On Our Plate: OpenTable on ‘Chuck’; Winter Restaurant Weeks Start Soon in Alexandria, Baltimore, Oakland, Providence, Sacramento, San Diego + San Francisco

Chuck Bartowski is most definitely an OpenTable VIP.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* It’s not too late to get a great table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Check your metro start page for details on where to dine over the holidays!

* Not sure how to ring in 2012? Check out our round-up of restaurants that are celebrating New Year’s Eve in style!

* Winter Restaurant Week reservations are open in Alexandria, Baltimore, Center City/Philadelphia, Oakland, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week. Stay tuned for additional announcements!

* OpenTable played a key role in a recent episode of Chuck. Thanks for the nod!

* The nice folks at TimeDog gave our mobile app two paws up. Woof!

On Our Plate: OpenTable Runs the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge; Moustache Pics from Movember U.K.; Christmas + New Year’s Eve Reservations

The OpenTable crew basks in the sunset after the Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run!

Happenings on and around OpenTable this week…

* Christmas and New Year’s Eve reservations are open! Check your metro start page for details on where to dine over the holidays!

* Winter Restaurant Weeks are starting up in the new year! Stay tuned for announcements on cities and dates!

* The OpenTable staff aren’t just a bunch of avid foodies. Well, actually, we are. But, to burn calories and support our local community, OpenTable participated in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run. Runners included Ahna Guedmin, John Orta, Annie Happel, Josh Garnier, Chris Jocson, Keyvan Rahmatian, Cody Rose, Kim Bednarik, Deborah Patterson, Krissy Nevero, Elaine Teoh, Michelle Nguyen, Erica Lawler, Morgan Parker, Evan Sutton, Nick Alvarez, Galen Guilbert, Omari Robinson, Govind Rajagopalan, Omid Kamali, Jeremy Barry, Scott Jampol, Johanna Kenrick, and Tori Tsu. Their efforts help raise money for not-for-profit organizations. No word on who had the fastest time, but I have my suspicions.

* November was Movember! a month-long, moustache-growing fundraiser to raise awareness and money in the fight against prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Our colleagues in the U.K. at the OpenTable/TopTable offices seized on this challenge, with 19 men tossing their razors aside for 30 days. To avoid having to sit through an HR seminar, I’ll just say that I think every month should be Movember. Meow! Anyway, their efforts raised more than £3,000! You can see the impressive array of facial hair in this cool Flickr slideshow below. And, even though November has come and gone, it’s not too late to donate! Click here to learn more.


New Year’s Eve in New York City: Decadence at the End of the Decade

NYE-in-NYCDecember 31, 2009 isn’t just the last day of the year, it’s the last day of the decade — so, you “aught” to celebrate in style! If you find yourself flush with a bit of extra cash after the gift-giving holidays have passed, you can ring in the new year (and decade) in a number of magnificent ways.

Here are 10 Manhattan restaurants that are welcoming 2010 with a bit of panache:

21 Club: If you miss old New York, you don’t have to, thanks to 21 Club. For $225 per person, you can enjoy a four-course dinner and dancing in this legendary location.

Ajna: For “Top Chef” fans, there’s no better place to raise a glass (and a fork and a knife!) than at Ajna, where “Top Chef” winner Hung Huynh will be preparing a special five-course meal for $275 per person.

Asiate: $295 gets you sweeping views of the city on this special night – along with a sumptuous six-course dinner and dancing at this gem located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Aureole: Everything old is new again at Aureole, Charlie Palmer’s relocated and renovated restaurant. For $500 per person, diners will feast on a five-course chef tasting menu with wine pairings, DJ entertainment, and a Champagne toast, just steps from Times Square.

Daniel: Daniel Boulud’s signature restaurant is serving a gala dining menu in five courses for $595. In addition to fabulous food, there will be live music, a DJ, and dancing at this Michelin favorite.

Eleven Madison Park: Fresh off rave reviews and earning its first Michelin star, this crown jewel  in restaurateur Danny Meyer’s empire will be serving a seven-course holiday tasting menu. Live music and views of Madison Square Park promise to make the night festive and romantic.

The Oak Room: This recently refurbished New York landmark in the famed Plaza Hotel will serve an elegant five-course tasting menu (with Champagne) for $295 per person. A burlesque themed party begins in the adjoining Oak Bar at 11PM.

Russian Tea Room
: You’ll feel transported by the atmosphere at this fabled midtown favorite – not to mention pampered. The second seating includes a 5-course dinner, dancing, and an open bar for $500 per person. Cheers!

SHO by Shaun Hergatt: Chef Shaun Hergatt is preparing a lavish 5-course menu in this Financial District hotspot. A live band and a Champagne toast are included in the $250 per person pricetag.

Two Times Square: If you want an unforgettable evening, Two Times Square is the place to spend it. Guests can relish an open bar, a five-course meal with wine pairings, music, and more – not to mention the very best view of the ball dropping in Times Square, all for just $2,500 per person.

You can find reservations at hundreds more New York area restaurants on New Year’s Eve here. If you’re going to be on the road, visit our international New Year’s Eve page to find deals and offers wherever you’re celebrating.

What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve?

New-Years-Eve-SurveyHave you decided how you’re going to end the aughts? Will you be dining out? Eating in? OpenTable wants to know. Take our brief (seven short questions!) survey, and tell us how you’re spending the last night of the decade.

Complete OpenTable’s New Year’s Eve survey here.