring in the New Year at Fresh Salt, located in Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa. They'll have a raw bar, passed appetizers, a full sit down dinner, a premium open bar, a Champagne toast, and assorted desserts. The Cartells will provide live entertainment. It costs $139.95 per person, plus tax and service charge.
  13. elm, New Canaan: elm New Canaan's NYE menu includes three courses, with an additional pasta course available for $45 more. It costs $95 per person, plus tax and tip.
  14. Cafe on the Green, Danbury: Visit Cafe on the Green for a 5 course prix fixe dinner on NYE or join them the next day for New Year's Day brunch.
  15. Copper Beach Inn, Ivoryton: Join The Copper Beach Inn for a spectacular evening of dining, music, and New Year celebration featuring a custom a la carte menu.
  16. Riverview Bistro, Stratford: Riverview Bistro's NYE celebration includes a 5 course dinner, an open bar, a photo booth, a midnight toast, and dancing with Music in Motion.
  17. Millwrights, Simsbury: Millwrights in Simsbury, led by Top Chef contestant Chef Tyler Anderson, will have two New Year's Eve seatings. The first features 4 courses, runs from 5-6:30pm, and costs $94 per person. The second includes 6 courses, runs from 7-10pm, and costs $124 per person.
  18. Shell & Bones, New Haven: On New Year's Eve, Shell & Bones's Dining Room will be open from 11am – 11pm with special dishes to complement their regular a la carte menu. The next day, join them for New Year's Day brunch from 11am - 2:30pm or in the dining room from 11am-10pm.
  19. L’escale, Greenwich: The first NYE seating of L'escale's in Greenwich will include a la carte options while the second lasts from 8-10pm and features a five course prix fixe "Gala Menu." You can also opt for a $95 wine pairing and dance the night away to the sounds of a live band. less
  20. Long Ridge Tavern, Stamford
  21. Vazzano’s Four Seasons, Stratford: Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford celebrates New Year's Eve from 8pm-1am with an open bar and dinner. They'll even send you home with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich for the trip back!
  22. Aspen, Old Saybrook: El Segundo will be open for brunch on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, though they will be closed the night of NYE.
  23. Treva, West Hartford: Treva will offer a four course prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve for $69 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Toast with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
  24. Avert Brasserie, New Haven: Avert Brasserie in New Haven will offer a four course prix fixe New Year's Eve menu for $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. There will be a complimentary
  25. The Gingerman, Greenwich: The Ginger Man's late night party starts at 10:30pm. Join them the next day for New Year's Day brunch.
  26. East End, Greenwich: East End in Greenwich will offer a prix fixe menu from 9pm-12am, with entertainment by Love Russell.
  27. Bar Zepoli, Stamford: Bar Zepoli's five course NYE dinner has two seatings: 5-7:30pm and 8:30-11pm. The second includes a champagne toast and a wine pairing is available for an additional $75 per person.v
  28. Market Place, Woodbury: At Market Place in Woodbury, enjoy a 3 course prix fixe menu for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Entrees include Skillet Roasted Scallops, Braised Veal, and more.
  29. Conspiracy, Middletown: Conspiracy in Middletown is open for dinner from 5pm-1am on New Years Eve, with special sparkling cocktails all night and a midnight toast. They are open regular hours on New Years Day.
  30. Cask Republic, Stamford and Norwalk:At Cask Republic New Haven, the NYE party begins at 10:30pm, where $35 includes a buffet and two cocktails. The South Norwalk and Stamford locations will have 3 course prix fixe menus followed with late night.
  31. Butchers & Bakers, Farmington: Pajamas Strongly Encouraged at Butchers & Bakers New Years Day brunch! Entrees range from $9-$20, plus enjoy bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis, Whiskey Smashes, and Limoncello Collins for $20. Build your own Bloody Mary Bar 
  32. b restaurant, Glastonbury:b restaurant in Glastonbury hosts a Hangover Brunch on New Year's Day. Entrees range from $9-$16 and bottomless Mimosas and Bourbon Sours are available for $15.
  33. Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe, Hartford: Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe invites you to New Year's Day Brunch from 10am-3pm. Drink specials include $5 Mimosas, $6 Bloody Marys, and $22 Bloody Mary Pitchers.
  34. El Segundo, Norwalk: El Segundo will be open for brunch on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, though they will be closed the night of NYE.
  35. The Spread, Norwalk: Go to The Spread in Norwalk for NYE dinner followed by a party with DJ, dancing and a midnight toast. There is no cover charge.
  36. Pacifico, New Haven: Pacifico in New Haven will be serving a 4-course prix-fixe menu and a variety of chef specials until midnight! There will be a DJ and free champagne for a midnight toast.
  37. Artisan, West Hartford and Southport: Artisan's West Hartford location will take you into 2018 with cocktails, dancing, and plenty of surprises! In Southport, dance to the "Band of New York" and enjoy a 5 course prix fixe menu from 5:30-7pm as well as a Champagne Toast at midnight. less
  38. Johnny Utah’s, Norwalk: Party til 2018 at Johnny Utah's in Norwalk with an open bar, dinner buffet, and a DJ! General admission tickets are $50.
  39. At the Barn, Granby: At the Barn in Granby presents a prix fixe menu, their regular dinner menu, and specialty cocktails in honor of NYE. Dinner seating begins at 4pm on December 31. The prix fixe menu includes 3 courses for $55 per person.
  40. THC, Derby: Ring in 2018 with THC in Derby! A $25.00 Cover (plus tax and admin fee, purchase ahead of time or at the door through Eventbrite) gets you one FREE drink and a DJ party.
  41. Joey C’s Boathouse, Stratord: Joey C's Boathouse's New Year's Eve Bash includes a full dinner buffet, an open bar, and a DJ dance party starting at 8:30pm. It costs $65 per person plux tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 203-870-4838. less
  42. Harlan Social, Stamford
  43. Barcelona, Stamford: Join Barcelona Stamford special tapas and cocktails on New Year's Eve.
  44. Bartaco, Stamford: If you want to end 2017 with tacos and margaritas, Bartaco is open on December 31 for all the NYE festivities.
  45. Brother Jimmy’s, Stamford: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Stamford has party packages available between 9pm-1am for individuals and groups. They'll have a complimentary dinner buffet and a champaign toast at midnight.
  46. Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford: At Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, a $75 ticket ($90 at the door) includes an open bar and plenty of live entertainment. Serving begins at 9pm.
  47. Del Fresco’s, Stamford: Del Frisco’s Grille Stamford will offer a special three- course prix-fixe menu featuring the Grille’s signature chef-inspired dishes and a celebratory Prosecco toast at midnight.
  48. Kashi, Stamford: Visit Kashi in Stamford from 10pm-2am for live music, a premium open bar, and a dinner buffet with a raw bar, sushi, appetizers, and entrees... for only $90!
  49. Tiernan’s, Stamford
  50. Tigin, Stamford: Tigin's New Year’s Eve bash kicks off at 7pm with a toast to Ireland’s New Year. A $10 cover starts at 8pm and includes an additiona champagne toast, craft cocktails, drink specials, and live music from The Last Hoorah
  51. Villa Italia, Stamford: For New Year's Eve, Villa Italia in Stamford presents a 4 Course Dinner, dancing, a DJ, party favors, a photo booth, and a champagne toast at midnight. It costs$75 per person, plus tax and tip.
  52. Liv’s Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook: On New Year's Eve, Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook will serve dinner from 5pm – 10:30pm. The menu will consist of regular items alongside appetizer and entrée specials, as well as a special cocktail. They will be closed on New Year's Day
  53. The Blind Rhino, Norwalk: The 2nd Annual SoNo Ball Drop featuring DJ Durso will take place at the Blind Rhino this NYE.
  54. 129 Restaurant, New Canaan: 129 Restaurant in New Canaan will have a special 4 course prix fixe menu from 12pm to 1am, as well as limited a la carte menu. It is $75 pp or $95pp with wine pairings and champagne (plus tax and tip).
  55. Sign of the Whale, Stamford: The doors of Sign of the Whale in Stamford open at 8pm. Partake in a top shelf open bar until midnight, a cocktail hour with passed bites until 9pm, a full dinner buffet, a live DJ, and a toast at Midnight.
  56. Hudson Grille, Stamford: The New Year's Eve celebration at Hudson Grille in Stamford includes dinner from 4-10pm and a toast at midnight.
  57. Pearl, Westport: Pearl at Longshore in Westport will have a special New Year's Eve menu in honor of the holiday.
  58. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mohegan Sun’s “Party into the New Year!” Starting at 10:30pm in the Uncas Ballroom. There will be dancing and music by NYC’s DJ PS1, an open bar, a champagne toast at Midnight, and breakfast buffet. Tickets start at $100.00 and are available to purchase at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and ticketmaster.com
  59. Amis Trattoria, Westport: Amis creates a ‘Midnight in Rome’ celebration on New Year’s Eve. They will be ringing in the New Year the Roman way with a night of Roman-style fare and fun. The evening begins  at 4pm with a happy hour featuring light hors d’oeuvres that will culminate in a toast to Roman new year at 6pm. Throughout the night they’ll also feature a special 4-course prix-fixe menu available for $70pp ($35 optional beverage pairing). 
  60. Cinzano's Restaurant, Fairfield is hosting NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA. $75 All-Inclusive Dinner will be served (tax & tip included) including...Prime RibFREE Party Favors, open bar from 8 to 11pm, complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight & DJ. Reservations 203-903-6538.