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Where to Dine Out On New Year’s Eve 2021, Plus Hangover Cure Brunches on New Year’s Day 2022 [UPDATED]

Palace Social has everything you could want in a New Year's Eve celebration: booze, eats and entertainment.
Palace Social has everything you could want in a New Year's Eve celebration: booze, eats and entertainment. Photo by Alex Montoya
These Houston restaurants invite you to end 2021 on a high note as you enjoy a New Year’s Eve meal (or start 2022 off strong with a hangover curing New Year's Day brunch):

New Year's Eve

a’Bouzy, 2300 Westheimer
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year a’Bouzy-style with brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 p.m. to close, with a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are encouraged.

The Annie Café & Bar
, 1800 Post Oak
The Annie invites guests to an evening of food, specialty cocktails, 2022 swag and live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 713-804-1800 or visit OpenTable.

Artisans, 3201 Louisiana
Enjoy a classy New Year’s Eve affair, featuring dishes from foie gras au torchon and Champagne sorbet to filet de boeuf with sauce rossini, plus live jazz from vocalist Tianna Hall & The Houston Jazz Band. Cost is $130++ per person.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington
Enjoy the regular dinner menu alongside live music downstairs from 7 to 10 p.m., then continue the party with as the DJ spins tunes on the upstairs patio (which is covered and heated) from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 713-862-1814 or visit OpenTable.

Back Table Kitchen & Bar – The Woodlands Resort, 2301 North Millbend
A 5 p.m. dinner seating with a three-course menu offering is priced at $89 per person, including dishes from razor clams with brown butter to braised pork shank with fermented black bean bbq, plus sour cream panna cotta with red wine cherries. Exclusive access to the 7 p.m. seating will be limited to “Bring on 2022” package guests.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd
With reservation from 5 to 11 p.m., enjoy a special NYE dinner menu featuring dishes such as charred octopus and gnocchi, lobster chowder, grilled ribeye with scalloped potato and espresso chocolate cake. Cost is $79++.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer
Bosscat will host a four-course dinner for $60/person starting at 6 p.m.. featuring a live DJ and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar
Enjoy a French-style NYE dinner with reservation until 11 p.m.

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith
Toast the new year with a Creole NYE dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak
Enjoy four-courses for $85 per person at this coastal Mexican hotspot. Highlights include lobster chowder, fire-roasted Gulf shrimp, grilled striped bass wrapped in banana leaf and flan de queso, plus a complimentary sparkling toast at midnight.

Chapman & Kirby, 2118 Lamar
Chapman & Kirby invites guests to kiss 2021 goodbye with a champagne toast, chocolate fountains and a live artist, plus a three-course dinner menu for $75/person with the first seating at 5 p.m. and final seating at 8:30 p.m. Live music and entertainment begins at 9 p.m.

Davis Street, 5925 Almeda
Chef Mark Holley’s pan-Asian and Latin influenced spot will be open its regular hours from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on NYE.

Doris Metropolitan, 2815 South Shepherd
The steakhouse’s celebration starts at 5 p.m. and goes until midnight, as guests enjoy a midnight balloon drop, confetti, party favors, complimentary change toast and a live DJ starting at 9 p.m. Premium menu highlights for the holiday include their caviar selection, eight-ounce tenderloin with bone marrow and ten-ounce Japanese wagyu.

Ember & Greens Restaurant and Bar, 9403-B Katy Freeway
Ember & Greens will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park
Enjoy dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight, featuring a special four-course menu for $88 person plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, 4319 Montrose
Gatsby’s will feature its standard menu alongside two special features, with a choice of Caesar or wedge salad and six-ounce Wagyu filet mignon with lobster tail for $84 or the salmon filet with a half-pound Alaskan king crab for $74.

Goode Company Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby
Featuring a dance hall, two bars, three stages and a state-of-the-art kitchen serving indoors and out, the restaurant is open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Goode Company Barbeque, 5109 Kirby, 8911 Katy Freeway
Slow-smoking barbeque since 1977, the restaurants will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina, 9005 Katy Freeway, 8865 Six Pines Drive
The Memorial location will be open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and The Woodlands location from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Goode Company Seafood, 2621 Westpark, 10201 Katy Freeway
The Gulf seafood spots will be open for regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Goode Company Taqueria, 4902 Kirby
The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Hugo's,1602 Westheimer
Enjoy a special four-course menu on New Year’s Eve plus live music by Viento and a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, with last reservation at 10 p.m. and cost is $72 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

Indianola, 1201 St Emanuel
The EaDo stunner will be open for dinner service with its regular “Modern Texas” menu. Reservations available via Resy or by calling 832-582-7202. Neighboring cocktail bar Miss Carousel will be hosting a “Disco Never Died” New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring DJ dance tunes, festive drinks, disco balls and Flying Wish Paper to light and watch it float into the sky to ring in the new year (reservations not required; large group section bookings are available).

Kin Dee Thai Cuisine, 1533 North Shepherd
Kin Dee will be open for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

La Lucha, 1801 North Shepherd
NYE dine-in specials include Texas stone crab claws, fried chicken cappelletti, hearth roasted dorade and an 18-ounce ribeye with brown butter and five peppercorn au poivre. Call 713-955-4765 or book online.

La Table, 1800 Post Oak
La Table will be offering the à la carte menu from 5 to 7:30 p.m., then a special Prix Fixe Gala Menu from 8 to 10 p.m. ($135 per person).

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer
Chef Hassan Obaye’s three-course dinner runs $95 per personan includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entree, festive dessert selection, and coffee or tea (wine pairings available at an additional cost). Reservations can be made from 5 to 11:30 p.m.

Le Jardinier, 5500 Main
Le Jardinier will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., then offer a four-course menu ($145 per guest) during the first seating from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a six-course menu plus a midnight champagne toast ($245 per guest) for the second seating from 7:30 to10 p.m.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, 4224 San Felipe, 963 Bunker Hill
All locations will be open New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the Memorial location will have live music from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a special menu as well as the regular menu.

Maize, 14795 Memorial
New hotspot Maize will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four-course meal created by chef Fabian Saldana, priced at $85 per person and with an optional wine pairing for $25.

Mozambik South African Kitchen, 1201 Lake Woodlands
Mozambik South African Kitchen will open on New Year's Eve with regular Friday hours (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Musaafer, 5115 Westheimer
Enjoy a seated dinner at 6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. with highlights including Dum ka Chaap with lamb chop, cashew, rosewater, charoli nuts and pandan extract, and Pecan Halwa with allspice crème and bourbon maple soan papdi. Pricing begins at $190 per person for the 6 p.m. and $220 per person for the 9:15 p.m.

Mutiny Wine Room, 1124 Usener
Enjoy a wine dinner courtesy of chef Eduardo Alcayaga for $110 per person, available on New Year’s Eve from 4 to 10 p.m. and featuring dishes such as smoked duck breast, flame-roasted Denver steak and prawn with salsa verde, and spiced strawberry panna cotta.

Nobu, 5115 Westheimer
The world-renowned Japanese-style restaurant is offering a special Omakase menu for $180, featuring a selection of sushi, grilled A5 Wagyu beef and the Texas-inspired Nori Tacos, finishing with a vanilla and pecan cheesecake with miso.

The Original Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation, 1700 Post Oak
Countdown to 2022 with chef Alex Padilla’s Tex-Mex take on seafood paella (serves 4-5 people for $125) and available dine-in or to-go with 24-hours notice. Both locations will serve paella all day, with the option to pair the dish with a bottle of Cava for $20. To order Seafood Paella at Ninfa’s on Navigation, call 713-228-1175; to order the dish at Ninfa’s Uptown, call 346-335-2404.

Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe
The Southern spot l will be open and offering two special menus beginning at 6 p.m. — one a la carte, featuring a number of regular favorites as well as an equal number of holiday specials; and the second a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu, offering three courses with two choices for each for $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For those who are in the restaurant when 2021 leaves and 2022 arrives, there will be complimentary noise makers, hats and a glass of bubbly.

Palace Social, 4191 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire’s newest entertainment destination will be open until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, offering seasonal food and drink offerings and fun.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 1200 McKinney, 5839 Westheimer
Both locations are offering a four-course New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe for $129.95 per guest, with options from jumbo lump crab and shrimp cocktail to prime ribeye, ora king salmon, creamed spinach and milk chocolate pot de creme. Call 713-780-7352 (Galleria) or 713-658-1995 (Downtown) to make reservations.

Paulie’s, 1834 Westheimer
Enjoy a casual Italian meal, dine in or to-go, until 9 p.m.

Prego, 2520 Amherst
The Rice Village trattoria will be open noon to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, offering its regular menu and nightly specials, including, osso bucco with local mushroom risotto, parmesan-crusted Gulf red snapper with jumbo lump crabmeat and veal chop Milanese.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella
Houston’s original lodge restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve for dinner only with reservations from 5 to 9:30 p.m., serving a special three-course menu with features from pickle-brined wild boar belly to smoked duck and foie gras ($85++ per person).

Relish Restaurant & Bar, 2810 Westheimer
For New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Relish will operate with normal business hours and offer a special menu for New Year's Eve.

Roots Wine Bar, 3107 Leeland
Roots invites guests to ring in 2022 with Dinner and a Show, featuring a five-course Tasting Menu with pairings plus a Drag Show, Champagne welcome cocktail and midnight toast included. Tickets are $150 per person and the evening runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas
Enjoy a New Year's Eve prix-fixe menu from 5 to 11 p.m., plus the regular a la carte menu, a la carte bottles of bubbles and special New Year's bites.

Rosie Cannonball, 1620 Westheimer
The neighborhood favorite is open from 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner), with a welcoming splash of bubbly and celebratory specials on the menu.

State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer
Update 2 p.m. 12-28-21: Because of staffing limitations, the prix-fixe menu will no longer be offered. Instead enjoy making your selections from the regular dinner menu for the evening.  a five-course prix-fixe menu for $125 per person, with highlights including caviar service for the table, blue crab melt, Texas persimmons, pappardelle, prime rib and king crab and chocolate stout cake. Call 832-942-5080 or book online.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 1140 Eldridge
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen will be open New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. serving its regular menu.

Thirteen, 1911 Bagby
James Harden’s Midtown hotspot is offering a specialty menu (no minumum), with options from the cult favorite Shrimp & Lobster Mac Egg Rolls to a choice-cut 24-ounce Prime Ribeye.

Tony's, 3755 Richmond
Tony’s is ringing in 2022 with a four-course, multi-choice prix fixe menu, live music by Nick and the Hits and a champagne toast at midnight. Highlights include Alba White Truffle Risotto, Caviar Panna Cotta, Truffled Prime Filet of Beef, 55 Day Dry Aged Prime Strip Loin, Pan Seared Dover Sole Meunière and more.Choose from two seatings: 6 p.m. ($115 per person plus tax and gratuity, no live music) and 9:15 p.m. ($195 per person plus tax and gratuity).

Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer
Close out the New Year with an $85 three-course prix fixe menu, including a sparkling wine toast. There will be three seatings: 5, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. with the DJ spinning from 7 p.m. to close.

Trez Art & Wine, 920 Studemont, Suite #150
Trez Art & Wine is throwing a New Year's Eve Celebration with a Purpose, benefiting the Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation and featuring live entertainment, a Grand Mariner cocktail hour from 8 to 9 p.m., and a four-course Chef Tasting Dinner paired with specialty cocktails by Tito's Vodka and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, plus a midnight toast. Bar seating starts at $95, with VIP tables running from $200 to $1,250.

Uchi Houston, 904 Westheimer
Enjoy a ten-course Omakase Dinner ($150 per person in the dining room or $300 per person in the private dining room with an enhanced menu and curated beverage pairings). The tasting features oysters, caviar, lobster, bluefin, A5 wagyu and more, plus Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” sparkling wine at a special reduced price of $198. Reservations required online or at 713-522-4808.

URBE, 1101 Uptown Park
Urbe’s New Year’s Eve celebration is $75 per ticket and includes four drink tickets per person, DJ and Mariachi music, food stations, passed bites, Patron tequila tastings, a dessert table and cash bar. The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, with food served until 11 p.m.

Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline
Enjoy a NYE Glitter & Glam celebration, starting with an optional three-course dinner starting from 6 to 9 p.m. ($75 including a welcome cocktail) and followed by the DJ & Drag Show from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($35, including a welcome cocktail, Champagne toast and take home gift). Call 713-654-1970.

Xochi, 1777 Walker
Xochi will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight for its Vispera de Año Nuevo dinner, with a four-course prix fixe menu for $79 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. Dine on dishes such as striped bass with aguachile verde, filet con mole chichilo and horchata mousse.
click to enlarge Start 2022 off with sips and sopes at Monkey's Tail. - PHOTO BY KIRSTEN GILLIAM
Start 2022 off with sips and sopes at Monkey's Tail.
Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

New Year’s Day Brunch

a’Bouzy, 2300 Westheimer
Start off fresh with NYD brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations encouraged.

The Annie Café & Bar
, 1800 Post Oak
Start 2022 off with a live music brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd
Enjoy the regular brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , plus complimentary black-eyed peas for good luck.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer
Mimosas will be flowing on New Year's Day, along with a live DJ all day long. Signature brunch items include the Fruity Pebbles French Toast, Donut Burger, Chicken Fried Steak, and the Wake Up Call cocktail featuring Tito's vodka, black coffee liqueur and Irish cream.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak
New Year’s Day brunch is a la carte from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with complimentary grapes for good luck.

Ember & Greens Restaurant and Bar, 9403-B Katy Freeway
Enjoy New Year’s brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heartbeet, 14714 Memorial
The new plant-based eatery is launching brunch just in time for the new year, with eats including banana buckwheat waffles, tofu migas, tofu breakfast burrito and more, plus bloody marys, fresh juices and spritzers. Brunch begins at 10 a.m.

Hugo's,1602 Westheimer
Enjoy Hugo’s famous brunch buffet for $45 per person plus tax, gratuity and beverages. Per Mexican tradition, the restaurant will be serving complimentary grapes for good luck.

Hungry’s, 2356 Rice, 14714 Memorial
Enjoy a mimosa flight ($15) or a spiked latte with eats like Crab Cakes Egg Benedict, Croissant French Toast, Tex Mex Omelets and Vegan specialties, plus a kids menu. Brunch is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hungry Like the Wolf, 920 Studemont
Houston’s only ‘80s diner will open at 10 a.m. and serve breakfast and mimosas all-day until 6 p.m.

Indianola, 1201 St Emanuel
Enjoy brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with highlights including Honey Weber’s Blueberry Pancakes, Rainier Cherry Tartine, Smoked Ham Hock Croquette and Blue Crab Benedict. Every table will also receive a complimentary serving of cornbread, collard greens, and black eyed peas — an homage to Southern tradition. Reservations available via Resy or by calling 832-582-7202.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, 4224 San Felipe, 963 Bunker Hill
Both locations will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Local Table, multiple locations
With a brand new location in the GOOF area, this fan favorite will be offering weekend brunch on New Year’s Day and Sunday, with classics including the Bigmosa, Espresso Martini, Southern Crispy Chicken & Eggs, Migas and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

Maize, 14795 Memorial
Maize will offer brunch selections a la carte on New Year’s Day.

Monkey’s Tail, 5802 Fulton
Hit this festive New Year’s Day brunch for DJ music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus $15 mimosa carafes and $11 carajillo martinis and eats from sopes on gravy and chicken and waffles to the cult favorite Brunch Chango Burger (a smash burger with American cheese, fried ham, egg, onions, relish and Valentina mayo on a sesame seed bun).

The Original Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation, 1700 Post Oak
On New Year’s Day, the Original Ninfa’s will serve warm Red Chile Pork Posole, the traditional Mexican hangover cure, for $14, along with brunch all day long.

Prego, 2520 Amherst
Prego will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella
Rainbow Lodge will be serving a Southern-style New Year’s Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering an a la carte menu with Gulf Coast-inspired favorites, including black-eyed peas for good luck.

Revelry on Richmond, 1613 Richmond
Hit the Bloody Mary Bar for $5 build-your-own drinks starting at 11 a.m.

State Fare, 947 Gessner, 15930 City Walk
All locations will be serving brunch on New Year’s Day as part of its ’12 Days of Brunch’ promotion.

Trash Panda Drinking Club, 4203 Edison
Trash Panda Drinking Club will be open for its usual weekend brunch service, featuring the bar’s newly launched menu of seasonal cocktails.

Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer
Traveler’s Table will host New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Xochi, 1777 Walker
Xochi will serve an a la carte brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 pm., with complimentary grapes for good luck.

We will be updating this list in the days leading up to New Year's Eve. If you have a restaurant to add, please send details to [email protected]
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