Now that the gift giving season has morphed into the season for celebrating a New Year, Highland Park residents are extending the “buy local” theme to “celebrate local.” Many Highland Parkers believe that there is no place like their home town for the New Year’s festivities. They are looking forward to toasting their friends and family with interesting and exotic food choices, but in the familiar, convenient environment of downtown Highland Park – where all the entertainment options are within walking or short driving distance and involve no massive crowds.
Authentic Greek Cuisine at Pithari Taverna
28 Woodbridge Avenue
“New Year’s Eve for the entire family. Start the New Year with the right formula:
‘Eat Greek…Live Long.’ ”
Open until 10 p.m. Adults and children can be home in time to watch the ball drop on Times Square.
Peruvian Cuisine at Teté Latin Bistro & Bar
247 Raritan Avenue
“Wake up your senses with inspirational cooking.”
Open until 2 a.m.
No special menu or special prices, just the usual “mouth-watering” options of such specialties line Empanadas and Pescado a lo Macho; extensive wine list.
Bar area will be reconfigured to accommodate a DJ and customers who are moved to dance in the New Year.
An Italian feast at The Italian Bistro
441 Raritan Avenue
“A spectacular New Year’s Eve party featuring live music with the Vinnie Ruggieri Trio and a special gourmet four-course dinner after 6 p.m. The fixed price is $65 and includes a glass of champagne. Main Course Dinner selections include filet mignon, lobster, Chilean sea bass.
Mi casa es tu casa
For those of you who will be celebrating not only in their home town but also in their own homes, you can buy the ingredients for a joyful toast at Pino’s Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar. But the recently opened and very popular Pino’s Lounge will be hosting a private party on New Year’s Eve and closed to the public after 8 p.m.