While some of us are perfectly happy spending New Year’s Eve on our couches, watching the ball drop and drinking wine from a box, we understand this isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. For those of you who plan on donning pants and actually partying in public, here are your options (arranged in order of affordability):
Deals on meals ($0-$50)
Farmhouse Tavern (pictured at top), à la carte
The Junction Triangle hotspot will host a New Year’s edition of their popular F*ck Mondays. Get buck-a-shuck bivalves from 9 p.m. till midnight, and half-priced plates after 10 p.m.
1627 Dupont St., 416-561-9114, farmhousetavern.tumblr.com
Lisa Marie, à la carte ($10 entry after 10 p.m.)
It’s dinner as usual at the Fidel Gastro’s brick-and-mortar spot, but there are new menu items to be had, and a DJ spinning tracks after 10 p.m.
638 Queen St. W., 647-748-6822, fidelgastro.ca
Momofuku Noodle Bar, $17 (and a $90 option)
Dine low-key and get the NYE bun and noodle combo (ain’t nothin’ wrong with that), or dress up a sharing platter of fried chicken with caviar, because you can.
190 University Ave., 1st floor, 647-253-8000, momofuku.com/toronto
Chef Pesce goes easy on your post-Christmas pockets by offering three courses all for less than two twenties. Hang around later than 10 p.m. for $10 deals on dishes and $5 drinks.
1314 Queen St. W., 647-342-5776, porzia.ca
Roncy’s resident smokehouse is serving up two special menus on Dec. 31. Both are very meaty—one is just a tad meatier.
299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700, barque.ca
Hapa Izakaya, $35
After months of flood-related renovations, you’re invited to celebrate Hapa’s grand re-opening with a night of dinner (and for a bit extra dough), dancing.
602 College St., 647-748-4272, hapaizakaya.com
Have duck three ways (or no ways if you opt for the vegan option). A gluten-free meal is also available.
815 Bloor St. W., 416-846-8324, northwoodto.ca
Hogtown Vegan, $40
Start the year meat-free—but not necessarily guilt-free—with some vegan comfort food. Braised tempeh steak, roasted butternut squash, and “bacon”-garlic greens are preceded by soup and salad, then followed by a sticky toffee pudding.
834 Bloor St. W., 416-901-9779, hogtownvegan.com
The Huntsman Tavern, $45
The cosiest thing next to sweatpants and takeout might be a dinner of comfort food at The Huntsman. The three-course menu includes main choices of seared trout, braised veal cheeks, duck confit, and gnocchi with dessert being either sweet arancini or an aztec chocolate tart. Add another $30 for wine pairings. Make a reso or walk in for a seat at the bar.
890 College St., 416-901-9919, @TheHuntsmanTO
Das Gasthaus, $50
Ring in the new year with a sausage or two. Forget champagne—you can have a litre of German beer (but there will be bubbly, as well).
107 Danforth Ave., 647-352-5044, dasgasthaus.ca
Boots n’ Bourbon, $20 entry, $35 dinner
Saddle up for a night of live country-western music, line dancing, and free drinks. Boot scoot and boogie your way into 2014.
725 Queen St. E., 647-348-0880, @BootsBourbon
Oh, you (sort of) fancy, huh? ($51–$100)
The Whippoorwill, à la carte
The cute-as-a-button Bloordale diner is serving up a little something French, so break out your old cahier d’exercises and bone up on your Français.
1285 Bloor St. W., 416-530-2999, thewhippoorwill.com
The “ultimate Latino street party” will see guests snacking at eight different food stations and downing cheap drinks. Buy your ticket today, don’t wait ’til mañana.
606 King St. W., 416-363-8388, valdezrestaurant.com
The Home of the Brave, $50
Over at The HotB, lei jokes will abound as they celebrate Hawaiian-style with a three-course menu, rum-filled coconuts, and (one can hope) swimsuit weather.
589 King St. W., 416-366-2736, thehotb.com
The Gladstone Hotel, $50–$126
Join the circus for a night with the Gladstone’s Big Top NYE! Enjoy a four-course dinner of peanuts, hot dogs, caramel corn, and candy floss—kidding, there is actual food if you pay the big-ticket price. If not, entry still includes carnival games, jugglers, a magic show, a balloon drop, and cotton candy (for real this time).
1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635, gladstonehotel.com
Eat your way through the Animal Kingdom with Beast’s meaty family-style menu.
96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000, thebeastrestaurant.com
Le Select, $55–$75
Go early and get the same decadent dinner for $20 less! Ooh la la!
Early birds can take advantage of a four-course meal while night owls have to shell out a bit more, but also get an extra course. Each meal comes with a glass of sparkling.
488 Wellington St. W., 416-979-1990, marbenrestaurant.com
The Ace, $65 ($45 for the veggie version)
Get a six-course menu, with meat, or a four-course one without.
231 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-792-7729, theacetoronto.com
This Parkdale seafood-centric snack bar wants you to “party like it’s 1900″ with a three-course menu and (for the later seating) champers and oysters at midnight.
1564 Queen St. W., 647-352-8815, geraldinetoronto.ca
The County General, $75
Southern snacks and five loaded cocktails.
936 Queen St. W., 416-531-4447, thecountygeneral.ca
Do dinner and a movie at this O&B outpost in the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
350 King St. W., 647-288-4715, oliverbonacini.com/Luma
Biff’s Bistro, $75
Choose three courses, and if that isn’t enough, add some à la carte options.
4 Front St. E., 416-860-0086, oliverbonacini.com/biffs-bistro
If the more affordable five-course meal with wine pairings isn’t enough for you, there are five more courses where those ones came from.
889 Queen St. E., 416-477-3393, bero-restaurant.com
Le Societé, $79
This French bistro wants to feed you three-courses with their Midnight in Paris menu.
131 Bloor St. W., 416-551-9929, lasociete.ca
This is your last chance to have the restaurant’s tasting menu before the place morphs into Red Sauce.
50C Clinton St., 416-792-6002, acadiarestaurant.com
Celebrating Jump’s 20th anniversary (and usher in the new year, as well) with a four-course meal that includes an adult beverage. It’s only an extra $28 for sommelier-selected course pairings!
18 Wellington St. W., 416-363-3400, oliverbonacini.com/jump
Baller ($101 and up)
Big Crow, $159–$279
Forget what we said about putting pants on: Big Crow is doing take-out dinners as long as you place your order by Dec. 30.
176 Dupont St., 647-748-3287, roseandsonsbigcrow.com
The Beverley Hotel, $100-$400
Go for a five-course meal, stay for the night.
335 Queen St. W., 416-493-2786, thebeverleyhotel.ca
Stock Restaurant, $220
A nine-course menu awaits you at the Trump Tower restaurant. The fancy food includes caviar, foie gras, Moët and Chandon–cured hamachi, and lobster. Wine pairings are available (for another $120) and if you can’t stay up (or afford the special menu) there’s an early bird à la carte dinner
325 Bay St., 416-637-5550, stockrestaurant.com
Momofuku Daisho, $120
Here, an eight-course menu includes speckled trout, sirloin steak, carbs in noodle form, plus a glass of something to toast with when the clock strikes midnight.
190 University Ave., 3rd floor, 647-253-8000, momofuku.com/toronto
Momofuku Shoto, $200
Throw down a couple Benjamins for a 12-course menu and a glass of champers. Throw down a bit more for some extra bubbly.
190 University Ave., 3rd floor, 647-253-8000, momofuku.com/toronto
Bid farewell not only to 2013, but to the partnership between Victor Barry and Carlo Catallo. Enjoy one last eight-course dinner conceived by the duo before they go their separate ways. An extra hundred gets you wine with each dish.
88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788, splendido.ca
Nine courses but only one seating (7–8 p.m.), so make your reso now.
924 Queen St. W., 416-536-8963, ursarestaurant.com
Know of any other places that are offering dinners worth putting pants on for? Let us know in the comments section. —Rebecca Fleming
Photo: Nick Kozak/Toronto Star