Final feast of 2012: Where to eat out on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is only a few days away, and if you haven't already, it's time you made dinner plans for the glitzy, glamorous occasion. Many individuals seize the night as an opportunity to dine at some of the most praised and respected restaurants in the city.
If you're sticking around Austin this New Year's Eve, consider ringing in the New Year at one of these Austin spots, many of which are offering special multi-course menus, boozy beverages, and live entertainment to help you ring in the New Year in full fashion. Hop to it and make your last-minute reservations.
Starting at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Paggi House will feature an à la carte menu with a wine list curated by sommelier Chris McFall. Items featured on the diverse menu include duck pho, tuna sashimi,foie gras grits, and a handful of large plates and mouthwatering desserts. At midnight, there will be a champagne toast and fireworks over Lady Bird Lake. Did I mention they have a heated patio? Reservations are highly recommended.
Peché is featuring an eclectic New Year's Eve menu with delicious options like Maine lobster, yellowtail carpaccio, roasted lamb loin, Springdale Farm turnip gnocchi, and numerous others. Call to make reservations.
Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic is giving up the no-reservations policy for an evening featuring a wild and foraged foods-focused New Year's Eve feast. There will be two dinner seatings, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. For information on reservations, see this link.
Parkside is throwing a New Year's Eve bash with DJ sets by Manolo Black, DJ Bigface, and DJ Resinthol. There will be a champagne toast, celebratory dancing, and delicious hors d'oeuvres from executive chef Shawn Cirkiel. Make reservations here.
Swift's Attic will host two dinner seatings on New Year's Eve, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. The menu will be a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring choices like grilled Texas oysters, fried brie,purple curry, and numerous others. DJ sets will be played byDJ Digg and DJ Tats of the Table Manners Crew. There will also be a champagne toast and a "big ass balloon drop." Reservations are required.
Restaurant Jezebel is featuring an elegant prix-fixe menu with five courses, which guests can customize to their liking. Courses include Berkshire pork tenderloin stuffed with exotic mushrooms and Louisiana crayfish, curry powder blackened carpaccio of sika venison, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass with Maine lobster, and a handful of others. There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $100 per person. Contact the restaurant to make reservations.
La Condesa will host the popular brunch on New Year’s Eve as well as on New Year’s Day. For the full brunch menu, see this link.
Sway will host an exotic Thai feast on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with an open bar featuring beers, wines, sakes and champagne. DJ Honeycomb will play a music set as well. The price for this event is $150 per person. Buy tickets for Sway's New Year's Eve event online.
TRACE will feature a six-course dinner with menu options like winter squash salad, marinated crab meat salad, pork belly sliders, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, drunken doughnuts and numerous other options. Live music will be played by Twilight Trio. Call for reservations.
TRIO will host a five-course prix-fixe dinner. Seating will be from 5:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m. Call for reservations.
If you're out by Lake Travis, check out the Oasis' New Year's Eve festivities. There will be music from Mr. Thrill and The Kopy Kats as well as a three-course dinner menu. Dinner choices include Chilean sea bass, ratatouille veggie stack, or beef tenderloin. Call for reservations.
Did we miss any must-try places? Let us hear some of your suggestions on where people can celebrate New Year's Eve!