Make New Year’s Eve memorable with these fabulous options for the year’s last meal with easy access to Atlanta’s Peach Drop.
By James Parker Sheffield
Here comes your last chance to treat yourself in 2016. It’s safe to say all the gays in the gayborhood earned a good meal and craft cocktails, at the very least.
We endured an election cycle that resembled our least favorite parts of the Hunger Games, plus we lost Prince and Bowie. Some festive self-care seems appropriate before we make our best run at 2017.
The best places in the city are known to fill up quickly, so don’t wait to make a reservation. To get you started, here’s our list of favorite restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style and comfort.
Go For a Spin
With a great 360-degree view of the city no matter where your table is, two rooftop venues are definite contenders for New Year’s Eve. Each of these local jewels is perched atop one of Atlanta’s most renowned hotels with a great view of the Peach Drop proceedings. All the while, you luxuriate in panoramic views, seasonal menus and designer cocktails.
Located inside the Westin Peachtree Plaza, The Sun Dial is one of the most iconic restaurants in the region. For New Year’s, plans are already underway for a prix fixe menu, and at 723 feet above Atlanta, you’ll get a spectacular view of NYE Fireworks.
Also check into Polaris at Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This recently restored city fixture has a long history of entertaining celebrity guests, and in addition to the rotating city views, Polaris has a great classic cocktails list and shared plate menu as fancy as you are.
The Sun Dial
210 Peachtree Street NE
265 Peachtree Street
With a AAA Four Diamond award for 27 consecutive years, Nikolai’s Roof sits on the 30th floor of Hilton Atlanta and boasts a spectacular city view. Fully renovated in 2014, Nikolai’s serves Modern American cuisine with Russian influences. If you’re grown and sexy or just want to feel that way, start 2017 here.
255 Courtland Street NE
Escape From It All
Along with a southern-inspired contemporary dinner menu, Suite Food Lounge offers three bars and a boutique wine selection. The Miami-themed penthouse features a dance floor, live band and DJ, as well as an open-air sky deck with city views with plenty of flat screen televisions to catch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin in their ball-dropping glory. The country’s highest-rated Black Owned Restaurant by BET, it’s the perfect location for groups of friends to get comfortable for the whole evening.
Suite Food Lounge
375 Luckie Street
Fry It Up
Chef Ford Fry’s portfolio is the restaurant equivalent of your favorite firefighter calendar: Each offering is as good as the next. While not Peach Drop Adjacentt, two of our favorites are JCT Kitchen & Bar and No. 246. Both have great food and a notably gay and gay-friendly staff for those who like to avoid the downtown hubbub.
JCT offers a dynamic space with room for quiet conversation, plus a lively bar scene. Their New Year’s Eve plans include a farm-to-table prix-fixe menu, and the upstairs bar will offer a midnight toast.
If intown traffic isn’t your scene at all, check out No. 246 in downtown Decatur. Like JCT, the kitchen relies on local produce and meats for its Italian-inspired menu paired with a great wine selection. It’s definitely a romantic atmosphere for those looking to make a good impression on their 2017 love prospect.
JCT Kitchen & Bar
1198 Howell Mill Road
129 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur