New Year’s Eve in Berlin 2016

the best dinners

Dec 10th, 2016

Wondering what the hell to eat in Berlin on New Year’s Eve?  No worries, I got you covered!

We’re once again approaching the biggest Berlin party of the year and, like every year, I’ve collected the very best New Year’s Eve dinners and restaurants for you. You’ll join the hundreds of thousands of visitors for a massive celebration of the end of this year so skip the mediocre, overpriced dinners and allow me to guide you through the jungle of events with this little list.

“Wondering what the hell to eat in Berlin on New Year’s Eve? No worries, I got you covered!”

Keep in mind that many Berlin restaurants will be closed for the evening and the ones that are open often choose to offer a special New Year’s eve or ‘Silvester’ menu (Silvester is the German word for New Year’s Eve). These menus are usually fixed and you’ll have to book them in advance. Going to one of Berlin’s better restaurants for the night without a reservation is basically impossible, I would strongly advise you to book something now.

Check out some of my top picks for your Berlin Silvester 2016 and be sure to book as soon as possible as the popular alternatives will sell out quickly! I’ll keep updating this list as I get new infos, so keep checking back.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mitte

CRACKERS

This infamous nightclub turned restaurant (this used to be Cookies) is offering a special New Years menu, plenty of party vibes and a glass of champagne to wash it all down with for 125€ per person. Email: crackers@crackersberlin.com to make a reservation.

YAFO

Yafo is exactly the sort of place you want to be on New Year’s Eve – part restaurant, part bar, but 100% like a best friend ready to pull you in to a Tel Aviv-style party with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour.  This will be one rowdy, sweaty and delicious party, trust me. Contact the guys on their Facebook to make a reservation.

CORDOBAR

One of Berlin’s top wine locations, Cordobar has a carefully curated list of over 1000 wines to make sure your first hours of 2017 are as merry as possible. Cordobar’s kitchen also serves up some killer bar snacks as well as modern-bistro style mains. Open for business as usual, this Austrian gastro-winebar is a very noteworthy location for New Years 2016.

RITZ CARLTON

The swankiest location to see in 2017, Ritz Carlton’s Brasserie Desbrosses promises a glamorous dinner with 007-style martinis, a buffet brimming with delicacies and bottomless Moet for 299€ per person. I’ve actually never been myself, but if you have plenty of cash and an insatiable thirst for Champagne, why the hell not. Call: +49 30 337 7754 02 or email: network.berlin@ritzcarlton.com to reserve a table. And don’t forget to brush off that tux…

THE GRAND

This two-storey restaurant, cocktail bar and club will be one of the fancier venues to situate yourself in come midnight on December 31st. A 4-course dinner costs 159€ per person, after which you can buy tickets to the club where DJs will play until the early hours. The full menu and infos can be found here. Call 030 278 909 95 10 or email: silvester@the-grand-berlin.com to make a reservation, or check out all the available ticket options on their Eventbrite.

ZENKICHI

For an Omakase-style evening, Zenkichi will be serving an eight-course tasting menu from its fine-dining Izakaya home. There are two sittings; between 18.00 and 18.30 and then between 21.00 and 21.30, perfect if you’ve got plans either before or after. The menu costs 105€ per person and with a full range of sake in close proximity to wash it all down with. Email:  contact@zenkichi.de to reserve your spot.

Prenzlauer Berg

MRS ROBINSON’S

With a seven-course feast featuring lobster, champagne, truffled oxtail, gyoza and miso lamb (including a Bellini to start), Mrs Robinson’s is a very worthy candidate for your NYE plans. The newbies on Pappelallee are offering two sittings; the first at 6pm costs 75€ per person; the second from 9.15pm costs 89€ per person. Check out the delicious-sounding menu in full here, or book a table by emailing: hello@mrsrobinsons.de.

OSMANS TÖCHTER

The very lovely German-Turkish women who run Osmans Töchter will be bringing Istanbul to Berlin with a 4-course Turkish feast, which includes both veggie and meat options as well as the obligatory glass of bubbly you’ll need to see in the new year. The perfect spot for those wanting a simple, laid back but homely evening. Reserve your table here.

Friedrichshain

MICHELBERGER

You’ll have front-row seats to the apocalyptic madness of Warschauer Strasse from the comfort of The Michelberger’s cosy candle-lit dining room, all with a killer wine list and head chef, Alan Micks’, seasonal, delicious dishes to hand. The five-course set menu costs 80€ per person, with wine pairing available for an additional 40€. Head next door to the hotel’s 24-hour bar for the after party and enjoy being in the heart of Berlin’s Silvester celebrations without the usual worry of loosing life (or limb). Book by emailing: reservations@michelbergerhotel.com or by calling: +49 (0)30 297 78590.

Schöneberg

TO BEEF OR NOT TO BEEF

For those not wanting to spend their whole evening in one location, this Italian steakhouse’s two services might be an interesting option. From 5.30-8pm, they’ll be offering a 4-course ‘Early-Bird‘ menu for 80€ per person, then from 9pm onwards they’ll be opening their doors for a second service, this time including 5 courses accompanied by live music at a cost of 95€ per person. Both menus are served alongside grappa, amaro and a glass of champagne. Email: reservierung@tobeef.de to find out more.

MARTHA’S

Martha’s will be serving up a two versions of its special 5-course NYE menu from a stunning Schöneberg location. Vegetarians will be treated to Shiitake Muesli, Vegetable Gratin and Pho while meat eaters will feast on King Crab and Wagyu Beef.  The vegetarian menu costs 125€ per person, whilst the meat version is 145€. Email: info@marthas.berlin for full menu details and to make a reservation.

PANAMA

Still with a couple of tables free (but not for long), Panama have promised a special 5-course menu with apéritif and champagne for 125€ on the 31st. Live music and drinks will follow at their Tiger Bar afterwards. Email: reservation@oh-panama.com to grab the last spots.

Neukölln

EINS44

Hidden away in a courtyard, housed in what was once a distillery, this stylish restaurant is a bit of a find but worth it one you get inside. For NYE it’s offering meat and vegetarian versions of a special menu which costs 125€ including apéritif. Alternatively, go the whole hog and get wine pairing to match for 175€ per person. Reservations: info@eins44.com

CODA

The classy dessert and cocktail bar is kicking things off at 18.30 with a gargantuan 9-course special menu with paired drinks alongside. These culinary wizards have hinted at licorice, caviar, pig skin and more on your plate. For 158€ this will be by far one of the most innovative spots to say good-bye to good old 2016 in. Email: table@coda-berlin.com

JAJA

This upbeat wine spot will have a 5-course menu available for 50€ per person excluding drinks, all served up by chef in residence, Denny Vangsted. Full event info will go online soon so watch this space, or check JaJa’s Facebook page for updates. 

MONELLA

Who wants to see their New Year in with pizza? (actually let me rephrase that, who the hell wouldn’t?) They’ll be Neapolitan slices aplenty at this Neukölln pizzeria with DJs from midnight until the morning. A laid-back and super fun alternative to set menus and champagne.

Kreuzberg

RICHARD

The Michelin-starred Richard has an 8-course menu on offer for a very reasonable 140€ (considering the aforementioned star), with wine-pairing to match costing 220€ per person. Its central Kreuzberg location means you’ll be in easy walking distance of many a party when the dessert plates have been cleared as well. For reservations email: mail@restaurant-richard.de

SPINDLER & KLATT

Part dinner, part theatre show, part food market and part club there’s a lot going on at Spindler & Klatt this year. Safe to say this old partying institution will be as lively as ever. Read more about its Silvester dinner plans here and find out more about all the evening’s happenings here.

NOBELHART & SCHMUTZIG

Berlin’s coolest and best fine-dining restaurant (in my humble opinion), has 10-course prix fixe menu, served up alongside grower champagne and a selection of 7 wines that turned Billy Wagner and Johannes Schellhorn’s knees to butter over the course of 2016. With Germany’s most famous and celebrated sommelier, Billy Wagner, at the helm, you just know that this will be one hell of a NYE dinner. It’s 255€ per person for everything, read more here or reserve: dubist@nobelhartundschmutzig.com.

ATELIER

With a 6-course dinner from 20.00 onwards, before fireworks on an impressive roof terrace and an after-party at Berlin’s infamous Prince Charles nightclub (entry included), this ticket is sure to be one hell of a celebration. Grab yours here for 99€ and party like it’s 2017 (oh wait…)

Moabit

PIGNUT

A great option for lunch, Pignut BBQ will be open from 10:00 – 14:00, serving you the finest Beignets (that’s freshly fried dough with powdered sugar) and super tasty Pre-Prohibition Bubbly Punch. Reserve your spot today, pre-order your fried goods for pick-up, or simply swing by.

Charlottenberg

NENI

Go West… as the Pet Shop Boys once said, and check out a 5-course dinner on the tenth floor of the Bikini Mall to see in your 2017 with a hint of 70s style. Billed as “glamorous, sexy and intoxicating” (oh lala), the Oriental-Israeli dinner tickets all include a cocktail, drink and midnight snack. Head there at 19.30 for the early seating for 230€ per person, or from 21.30 for 300€ per person which also includes entry to the hotel’s Monkey Bar and champagne or vodka for your table once midnight has hit. Email: neni.bikini@25hours-hotels.com to be sure of a reservation or call +49 30 120 221 200

GROSZ

A 5-course dinner at this fine dining institution costs 135€ per person and will certainly be one of the classier ways to spend your final few hours of 2016. For a taste of West Berlin decadence in an amazing venue with solid food and drinks, this is the spot. Call + 49 30 652 14 21 99 or email: grosz@grosz-berlin.de to reserve a table.

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