Yesterday brought word that Fish would host a sneak-preview party on New Year’s Eve to show off it’s cool new digs at 13th and Locust. Today comes word that Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.’s festivities to ring in the new year are all booked up. Don’t freak out just yet. There are still plenty of other ways to be festive and merry. The Pub & Kitchen peeps are keeping things low-key. Starting at 6:30 p.m., they will offer the addition of complimentary shaved black perigord truffles on every Churchill burger ordered. And at midnight, all revelers will be treated to a complimentary belt of whiskey to toast the new year.
• Stephen Starr’s Continental Mid-town is doing a “going global” theme celebration, with cool cocktails and drinks representing all corners of the earth — the best beverage offerings from Japan, Belgium, Mexico, Siberia, Brazil, South Pacific and Philadelphia will flow on all three floors. Guests will get a passport that will be punched at each country visited between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
• Out at University City’s City Tap House, the regular a la carte menu and some specials will be available. There’s also a $60 all-inclusive deal available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Around the corner at Jose Garces’ Distrito, the Iron Chef is offering two tasting menu options. One is priced at $50 and the other $65. An optional $25 cocktail pairing is also available. An a la carte option will be available at the bar.
• On South Philly’s East Passyunk Ave., Le Virtu is hosting La Festa di San Silvestro, a four-course pre-fixe menu that is $70, and includes Zampone con Lenticchie, house-made cotecchino sausage, braised lentil and chestnut ragu with shaved black truffle; and Porchetta, roasted Berks County pork shoulder with cannellini beans and broccoli rabe.
• Just down the street a ways, the South Philadelphia Taproom is doing an evening of fried chicken and Champagne. For $15 per person, guests get all-you-can-eat fried chicken, collards, mac and cheese and cole slaw. There’s also going to be an array of Champagne cocktails available. Seatings start at 5 p.m.
• To accommodate guests party plans, a.kitchen is keeping things flexible by offering its full a la carte menu, as well as a special “off-the-menu” five course tasting option for $85 per person.
• NOLA-ified Khyber Pass Pub will keep the good times rolling from Friday, December 30 through Sunday, January 8, with festive food and drink specials. A traditional Southern feast of smoke pork loin, smothered cabbage and Hoppin’ John will be served, as well as Down South-styled drinks like Mint Juleps, Louisville Lightnings, Abita beers, and more. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, they will pour complimentary glasses of Champagne.
• Opa will ring in the New Year with prix fixe dinners ranging in price from $55 to $75 per person. Dinners will include popular Opa dishes like grilled octopus with chickpea fondue and specials like butter-poached lobster with orzo, lobster-metaxa demi glaze and asparagus. Seatings are being booked for 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.