A December 2000 trip
to Boston by Alyssa
Quote: New Year's Eve in Boston is about as good as it gets, with thousands of entertainment options throughout the city, culminating in a fireworks display over the waterfront at midnight. It's the non-alcoholic, family alternative to ringing in the New Year and merry-makers come from far and wide.
Attraction | "Boston's First Night"
First Night Boston
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Hotel | "Marriott Long Wharf"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2000
Marriott Boston Long Wharf
296 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
There is never a lack of fine dining in Boston. On New Year's Eve, advance reservations are recommended. Some other choices:
Italian fare is in abundance in Boston's North End. Try Mother Anna's at 211 Hanover St. for entrees such as Chicken, ziti, and broccoli ($13.95); Veal Roberto ($15.95); Pollo Venezia ($13.95), with mushrooms, artichokes and white wine lemon sauce. Sample a fine Italian wine with your meal and for dessert, a canoli or tiramisu. Anna's has candlelight and a romantic ambiance. Call ahead: (617) 523-8496.
Stephanie's on Newbury, at 190, is located in the midst of First Night fun. Call ahead for a dinner reservations (617) 236-0900 between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., with live jazz on New Year's Eve and a wide-ranging menu at reasonable prices ($11-$30). Entrees include Long Island Duckling; Glazed Rack of Lamb; Slow Roasted Veal Osso Bucco; Brioche, Shallot Topped Salmon, and more. This is "casual elegance at its best," as well as a prime people watching location and place to Be Seen.
Biba, at 272 Boylston St., another Boston hot spot in which to Be Seen, will undoubtedly be packed on First Night. But you might find some standing space in the cocktail lounge. Try the cuisine on a week night after the holidays. (617) 426-7878.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2000
Legal Sea Foods
26 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Attraction | "A Sampling of First Night Events"
ImprovBoston. Your ideas become skits and songs at the DuBlois Auditorium, Tufts School of Medicine, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year, literally, when you cross "Millennium's Bridge" on the Parade Ground, 1:00 p.m.-midnight.
Become another creature when professional face painters transform your look, Hynes Hall A, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Club 2001. Dance the night away with disco lights, pop rhythms, and a DJ, Hynes Exhibit Hall D, 7:30 p.m.-midnight.
Express your hopes and dreams in imaginative cylinders designed by art students, Parade Ground, 1:00 p.m.-midnight.
Try out Brazilian Carnival instruments in a "Joy of Samba and PolyRhythm Workshop," Hynes Room 100, 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Participate in an interactive performance with Yorick's Theatre featuring Czech puppeteer Petran and his marionettes in a half-hour show, Hynes Room 207, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Take part in folk tales and fables from around the world, with Tom McCabe in "Tell Along Tales," Hynes Room 103, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:30 p.m.
Express your dreams for the New Year on Resolution walls at Hynes Exhibit Hall C, 1:00-6:00 p.m.