New Year's Eve

Ahhhhh, ‘tis the season for everyone to vie for your reservation for ~NEW YEAR’S EVE~. Basically every restaurant in town serves that night, so if you’re wondering where to go, call your faves and see what they’re offering. Last year my friends and I actually got together to cook dinner at home, how novel. And it was so lovely we’re doing it again this year. But if I was going to hit the town, here are ten to consider:

A16 (Italian festa): A16 will have a six-course menu, plus party hats and favors. There are three seatings; the fixed price dinner is $120. Rare, hard-to-find wines will be carefully matched to each course for an optional and additional wine pairing: $75. Complimentary sparkling wine will be served at midnight.

Aziza (exotica evening): the ever-delish Aziza is offering a multi-course prix-fixe menu for $75/guest; offering choices from their signature dishes along with unique celebratory items.

CAV (for the winos): first seating at 6:30pm ($60), second seating at 9:30pm ($75). Check out the PDF of the menu here.

COCO500 (for the Cali cuisine and cocktail set): a four-course tasting menu for $85, with multiple options within each course allowing you to build your own menu.

Foreign Cinema (dinner and a show): a four-course prix-fixe menu, with entertainment provided by Jazz Mafia. Following dinner, guests can continue the celebration at adjoining Lazlo Bar, which will provide entertainment by Magnificent 7. The $10 charge will be waived for Foreign Cinema guests. First seating is 5:30pm–8:15pm, $80. Second seating is 8:30pm–10:45pm, $95 per person. All prices exclude beverages, tax, or gratuity.

Millennium (for the vegetarians):
a five-course prix-fixe menu, $85, paired with wine, $35. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon seating. Two seatings: 5:30pm–7pm and 8pm–9:30pm.

Oliveto (for the 510 folks): this one really spoke to me since the menu is Venetian (I lived in Venezia for a year, oh what a year). I’d even drive across the bay for this one. Actually, no driving. Anyway. First seatings: 6pm– 7:30pm, $85 prix fixe ($75 cafe seating); second seatings: 8:30pm–9:30pm, $130 prix fixe ($100 cafe seating).

Rubicon (for glam dinner): early seating will be a four-course menu with choices for $95/person. For the second seating, a six-course tasting menu will be offered for $145/person with a Champagne toast at midnight. I loooooooved the meal I had here a few months ago—sublime flavors and presentations.

Rue St. Jacques (if you’re looking for something Frenchie and affordable):
a six-course menu is $70; the wine pairing is $35. Includes an amuse, a mache salad with lobster, foie gras, a choice of filet mignon of venison or John Dory, and dessert.

South (for a tasty trip Down Under): a four-course tasting menu. Early seating $75/later seating $85 (includes bubbles at midnight). Optional wine pairing: $40 per person.

New Year’s Eve
Mon., Dec. 31, 2007

Various locations