Where to Order New Year’s Eve To-Go In Houston — Updated
There’s something about New Year’s Eve: the end of one year, the ushering in a new one in the wee hours of morning, hope for the future while letting go of the past. Okay, enough sentiment. There’s no one on the planet who doesn’t want to kick 2020 to the curb. Here, you can find out how to do it in the most 2020 way ever: socially distant, from the comfort of your own home.
Harold’s, 350 19th Street: This long-standing restaurant in the Heights has a big upstairs terrace for those who wish to celebrate outdoors. However, it’s also made its New Year’s Eve dishes and drinks available for those who are celebrating at home. For bubbles, there is a $15 Ruffino Prosecco option — as well as a split of Mionetto Prosecco for a mere $6. (Here’s a fun idea: everyone can have their own personal party-size bottle of bubbles — get a split for each imbiber.) For food, snack on crunchy calamari or warm up with a bowl of chowder before diving into hearty veal chops, Honey Garlic Salmon, rotisserie chicken or seared hunks of pork belly. For dessert, there’s a choice of New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu or crème brûlée. All dishes and drinks can be ordered a la carte online. Added 12/29/20, 9 a.m.
Bistro 555, 13616 Memorial: Bring some French flair to your New Year’s Eve celebration, with this three-course, prix fixe menu. Choose from dishes such as lobster bisque, salmon salad with pomegranate, slow-roasted lamb shank, wild red snapper with lemon-butter sauce, Chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream mousse and lemon meringue tart. The cost is $60 per person. To order, call (713) 827-8008 before before Tuesday, December 29 for pickup on Wednesday, December 30.
Georgia James, 1100 Westheimer: This steakhouse’s dinner for two ($95) is a take-and-cook affair that includes a 22-ounce 44 Farms ribeye, Braised Cabbage and Bacon Sausage, smashed potatoes and berry crisp. The restaurant also tosses in party favors, and guests can get their choice of bubbles for an extra charge. Order online by Dec. 27 for pickup on Dec. 30.
Travelers Table, 520 Westheimer: Get a three-course New Year’s Eve Take-Out for Two dinner with your choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Options include hummus with lamb ragout, Warm Indian-Spiced Mango Salad, pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, French “Wine Merchant” Strip Steak, Mexican-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake and New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding. You also get a choice of a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine. The cost is $130, plus tax and gratuity. See the full menu and order online.
Roma, 2347 University: This well-regarded Rice Village Italian restaurant is offering its special New Year’s Eve dishes not only for dine-in, but also for takeout. Curbside pickup is available upon request. For a luxurious entrée, choose between Astice alla Catalana, half a Maine lobster prepared sous vide and topped
with tomato and Catalan onion sauce for $34, or Filetto al Vino Rosso con Patate al Rosmarino, beef tenderloin in red wine sauce with rosemary potatoes alongside, for $32. Cap off the meal with White Chocolate, Prosecco and Passion Fruit Mousse for $9. Call (713) 664-7581 to reserve. Added 12/28/20, 10:01 a.m.
Sixty Vines, 2540 University: This wine bistro’s New Year’s Eve to-go kits are perfect for merry making at home. Each kit includes salami and cheese, filets with grilled shrimp, choice of side dish, Deviled Affogato, a 375-milliliter bottle of Luc Belaire Rosé, a 375-milliliter Taittinger “La Francaise” Brut, sunglasses, a confetti popper, sparklers and a link to a curated New Year’s Eve Spotify playlist. Each kit is $150 and serves two people. To order, call (281) 800-8808.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 Shepherd: The cozy River Oaks favorite offers to-go couples meals for New Years Eve. There’s one with grilled prime tenderloin for $120 and one with grilled rack of lamb for $90. Both include a choice of three sides from pan-roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac n’ cheese and loaded cauliflower, along with a choice of Perfect Chocolate Cake or eggnog cheesecake with cranberry jam. The restaurant’s a la carte menu is also available for take-out. All options include reheating instructions. Order online or call (713) 521-2239 by December 29 for pickup between noon and 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Added 12/29/20, 12:13 p.m.
a’Bouzy, 2300 Westheimer: Ring in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve Party Kit for 4. Each kit includes ingredients and recipes for cocktails featuring Volcán Blanco Tequila, along with Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé NV, Moët & Chandon Imperial Ice NV and Moët & Chandon Champagne goblets. Bonus: there’s also a New Year’s Spotify playlist, party hats, tiaras and noisemakers. Each kit costs $308. Pick up is available until Dec. 31.
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak: The couple’s feast to go offers a choice of grilled rack of lamb with mole coloradito for $90 or grilled tenderloin with mole pasilla for $120. Both options include a choice of three sides from Brussels sprouts, achiote-roasted baby carrots, sauteed green beans with mole de ajo, roasted red bliss potatoes or jalapeño cornbread. Dessert options are chocolate tres leches or flan de horchata. Reheating instructions are included. Order online by December 29 for pickup on December 31. Added 12/29/20, 12:21 p.m.
Roegels Barbecue Co., 2223 Voss: Take home a Texas-worthy feast for New Year’s Eve with this prime rib dinner package that can feed from five to eight people. It includes half of a beef ribeye roast accompanied by horseradish cream sauce, a quart of black eyed peas, a loaf-sized pan of cornbread, a quart of collard greens and for dessert, peach cobbler. Even the drinks are taken care of with a gallon of iced tea and a bottle of complimentary bubbles. The cost is $235 and there is a very limited timeframe for pickup: from 3 to 4 p.m. on December 31. Place your order online. Added 12/29/20, 8:15 a.m.
Max’s Wine Dive: The “Everything Must Go” sale starts on Dec. 26 and runs through Dec. 31. The inventory-clearing event means deep discounts on wines for celebrating New Year’s Eve and beyond. (Libations for bowl games on New Year’s Day, anyone?) The blowout also happens at Max’s sibling spot, The Tasting Room, over in CityCentre.
The Union Kitchen: Bring home a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner featuring a choice of soup or salad; seafood, surf and turf or prime rib; two desserts and a bottle of bubbles. The cost for one is $60 and for a couple is $100.