If you're wondering what to eat on New Year's Eve, stay away from Lobster..!! If you want prosperity for the New Year, eating Black-Eyed Peas, Ham, or cabbage are thought to bring good luck. Stay away from back luck foods like Lobster, because they move backwards, or Chicken, because they scratch in reverse. It is believed in some cultures that eating these on New Year's cause a reversal of fortune..!!