So yes, ~NEW YEAR'S EVE~ is coming, and while I am fortunate to be hosted at a friend's place for dinner this year, I have to say I totally relished my dinner out with friends at Winterland last year (obviously not a possibility this year). I have been drowning in press releases about who is doing what for New Year's Eve, so I thought I'd share my top five picks for New Year's Eve dinner if I were dining out:
This deal is tough to beat: ~RANGE~ is offering a set menu for $65.
Unless you are ~AZIZA~, who is offering a five-course prix fixe for $49. The meal will begin with soup and a choice of appetizer, followed by the Moroccan specialty of basteeya, and then the guest can choose their entrée and dessert (which is certain to be fantastique since the new pastry chef, Shuna Fish Lydon, will be making it).
~A16~ will offer two seatings at $120, and optional wine pairings for $70. What's crazy is it's a seven-course meal, including scrumptious numbers like crab sformato, chestnut ravioli with ragu bianco and pecorino, and slow-roasted rib eye. Like, buon apetito!
~SCOTT HOWARD~ will have seatings from 5:30pm/7:30pm and 8pm/10:30pm, and serving only small-plate prix-fixe menus in the dining room. The early seating will offer two five-course prix-fixe menus, one for $75 and one for $80. The late seating will offer two seven-course prix-fixe menus, one for $95 and one for $100. Late seating small plate highlights include caviar, veal sweetbreads, Maine scallops, short ribs, black truffled risotto, poached lobster, seared foie gras, roasted monkfish, and Kobe beef loin. Complimentary party favors for everyone and champagne toast at midnight. And there will be a DJ starting at 11pm.
~CORTEZ~ has open seating from 5:30pm-11pm, and is serving a five-course prix-fixe menu for $90, or $115 with wine pairing. Entrée choices include Painted Hills Farm rib eye, hazelnut-crusted Long Island duck breast and roasted New Zealand rack of lamb. The prix-fixe menu includes a glass of champagne to start the meal, and a choice of dessert, plus some treats on the house. There will be DJ starting at 10:30pm.
Some other festive spots around town that sound good: Frisson, Perbacco, COCO500, XYZ, Incanto, Bong Su, Americano, Boulevard, Jack Falstaff, Plumpjack Café, La Folieâ¦ the list goes on. Pretty much anyone who serves food will be open on New Year's Eve, so take your pick (and take a cab).