This New Year’s Eve, why not get dressed up, tune into WWOZ’s NYE Festing in Place broadcast, and order in an indulgent feast from one of New Orleans’s top restaurants? Plenty of local spots are making it easier to celebrate at home with a great meal while saying good riddance to 2020. From picnic baskets and canape kits to lobster and prime rib spreads and of course, Champagne, here are some New Year’s Eve takeout options from New Orleans restaurants. This guide will be updated through New Year’s Eve. If there is a New Orleans restaurant or bar company offering New Year’s Eve takeout missing below, let us know at email@example.com.
In addition to the onsite seafood boucherie at Cochon this year, its sister restaurant Butcher is offering an at-home New Year’s Eve feast for two, with options of whole flounder and sides, pork porterhouse, or New York strip. There’s also a takeout New Year’s Day meal available; both can be ordered online here.
Call GW Fins by Tuesday, December 29 for a special New Year’s Eve menu from GW Fins, one of New Orleans’s top seafood destinations. Options include jumbo lump crab cakes, lobster rolls, gulf fish crudo, scallops, lobster dumplings, black truffle gnocchi, and a 28-day dry-aged wagyu ribeye.
The excellent restaurant in the revamped Ponchartrain Hotel is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for takeout as well as dine-in, for $60-$70 (depending on the main course). Call the restaurant by Wednesday, December 30 to order from menu options including lobster and gnocchi sardi, crispy pork cheeks, and fontina beignets to start, soups and salads for the second course, yellowfin tuna steak frites, hanger steak, lamb rack, and butternut squash cavatelli for entrees, and dessert.
The Ace Hotel’s contemporary Italian restaurant has two takeout dinner packages for New Year’s Eve, one for $95 per person and one for $125 per person (two person minimum order). The menus cover canapes and other hors d’oeuvres, champagne and cocktail kits, and for the pricier option, chicken wings and a campanelle kit. Order online to pick up on NYE between 4 and 10 p.m.
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Convenient picnic baskets for two, four, or more are a solid NYE option, especially if the nice weather holds. The casual fried chicken outpost from the Commander’s Family of Restaurants offers batched cocktails to-go, as well as a seafood basket with crab dip, crab and corn beignets, blackened tuna salad, and roasted crab cakes, or a basket with fingerling potatoes, boudin eggrolls, and fried chicken sandwiches. Available to order online for pickup on New Year’s Eve.
Excitingly, Magazine Street’s excellent contemporary Indian restaurant Saffron has created a special New Year’s Eve at home package this year, offering a four-course menu for $95 per person. The feast includes curried shrimp and crab dip, eggplant spread, and naan to start, corn and crab bisque, prime rib, seafood biriyani, and tiramisu, and comes with a complementary bottle of Cava for every two guests. Preorder online to pick up between 1 and 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
The five-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu from Mid City’s Vessel is also available via takeout, if preordered via phone by December 28. Options include classics like deviled eggs, gumbo, tumeric-roasted Cornish hen, braised short rib, almond crusted halibut, and desserts of pineapple upside down cake, turtle cheesecake, and creme brûlée.
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