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Aroma Kitchen & WinebarThis East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings. 960 1280
AffaireRing in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280
Bistro Chat NoirThis is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch. 960 1280
FishAs you can expect -- with a name like Fish -- this is the place for a seafood lover. The restaurant's extensive raw bar includes oysters, king crab, salmon belly and caviar, and there are plenty of delicious fish dishes on the menu. Try the fried brandade and cod with serrano ham. Fish has more sophistication than your average seafood restaurant with swanky décor and creative cocktails. 960 1280
BrickBrick is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant in Rittenhouse Square that won’t break the bank. And comfort food is where it shines: fried shrimp, crab cakes and macaroni and cheese are all menu favorites. 960 1280
XochitlXochitl , a coxy Mexican restaurant in Society Hill, is known for its custom-order guacamole (mix-ins include black truffle and roasted garlic), ahi tuna ceviche, tequila flights and mushroom tamales. 960 1280
MatysonMatyson, a popular BYOB restaurant in Philly, focuses on hyper-seasonal new American cuisine, using local produce and livestock whenever possible. Monday-Thursday, Matyson offers a 5-course tasting menu with themes ranging from lobster to vanilla. 960 1280
La FamigliaLa Famiglia, a classic Italian spot in Old City, stands out with its formal dining, wine cave and rich dishes. Try the signature rack of lamb and decadent rum-rich mascarpone tart. 960 1280
C19Rittenhouse House Square’s C19 serves local authentic Venetian fare in a casual but sophisticated setting. Small plates allow for long leisurely meals and opportunities to make your way through the extensive cocktail and wine list. 960 1280
Rex 1516Rex 1516 is full of Southern charm -- from its simple soul-food-inspired cuisine to the faded, Southern-mansion decor. Don't leave without trying the signature crawfish pot pie and wash it down with a mint julep or lime rickey. 960 1280
Bistro RomanoHistory buffs will love dining at Bistro Romano, a property built in the early 1700s that served as an endpoint on the Underground Railroad. A private wine cellar that was formerly an underground tunnel can be reserved for a special evening. 960 1280
The Prime RibPhilly may be known as a laid-back town, but The Prime Rib brings an air of formality that stands out among even the finest restaurants in the city. This is the place for a special celebration -- with a pianist playing during the week and a full band on the weekends. And don’t even think about not ordering the signature dish: prime rib, of course. 960 1280
House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New YorkDid You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.
Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002 960 1280
Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in PittsburghDid You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.
Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 960 1280
King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in PhoenixDid You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.
Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020 960 1280
Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in RichmondDid You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.
Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220 960 1280
The Kryptonite at Ike's in San FranciscoDid You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.
Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 960 1280