Updated to include Chef’s Table at the Edgewater.
Even though it isn’t until tomorrow, Christmas is so yesterday, at least in terms of planning. If you haven’t made your dining reservations for tomorrow and you’re determined not to cook, you may be destined to make do with the string of popcorn on the tree. (Do people still string popcorn on the tree, or is that just asking for cockroaches in Florida?)
Anyway, it’s time to be thinking ahead to New Year’s Eve, which is one week from tonight (but you probably knew that already). Dining out on New Year’s Eve is a tradition for many people. Some prefer to have a celebratory meal before heading out to a party to watch the ball drop, which is not as naughty as it sounds. Others plan their visit to a restaurant to coincide with the midnight celebration.
Whichever is your choice, I have a few recommendations for you to consider. Here’s the list so far (click the links to the restaurant’s website for more details and to book), and I’ll add to it during the week as I hear more.
From the folks at K: “We are almost completely sold out for New Year’s Eve but we do still have some tables left. We are taking reservations from 6:00 until 10:00 but we are booking up fast so if you would like to join us please give us a call to see what times are available.
“Here is the $95 set menu that Chef Kevin put together for our New Year’s Eve celebration (excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity).”
New Years Eve Menu
December 31, 2012
$95 per person excluding tax and gratuity
(Choice of one)
Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Foie Gras Torchon, Cherry Marmalade, Crostini
Oysters on the half shell, Truffle Mignonette, American Caviar
(Choice of one)
Pan Seared Maine Diver Scallop, Wild Mushrooms, Escargot, Truffle
Maple Leaf Farm’s Duck Confit, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Turnips, Kale
Lobster Bisque, Shrimp and Scallop Boudin, Caviar
(Choice of one)
Roast Herb Crust Lamb Rack, Root Vegetable Gratin, Huckleberry Jus
Wagyu Strip Loin, Roast Wild Mushroom, Short Rib Croquette
Turbot, Parsnip-Potato Puree, Celery Root Veloute, Bacon,
(choice of one)
Chocolate Beignets, Drunken Cherry Sauce
White Chocolate Cheesecake, Chambord, Raspberry Coulis
K Trifle, Chef’s Backyard Meyer Lemon Curd, Pound Cake, Berries, Grand Marnier
One of the flog’s favorite fine dining restaurants will be serving from 6 to 10 p.m., but you don’t have to stop the celebrating at that hour. You can move over to the Caribe Royale’s Falls Lounge for jazz from 5 to 10 p.m. and dueling pianos from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. A buffet in the Tropicale is another eating option.
Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
The Chef’s Table is serving a 4 course chefs tasting menu $75/person plus tax and gratuity.
Featured items will include foie Gras, House cured salmon, salad,lobster with risotto, bass, pork cheek ravioli, lamb shank, Choc dacquios cake, and a berry creation. Each table gets all the items. There is a wine pairing option for $28/person. It can be booked at www.chefstableattheedgewater.com .
Cala Bella and A Land Remembered are both serving prix fixe menus that include a bottle of champagne. Make a safer night of it and book a room at the hotel, too.
Both 310 Park South and 310 Lakeside will be serving dinner. Champagne toast at midnight if your timing is right.
WHAT: FOUR NIGHTS OF NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION
AT FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR
Fleming’s tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve for a long weekend continues! Start the festive evening with a holiday cocktail or featured bubbly and then indulge in an exceptional New Year’s Menu (Fleming’s popular a la carte menu also available).
WHEN: December 28 – December 31, 2012
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday starting at 4 PM
WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
www.flemingssteakhouse.com for locations and reservations
SPARKLING: Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut
Raise a toast to celebrate the New Year!
$12 by the glass, $100 magnum bottle
“A wonderfully drinkable sparkling wine that appeals immediately for its balanced texture and rich flavors.” 90 points-Wine Enthusiast
COCKTAILS: Haute Holiday and Merry Mint Spice
Ladies will enjoy Fleming’s Haute Holiday ($10.95) created by wine director Maeve Pesquera expressly for the season. Quay Elysim (a Muscat dessert wine), Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Mionetto Prosecco are presented in a champagne flute garnished with a Luxardo cherry. For the gentlemen, Merry Mint Spice ($11.95) mixes Gentleman Jack with Domaine de Canton and POM juice with aromatic muddled mint leaves and simple syrup, shaken and served on the rocks.
MENU: New Year’s Nights Celebration Menu offers three luxe entrées; all include a delectable shrimp appetizer (Fleming’s a la carte menu also served)
Shrimp Appetizer Included with Entrées
· Poached Gulf Shrimp over Southern-Style
Goat Cheese Grits
celery root slaw, extra virgin olive oil drizzle
Fleming’s New Year’s Menu Entrees
· Delmonico Steak with Blue Crab & Gruyère Glassage
shaved black truffles, served with bacon-wrapped
braised leeks and balsamic reduction $74.95
· Filet Mignon & Lobster-Brioche Bread Pudding
on roasted asparagus, lemon beurre blanc and
lobster reduction sauces, black truffle shavings $69.95
· Lobster Tail with Mac & Cheese
one pound east coast lobster tail, split and roasted
with champagne, sage and lemon butter, served with
Italian bacon mac & cheese $79.00
Fleming’s New Year’s Dessert
· Chocolate Budino
rich chocolate tartlet, chevre-salted whipped cream,
and cocoa nibs $9.95
Menu prices do not include tax or gratuity