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Ring in 2017 in Style: Where to Dine in Houston This New Year's Eve

From elegant four-course affairs complete with plenty of bubbly to fun, family-friendly brunches, here's where to dine in Houston this New Year's Eve:

13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline, 713-529-8466

Enjoy a 13|31 Anniversary Dinner with Houston Dairymaids and New Year’s Eve celebration with the theme 1920s “Midnight in Paris.”

Aces of Taste Presents Destination: Paris, 1310 Nance

This private New Year’s Eve dining and dancing experience features a four-course French meal beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by Parisian-style partying until 2 a.m. Guests can enjoy just the dinner, just the party, or both. The dinner cost starts at $95 pre-sale and features dishes such as foie gras mousse and huckleberry jam with toated brioche, a duo of duck and blueberry clafouti. The Parisan Party starts at $75 and includes passed appetizers until 11 p.m,, four drink tickets, a midnight toast, and DJs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The combo cost starts at $140. Houston Press readers can get 20 percent off with the coupon code HPNYE20, valid until Thursday, December 29. Online sales end Friday, December 30 and tickets will not be sold at the door. The limited presale prices are subject to increase later this month.

Añejo: Mexican Table + Tequila Bar, 1180-1 Uptown Park, 713-963-9032
For New Years Eve, Añejo will be open from 5 p.m. to close, offering a special four-course dinner for $55, excluding tax and tip.

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
Join Arnaldo Richards’ Picos for a one-of-a-kind "New Years Eve in Havana" celebration, held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. All tickets include a welcome cocktail and two drink tickets, a four-course dinner, live entertainment, dance floor and photo booth, a cigar lounge with complimentary cigar rolling station, and Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $175 or $200 for VIP (including cigar lounge bar, specialty gifts throughout the evening and take-away bags).

Arthur Ave, 1111 Studewood, 832-582-7146

The Italian-American stunner will be ringing in the New Year with a special four-course meal featuring classic Italian dishes meant for good luck. There will be two seatings (one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.) and cost is $45 per person.

Artista, 800 Bagby, 713-278-4782
Ring in 2017 with Latin band Walter Suhr & Mango Punch!, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and live entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $145 per person plus tax and include three drink tickets, a champagne toast, party favors, prizes and a four-course meal. Enjoy dishes such as a trio of angel wings, empanadas, lobster chupe, churrasco steak and tres leches.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814

Join B&B Butchers & Restaurant for a fun, festive evening of delicious food, drinks, party favors, and (most importantly) live jazz singer and pianist during dinner in the downstairs dining room from 6 to 10 p.m. and DJ Wyatt Magnum from 10 p.m.to 2 a.m. on the rooftop patio (which is covered and heated) There is no ticket fee or prix fixe menu, and guests can order off the regular dinner menu. However, reservations are required. Call 713-862-1814 or email eat@bbbutchers.com to reserve a table. Pre-order your champagne for the midnight toast when you make your reservation and receive 20 percent off.

Benjy’s in the Village, 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
The NYE menu will feature Texas Tabbouleh served with currants, coconut, black eyed peas, apples, and layer lemon dressing, Fire Roasted Oysters with crispy avocado, sweet dash and celery root puree, Pork Tomahawk served with masala mushrooms and root vegetable bredie, and Baked Seafood Cazuela with shrimp, local catch of the day, crab and octopus.

Benjy’s in Washington, 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131
The NYE Menu will feature Cold Seafood including jumbo shrimp, half shell oysters, crab lobster salad, cocktail sauce, crackers, and remoulade, Duck & Cheese Empanada served with Venezuelan avocado sauce, Chimichurri Grilled Golden Trout served with charred green beans, Surf & Turf with braised short ribs and jumbo shrimp and grits.

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial 713-827-8008
On Saturday, December 31, Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will host two special multi-course dinners which will accommodate all plans for this annual night of celebration. Want to dine early and party elsewhere? With one-hour seating times beginning at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., owner Genevieve Guy has created a three-course seasonal French menu which includes choices for each course. The cost for this one-hour pre-party dinner is $45 per person, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. For those wishing to celebrate in a more leisurely style, the restaurant is presenting two-hour seatings with a more extensive menu focusing on one of France’s most beautiful culinary areas. The more leisurely two-hour dinners can be reserved for 6 to 6:30 or 8 to 8:30 p.m. and conclude with complimentary glasses of Voirin Jumel Grand Cru Blancs de Blanc NV Champagne with dessert. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray, 713-524-1919
Ring in the new year with dinner and drinks at Brasserie 19. Order from our dinner menu and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The next morning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, dig into 2017 with a bite from the restaurant’s brunch menu.

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith St, 713-522-9711

Guests can dine on a special NYE feast, featuring a Hoppin John & Caviar Lagniappe and three courses with options including Snapping Turtle Soup, Creole Lobster & Cognac Bisque, Foie Gras Reveillon, Gulf Coast Shrimp & Grits, Black Hill Ranch Lamb Osso Bucco, Tender Belly Tomahawk Pork Chop , Rougaroux Rum Carrot Cake and Creole Bread Pudding, to name a few. Reservations can be made from 5 to 9:45 p.m.

Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, 713-868-4444
The steakhouse will be serving a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner—including options like smoked quail with bourbon bbq sauce, warm goat cheese salad, filet with herbed bordelaise and dark chocolate mousse cake—for $95 per person.

Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy, 713-465-2901
The steakhouse will be open and offering a four-course NYE menu ($99 per person) from 5 to 10 p.m. Feast on dishes such as King crab cake, lobster corn dogs, pea and leek soup, filet with exotic mushroom cream, Berkshire double-bone pork chop and apple strudel.

Café Azur, 4315 Montrose, 713-524-0070

Chef Sidney Degaine of Café Azur has created a three-course prix fixe menu, with highlights including Terrine de Foie Gras with fig chutney, mixed greens and toast; New Zealand Venison chop served with caramelized celery roots, roasted parsnip and fresh cranberries with a winter sauce; and pistachio and white chocolate dacquoise served with french liquor cherry. Cost is $100 per person without the wine pairing and $150 per person with the wine pairing. The restaurant will offer two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Charivari, 2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231
Open from 5 p.m., Charivari will be offering a create-your-own NYE menu for $95 per person. Choose from dishes such as pumpkin lobster bisque, wild mushroom ravioli with black winter truffle, pan-fried foie gras with marsala reduction, beef filet tournedos, “schnitzel Charivari,” and Swiss chocolate hazelnut tart.

Crú Food & Wine Bar, 9595 Six Pines #650, 281-465-9463; 2800 Kirby #B-130, 713-528-9463
Enjoy a three-course dinner—featuring dishes such as Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab scampi, Barolo-braised short rib, and molten chocolate lava cake—for $50 (early seating from 5:30 to 8 p.m.) to $65 per person (gala seating from 8:30 to 10 p.m.).

Damian's Cucina Italiana 3011 Smith Street 713-522-0439
Midtown Italian restaurant Damian's will be offering a three-course New Year's Eve dinner menu for $49.95 and will feature Sicilian dishes including starters like the Tomatoes Caprese, Verde Gorgonzola; entrees' Snapper Firenze, Filetto con Marsala, Eggplant Parmigiana; and Tuscan Bread Pudding or Italian Cream Cake for dessert.

Down House, 1801 Yale, 713-864-3696
Join the neighborhood restaurant and bar for dinner and help raise a glass (or two) to say so long to 2016. This year's event features a four-course menu by head chef Kent Domas, complimentary wine and cocktail pairings, and a DJ playing all night long. Tickets cost $80, and with each ticket, guests will receive a drink ticket good for one champagne cocktail to ring in the new year at midnight redeemable at either Johnny's Gold Brick or Canard, both conveniently located in the Heights. Seatings are available from 7 to 10 p.m.

Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, 2400 Mid Lane, Suite 100, 713-554-0136

Offering a specialized á la carte NYE menu, alongside the regular dinner menu, the chef will begin the evening with a complimentary amuse-bouche and a mignardise to top off the meal. Three drink pairings will be offered with the specials menu, alongside discounted bottles of champagne and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The kitchen will close at 11 p.m. and the restaurant at 12:30 a.m.

Emporio Brazilian Grill , 12288 Westheimer #210 A, 281-293-7442

This family-friendly NYE offers a Brazilian buffet and cash bar from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808

The French eatery will be offering pre-fixed menu for $76 per person. Enjoy dishes such as duck foie gras “au torchon” with toasted brioche and prune mousseline, filet of sea bass beurre blanc, and sous-vide 1855 Farm beef tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce. Finish with a Valrhona chocolate dessert.

Fielding's Local Kitchen + Bar, 26400 Kuykendahl, 281-351-2225
Enjoy a NYE celebration, with a three-course early seating menu available for $59 per person from 5 to 8 p.m. and a four-course late seating menu with live music, champagne toast and balloon drop for $109 per person from 8 to 11 p.m. On Sunday, ring in the new year with brunch favorites, mimosa and bloody Mary flights, and chef's specials. Space is limited.

Fielding's Wood Grill, 1699 Research Forest, 832-616-3275

The restaurant will be offering Three Days of New Year's Brunch, from Friday, December 30 through Sunday, January 1.  Guests can enjoy French toast, eggs benedict, omelets, Bloody Mary and Mimosa flight await you at Fielding's Wood Grill to end 2016 and kick the new year off right.

Fogo de Chão, 8250 Westheimer, 713-978-6500
Enjoy a holiday feast featuring the full churrasco dinner menu and new seasonal items from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Children under six are complimentary and children ages seven to 12 are half-price.

Fogo de Chão - The Woodlands, 1900 Hughes Landing, 281-298-4200

Fogo de Chao - The Woodlands is offering a wonderful VIP experience. For $125 per person, guests can enjoy a seated meal in the semi-private section, including the gourmet salad bar and all-you-can-dine experience, a lavish seafood buffet, bottle of wine from a pre-selected wine list or three drinks per person, dessert, bubbles toast at midnight and $25 gift card for a return visit.

Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300

Four Seasons Hotel Houston will have two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve - one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. The first seating will include a three course menu for $85 per person. A wine pairing with two wine options in three ounce portions will be available for $20. Guests will be seated until 6:30 p.m. The second seating will include a five course menu for $110 per person. A wine pairing with four wine options in three ounce portions will be available for $40. Only the second seating will include dancing, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Vinoteca at the Four Seasons will be seating guests at the bar on a first-come, first-served basis, with a minimum spend of $30 at the bar after 8 p.m. Akia Uwanda will perform throughout the evening, and party favors will be distributed.

Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, 832-831-7133
Ring in the New Year at Helen Greek Food and Wine with an ancient Greek dinner that will feature all-Greek wines unable to be found anywhere else in the city. There will be two seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222
The Midtown hotspot will be open for NYE dinner from 5 to 10 p.m, offering an a la carte menu as well as a four-course tasting menu for $85. Enjoy a choice of dishes including Texas Caviar, Hudson Valley Fois Gras, Seafood Charcuterie, Potato-Crusted Gulf Snapper and Lemon Brick Cornish Hen.

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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