Ultimate Guide to 2014 New Year’s Eve in Fairfield County

17 Dec


If you’re looking for New Year’s Eve 2015 listings, check them out here

Okay 2014, you’ve met your match. That’s right, make way, ‘cuz 2015 is right around the corner. And with the New Year comes great respon . . . er . . . parties! Yup, lots of great parties, lots of great drinks, and a helluva lot of great food. So, we thought we’d help do our part to make sure that you are off to a great start with a comprehensive guide to New Year’s Eve in Fairfield County. We’re covering as much as FC as possible with lots of choices for ya!

We plan to update, so if you know of any good additions to this list, please let us know.


Walrus + Carpenter: your NYE will be 80 Proof (just 40% ABV?) with 80’s live music, an Atari challenge, a prix fixe menu, and drink pairings. Here’s the menu and be sure to e-mail Adam at aroytman@walruscarpenterct.com for your spot. The first course includes Pork Belly and Picked Shrimp; the 2nd is a choice of Lamb Chops, Oysters Rockefeller, or Kale Salad; the 3rd is Smoked Rib-Eye, Lobster + Scallops, or Bacon Wrapped Squab; the 4th is Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake, Lemon Curd Tart, or a Cookie Plate.



Ibiza: this great Spanish tapas restaurant will be featuring a prix fixe menu for $55 with lots of Cava. Here’s the special menu.



Bodega Taco Bar: celebrate with Bodega’s already kickass menu paired with some very festive cocktail specials. Live music starts with Bad Boy at 9.



Barcelona: plenty of tapas, specials, a cava toast, and extended hours.

Bodega Taco Bar: From 4-10, Bodega will be offering up their Bodega Roast Suckling Pig (Lechon) Plato. For your reservation, call ’em up at (203) 292-9590.

Craft 260: it’s a very New England Brewing NYE at Craft 260! They will have 8 NEBCO brews on tap for your drinking pleasure all damn night and they will be providing a 6 course meal, too. Tickets are $125, including tax and tip. To get your tix, just stop by.



Barcelona: plenty of tapas, specials, a cava toast, extended hours, and a DJ to party after midnight!

Bistro Versailles: the newly reopened French-gem on The Avenue in Greenwich is serving up a Bonne Annee! They’ll have some hors d’oeuvre to calm your stomach down when you arrive, then you can pick an app from $10-22 and an entree from $25-42. Not too bad for NYE, huh? Plus, they’ll be serving up dessert for just an additional $9.50.  

Char: one of our favorite Greenwich restaurants will be open from 9-1 am with 8:30-9 pm seatings. You’ll get a 4 course dinner, 4 hours of open bar, a DJ with dancing, and a champagne toast for $125 per person. If you’d like the regular menu, just come by from 4-6:30. Get your reservations by calling them up at (203) 900-1100. 

Ginger Man: info to come.

JHouse: for $75, you get live music from the Funky Red Hot Band, 2 drinks, and get to party from 10-1:30. Tickets on sale on their site soon.

Morello Bistro: eat up a la carte or pick their special holiday prix fixe menu. At midnight they’ll have a Prosecco toast.


New Canaan

Boulevard 18: for $95, you get a sparkling wine with caviar canape, an app, a digestif, an entree, and a dessert. For $50 more per person, you’ll also get a wine pairing with each course. See the full menu here.

South End: Chef Nick Martschenko will be featuring a 4 course tasting menu. Check back on their site for the awesomeness.



Bar Sugo: Chef Pat Pascarella has lots planned for you with three seatings at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30. He’ll be serving up a prix fixe menu for $79 (tax and tip extra) with a chance to get wine pairings added for an extra $49 per person. If you get the 9:30 spot, you’ll get a free glass of champagne to toast the New Year!

Barcelona: plenty of tapas, specials, a cava toast, extended hours, and a DJ to party after midnight!

Basso Cafe: Chef Renato Donzelli’s Basso will be open for lunch and dinner with live music from the BPBJ Trio! Come in from 8:35-1 am to really kick things off right! They’ll not only have their regular menu, but will also have some specials starting at 5 pm. If you can stay up until midnight, free champagne toasts!

Ginger Man: info to come

Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge: for $85, you’ll get a three course dinner with a complimentary glass of bubbly.

Match:  Chef Matt Storch will be featuring his ever-popular menu as well as some specials that sound awesome!  There’ll also be a champagne toast at midnight as well as live, chill, acoustic music. 

O’Neill’s: get yourself some luck ‘o the Irish with prix fixe dinners starting at 5, a champagne toast starting at 7 with your meal and at midnight, and live music by Tangled Vine. Get your reservations by calling them up at (203) 838-0222.

The Spread: if there’s one thing true in this world, it’s that The Spread kills it with their parties! This NYE, it’ll be no different! Join them from 7-11 for passed hors d’oeuvre, a 4 course sit down dinner, a photo booth, music from DJ Dharma, and of course a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $100 and can be reserved online or by calling them at (203) 939-1111.

Strada 18: check out a special NYE menu a la carte or get a prix fixe deal at $75 per person. That includes an amuse bouche, an app, a soup or salad, a digestif, an entree, and a dessert. If you’d like a wine pairing with each course, it’s an extra $35 per person. See the full menu here

Valencia Luncheria: info to come

Washington Prime: dinner seatings are at 6:45 or 8:45 and feature a 5 course menu at $70 per person. Here’s the cool part: you pick 3 course’s and Chef Jared Falco will pick 2 courses himself for your meal. The after-dinner party starts at 10:30 and features DJ Rob Muskus and DJ Brian Webster. In addition, there will be drink specials all night and a champagne toast at midnight. Get your reservations by calling them at (203) 857-1314.



Georgetown Saloon: come on down, check out what Chef John Brennan is cooking up, and celebrate with 30 brews on tap. You’ll be able to order a la carte or can have a 5 course meal for just $50 per person. They’ll be selling ONLY 30 prix fixe deals, so make sure to RSVP by calling them up at (203) 544-8003 or e-mailing manager@thegeorgetownsaloon.com. And, here’s the full menu



Bailey’s Backyard: Check out Bailey’s brand new winter menu (starts next week) as well as new cocktails. In addition, Chef Pasternack will be featuring New Year’s Eve specials that you won’t want to miss.



Bank Street Events (via Nikki from EOS): come down to the beautiful Bank Street Events in the heart of Downtown Stamford for a great New Year’s Eve! There are two options. 1) For $125 (all in) you get to party at 9, with dinner stations, a top shelf open bar, dancing, DJ Casanova, and a champagne toast. 2) For $80 (all in), you get a top shelf open bar, dancing and champagne.  Tix can be purchased at bankstreetevents.com or by calling (203) 325-2739.

Bar BQ/McFadden’s: you’ll get access to two of Stamford’s hottest bars for the price of just $85. That includes a 4 hour open bar from 8-12, a complete dinner buffet from 8-10, music from DJs at both spots, plenty of party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Check in at McFadden’s to start off the night.

Bar Rosso: they’ll be open from 4 pm – 3 am and there isn’t a cover charge. Plus, you’ll get a midnight champagne toast! Get your reservations in order by calling them up at (203) 388-8640.

Barcelona: plenty of tapas, specials, a cava toast, extended hours, and a DJ to party after midnight!

Cask Republic: info to come

Coalhouse Pizza: Gerard is the man and he’s making the end of 2014 a very Dogfish holiday with over 30 (YES, 30) Dogfish Head brews on tap. We think your New Year’s resolution should be to drink every single draft that night. Don’t worry, there’s a brunch the next morning so that you can recover.

Dolce Cubano: come down to the Stamford waterfront for a 9:30 seating with 4 courses, a DJ, a champagne toast, and plenty of dancing. Tix are $99 (tax and tip extra) and can be made by calling up (203) 817-0700.

Eclisse: four course prix fixe starting at 9 in the Party and Banquet Room. Tix are are $75 per person and that includes a free bottle of wine per table. The DJ starts at 10 with a champagne toast at midnight. If you just want dinner, come by starting at 5 and check out the acoustic stylings of Charlie Scopoletti starting at 9:30. For reservations call them up at (203) 325-3733.

The Fez: one of our favorite spots in Fairfield County, The Fez is always an awesome place to spend NYE! They’ll be ringing in the New Year with DJ Kabobulator with a costume theme of SciFi. Sick!

Gastro Bar: for just $50, you’ll get an open bar for all mid-level drinks from 9-12 and DJ Rob Newberry will be spinning starting at 9. In addition, there will be a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations or a VIP Table call up (203) 767-5686. You can also ask them about special hotel rates that they have available for you.

Olio: get your reservations from 5:30-10 and enjoy the regular menu as well as some great specials crafted by Chef Steve Costanzo. They’ll also have a complimentary glass of champagne to help you toast in 2015. Reservations via (203) 817-0303 or via e-mail.

Paloma: for $75-85 (depending on the entree you order), you’ll get an amuse bouche to start off the night, a starter, an entree, and a dessert with a sparkling glass of wine. You can only get this prix fixe menu with reservations and those start at 5 with the last seating at 9:45. You can also get an a la carte version of the menu at the bar with no reservation required. Also, the bar will stay open until 2 am with a 50% discount on all bubbly from 11-2. Plus, there will be plenty of party favors. Make your reservations by calling them up at (203) 998-7500 or using OpenTable.

Sign of the Whale: there are three ways to go crazy on NYE at Sign of the Whale!

1) Silver Package: 6 pm dinner with a prix fixe menu from Chef Walter Estrada. Tix are $45 and don’t include alcohol or tip.

2) Gold Package: 5 hour top shelf open bar from 8-1 with a full dinner buffet from 8-10, party favors, a champagne toast, and even free valet parking. Tix are $75.

3) Platinum Package: you get the top shelf open bar, a full prix fixe menu at your choice of 8 or 8:30, a reserved table all night long, and everything else from the Gold Package. Tix are $125.


Parallel Post: enjoy a four course menu for $45 per person or $60 if you’d like wine/beer tastings and a glass of champagne. Seatings are from 5-11 and include Endive Salad with beets, pomegranate, goat cheese, figs, walnuts and Clementine vinaigrette; Grilled Rabbit Rack with sweet potato, Benton’s bacon, greens and roasted vegetables; and a rich Espresso Chocolate Cake.



Bartaco: if you want to take your kids out for an early sparkling cider toast, you can do that at 9. There will be more info to come on other events and happenings that night.

Kawa Ni/The Whelk/LeFarm: it’s business as usual at The Whelk and LeFarm, but Chef Bill Taibe shares that you can look forward to New Year’s sake bomb toasts at Kawa Ni! Is there really a better way to start the year off than with one of Jeff’s concoctions? Plus, please don’t forget that they’ll be donating a portion of profits of sales on NYE to a very important local charity.

Le Rouge Cafe: celebrate at the year-end Chocolate Fondue Party with Aarti from 8 pm-midnight for $15 per person or $50 for a family of 4. For reservations call (203) 293-6106. 

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