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Welcome in 2021 in style at the city's best New Year's Eve events, from countdown parties to luxury dinners

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a year that nobody expected. Regardless of how your year went, we can all do with a little cheer and celebration to welcome the new year. While large parties and groups may not be in the cards this New Year’s Eve, you can still wave farewell to 2020 in style by treating yourself to an indulgent NYE meal.

From a countdown party at Zuma, to a farewell dinner to The Upper House’s Cafe Gray Deluxe, here’s where to eat and drink this New Year’s Eve to welcome 2021. 

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Zuma

Zuma’s celebrations have always been the talk of the town, and this year is no different. Their one-night-only New Year’s Eve premium tasting menu includes wagyu tataki with white truffle, grilled Hokkaido scallops with shio buta and sea urchin and A4 grade Japanese wagyu sirloin. For dessert, expect a beautifully curated platter with raspberry cheesecake, wild strawberry and Tahitian vanilla chawanmushi; as well as a chocolate with caramel and almond praline. 

If an all-you-can-eat meal appeals to you more, their NYE Yashoku night brunch will also be available on the night. Staying true to Zuma’s brunch extravaganzas, you’ll be enjoying two hours of free-flow food, champagne and beer from 8-10pm.

Zuma, 6/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388; zumarestaurant.com

See also: Zuma Hong Kong Launches New White Truffle Menu

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Café Gray Deluxe

Say goodbye to Café Gray Deluxe on their final day of service and bid farewell to the year by indulging in the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve curated menu. Featuring Kingfish tataki, Alaskan king crab tortellini, triple seared wagyu striploin and ending the meal with a sweet grand Marnier nougatine semifreddo, this meal is the epic farewell you're looking for. 

Cafe Gray Deluxe, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106; thehousecollective.com

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Henry

For the meat-lovers, Henry is serving up a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner with a selection of starters, mains, sides and desserts to choose from. 

Start the meal off with oysters and champagne, then choose from their options of starters such as the smoky short rib and bone marrow toast and steak tartare. For mains, try Henry’s signature ribeye steak, followed by a good ol’ American dessert, from cheesecake, cornbread souffle, chocolate fondant and more. 

Henry, 5/F Rosewood Hong Kong,Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8888; henrygrill.hk

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Chaat

Chaat’s family-style holiday set menu is filled with spice, bites and everything nice. Featuring chef Manav Tuli’s spin on traditional Indian street-style dishes, as well as sharing-style portions of Gosht, Murg Tikka Mirza Hasnu and Turkey Nargisi Kofta, end the meal with a Christmas pudding Kulfi, a festive version of the beloved frozen dairy dessert. 

Chaat, 5/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 5239 9220; chaat.hk

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Honjo

Modern Japanese restaurant, Honjo’s New Year’s Eve dinner will showcase the restaurant’s well-known fusion flavours. From the kani salad made with king and snow crab kohlrabi confit; hamachi with ikura, watermelon radish and ginger ponzu; wagyu tataki with chorizo oil and crispy quinoa, the night will end with sweet treats and wine from Honjo’s cellar. 

Honjo’s first NYE dinner seating begins at 6pm, second seating starts at 8pm. Two-hour free-flow packages are available at an additional cost.

Honjo, 1/F, 77-91 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2663 3772; honjo.hk

See also: Restaurant Review: Japanese Newcomer Honjo Brings All The Glamour With None Of The Stuffiness

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The Legacy House

If you’re not in the mood for pies and roasts, The Legacy House will be offering a Cantonese Christmas feast with their eight-course banquet-style New Year’s Eve dinner menu. From dishes such as roasted goose liver, pork belly, mushroom and double-boiled partridge soup, The Legacy House is perfect for an intimate dinner with family before heading out for the big night. 

The Legacy House, 5/F Rosewood Hong Kong Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732; rosewoodhotels.com

See also: Review: Will The Legacy House Leave A Lasting Impression?

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Aqua Spirit

With floor to ceiling windows, take in the view of the harbour at midnight at Aqua Spirit’s New Year’s Eve party. This year’s Back to the Future theme will bring the best '80s, '90s and '20s beats for you to dance to all night long. Played by resident DJ Abel Rogers and Hong Kong’s top electric violinist, put on your best dress and dancing shoes for a good time. 

Aqua Spirit, 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3427 2288; aqua.com.hk

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The Butterfly Room

Rosewood’s popular afternoon tea spot, The Butterfly Room is hosting a two-hour free-flow champagne dinner on New Year’s Eve, serving premium seafood items from Boston lobster, oyster, king crab, king prawn, as well as warming mains such as beef Rossini with Périgord black truffle and foie gras. Afterwards, take your pick from The Butterfly Room’s dessert trolley to end the night.

The Butterfly Room, 2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 38918732; rosewoodhotels.com

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Fiamma

Fiamma’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu will be available for one night only, offering dishes including Parmigiano crème brûlée with shaved black truffle; Carnaroli "Acquerello" risotto with 40-months aged Parmigiano Reggiano and white truffle; and Marango beef ribeye. Complete the meal with the Kirsch milk chocolate mousse with 72% dark chocolate crisp. 

Fiamma, Shop G02, G/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, +852 2657 0800; sandshospitality.com

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Aqua Luna

Get front row seats to the annual NYE firework show by hopping aboard on Aqua Luna’s New Year’s Eve harbour cruise. Expect signature dishes from Hutong’s Northern Chinese cuisine served during your ride and enjoy the jaw-dropping sights of the fireworks before the countdown. 

Discover more at aqualuna.com.hk

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Pirata

Pirata will be serving special tasting menus for New Year’s Eve for both meat lovers and plant-based diners. From starters including the carne cruda; tuna carpaccio; pastas such as the black truffle tagliolini; lobsters spaghettini; and ravioli del cacciatore, shared mains such as the wild-caught halibut fillet; and Angus beef tagliata, add on the free-flow package for a selection of bubbly, wine, beer and soft drinks. 

Pirata, 29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 28870270; pirata.hk

 
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The Optimist

While travelling is made impossible this year, indulge in tapas, croquettes and lobster rice at Wan Chai’s favourite neighbourhood Spanish restaurant, The Optimist

With main selections including the popular juicy lobster rice and grilled suckling pig, as well as a vegetarian menu which features a 12 month-aged Manchego cheese, stuffed piquillo peppers and mushroom rice with porcini and caramelised onion sofrito, we guarantee you’d be in high spirits afterwards. 

The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2433 3324; theoptimist.hk

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Crown Super Deluxe

Book yourself in for late-night free-flow champagne and wine dinner at Crown Super Deluxe this New Year’s Eye. Themed Rocky’s House Party this year, the event includes a deluxe menu which features an A5 Kagoshima wagyu sirloin, Tokushima fruit tomato and signature teppan spiny lobster with coral butter. 

For entertainment, you’d be feasting your eyes on glamorous gold-painted dancers as you wine and dine through the fine Japanese teppanyaki meal. Dinner starts from 9pm and runs till late. 

Crown Super Deluxe, Mezzanine Level, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 8434; blacksheeprestaurants.com

See also: Black Sheep Restaurants’ Teppanyaki Restaurant Crown Super Deluxe Opens In Central

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Hutong

Celebrate the new year with Hutong’s Northern Chinese dishes. The meal begins with curated dim sum bites, followed by a luxurious roasted Peking duck topped with caviar, drunken abalone and a roasted hand-pulled chicken with black truffle sauce.

Is it a celebration without a few glasses of champagne? Free-flow Ruinart champagne will be available all night with live DJ music playing in the background to keep spirits high. 

Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3428 8342; hutong.com.hk

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Popinjays

Dine at Popinjays at The Murray this New Year’s Eve with their specially curated dinner. Bringing their signature European flair to the table, expect a caviar-focused menu with creations such as Gillardeau oyster with Baeri caviar, organic egg with beluga caviar, and Dover sole with oscietra caviar. Live DJ performances will be available from 9pm until late. 

Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com

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TokyoLima

Japanese and Peruvian fusion restaurant TokyoLima will be serving a four-course menu this New Year’s Eve, with crowd favourite dishes including the sea bass ceviche; chicken thigh karaage with rocoto mayo; grilled USA rib-eye steak; lobster acevichada; and your choice of dessert from Oye Papi, a chocolate mousse base dessert; to an Open Alfajor, a dessert crafted with Alfajor cookie, cream caramel pisco mousse and blueberry sorbet. 

TokyoLima’s first NYE dinner seating begins at 6pm while second seating starts at 8pm. Free-flow sake, cocktail, wine, spirits and bottle packages are available. 

Tokyo Lima, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2811 1152; tokyolima.hk

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Ho Lee Fook

Ho Lee Fook will be opening for dinner and New Year’s Eve after-party this December 31, whipping up star Ho Lee Fook dishes prepared by chef Jowett Yu and his crew. Afterwards, stay for the after-party which begins from 10:30pm and party with a bottle (or two) in hand thanks to their free-flow package that’ll run all night. 

Ho Lee Fook, G/F, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0860; holeefook.com.hk

See also: Family Meal at Ho Lee Fook With Chef Jowett Yu

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Hotal Colombo

If you’re a fan of seafood, you know that it’s crab season right now. Hotal Colombo’s family-style New Year’s menu will offer you a choice of mud crab per person, served alongside unlimited sides and free-flow house wines and beer all night. 

Hotal Colombo, G/F, 31 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2488 8863; hotalcolombo.com

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The Envoy

The Envoy will be bringing you an indulgent New Year’s Eve dinner with appetisers such as the pistachio foie gras torchon; creamy roasted chestnut soup; and octopus salad. For mains, try the pan-roasted Kagoshima pork rib eye or seared Chilean sea bass. The full six-course dinner menu is available for those who are looking to linger and socialise all night, while an express four-course dinner is available at designated times if you’re in a hurry. 

Afterwards, join the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve countdown party with free-flow wines, spirits and beers or sip on Antonio Lai’s signature cocktails while swaying to the DJ’s uplifting beats as we cheer to the new year. 

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311; theenvoy.hk

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Motorino

If the usual drinking and dining aren’t enough, Motorino in both Soho and Wan Chai will be hosting a NYE pizza-making party from 9pm. Snack on antipasti, pizze, dessert, free-flow house wines and beer as you curate your very own pizza and welcome the new year with a cheer. 

Motorino SoHo, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6881; motorinopizza.com

Motorino Wan Chai, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0690; motorinopizza.com

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Taqueria Super Macho

Join Taqueria Super Macho’s biggest fiesta of the year with free-flow margarita clasica and cervezas. Open for dinner and continuing the celebrations with an after-party till late, this taqueria is also open for early dinners if you’re craving for tacos in the early evening. 

Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2333 0111; taqueriasupermacho.com

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