Stay Calm and Party On – A Well Done New Year’s Eve

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Fireworks aside, New Year’s Eve is traditionally a boom or bust holiday.  Yet despite what we think about it, we know it’s a big night because our employers give us the following day off and a green light to go out and celebrate.

Good luck is often preparation for an opportunity and even though the stage is to get very drunk we’ve found that tempering expectations and having a more zen like approach to the evening can produce surprisingly great results.

Everybody who doesn’t have somebody wants to end the year with a bang so there are certainly a lot of chips on the table.  If you can keep a level head, and not go overboard, the odds will be in your favor to meet someone and make this New Year’s one to remember.

Here are a few ideas for the night and the day after.

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Foundry on Elm Celebrates First Night in Somerville

Davis Square spot to feature a New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu & celebration

WHAT:  

This New Year’s Eve, Foundry on Elm will set the stage for a First Night celebration in Davis Square. Beginning at 5pm, executive Chef Shayne Nunes will start dishing out a customizable three-plus-course prix fixe menu to help get you ready for the long night ahead. For an amuse-bouche, there is a Roasted Asian Pear with Great Hill bleu cheese and smoked honey. First course options include the Roasted Farmer’s Beets with mesclun and chicory greens, Cara Cara orange, honey pecan ricotta and citrus vinaigrette; Creamy Cauliflower Soup with shiitake mushroom crostini and white truffle oil; or, Lump Crab Cake with a “BLT” salad, Applewood smoked bacon, frisée, charred cherry tomato and remoulade. For the main course, choose between the Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, baby kale, warm cider cream and candied peanuts; Brick Seared Statler Chicken Breast with shiitake mushrooms, baby kale, creamy goat cheese polenta and a maple-sherry jus; Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops with crisp pork belly, Brussels sprouts and brown butter-acorn squash puree; or, Le Grand Filet Mignon with grilled asparagus, truffle whipped potatoes and a red wine-mushroom cream sauce. For a final taste of something sweet in 2015, there are three options: Spiced Eggnog Crème Brûlée with a cinnamon ginger snap; Apple Cider Donut Holes with chipotle-chocolate sauce; or, Blood Orange Sorbet with Cara Cara oranges and mint.

At 10pm, Foundry on Elm will open its doors to its official New Year’s Eve celebration. Revelers will dance the night away while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and an extensive array of beer selections. On the ones-and-twos will be DJ Axel Foley, who will spin a mix of top 40 hits until the wee hours. At midnight, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast as you say goodbye to 2015 and warmly welcome 2016.

DETAILS

WHEN:            

Dinner: beginning at 5pm

Event: beginning at 10pm

COST:             

Dinner prix fixe: $75 per person

Event admission: $30 per person at the door  

MORE INFO:  Dinner reservations suggested. Admission after 10pm granted as available. This event is for guests ages 21+ with a valid ID.

@FoundryOnElm; #FoundryNYE

First Night at Cask ‘n Flagon

Fenway landmark to host a New Year’s Eve soiree

WHAT:         

Cask ‘n Flagon will be welcoming the New Year in the heart of Fenway. Before the ball drops, DJ Carney Lansford will take to the turntables spinning top 40 tracks to create one last 2015 dance party on Lansdowne Street. On Cask ‘n Flagon’s more than 60 high-definition televisions, the scene from Times Square will be streamed as champagne bottles are popped for the midnight toast. When the clock strikes midnight, “cheers” to the New Year and make some noise with party favors.

DETAILS

WHEN:            

Thursday, December 31, beginning at 8pm

MORE INFO: Tickets are $45 in advance at casknflagon.com and $60 at the door, subject to availability. This event is 21+ with proper ID. Advance ticket holders must enter by10pm or are subject to capacity restrictions.

New Year’s Eve at Osteria Nino

Roman kitchen dishes out a five-course prix fixe menu

WHAT:             

On December 31, Osteria Nino will celebrate its first New Year’s Eve at 3rd Ave Burlington. Executive chef Walace Benica has designed a five-course menu that highlights the freshest tastes from local land and sea paired with his signature Roman flair. To start, there isWood Baked Scallops with prosciutto, arugula and balsamic. Up next is a Fish Croquette, made with haddock and potato. The mezzo course is a traditional Minestrone Soup with prosciutto, beans, kale and tomato. For the entrée, there is a hearty Braised Lamb Shank with onions, carrots, tomatoes and polenta. To end 2015 on a sweet note, there is a Warm Chocolate Cake served with vanilla gelato.

After dinner, head to Osteria Nino’s extensive bar and lounge area and ring in the New Year with a toast from the Roman kitchen’s all-Italian wine list, including many sparkling varietals.

DETAILS

WHEN:            

Thursday, December 31, from 5:00pm-11:30pm (bar open until 12:30am)

COST:             

Prix fixe menu: $55 per person (beverages not included)

HOW:              

Reservations can be made by contacting 781.272.1600 or visiting osterianino.com

Brass Union’s New Year’s Eve Gala

Union Square hotspot to ring in 2016 in style

WHAT:         

Brass Union will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang in Union Square this year. Hosted with every bit of elegance, the soiree bidding adieu to 2015 and welcoming 2016 will celebrate with complimentary canapes for revelers from 8pm-10pmand dining options available a la carte until 1am. Guests are invited to “dress to impress” with cocktail garb and gowns at this swanky “New Year’s Eve Gala.” In addition to the canapes and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, tickets to this Somerville soiree include live music from DJ ABD and an invitation to dance the night away.

*Dress code required: no denim, athletic shoes, t-shirts or baseball hats.

DETAILS

WHEN:            

December 31, from 8:00pm – 2:00am

COST:             

$10 per person

HOW:              

Tickets available online and at the door: http://www.brassnyegala.eventbrite.com/. 21+ with proper ID.  Food and beverage specials available at a la carte pricing.

@BrassUnion; #BrassUnionNYE

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Detox to Retox Marathon Brunch

Union Square hotspot to welcome 2016 with hangover food, cocktails and pajamas

WHAT:             

After partying into the early hours of the morning, Brass Union will celebrate New Year’s Day with a special “Detox to Retox Marathon Brunch.” Available all day and into the night, brunch marathoners are encouraged to dine (and drink) in their pajamas and casual hangover attire for true “smooth sailing” into 2016. Revelers also will enjoy funky tunes by DJ Leah V while they dine, creating the first of many memorable dance parties in the New Year. Designed by executive chef Jon Kopacz, the culinary menu evokes guilt-heavy sustenance and brunch classics sure to cure even the worst of hangovers. On the liquid side, beverage director Paulo Pereirawill be shaking up brunch-friendly cocktails for those testing the “hair of the dog” theory.

DETAILS

WHEN:            

January 1 from 1:00pm – 10:00pm

COST:             

Complimentary admission. Menu items available at a la carte pricing.

MORE INFO:  

Reservations are recommended. Please call (617) 623-9211.

@BrassUnion; #BrassUnionDetoxToRetox

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Also, check out bostonnye.com/ for a good list of parties in downtown Boston.

 

Sam Calef

Sam Calef

Sam Calef is Founder and Managing Partner at Well Done Boston. He always has time for interesting people, the whole truth and a trip to the beach.

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