Friday, December 30, 2011

Atlanta New Year's Dining Options

Ok, so you probably made your New Year's Eve plans weeks ago. But if you're a procrastinator, you're scrambling right about now to come up with a plan. If the number of press releases I'm still receiving about NYE dining options are any indication, there are seats still available.

I for one have never wanted to venture out into the holiday fray since my New Year's 2008/2009 disaster at the now defunct Shaun's, so we'll be hosting dinner at our place. And how's this for good fortune - our very talented friend will be preparing a veritable feast, so all I have to do is clean my place, tee up a festive Pandora station, and try my hand at making a tres leches cake for dessert (the demise of Tierra has me scrambling to replicate the wonderfulness that is their tres leches).

Now I can't guarantee that you're not too late for some of these, but here's a round up of some of your potential options!

Book your reservation between 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. to enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu for $50 per person. Enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu for $70 per person for later seatings.

La Tavola
3-course prix fixe dinner for $55/person (plus tax and gratuity). Yum, their gnocchi with a farm egg and black truffle is on the menu - it's divine!

South City Kitchen is offering their 3-course menu of Southern favorites for just $39.95 plus tax and tip at both locations. They have an apple red velvet cake on the menu which sounds delish to me.

Livingston has a five-course New Year's Eve tasting menu for $55 per person, which can be paired with wines for an additional $35 per person. You can also enjoy live music and a midnight balloon drop.

Their celebration will feature a special $60 menu or $100 with unlimited alcohol and a performance by the world-famous video DJ, DJ 2nd Nature.

Empire State South

$75 per person, 4 courses & $35 wine pairings (tax and gratuity not included); wine pairs to be determined. The dinner includes luxe options such as Foie Terrine with riesling gelee, compressed apple, green strawberry preserve and toasted brioche or an honest to goodness Baked Alaska for dessert. Not swank enough for you yet? Add some caviar for $120.

Aria is offering a four-course New Year’s Eve menu with a set first course and options available for the remaining courses. The dinner is $85 per person, tax and gratuity not included.

Double Zero Napoletana is serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy southern Italian dishes from 5 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $55 per person, which includes a gift bag containing a split of Prosecco, champagne flutes and a special gift from the Castellucci Hospitality Group. The regular menu will also be offered. 

JCT. Kitchen & Bar is offering a $65 four-course menu (a “taste”+ three courses) filled with Owner/Chef Ford Fry’s Southern favorites. Sample dishes include hickory roasted Berkshire pork tenderloin and “chicken stand” fried Georgia quail. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Or check out Fry's No. 246 with special menu items such as squid ink spaghetti with Dungeness crab and braised Brasstown beef cheeks for $55 per person. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Woodfire Grill is offering five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus in addition to a regular five-course menu on New Year’s Eve. The regular and pescatarian menus are priced at $115 per person, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $105. Wine pairings are also available for $6 per course for a half glass or $12 for a full glass.

Gotta work on New Year's Eve? Ra Sushi is also throwing a New Year’s Eve Remix party, giving non-night owls and industry workers an opportunity to celebrate the new year on Sunday, January 1. From 8 p.m. to close, guests can indulge in Sunday Night’s Flying Fish Lounge specials with select sushi, appetizers and tapas ranging from $2-$7 and drink specials starting at just $3. 

Happy eating and Happy New Year!



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