By Wini Moranville
Ring in the New Year with great food from local chefs. I asked around and found out about the following festivities. While it’s definitely not too early to make reservations (get on it, people!), in some cases, it was too early (as of deadline) for chefs to tell me exactly what they’ll be featuring. Check each venue’s Facebook page or website for updates.
New Year’s Eve is a great time to try a new-this-year restaurant, so consider Harbinger, where chef Joe Tripp says they’re going “all out” for their New Year’s celebration dinner. They will offer two six-course tasting menus, one with meat ($85) and the other vegetarian ($65). The menus will be offered on Dec. 30 and 31.
If the recent “Murder on the Orient Express” film had you dreaming of the opulence of a more gilded age, consider going to Baru 66: The evening’s grand gala tasting menu will take its theme from the classic luxury train. Three courses, available from 5 to 6:30 p.m., cost $85; six courses, available all evening, cost $150.
The three-course dinner at Le Jardin in Beaverdale will go for $65; it includes a festive Champagne cocktail and an amuse-bouche to start. Main dish choices include Peacetree “Red Rambler” beer-braised short ribs, shrimp and sausage ziti, truffle chicken and acorn squash gnocchi.
“Wild” is the theme for the New Year’s Eve tasting menu at Reed’s Hollow, where chef Zach Gutweiler’s six-course menu ($65) will feature game and wild plants.
If your pockets aren’t quite that deep, head to St. Kilda for a three-course menu including a Champagne cocktail for $45, with a vegetarian menu as an option.
If set menus aren’t your thing, consider Bubba—Southern Comforts. In addition to serving the full menu, the restaurant will offer its New Year’s Eve specials à la carte. These include crayfish corn chowder ($6), orange bourbon-glazed duck breast ($29), Cajun lobster tail ($34) and red velvet cheesecake ($9), among other great-sounding dishes.
Table 128 will be offering a special à la carte New Year’s Eve menu, which will include some of this venue’s long-standing favorites (e.g., the Brussels sprouts salad and the angry doughnuts) as well as chef Lynn Pritchard’s visionary ways with duck, pork chops, a vegetarian carbonara-style dish, sturgeon and short ribs (entrees cost $24 to $32).
This year, chef Jake Demars
a must-try destination for aficionados of artistic, experimental cuisine. For New Year’s Eve, his à la carte menu, featuring such multilayered dishes as a beef short rib with hollandaise, preserved cherry and roasted parsnip, will make a great way to experience this daring chef’s culinary style.
If you, like me, love dining late on New Year’s Eve, consider Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, where the late-night menu (after 9 p.m.) includes steak and lobster ($50), cold-water lobster tail ($30) and filet mignon ($30). A three-course prix-fixe menu for $40, with a choice of options in each course, will also be available that evening.