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.
Ocean Prime, New York, New York
Create your own five-course tasting menu from meat and seafood classics that recently debuted at the James Beard House in Manhattan. A sampling: caviar (served with blinis, crème fraîche, onion, milled egg, and chives), ahi tuna Rossini with seared foie gras, and Prime New York strip steak au poivre (cognac cream, creamed spinach, Nueske’s smoked bacon, roasted forest mushrooms). Skip the bubbles and sip a signature Johnny’s Resolution (Jameson, lemon juice, passion fruit puree, J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet float, agave nectar). Make a reservation at Ocean Prime.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Chicago, Illinois
The “Eat Like Mike” celebration is a slam dunk of a four-course dinner that includes MJ’s garlic bread, the duo petite (two filets, one prepared with chef Couper’s lobster butter, the other with roasted mushrooms and whole grain mustard with Pino Noir reduction — accompanied by a one-pound lobster tail). Three-pointer: the 23-layer chocolate cake for dessert. Wine and beer pairings are on the menu, and there’s a Champagne toast. Make a reservation at Michael Jordan’s Steak House.
Andina, Portland, Oregon
Join in a Peruvian NYE celebration with a three-course, prix-fixe meal of Andean dishes like Arroz con Mariscos (Peruvian-style paella). There are two seatings, and post-dinner, you can stick around for a party with live music — during the countdown to 2018, party-goers will follow Peruvian tradition and eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds for good luck. Make a reservation at Andina.
Bedford & Co., New York, New York
A special prix-fixe menu includes East Coast oysters, wood-fired duck breast, wood-charred short rib (polenta, charred onion ragu, and horseradish) and coconut panna cotta (toasted coconut, grilled pineapple, and lime). Then, there’s a masquerade ball with a live DJ and specialty cocktails. Make a reservation at Bedford & Co.
Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A five-course prix fixe experience (with optional wine pairing) will feature dishes like a trio of Kumamoto oysters, salmon crudo, honey and lavender-glazed roasted quail, and herb-crusted lamb chop with black garlic. After dining, you can opt to join in the Masquerade Party upstairs. Make a reservation at Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille.
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Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.
Photo credit: Downstairs Loft Creative LLC (Bazaar Meat by José Andrés).