New Year’s Eve Dining and Parties 2021

Whether you are planning to ring in the New Year at home with an indulgent meal to-go or dining out at some of Iowa’s hottest fine-dining destinations, there is food to be devoured and a new chapter waiting to be celebrated this New Year’s Eve. 

One Twenty Six

Iowa City

Featuring both dine-in and carry-out options, One Twenty Six is helping its guests ring in the New Year with an exceptional lineup that can be enjoyed in its dining room or the comfort of your couch. The meal is four courses, with allergy-friendly modifications available. Each course will come with a fine selection of wine to be paired with the dish, like the first course, featuring seared scallops with creme fraiche and caviar, paired with a French rose brut. The celebration is $64 per person without the wine pairing and $84 per person with the pairing.

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Des Moines

HoQ in Des Moines is offering two chef-driven prix-fixe menus to celebrate NYE. The first is a four-course meal priced at $68 per person featuring lobster bisque, grass-fed beef tenderloin with crab, pasta and other seafood delicacies. The second menu is only for duos and offers an Italian lineup with a selection of house-made pasta, grass-fed beef steak and curated Italian meats. Each menu offers the ability to make any dish vegan- or vegetarian-friendly and can be paired with a cocktail or wine for an additional fee. Reservations are encouraged online to ensure a spot in the dining experience. 

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Des Moines

The New American spot in Des Moines is providing a can’t-miss, 12-course dinner lineup that is sure to leave a lasting impression. The meal is a surprise and will make its grand debut on the holiday eve, but guests can expect nothing but greatness from Executive Chef Diego and Chef de Patisserie Megan. Each dish will have a wine pairing, and reservations are encouraged. 

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Des Moines

Fauna and Flora, the two seven-course meal options at Harbinger, provides guests a more personalized dining experience for those with allergies and dietary restrictions during their NYE celebration. Flora features items that are vegan- or vegetarian-friendly, with options to make the dishes gluten-free upon request. Fauna, on the other hand, offers a fine selection of fresh seafood and prime meats. Each menu will end with an apple tart or dark chocolate and hazelnut compote, and festive, seasonal libations will also be available to purchase. 

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Aposto seasonal dessert


Des Moines

Perfect for those looking for a culinary adventure to end this year’s chapter, Aposto in Des Moines is offering a surprise, Italian prix-fixe menu with libation pairings to complement each bite. The dinner is $85 per person, and guests can expect to enjoy Italian-inspired savory and sweet plates. 

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Des Moines

Offering a unique twist on American classics for its NYE three-course-menu, Alba in Des Moines will be serving up entrees such as its eccentric spin on chicken waffles, a pan-seared chicken served alongside waffle puree, honey, cider apples and biscuits, or the 8-oz. filet with herb-roasted potatoes, to name a few. The spot will also have cocktail and wine pairings, in addition to sweet bites like the chocolate molten lava cake. 

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Clyde’s Fine Diner 

Des Moines

If a fancy prix-fixe menu isn’t your style, check out Clyde’s Fine Diner for a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day dinner to remember. The diner in Des Moines is throwing a “big ‘ol” NYE bash, with a cocktail party-style atmosphere featuring ice-cold brews, wine, handcrafted cocktails and plenty of holiday hors d’oeuvres. The spot is welcoming guests to stay until the ball drops and continue enjoying its bites until they feel ready to hit the hay. 

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