5 Places to Dine Out on New Year’s Eve on Long Island

Whom you’re kissing at midnight is much less important than what you’re eating beforehand.

Start your resolutions on New Year’s Day and live a little the night before.

Losing weight is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution—more than 21 percent of Americans made the pledge this year, according to Statistic Brain. 2018 likely won’t be much different. But on December 31, 2017, it’s still perfectly acceptable to say, “The diet starts tomorrow.”

So bid adieu to 2017 in delicious fashion by chowing down guilt-free at these Long Island New Year’s Eve dinners.

Verace
Islip

Verace offers a true taste of the old country from the moment guests step foot on the cobblestone pathway and head towards the entrance. But it’s what’s cooked on the inside—authentic cuisine that rivals an Italian grandmother’s Sunday dinner—that counts. The four-course New Year’s Eve menu includes cheese ravioli and Tuscan soup with Italian sausage for starters and a choice of apple pecan or Ceasar salad as a second course. The cooks knock it out of the kitchen with the gnocchi tartufo. The creamy fontina cheese, smoked ham and black truffle butter take taste buds on a satisfying excursion. For dessert, opt for the Italian cheesecake. Made with a ricotta cheese that gives it a fluffier texture than traditional cheesecakes, the treat is a delicious exclamation point on 2017. Open bar packages available at different price points.  Go

Del Fuego
Babylon, St. James and Patchogue

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This Tex-Mex sensation is giving Long Islanders a chance to toast to the end of the year in a casual environment, margarita in hand. Those who want a little extra spirit can order a $20 Tequila flight instead. As for the grub, the signature, warm chips will be served in lieu of bread and the housemade guacamole makes for a perfect companion. The entrée list will hold diners with healthy eating resolutions over until their first cheat day. Think shrimp enchiladas dressed in a lobster cream sauce and country fried skirt steak. Go

Fifth Season
Port Jefferson

Guests at this locavore-centric restaurant can toast to the best of Long Island ingredients and the New Year in one sitting. The first course figures to be a surprise—a seasonal chef’s tasting with dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free options available. Highlights from the rest of the menu include crispy Peconic Bay scallops served with an apple crisp salad for a seasonal touch, seared Long Island duck breast and a festive peppermint cheesecake. Go

Piccolo
Huntington

Piccolo’s intimate, white tablecloth dining experience make it an ideal spot for one of those kinds of dinners. Italian favorites like fried calamari, burrata with roasted heirloom tomatoes and penne a la vodka are on the menu this New Year’s Eve. Truffle aioli and thinly sliced proscitto put an indulgent twist on Blue Point oysters and the braised boneless beef short ribs are the epitome of tender. Pairing food and wine is a cinch in these parts. Piccolo’s extensive list of vinos has local and international bottles, and staff and regulars raised a glass earlier this year when it earned the the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Go

Revel
Garden City

Exposed piping and sleek black furniture give this Nassau restaurant a trendy industrial feel. But don’t mistake industrial for a cold, barron warehouse in Brooklyn, especially on New Year’s Eve. Revel will host a candlelight dinner with a three-course, surf ‘n turf menu. The creamy lobster bisque soup will warm bodies and hearts on a cold winter’s night. Fall-of-the-bone prime ribs and grilled salmon drizzled in lemon verbena aioli for a tangy twist will satisfy the landlocked and seafood lovers in a party. A four-course menu with open bar and DJ is also available. Go

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