In the words of our friends at Che Fico, ciao 2020! The worst year ever is, at last, making its exit, and we can't think of a better reason to drink all the Champagne.
Ready to do it up big-time? Restaurants from San Francisco to Oakland and Napa are pulling out all the stops to help us ring in 2021 with taste and style. Order up a bounty of caviar, winter truffles, lobster, steaks, sweets, and bubbly, then propose a toast to the new year—it can only get better from here.
This Michelin-starred restaurant is putting together a spread reminiscent of all the luxury they served up in the Before Times. A fancy surf-and-turf meal kit will include everything you need to assemble lobster rolls at home—think two pounds of lobster, lobster brain aioli, marinated lettuce, fermented walnut and grilled shell XO sauce, and Parker House buns—plus dry-aged beef tartare. There are also some dreamy add-ons such as caviar cream puffs, black truffle deviled eggs, and, of course, Champagne. // The meal kit serves two ($195) and can be ordered via Tock for pickup from 5pm to 7pm December 31st; 1085 Mission St. (SoMa), birdsongsf.com.
Caviar. Foie gras. Steak. Truffles. All things divine are on the menu The Morris, where a variety of a la carte options is guaranteed to make the welcoming of 2021 feel even more special. Choose from royal sturgeon caviar service with brioche, red onion, chives, sieved egg, and lemon crème fraîche; a foie gras terrine with black truffles; or a New York steak with black truffle bordelaise, foie gras, and mashed potatoes. There's also a New Year's Eve Fried Chicken & Kaluga Caviar special, plus Champagne Padre cocktail kits if those tickle your fancy. // Menu is a la carte ($25 and up per dish) and can be ordered on ToastTab for pickup from 5pm to 8:15pm December 31st; 2501 Mariposa St. (SoMa), themorris-sf.com.
Sorrel is boxing up a seasonal Cal-American dinner kit this New Year's. Your meal will begin with oysters with rosé mignonette and caviar with the usual accompaniments. Follow that up with their insanely yummy sourdough focaccia, a bowl of sunchoke soup, and a winter chicory salad. The main event is a dry-aged duck with truffle potato gratin, plus a sweet yule log finale. There are only 50 kits available, so order one fast. Don't forget to throw in a bottle of Laherte Champagne. // The New Year's Eve Kit for two ($350) or four ($650) can be ordered online for pickup from noon to 6pm on Dec. 30 or from 10am to 3pm on NYE; 3228 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sorrelrestaurant.com
Che Fico Alimentari
New Year's Eve will be like any other night at Che Fico—decadent! A la carte dishes, portioned for two or four people, will include a caviar spread with crème fraîche and chestnut crespelle crepes; white truffle tagliatelle pasta; black truffle lasagna; and dry-aged rib roast with potato gratin. If you really want to splurge, order up extra black truffles. // Order via Tock by Monday, Dec. 28 for pickup from 2pm to 5pm on the Dec. 30; 834 Divisadero St, (NoPa), cheficoalimentari.com.
No so into caviar and truffles? Make it festive with Calavera's party packs for groups of two to six people. Every order comes with a bottle of bubbles, guacamole, an arugula-frisee salad with oranges; mushroom ceviche; and—bonus—party accessories! Choices of entrees include roasted lobster tails, grilled New York steak, roasted duck breast, or an oven-roasted veggie medley. Sweet tooths won't be mad about chocolate bread pudding made with a Firebrand croissant loaf and TCHO chocolate. Mezcal and tequila flights, plus wine, are also available. For those who plan to go hard, invest in the next-day recovery package with hangover-curing pozole and green chile bloody marys. // Kits ($250 per two people) can be ordered online for pickup from 3pm to 8pm on NYE; 2337 Broadway (Oakland), calaveraoakland.com.
Belotti Ristorante e Bottega
Pasta is the name of the game at Belotti and, if you order fast enough, you might just get one of their exquisite (and limited) seasonal truffle dishes. Dig into ribeye steak tartare with quail egg yolk and Alba white truffle; egg-yolk tajarin pasta with Grana Padano D.O.P. and white truffles; squash ravioli with shaved white truffles: or agnolotti di lidia pasta with beef shank, sausage, pork, and white truffle. The restaurant's full menu of apps, sides, wines, and dessert is also available. // Order a la carte via ToastTab for pickup from 12:30pm to 8:15pm on December 31st; 5403 College Ave (Oakland), belottirb.com.
Ready to go all out? Homestead is on it. Their two- and four-person meal kits include a caviar and charcuterie picnic spread with duck liver mousse, cheeses, and homemade sourdough; braised short ribs and Maine lobster with potato-gruyere gratin; winter chicory salad; and sweet petite fours. Perhaps the best part is that wine is included in your meal: Two-person kits come with a bottle each of red wine and Champagne; four-person meal include a third bottle of white. But wait, there's also breakfast! You'll wake up to a bacon and spinach quiche plus apple spice coffee cake. // Meal kits ($600 and $1,000) must be ordered by Tuesday, Dec. 29 by calling 510.420.6962. Pickup is from 4pm to 6pm on NYE; 4029 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland) homesteadoakland.com.
Mustards GrillNapa Valley mainstay Mustards Grill has the goods both for New Year's Eve and the morning after. For your evening festivities, enjoy smoked salmon and caviar blinis, truffled chestnut soup, a butter lettuce salad, slow-smoked Liberty duck with root vegetables, and Jack Daniels cake for dessert. Your bleary-eyed post-celebration self with be grateful for poppy seed bagels, smoked salmon, and a Grey Goose bloody mary kit to ease you into 2021. // The New Year's Eve & Morning After combo is available in sets of two ($150 per person) and must be ordered by 6pm on Monday, Dec. 28 by calling 707.944.2424; pickup from 11:30am to 7pm on NYE; 7399 St Helena Hwy (Napa), mustardsgrill.com.
Party like 2020 is outta here with Compline's supper club dinner for two. For just $150, you'll bring home beef wellington with Madeira reduction (pescatarian and vegetarian entrees are also available); roasted chanterelles with pine nuts and tarragon; Parisian-style pommes purée; gianduja mousse bombes, and more. For an additional $75, you can add on caviar service with all the fixings, and let us not forget that Compline is a wine bar so, yes, there's an astounding selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines from which to choose. This spot gets bonus points for the most creative dinner pairing: a special Spotify playlist. // Orders must be placed by 10pm Wednesday, Dec. 30 for curbside pickup from 4pm to 7pm on NYE; 1300 First St. #312 (Napa), complinewine.com.