Yeah, it’s the night most restaurants turn into temples of the prix-fixe menu. I have been drowning in press releases and dinner announcements for weeks. Here are a few ways to ring in 2010 that rose to the top.
For a jazzy New Year’s Eve, ~CAFÉ CLAUDE~ is offering three seatings (6pm $60; 7:30pm $70; 9:30pm $80) with live jazz from 7:30 until midnight provided by the Jerry Oakley Trio.
Or across the alley, the sexy ~GITANE~ is offering the following seatings: 6pm for $70 (three courses); 8pm for $80 (four courses); and 10:30pm for $90 (five courses)—wine pairing is an additional $30.
You can have a bittersweet dinner at ~ZINNIA~, the restaurant’s final night of service, but chef Sean O’Brien’s menu is certainly a powerhouse. You can choose a three-course ($58) or a five-course dinner ($88), which includes luxe dishes like house-made tagliolini with sweetbreads, chestnuts, and brown butter.
More on the luxe tip: ~JARDINIÈRE~ has some some additional menu options in case you have a vegetarian or pescatarian in your group. The first seating is from 5:30pm-7:30pm ($145 per person, $65 for wine pairing) and the second seating will be from 8:30pm-10:30pm and will include live music from the Terry Disley Experience Trio, and Champagne at midnight ($195 per person, $85 for wine pairing). Nothing says Happy New Year like Five Dot Ranch filet mignon with oxtail cannelloni and Périgord truffles.
If you’re looking for live entertainment, the new-ish supperclub ~CODA~ will have a three-course prix-fixe dinner with quite the musical line up : Mike Olmos Organ Combo featuring Wil Blades (jazz) from 6:30pm-9pm; Dynamic (urban pop) 10pm-1:30am; plus a special late set with Hot Bag! featuring Skerik and Mike Dillon from late until… late! First seating is 5:30pm-7:30pm; second seating is 8pm-10:30pm. Dinner and music is $60. You can also just come by for a cocktail and dancing.
Mmmm, beer. Homer would approve of the beer dinner at ~MONK’S KETTLE~. Enjoy a four-course dinner and beer pairing for $115 per person. Doors open at 8:30pm for a reception beer, and the first course is at 9pm. Call to RSVP (415-865-9523) or email.
And if all these prices are freaking you out, give thanks to ~PALIO D’ASTI~ for offering an affordable New Year’s Eve menu. You get four courses, and four choices per course, for only $49 per person. And if you’re into fireworks, the Embarcadero fireworks are only blocks away. You can read all the dishes on the generous menu here.
Thursday Dec 31, 2009