Your New Year's Eve celebration should certainly include a very special dinner before that champagne toast at midnight. Restaurants and hotels all around the country plan special menus and parties for the big night, but how to choose where to make your reservation?
Here, top picks for great places to ring in the new year with delicious food and drink in New York City, Chicago, Napa Valley, Beaver Creek, Las Vegas...who knows, maybe you'll make an end-of-holiday vacation of it! (Note: prices and details apply to New Year's Eve 2010; 2011 details will be updated as they're available.)
Celebrate a truly elegant New Year's eve created by three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire. The first seating, at 5:30 p.m. is your "budget" option at $195 per person -- three courses, starting with Ossetra caviar and moving on to either scallops or prime beef tenderloin with roasted foie gras. You'll have access to the Mandarin Tea Lounge party after.
The second seating is an expanded five-course menu, which also includes a champagne toast, a signed menu from the chef and costs $395 per person.
- Download Twist's New Year's Eve Dinner Menu -- First Seating (PDF)
- Download Twist's New Year's Eve Dinner Menu -- Second Seating (PDF)
- Reservations via Open Table or by calling (888) 881 9367
- A Food Lover's Guide to Las Vegas
New Year's eve isn't a very kid-friendly night in most restaurants, but if you've got wee ones, here's a thought: The Plaza Hotel's Eloise-themed "Black, White and Pink Celebration".
There's a three-course menu for adults ($120 per person) for which the choices include lamb carpaccio, venison medallions, grilled branzino.
Not to worry, the three-course kid's menu ($65,for kids aged 12 and younger)is entirely different -- think roasted tomato soup, mac and cheese and burgers. Both parents and adults end their meal with "Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Display", which includes giant lollipops, gum drops and chocolate fountains, assorted berries, cookies and sundaes.
Trade your ski togs for black tie attire and celebrate at Restaurant Avondale's five-course, second-seating dinner. It starts with an amuse of dayboat scallop & sea urchin soufflé with osetra caviar & vodka-lemon crème fraiche, and ends with a dessert of either warm chocolate or goat cheese cake. ($195 per person.) There's also a four-course dinner seating at 5:30, with a children's menu, priced at $95 per person for adults and $65 for children under 12.
The meal is followed by live music and dancing by a bonfire and a champagne toast at midnight.
Listen to the musical stylings of a swing band while you eat from a special four-course menu, which could include candied pork belly, caraway cured salmon, muscovy duck. Dessert is in outrageous Chocolate Course, which includes a filled doughnut, spiced hot chocolate, chocolate pot du creme with espresso gelee, and flourless torte with preserved strawberries, pinot noir, and vanilla whip.
- 2010 Cost: $85 per person.
- Reservations: 707.224.2330
The theme of this party is the Swing-era, and since this is a gastro-lounge, dinner consists of an unlimited array of small plates and desserts. Small plates are something that Sable Kitchen does exceedingly well -- check out the list here. The evening includes unlimited Champagne all night, live music, favors and costs $125, including tax and gratuity.