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Dine-in at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Dine-in at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
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7 Last-Minute Ways to Ring in the New Year in the Triangle

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New Year’s Eve will look and feel very different than last year, especially with Governor Roy Cooper’s 9 p.m. curfew. “The curfew is going to make things look very different for guests celebrating this year,” says Jeff Seizer, executive chef at Counting House, nestled inside Durham’s 21c Museum Hotel Durham. Jeff Seizer is offering socially distant tables for dine-in, a New Year’s eve takeout menu and pre-order fizz amenities. “I am making myself available to help [guests] select additional bottles of wine/beer to have preset in their rooms,” Seizer adds.

The countdown to midnight will most likely be in the comfort of your own home, but there are a few ways to safely celebrate. In addition to supporting local bars and picking up cocktails to-go from William & Company, Alley Twenty Six, Kingfisher, Accordion Club, and more, check out a few spots around the Triangle for dine-in and to-go.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Ring in 2021 with good luck at Picnic by way of collard greens and Hoppin’ John. The special family meal for two will include a choice of fried chicken or Green Button Farm whole hog barbecue, slaw, collards, Hoppin’ John, chef Christopher McLaurin’s famous cornbread, and sauce. Call 919-908-9128 to pre-order or order online or at the restaurant on January 1.

PICNIC’s fried chicken
PICNIC’s fried chicken
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Mothers & Sons Trattoria

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Turn New Year’s Eve into an Italian feast with chef Josh DeCarolis’ fatto a mano (handmade pasta). Mothers and Sons Trattoria is open December 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. for dine-in and curbside pickup. Enjoy several pasta courses alongside the spot’s small Italian wine list — or opt for an amaro flight. Book reservations online and check out the curbside pickup menu.

Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
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Counting House

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For New Year’s Eve, take a trip to Paris through executive chef Jeff Seizer’s “Durham va à Paris” prix fixe menu. The menu will include an amuse bouche, hors d’oeuvres, à mi-parcours, a grande dish, and bonbons to finish. Seizer’s rabbit gnocchi, trout amandine, tarte flambe, and beef wellington are a few highlights for the evening. Reserve a table online. The menu is $75 per person and includes a toast of sparkling wine. Socially distanced seating will take place from 5 to 11 p.m.

Counting House dining room
Counting House dining room
Counting House / 21c Museum Hotel Durham

Acme Food & Beverage Co

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Acme’s chef Kevin Callaghan is smoking a whole hog and slow cooking 200 pounds of local baby back pork ribs for the ultimate New Year’s Eve to-go feast. The $65 New Year’s meal for two includes whole hog barbecue with Carolina vinegar sauce, smoked baby back ribs, collard greens, Hoppin’ John, and Acme’s hyped macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget to pick up Bloody Mary and mimosa kits for the day after. Order online and pickup December 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme Food & Beverage Co

Mandolin

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Mandolin’s chef Sean Fowler will offer a five-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. The tasting menu is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with the option to add wine pairings for $40 additional. Standouts include truffle quiche, octopus carpaccio, beef tartar, a collard and pimento cheese empanada with Babaganoush, and a sinful souffle with Videri chocolate sauce and Chantilly (pictured). Book a reservation online or call 919-322-0365.

Trophy Brewing & Pizza

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Trophy Brewing + Pizza (the Morgan Street location) is offering New Year’s eve party snacks, decked out charcuterie boxes, and mimosa kits with housemade syrups and freshly squeezed juices to-go. Party snacks are equipped for 4 to 6 people and include satisfying bites like spicy queso with chorizo, spinach and artichoke dips, and pimento cheese. “As always, we will have plenty of beer releases to enjoy responsibly, from the couch at home,” says Chris Powers, Trophy co-owner. Order online through December 31 for contactless pickup.

Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Trophy Brewing + Pizza

Garland

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In case you missed Garland’s “Heat & Eat” New Year’s Eve ordering window, you’re in luck. Chef Cheetie Kumar will offer several New Year’s Eve a la carte items and libations. Think chili crab cakes, collard dolmades (pictured), gooey honey cake, and more, just in time to ring in the new year with a little luck. Order online for pickup on December 30 between 2 and 4 p.m.

Collard dolmades at Garland
Collard dolmades at Garland
Garland

Picnic

PICNIC’s fried chicken
PICNIC’s fried chicken
Linda Nguyen / @lindaeatsworld

Ring in 2021 with good luck at Picnic by way of collard greens and Hoppin’ John. The special family meal for two will include a choice of fried chicken or Green Button Farm whole hog barbecue, slaw, collards, Hoppin’ John, chef Christopher McLaurin’s famous cornbread, and sauce. Call 919-908-9128 to pre-order or order online or at the restaurant on January 1.

PICNIC’s fried chicken
PICNIC’s fried chicken
Linda Nguyen / @lindaeatsworld

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Forrest Mason Media

Turn New Year’s Eve into an Italian feast with chef Josh DeCarolis’ fatto a mano (handmade pasta). Mothers and Sons Trattoria is open December 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. for dine-in and curbside pickup. Enjoy several pasta courses alongside the spot’s small Italian wine list — or opt for an amaro flight. Book reservations online and check out the curbside pickup menu.

Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Pasta at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Forrest Mason Media

Counting House

Counting House dining room
Counting House dining room
Counting House / 21c Museum Hotel Durham

For New Year’s Eve, take a trip to Paris through executive chef Jeff Seizer’s “Durham va à Paris” prix fixe menu. The menu will include an amuse bouche, hors d’oeuvres, à mi-parcours, a grande dish, and bonbons to finish. Seizer’s rabbit gnocchi, trout amandine, tarte flambe, and beef wellington are a few highlights for the evening. Reserve a table online. The menu is $75 per person and includes a toast of sparkling wine. Socially distanced seating will take place from 5 to 11 p.m.

Counting House dining room
Counting House dining room
Counting House / 21c Museum Hotel Durham

Acme Food & Beverage Co

Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme Food & Beverage Co

Acme’s chef Kevin Callaghan is smoking a whole hog and slow cooking 200 pounds of local baby back pork ribs for the ultimate New Year’s Eve to-go feast. The $65 New Year’s meal for two includes whole hog barbecue with Carolina vinegar sauce, smoked baby back ribs, collard greens, Hoppin’ John, and Acme’s hyped macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget to pick up Bloody Mary and mimosa kits for the day after. Order online and pickup December 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme New Year’s Eve meal
Acme Food & Beverage Co

Mandolin

Mandolin’s chef Sean Fowler will offer a five-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. The tasting menu is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with the option to add wine pairings for $40 additional. Standouts include truffle quiche, octopus carpaccio, beef tartar, a collard and pimento cheese empanada with Babaganoush, and a sinful souffle with Videri chocolate sauce and Chantilly (pictured). Book a reservation online or call 919-322-0365.

Trophy Brewing & Pizza

Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Trophy Brewing + Pizza

Trophy Brewing + Pizza (the Morgan Street location) is offering New Year’s eve party snacks, decked out charcuterie boxes, and mimosa kits with housemade syrups and freshly squeezed juices to-go. Party snacks are equipped for 4 to 6 people and include satisfying bites like spicy queso with chorizo, spinach and artichoke dips, and pimento cheese. “As always, we will have plenty of beer releases to enjoy responsibly, from the couch at home,” says Chris Powers, Trophy co-owner. Order online through December 31 for contactless pickup.

Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Beers at Trophy Brewing + Pizza
Trophy Brewing + Pizza

Garland

Collard dolmades at Garland
Collard dolmades at Garland
Garland

In case you missed Garland’s “Heat & Eat” New Year’s Eve ordering window, you’re in luck. Chef Cheetie Kumar will offer several New Year’s Eve a la carte items and libations. Think chili crab cakes, collard dolmades (pictured), gooey honey cake, and more, just in time to ring in the new year with a little luck. Order online for pickup on December 30 between 2 and 4 p.m.

Collard dolmades at Garland
Collard dolmades at Garland
Garland

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