Buh-bye, 2017 — here’s to a new year and the chance to ring in 2018 with over-the-top, multi-course dinners and sips of Champagne. These 11 restaurants (and thousands of others on OpenTable) are serving festive dinners that are perfect preludes to that midnight ball drop.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, Boston, Massachusetts
There are two seatings for chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh’s gala meal, with specialty dishes like scallop ceviche (leche de tigre, huitlacoche, popcorn), walnut cannelloni (sour cherry, hazelnuts, mornay sauce), and lobster (celery root, smoked butter, Johnnycake). Cap the celebration with Baked Alaska (Champagne, strawberries, meringue). Make a reservation at Meritage.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Las Vegas, Nevada
Choose from a decadent 10-course or 12-course dinner, with hand-crafted tasting menus from Andrés, developed to “take guests on a journey of the palate.” Featured dishes include cotton candy foie gras, a wagyu bone-in ribeye, the bagels and lox cone; and tartare (beef sirloin, Savora mustard, egg yolk, HP Sauce, and anchovies). Make a reservation at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés.
Le Coq Rico, New York, New York
This truffle-centric, five-course meal is a perfect New York ending to an interesting year. Chef Westermann’s menu stars heritage stuffed roasted Emden goose (potato gnocchi, sour cream, apple-cinnamon red cabbage). Also featured: 12-spice foie gras with housemade baguette and, for dessert, black truffle Ice cream. Make a reservation at Le Coq Rico.
Uni, Boston, Massachusetts
Chef-partner Tony Messina, dishes up two dinners on the 31st. There’ll be an abbreviated à la carte menu with faves like spicy foie gras and tuna taki. Or, luxe it up with an omakase menu — 12 to 15 courses, depending on chef’s whim, with dishes such as king crab with brown butter, passion fruit and lardo, tai sushi with ebi shrimp and Perigord truffle tamago, and an A5 Japanese wagyu beef option, too, plus magnums of Champagne. Make a reservation at Uni.
Campton Place, San Francisco, California
Chef Sri Gopinathan will serve two menus at this Cal-Indian hot spot — one vegetarian and one for meat lovers. Special dishes include Dungeness crab (with kohlrabi, curry, and mustard bloom), poached Maine lobster tails (with spiced tomato butter), and a fruit kebab with pongal and coconut chutney. Make a reservation at Campton Place.
Deuxave, Boston, Massachusetts
Ring the year in right with a decadent modern French, five-course dinner (think white truffles and caviar), and dishes like Prime beef tenderloin (egg yolk raviolo, celery root Robuchon, bordelaise), duo of ahi tuna (Satsuma tangerines, blood orange consomme, avocado) and single-origin chocolate mousse (with New Year’s trappings). Optional wine pairings, too. Make a reservation at Deuxave.