All the New Year’s Eve Foods You Need for 2022

The best bites, sips, and sweets you’ll have all year.
Two champagne glasses filled with French 75 cocktails clinking.
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Save the good luck and virtuous living for New Year’s Day. When it comes to New Year’s Eve foods, decadent is the word. As the end cap to the holiday season, the night is for hedonistic pursuits—even if those pursuits are getting into your comfiest velour jammies and settling in for the night.

Below, you’ll find our favorite drinks, appetizers, and even sit-down dinners (not everyone wants to go to a cocktail party) to serve for the holiday. Wine contributor André Mack will teach you the ins and outs of shopping for sparkling wine—and how to choose a bottle for a special occasion, no matter your budget. Then we’ll get into why opening a bottle of Champagne for your New Year’s Eve party should be the quietest thing you do all night. And last, we’ll dig into some desserts, because every New Year’s Eve should end on a sweet note.

53 Dazzling New Year’s Eve Appetizers

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Whether you’re hosting the best New Year’s Eve party on the block or headed straight for the couch, you’re going to need some snacks. This collection of our favorite finger foods features melty Brie Bites With Jezebel Sauce, store-bought potato chips that we’ve gussied up with Old Bay seasoning, marinated mozzarella balls with sweet pickled peppers, and plenty more crowd-pleasing party foods.

More Snacks

BA’s Best Shrimp Cocktail

This shrimp cocktail is all about the seafood: plump gorgeous shrimp, gently poached until just cooked through.

Photo by Alex Lau

Mozzarella Sticks

The prep work for homemade mozzarella sticks can be done in advance, and the cooking time is short. Now all you need is a fryer.

Alex Lau

Crispy Olives With Calabrian Chile Sauce

Take olives from snack to party snack by coating them in panko and deep-frying them until golden brown and shatteringly crisp.

Photographs by Emma Fishman

Cheesy Slice-and-Bake Crackers

Poppy-crusted, cheddar-and-cream-cheese crackers are great on their own but put them on a platter with thin slices of prosciutto and some pear wedges, and they’re next-level delicious.

Ham and Cheese Feuilleté

These ham-and-cheese bites from Martha Stewart’s iconic book Entertaining are the perfect cocktail party appetizer.

Photo by Chelsie Craig, Food Styling by Kate Buckens
Hungry for More?

Try Spinach and Artichoke Dip enriched with cream cheese and Parmesan, lamb meatballs plated with yogurt and mint pesto, a melange of fried salami with dates and pecans, or a pistachio-crusted cheese ball. Or check out our favorite appetizer galleries, below.

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Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Sue Li

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A spread of simple appetizers makes the Champagne go down easier.

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43 Celebratory New Year’s Eve Drinks

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Our best New Year’s Eve drinks include sparkling wine standards like the French 75 and a Champagne cocktail (see below), but we’ve also got classic cocktails (Negroni, anyone?) and easy sippers like a Cranberry Rum Punch and Pomegranate Spritzers. Want to drink all night without getting too buzzed? Try these low-ABV sherry and vermouth drinks—or skip the alcohol altogether for a Phony Negroni, one of our favorite nonalcoholic party beverages. Sticking with straight bubbles all night long? Keep on scrolling for some expert tips on wine shopping and the intel you really need: why POPPING a cork is bad form.

A Few of Our Favorites

Champagne Cocktail

Elevate any glass of bubbly with a bit of sugar and a few dashes of bitters. The long spiral of zest will make you feel extra fancy.

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Extra-Dry Martini

Gin or vodka? This recipe from actor Stanley Tucci allows for either. If a dirty martini or a 50-50 is more your style, contributor Al Culliton has you covered.

Photograph by Emma Fishman, Food styling by Pearl Jones, prop styling by Martha Bernabe

French 75

That rare creature of a cocktail: elegant enough to make you feel like it’s New Year’s Eve in Paris, but supremely simple to assemble.

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An Important Tip
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Here’s the method pro bartenders use instead.
All About Bubbles

Whatever your budget, there is a special occasion wine to suit the vibe. André Mack is here to walk you through the wine store.

A Whole Meal

Can’t sit around noshing on finger foods and downing martinis all night? Our collection of New Year’s Eve dinner ideas has a little something for everyone: quick-cooking scallops for a romantic night with the one, slow-roasted duck for a decadent feast among friends, a lamb meatloaf for a crowd-pleasing family affair, plus a few of our go-to side dishes like sour cream–enriched Twice-Baked Potatoes

If none of those suit the bill, consider a Sheet-Pan Pizza With Kimchi and Hot Dogs or Citrus-Glazed Pork Chops. Set up pulled pork in the slow cooker before heading out so you can come home to post-midnight sandwiches. Or, get a jump start on January 1st with a meal of collard greens and Hoppin’ John. Still undecided? Check out Shilpa Uskokovic’s holiday menu on a budget.

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47 New Year’s Eve Dessert Recipes

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Want to end the year on a sugar high? Too bad you already finished off your holiday cookies, huh? No matter. We’ve got gingery no-bake cheesecake bars, DIY truffles that’ll let your guests get in on the action, goat cheese and apple scones for people who wish dessert could be a little less sweet, an almond pie that made waves on the national news, and so much more.


Dear Future People

For an introspective New Year’s Eve, read Rachel Khong’s essay to her future self. And then think about who you’ll be six months from now.

Illustration by Subin Yang

The Most Popular Recipes of 2022

Your fellow BA readers kept coming back to these recipes again and again. How about spending 2023 cooking through any of the ones you missed?

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