We receive a stack of press releases regarding special New Year?s Eve dinners at local restaurants, but usually by the time we list them in>"/>
We receive a stack of press releases regarding special New Year?s Eve dinners at local restaurants, but usually by the time we list them in our end-of-year issue, most of the restaurants are booked. So this year, I?m rounding up the press releases and emails we receive and posting regular bulletins for all you diners with good planning skills (note: I'm only including restaurants, not bars, wine bars, clubs, etc.). After the jump, you can find links to the dinners we know about so far:
How could Canlis not be hosting a New Year's Eve dinner? The first seating ($125, plus tax, tip, booze, and valet) is not so swank as the second seating ($200 plus all the fixins), with a seven-course meal and Rat Pack-era music.
Crush: No menus posted, but two seatings, one early ($100), one late ($125, with champagne toast); wine pairings optional at $50 a person.
Seattle's El Gaucho is holding a big party in its Pampas Room, though the website and press release don't include details on the price or menu.
Gypsy may be having a dinner, and it may cost $199. But I don't know, because it's all underground and stuff.
La Spiga is hosting a New Year?s Eve buffet dinner starting at 9 p.m. You get two drinks tickets for your $110 (which also includes tax and tip), as well as all-you-can-eat access to more than a dozen dishes, including lobster salad with fennel and orange and beer-braised pork shank.
Maximilien is hosting a WWII-Paris-cabaret-themed New Year's eve with oysters, sea scallops, and buche de noel (sorry, having diacritics issues in Movable Type), for $79; wine, tax, tip, not included.
Bellevue's 0/8 Seafood Grill and Twisted Cork Wine Bar will be hosting a $145/person, seven-course dinner, a 10 p.m.-on celebration with live music and frivolity for $20/person, and VIP tables in its Champagne Lounge for $300 (2-person table) or $500 (4-person table), part of which covers booze.
Ponti Seafood Grill: Five-course menu, including dishes like a duck confit beggars purse and a salmon-halibut roulade, for $70 plus drinks, tax, and (the waiters hope) excessive tipping.
All three Purple Cafes (Seattle, Woodinville, Kirkland) are opening some of their most expensive wines and selling them by the glass or by the flight. Far as I can tell, the food will be off the regular menu.
Qube has two dinners: One early ($60) for people who have parties later, and later ($90) for midnight revelers. Full menus are posted online.
Rover?s: $135 (plus wine, tax, tip) will get you a gazillion-course menu that includes (this is the abridged version, too) braised oxtail with roasted chestnut puree and pheasant with seared foie gras and a squash-and-caramelized-shallot tartlet.
Sorrentino Trattoria & Pizzeria: Menu includes cotechino sausage with lentils, torta di riso ai formaggi, and panettone with homemade gelato, all for $65.
Troiani Ristorante downtown is throwing a $99-a-person bash featuring filet and steamed lobster tail.
Your restaurant doing a New Years dinner? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.