New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, but it can often lead to a stressful night fraught with over-priced set menus, congested roads, and shoulder-to-shoulder parties cast with high cover charges. Whether you’re looking to party it up on the night or prefer a quieter celebration to ring in 2018, booking a fantastic New Year’s Eve dinner for your party is half the battle to ensuring a fun evening out. If you’re still searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve setting, we’re here to help with the best places in Hong Kong to eat and drink before the clock strikes 12am.
Get a front-row view of the spectacular fireworks display across Victoria Harbour at Rech by Alain Ducasse — all while enjoying platters piled high with fresh, seasonal seafood. Awarded one Michelin star in this year’s guide, Rech is one of the best places on the harbour to soak in panoramic views while savouring world-class cuisine. For HK$2,588 per person, you’ll be treated to a royal seafood platter followed by homemade buckwheat pasta with black truffle, roasted Brittany lobster, truffled camembert and a refreshing lemon granité for dessert.
Rech by Alain Ducasse, G/F, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
Enjoy a lavish New Year’s Eve dinner at Argentinian steakhouse Buenos Aires Polo Club, specialising in hearty grilled steaks and Latin-inspired starters. Always a fun setting for festive celebrations, BA Polo Club offers a set menu this year priced at HK$688 per person (includes a welcome glass of Champagne), with signature dishes including cheesy provoleta with rustic grilled bread, chorizo sausage with chimichurri, T-bone steak and pancetta-wrapped tiger prawns, and a range of sides and desserts for a truly indulgent affair.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2321 8681
This gem in the Sheraton Hong Kong is a regular happy hour spot for the TST after-work crowd. At night, the mood gets more intimate with the room lit up by the circular glow of the bar, set against the dusky backdrop of Victoria Harbour. For a laidback New Year’s celebration, book in the festive NYE dinner (HK$2,088 per person, 6:30pm onwards) where you can dine on freshly shucked oysters, blue lobster carpaccio and lobster bisque, followed by your choice of Challans duck or classic venison Wellington for mains. We’d recommend staying for the after-party where you’ll have a prime view of the fireworks at midnight.
Oyster & Wine Bar, Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2369 1111
For a more sophisticated night that doesn’t involve slamming shots until the ball drops, head to contemporary Chinese restaurant Fang Fang, where a special New Year’s Eve Jazz Dinner is on the bill. A black-tie affair, the event starts at 9pm with a five-piece jazz band, where HK$2,018 per couple gets you a 7-course menu, 1 cocktail on arrival per guest, and 1 glass of Louis Roederer to toast to 2018.
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2983 9083
Over at FoFo by el Willy, an indulgent Spanish feast awaits with a sharing-style menu featuring FoFo’s signature dishes. Dinner starts with six tapas to share, followed by a main of your choice, and a festive dessert platter (HK$738 per person). Starters include the “cecina” air dried beef with corn and truffle vinaigrette and “Ferrero Rocher” foie gras bonbon; while mains are a toss-up between barbecue Iberian suckling pig or Spanish “chuleton” beef with grilled eggplant and padron peppers. Afterwards, head upstairs for the NYE party (no cover charge), where HK$200 gets you three drinks and a glass of Champagne.
FoFo by el Willy, 20/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2900 2009
Chef Michael White‘s Hong Kong outlet, Al Molo, is doing New Year’s Eve in style with a party co-hosted with BLT Steak this year, taking advantage of both restaurants’ prime waterfront location. Themed ‘Carnivali’, this end-of-year party is a feast for the senses with live performances and a front-row view of the fireworks, combined with an open buffet for HK$888 (HK$1,288 for open bar). Feast to your heart’s content on a selection of fresh salads, more than 10 varieties of antipasti, a seafood corner with fresh shrimp, octopus and blue mussels, a hot appetiser selection, and choice of mains from risotto to sea bass filet.
Al Molo, Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2730 7900
If you’re looking for a posh dinner to round out 2017, Tenku RyuGin has you covered with its stunning fine dining space on the 101st floor of ICC. Against the 180-degree view of the harbour, guests will enjoy a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner (HK$3,780 per person) which highlights ingredients such as Hokkaido sea urchin, Kagoshima Wagyu beef, French black truffle, Indonesian bird nest and more. With great food, drinks and fireworks all in one place, you’re sure to have a stress-free and enjoyable night.
Tenku RyuGin, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2302 0222
Spanish grillhouse The Optimist says so long to the year with a meat and seafood extravaganza at its trendy Wan Chai location. Celebrate in the convivial steakhouse with platters of Iberico ham, fresh oysters, charcoal-grilled steaks and whole Mediterranean sea bass, all while enjoying free-flow wine, prosecco, beer and spirits (HK$888, plus HK$240 for free-flow package). A selection of Spanish-style desserts ends the meal on a high as you count down the final hours to midnight.
The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2433 3324
It doesn’t get much better than CÉ LA VI for alfresco dining and drinking in Central. While we always love stopping by here for a glass of bubbly after work, CÉ LA VI’s also serves up a fantastic Japanese-inspired menu to complement its gorgeous setting. On 31 Dec, you’re in for a treat with premium sushi and sashimi platters, oysters topped with uni, Hokkaido seared scallop salad, king crab tempura and more for HK$1,888 per person. Join the Sky Deck countdown after party (additional HK$688 per person) to ring in 2018 with Hong Kong’s stylish party crowd.
CÉ LA VI, 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3700 2300
Soaring high above Victoria Harbour, you can end 2017 with a classy steakhouse dinner at Wooloomooloo, complete with a massive rooftop terrace for countdown festivities. The special 4-course menu features a juicy and tender Australian Wagyu sirloin as the main event, paired with piquillo polenta cake, potato beignets, red onion marmalade and shiraz jus. Choose from Wooloomooloo’s extensive wine list to keep the vino flowing throughout the night.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960