By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Still nailing down those Miami New Year’s Eve 2019 plans? Here are our top eight picks to dine, dance, see a show, fireworks, and at different price points. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!!
Welcome 2020 at one of Miami’s most popular modern Thai restaurants! NaiYaRa is famous for its party dining—locals and visitors alike flock here for an elevated dining experience that goes way into the night. On New Year’s Eve, order from their traditional menu (the papaya salad is a stunner!) and choose from three open bar packages, including some that come with bottle service. Guests can expect cocktails that are as fun as the locale itself: like CBD Coladas and Truffle Shuffles. NaiYaRa is located at 1854 Bay Road. Packages start at $50 per person and include mixed drinks. Reservations are required. Street, lot and garage parking are nearby.
Planta South Beach
Celebrate NYE the plant-based way! Planta South Beach, a SoFi hotspot, is offering a prix-fixe menu that even meat lovers will crave. Think: moo shu vegetables, eggplant nigiri, hearts of palm slaw and soft serve or chocolate truffles for dessert. Don’t want a sit-down dinner? Just come for the NYE Countdown Party, which runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and includes passed canapes and an open bar. Planta South Beach is located at 850 Commerce Street. The first seating starts as early as 5:30 p.m. and is priced at $55 per person. The second seating starts as early as 7:30 p.m. and is priced at $80 per person. The third seating starts as early as 9:30 p.m. and is also priced at $80 per person. The NYE Countdown Party runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is priced at $65 per person. Reservations are required. Street and lot parking are nearby.
Diez y Seis
Located inside the Shore Club South Beach, Diez y Seis is one of Miami’s buzziest Mexican restaurants. This NYE, ring in 2020 with a family-style feast of some of the spot’s best dishes: like tuna tartare, guacamole lobster, smoked mushroom steak, tuna tostada and caviar, lobster al pastor, a chef’s choice dessert and more. There are two different seatings, both with idyllic views of the hotel’s glowing pool, and of course, a champagne toast. Diez y Seis is located at 1901 Collins Avenue. The first seating starts as early as 6 p.m. and is priced at $75 per person, and the second seating starts as early as 9 p.m. and is priced at $120 per person. Reservations are required. Hotel valet is available.
Is there any better way to ring in 2020 than with a full-on Brazilian Carnaval? El Tucán, Miami’s vibrant restaurant and lounge, will celebrate NYE with “Passionata,” a high-energy dinner party in a lush tropical setting with wild entertainment, a performance by Lenier, Afro-Latin beats by DJ C and a champagne toast! And in true El Tucán fashion, there will be a three-course menu with decadent, Asian-inspired plates. Saúde! El Tucán is located at 1111 SW 1st Avenue. The event runs from 8 p.m. to late, and reservations are required.Tickets are priced at $195 per person and include dinner, drinks and the full celebration. Reservations are required. Valet is available.
Café La Trova
James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s new Little Havana restaurant, Café La Trova, has been a hit since the day it opened. This New Year’s Eve, head there and you’ll get live La Trova music, delicious cocktails by master cantinero Julio Cabrera, contemporary Latin cuisine, late night-DJs and glasses overflowing with champagne. There will be two dinner seatings, an open bar package and a cash bar available. If you plan to go for dinner, go hungry. Guests will indulge in plates like seared foie gras with port-soaked torrejas and bacon maple syrup, herb-crusted black codfish with paella rice, potato gnocchi with bolognese and buffalo mozzarella and housemade flan. Guests who choose the second seating will also get a welcome drink and a champagne toast at Midnight. Cafe La Trova is located at 971 SW 8th Street. The first dinner seating starts as early as 6 p.m. and is priced at $85 per person. The second dinner seating starts as early as 9 p.m. and is priced at $150 per person. Premier Stage Seating can be reserved for the second seating only, and is priced at $225 per person. Children 12 years old and younger are priced at $30 per person. Reservations are required. Parking is available onsite and street parking is nearby.
The Lido Bayside Grill
For the past few months, The Lido Bayside Grill has been reimagined as a limited-run izakaya residency, all led by the restaurant’s executive chef, Daniel Herget. This NYE, guests can indulge in a $95 prix-fixe menu of izakaya dishes: like sweet-rolled omelettes with kelp broth and a pickled-daikon relish, a Japanese sweet potato with chestnuts and soy caramel, pan-roasted sea bream with poached root vegetables and dashi or dry-aged Wagyu with salmon roe and frisée. Wine or sake pairings are also available for an additional $45 per person. The Lido Bayside Grill is located at 40 Island Avenue. Reservations are required and can be made for as early as 6 p.m. View the full menu here. Hotel valet is available.
Faena Miami Beach
If you’re looking for an over-the-top NYE, Faena Miami Beach is where you want to go! To ring in 2020, Miami’s most extravagant hotel is throwing a “Tropical Baroque” celebration that combines a little bit of the glamour of South America with the historic elegance of Europe’s Baroque period. The party will start in the hotel’s gilded Cathedral with champagne, cocktails and live performances, and move on to a decadent, multi-course feast at either Los Fuegos or Pao. When you’re done with dinner, move over to Living Room, where you can dance the night away to live music and toast to 2020 with Perrier-Jouët and G.H. Mumm champagne. Want to hang under the stars? Get bottle service at the idyllic Tree of Life bar. No matter where you end up, when it gets close to Midnight, meet at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth for the main event: live musical performances, a dazzling fireworks display and surprises for all. Faena Miami Beach is located at 3201 Collins Avenue. The Tropical Baroque celebration starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets start at $250 per person. Prix-fixe dinner menus at Los Fuegos and Pao start at $650 per person and include Faena house wines, spirits and champagne. Table reservations at The Living Room and Tree of Life start at $500 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, click here. Hotel valet is available.
Time Out Market Miami
Ring in the New Year at Time Out Market Miami! The party will run until 1 a.m. and include a live DJ, cash bar and bottomless drink packages with $50 Time Out Miami gift cards that can be used at all of the market’s 18 eateries. Time Out Market is located at 1601 Drexel Avenue. Packages are priced at $95 and $120 per person, and the latter of the two includes premium wines, beers and spirits. For more information, click here. Street, lot and garage parking are nearby.