By Allen Foster

If you think about it, New Year’s Eve is the shortest holiday we have. At midnight, there is an explosion of cheers, kisses, toasts, and texts to those you can’t be with… and then it’s over. At 12:00:01, it is no longer New Year’s Eve (technically, at least). To celebrate to the magnitude this holiday deserves, you have to make the most of those early evening hours. So, don’t get caught up in the mayhem of preparing munchies yourself, get those vittles prepared for you by one of these fine Philadelphia establishments so you can enjoy the night to the fullest!

Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse
7500 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Once you’ve tried the scrumptious eats at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse, located on State Road just north of Cottman Avenue, there’s a good chance you’ll never get your barbecue from anyplace else. Choose from pulled pork, chicken, kielbasa, brisket, or salmon, and then go crazy adding any sides you want from “Grandma’s Macaroni Salad” to “Roasted Corn & Cheddar Grits.” Banquets include Sweet Lucy’s BBQ Sauces, pickles, jalapeño peppers, rolls, and freshly baked cornbread with butter along with all the paper goods and utensils needed to serve all the guests at your party.

Day By Day
2101 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-5540

Are you looking to have your New Year’s Eve party catered by one of the most trusted names in Philadelphia? Then look no further than Day By Day, an establishment located on the western edge of Rittenhouse Square that has been proudly serving fine foods at sensible prices since 1981. With their extensive menu, you can serve your guests just about any food item imaginable. Choose from hors d’oeuvres and breakfast foods to sandwiches and full meals. All orders come with the necessary serving pieces and paper goods.

Miles Table & Catering
1620 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 651-3040

Miles Table & Catering began when Michael and Marybeth Lynch decided the Graduate Hospital neighborhood needed a spectacular casual dining area, a place that offered great, satisfying food in a relaxed environment. The catering offshoot of this establishment is located in Center City and specializes in drop-off service. Choose from their vast selection of artisan foods, sandwiches, snack trays, breakfast foods, and more. Hot buffet selections come with disposable plates, cutlery and napkins free of charge.

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Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-9684

If you’re hosting a smaller gathering of just your closest friends this holiday and you’re looking for a creative alternative, Johnny Brenda’s just might be your answer. Located in the thriving Fishtown section of Philadelphia, the establishment serves as one of the area’s most unique musical venues. This New Year’s Eve, you can stroll on over and order from their choice menu, which includes such items as a fried catfish, bologna, or even a house-made scrapple sandwich. Then, when your food is ready, just take it home and enjoy! It’s that easy.

1838 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 309-2761

And now for something completely different! If you’d like to cater your event with extraordinary food and remarkable flair, Stargazy is the place for you. The restaurant is your home for traditional London treats. Ring in the New Year noshing on such delectable items as beef and onion pie, sausage roll, Bedfordshire Clanger, or even jellied eels. Yum! Make your New Year’s Eve truly unforgettable with Stargazy.

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