Five of the most atmospheric restaurants around the world for celebrating New Year’s Eve
Looking for ideas for how to celebrate the end of the year can feel like a job in itself. So our list of restaurants for celebrating New Year’s Eve rounds up the five best eateries around the world, serving celebratory meals to ring in the new year.
1 Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
Ana Roš was named World's Best Female Chef 2017. But she didn’t stop there – Ana has continued her mission to highlight nature and her own personality in her cooking and this year, for the first time, her entire team will relocate to Madrid, to take part in the Spanish capital’s In Residence pop-up from 19 November to 7 December.
If you don’t get the chance to catch her there, your last opportunity to sample Ana’s innovative cuisine in 2019 will be at her cutting-edge restaurant, Hiša Franko, in Kobarid, Slovenia. The team aims to keep the celebrations relaxed with a celebratory Champagne before the meal and a toast with the award-winning team and guests at midnight.
2 Hielo y Carbón, Madrid, Spain
On Madrid’s Gran Via, Hielo y Carbón is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu with an appetizer consisting of caviar with a blini, matcha tea, sour cream foam and ginger. There are two starters of foie micuit paired with red vermouth, caramelised hibiscus flower and spiced crusty bread and crayfish; and entrees include sea bass, crayfish and lamb.
And, if you wake up hungry for more, the restaurant offers the New Year Brunch experience on 1 January, from 1-4pm, with food from the grill, pancakes, waffles and traditional Christmas sweets. The food, served buffet-style, includes beef cheeks, parsnips, grilled vegetables, grilled seafood rice, cooked soup and fresh pasta. Desserts include fresh fruit, Christmas sweets and homemade cakes.
3 Ristorante Hotel Cipriani Copacabana, Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Brazil, and Rio is arguably the most exciting and visually arresting place in the country in which to celebrate. A spot near one of Rio’s world-famous beaches is essential and nowhere is more iconic than the Copacabana Palace Hotel, on the beach of the same name.
At the hotel’s Cipriani restaurant, chef Nello Cassese will offer a six-course tasting menu. Paired, by head sommelier Ed Arruda, with Dom Pérignon Champagne and a unique selection of international wines. Guests will have access to the hotel’s Golden and Nobre party halls and the balcony, for watching Rio’s famous fireworks. After midnight, take your place either at the pool party or on the dance floor.
4 Ting and Level 34, Shangri-La, at The Shard, London, England
When it comes to ringing in the new year, there’s no better place for watching the UK capital celebrations than the city’s tallest building – The Shard. The skyscraper’s Ting Restaurant and Level 34 are offering customers the chance to make the most of the view with their event, A First Class NYE.
Dinner is comprised of an eight-course feast with feathered game terrine, smoked artichoke, poached turbot and oyster tempura, Wagyu beef, smoked beetroot, guinea fowl, truffled Tunworth cheese, Champagne sorbet – all finished off with a glass of Champagne and interactive dessert buffet.
Then it’s up to Level 34 to finish off the night with live entertainment and unrivalled views of the capital in the earliest moments of 2020.
5 La Felicità, Paris, France
With 1,000 seats, five kitchens, three bars and one pop-up, LaFelicità – Big Mamma group’s food hall, which opened last year in Paris – is the perfect place for a big New Year’s bash. In Xavier Niel’s Station F, the dining hall is full of atmosphere, and guests eat surrounded by train carriages and gigantic balloons.
Last year, Big Mamma groups Paris chefs created a Capodanno Specials menu with Bruschetta Big Boy Foie Gras, Lobster Pasta, and a surprise midnight dessert for the finale. La Felicità, also opened on New Year’s Day for a daytime feast, with an oyster bar, pizzas al portafoglio (large Neapolitan-style) and a Disney movie marathon for children.
The restaurant chain has a strict no-booking policy but it made its first ever exception for New Year’s Eve last year. So there’s a good chance it’ll extend the same offer this year, although it was were unable to confirm anything at time of publication. Keep an eye out for announcements.