Thursday, December 27, 2012
20 best New Year’s Eve dinner menus at Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants
Find where to dine - from Oak Cliff to Highland Park and tapas to prix fixe.
Reservations may be required or recommended at some locations below. All events are on December 31.
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Asador: Chef Brad Phillips will offer a tapas menu that includes Mexican ceviche with rock shrimp for $8; chickpea purée and pita for $5; Gulf of Mexico oysters for $6 per half dozen and $10 per dozen; and grilled barbecue wings for $6. 5 to 10 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-267-4815. asadorrestaurant.com.
Bolsa: Dinner features butternut-squash soup, friseé, roasted beets, beef-belly pastrami, octopus or tuna; ricotta gnocchi, Muscovy duck breast, skate wing, Atlantic fluke, veal cheeks or Wagyu bavette steak; and blood-orange soup, tiramisu, chocolate shortbread or white chocolate pot de crème. 5 to 10 p.m. at 614 W. Davis St., Dallas. Menu items are priced a la carte: appetizers $9-$17, entrees $28-$35, desserts $9. 214-367-9367. bolsadallas.com.
Bonnell's: Chef Jon Bonnell’s three-course dinner paired with a glass of sparkling wine includes a sampling of appetizers; beef tenderloin filet with a jumbo lump crab cake and a black-eyed pea cake; and a dessert sampler featuring eggnog crème brûlée, peppermint ice cream, white chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. 5 to 10 p.m. at 4259 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth. $90 per person. 817-738-5489. bonnellstexas.com.
Canary by Gorji: This four-course dinner includes avocado with poached shrimp or Bulgarian feta and pomegranate; a spinach, Caesar or wedge salad; prime beef filet, lamb T-bone and grilled quail, wild-caught salmon or a vegetarian dish; and chocolate cake or four-berry sorbet. There’ll be a sparkling-wine toast at midnight. 5 p.m. to midnight at 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. $59. 972-503-7080. canarybygorji.com.
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Cedars Social: Chef Toby De La Rosa’s three-course menu features lobster bisque, duck confit and gnocchi followed by a choice of lamb rib-eye, half hen, turbot or bone-in filet with sides. Guests can choose from rose water panna cotta or chocolate gateau for dessert. Dinner includes a complimentary glass of Étoile Brut. 6:30, 8:30 or 10:30 p.m. at 1326 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $75 per person. 214-928-7700. thecedarssocial.com.
Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill: Selections include an appetizer combination with baked crabmeat, seared ahi tuna and bruschetta; a choice of one starter including a shrimp, crabmeat and lobster chowder, a variety of salads and smoked salmon; an entree such as Cajun grilled redfish, grilled filet mignon, aged rib-eye or rainbow trout; and dessert such as an apple turnover, maple crème brûlée, chocolate gateau, white-chocolate cherry bread pudding or triple-chocolate peanut butter pie. 4525 Belt Line Road, Addison. Three-course menu served from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., $59.95; four-course menu served from 7 to 9 p.m., $69.95; two-course menu served from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m., $49.95. 972-503-3474. chamberlainsrestaurant.com.
Driftwood: Chef Omar Flores’ four-course menu includes choices such as littleneck clams, sunchoke-turnip soup, crispy bluepoint oyster, day boat scallops, butter-poached Maine lobster, Callebaut chocolate crème brûlée and more. 642 W. Davis St., Dallas. Seatings are at 6, 6:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. $75 per person. 214-942-2530. driftwood-dallas.com.
Fearing's: Join chef Dean Fearing for a four-course dinner with a sparkling-wine toast followed by no-cover-charge celebrations with midnight balloon drops at both Fearing’s bars. Entree options include pan-seared North Atlantic turbot, Maine lobster pasta, roasted garlic double-cut lamb chops and beef Wellington. 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. The Rattlesnake and Live Oak bars will be open until 1:45 a.m. $175 for adults. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com.
Five Sixty and NYE in the Tower: Chef Patton Robertson’s five-course prix fixe dinner features dishes such as Nantucket Bay scallop, duck “won ton” soup, whole Maine lobster and a duo of local Wagyu, and it will finish with a sparkling-wine toast. Guests can also attend a party in Five Sixty’s private event space with DJ music, dancing, all-inclusive cocktails or select bottle service; light bites will be be served. 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas. Seatings are available every half-hour. Dinner: $175 per person; $50 for optional wine pairings. NYE in the Tower: $150 in advance, $175 at the door. 214-741-5560. wolfgangpuck.com.
Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana: The fixed-price menu starts with an amuse-bouche of caviar and Manchego custard; followed by veal sweetbreads or seared scallops; and Kobe-style tenderloin or sea bass for the main course. Choose between warm Valrhona cake or calabaza en tache cheesecake for dessert. 5 to 10 p.m. at 3405 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. $95 per person. 817-850-9996. lannyskitchen.com.
Lavendou Bistro Provencal: Celebrate right up to the new year with dinner, party favors and a Champagne toast. Chef and owner Pascal Cayet’s five-course menu features French cuisine. Highlights include a crab cake to start; cream of wild mushroom soup or lobster bisque; warm venison pâté in puff pastry, goat cheese with Parma ham or house-smoked salmon; grilled sea bass, duck confit, filet of Boeuf Wellington; and chocolate ganache, raspberry Charlotte, French apple tart or mixed fruits in pastry. 5 p.m. to midnight at 19009 Preston Road, Dallas. Dinner service ends at 10:30. 972-248-1911. lavendou.com.
Max's Wine Dive: Chef Patrick Russell’s four-course menu includes tuna and caviar or butternut-squash soup; frisée and truffles or pork rillettes; Akaushi sirloin, diver scallops or fried chicken; and sparkling wine and a Manjari chocolate torte or Scardello cheese course. 4 to 11 p.m. at 3600 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Prix fixe dinner $75; optional wine pairings for an additional $25. Diners can also opt for the classics menu, available until 2 a.m. 214-559-3483. maxswinedive.com.
Meddlesome Moth: Guests can choose one option from each of the five courses on chef David McMillan’s menu, which includes crispy pig’s trotter, salt-and-pepper quail, JR’s Steak Tartare and Peche Melba or warm chocolate fondant for dessert. Entree features are smothered duck, carved tenderloin, and shrimp and truffle homestead grits. 6 p.m. to midnight at 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. $65 per person; additional $20 for wine and beer pairings. 214-628-7900. mothinthe.net.
Oak: Chef Jason Maddy’s five-course menu includes confit beet with quark, lobster and truffle salad, wild mushroom risotto, slow-cooked char and duck breast. A five-course vegetarian menu includes confit beet with quark, a baby-vegetable salad, wild mushroom risotto, glass noodles and a braised butternut purée. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. Reservations from 5 to 10 p.m. $95 per person; vegetarian menu $85 per person. 214-712-9700. oakdallas.com.
Perry's Steakhouse and Grille: The three-course menu features soup or salad (with options including lobster bisque and wedge salad); a choice of entrees, such as Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, filet mignon, prime New York strip, grilled Scottish salmon, red snapper or a vegetable plate; and dessert, such as the milk-chocolate peanut butter candy bar or cheesecake. There’ll be a countdown to midnight with a sparkling-wine toast in the Perry’s Bar 79 lounge area. 2000 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $54.95 per person before 5:30 p.m., $74.95 per person from 6 p.m. on. 214-855-5151. perryssteakhouse.com.
Private Social: Celebrate the arrival of 2013 with a prix fixe five-course meal by chef Tiffany Derry, cocktails by Rocco Milano and live jazz by Brett Laquercia. Highlights include the samosa with curried potato, bacon-apple ravioli, lobster with cabbage, EVOO poached escolar or quinoa salad with roasted squash. Entree choices are Peking duck, Cornish hen or short ribs. For dessert, try banana pudding, black and blue cobbler or German chocolate fudge cake. 5:30 p.m. to midnight at 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $125 per person; $50 for optional wine pairings. No cover charge on the Social side, featuring craft cocktails and shared plates from the Social menu. 214-754-4744. privatesocial.com.
Samar by Stephan Pyles: Chef Ji Kang is offering three tasting courses plus dessert, inspired by Spanish, Eastern Mediterranean, Indian and other world cuisines. There’ll also be belly dancing and live music. Menu highlights include blistered Spanish chiles, Mediterranean sea bass, Turkish-style braised oxtail bourek, Kadhi Tandoori beef short rib and leche fritas “fried milk.” 2100 Ross Ave., Dallas. Seating times on the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour beginning at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. $50 per person; add $25 for wine pairings for 6 and 8 p.m. seatings; add $35 wine pairings for 10 p.m. seating, which includes sparkling-wine toast and party favors. 214-922-9922. samarrestaurant.com.
Steel: The prix fixe menu starts with a choice of rainbow tataki, grilled Texas quail, a prawn cocktail, roast red pepper soup or lomi-lomi salmon salad followed by a choice of entrees with sides, including Vietnamese “shaken” beef, prime New York strip steak and lobster (add $12), miso-sake Chilean sea bass, grilled lamb loin or roasted Muscovy duck breast. Desserts include cinnamon crème brûlée, bread pudding or chocolate ganache cake. Select wines by the glass will be paired with menu offerings. Guests at the gala seating will be served sparkling wine and given party favors at midnight. 5 p.m. to midnight at 3103 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. $45 for prix fixe early seating from 5 to 6:45 p.m.; $65 for prix fix gala seating from 7 p.m. to midnight. 214-219-9908. steeldallas.com.
The Second Floor Bistro: Chef Joel A. Harloff’s three-course menu includes a choice of game hen, olive and brie cheese ravioli, black-eyed pea soup or a wedge salad; seared sea scallops, New York strip or veal medallions; and a sorbet trio, peanut butter bomb or butterscotch pudding. 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Seatings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. $75 per person; additional $35 for wine pairings; $50 for bottomless bubbly. 972-450-2978. thesecondfloorrestaurant.com.
Village Marquee Grill: Choose between the full dinner menu or a five-course tasting menu that includes sashimi of white tuna, lobster asparagus cannelloni, carrot pumpkin soup; a choice of pan-roasted halibut or wood-roasted beef short ribs; and blackberry ginger Napoleon for dessert. 33 Highland Park Village, Dallas. Dining reservations begin at 5 p.m. Five-course tasting menu is $95 per person; full dinner menu is priced a la carte. DJ music and dancing start at 9:30 p.m. for an additional $20. 214-522-6035. marqueegrill.com.
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