Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New Year's dining options

What to do for New Year's? This is the first year in ages that I'm not traveling for the holidays, so the boyfriend and I have been tossing around ideas for New Year's. Expectations are always so high, and it's so rare that the evening actually lives up to the hype.

In fact, most of my New Year's memories end with some sort of disaster. Like the year my friend was too drunk to explain to the cabbie where she lived, and he turned around and kicked us out of the cab back at Park Tavern. Or the year that no one was manning the coat check at an LA warehouse, and it was a free-for-all in the unlit room to grab your coat if you could even find it. Yikes!

All of that said, we're likely to do something chill this year with little sister and her husband. We're thinking a low key dinner somewhere cool. We're leaning towards Shaun's at the moment, but here are some additional options.

3- or 4-course prix fixe New Year's Eve Dinner, $45 or $65
Open seating from 6-11pm, jazz band from 8pm-12am, a la carte dinner menu all evening
Complimentary champagne toast for diners at midnight

Fourth & Swift

5-course prix fixe with your choice of offerings fro $75 per person, plus an additional $25 per person for wine pairings.
7-course prix fixe with your choice of offerings fro $110 per person, plus an additional $40 per person for wine pairings.
Reservations are being accepted for 3-seating windows, 6-7. 8-9, 10-11.

JCT Kitchen
4-course prix-fixe dinner menu with choices for $55 per person. Small bites menu and live music at JCT rooftop bar.

Featuring a 4-course dinner for $65 per person. Wines are paired and priced separately but a champagne toast with party favors are included.

Pura Vida
Package includes a choice of 3 tapas, a dessert, & a glass of cava, (5:30-8pm: $35; later: $45). Later seating incl. DJ, dancing, & midnight countdown.

The Shed at Glenwood
4-course prix fix dinner for $65

A Glass of Segura Viudas Brut will be provided with dessert course

Trois will have 3-different parties to suit all tastes. The Bar will be open til 2 and will give guests hats, noisemakers and a champagne toast. The restaurant will feature it's regular menu or a 3-course $35 option and a champagne toast. The event space will offer a 5-course prix fixe meal for $65 with seating at 5 pm.

I'll be taking the holidays off from writing, so I hope your holidays are filled with good food, and good times! I'll be back in '09 with more great restaurants and recipes for you to enjoy!



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