Whether you want a quick bite before a New Year at home or an extravagant feast complete with overflowing champagne, here is your 2014 Guide to Dining Out on New Year's Eve: Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up! 60 Degrees Mastercrafted 2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757
Enjoy a special 4 course prix fixe menu alongside live music under the patio tent from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Feast on mock turtle soup, caviar, Akaushi strip steak with béarnaise, and more.
Amalfi 6100 Westheimer, 713-532-2201
Enjoy a classic coastal Italian dinner at this Galleria area restaurant, which is offering 3 seatings on New Year's Eve. Feast on a la carte dinner featuring Mediterranean sea bass encrusted in rock salt, frutti di mare, handmade braised short rib tortellini, and more.
Ring in the New Year at one of these swanky Latin American hotspots, who are offering a 3-course meal for $67 per person. Feast on lobster corndogs, ceviche mixto, their infamous churrasco steak and more before finishing off the meal on a decadent sweet note. Choose tres leches, a chocolate delirium cake, or alfajores.
Artista 800 Bagby, 713-278-4782
Enjoy Latin beats from a live band alongside a 4-course meal featuring goat cheese salad, lobster chupe, churrasco steak, tres leches and more. Tickets ($145 per person) include a champagne toast, party favors, prizes, and 3 drink tickets. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.[jump]
Backstreet Cafe 1103 S. Shepherd 713-521-2239
This quaint and cozy cafe is offering an elegant four-course menu for $72 per person (plus beverages, tax and gratuity). Enjoy dishes like sherried wild mushroom soup, Gulf Coast shrimp beignets, roasted rack of lamb and deep, dark chocolate cake alongside complimentary Champagne toast at midnight and live music by Bob Chadwick.
BCN Taste & Tradition 4210 Roseland, 832-834-3411 Toast 2015 with Chef Luis Roger as he showcases a special, four-course, prix fixe menu. (first seating is at 6 p.m. for $100 per person; or opt for a later dinner at 8:30 pm, with party favors and a champagne toast, priced at $120 per person). Indulge in dishes like foie gras terrine; duo of filet and lobster with porcini rice and a Garnacha bone marrow reduction; and Catalan crème brûlée foam with mixed berries and confit bitter orange marmalade. An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional $65.
Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
For New Year's Eve, this French bistro will offer two menus. Early birds (a one-hour seating between 5 and 5:30 p.m.) will feast on a 3-course menu featuring things like lobster bisque, beef filet and foie gras en croute, and fondant au chocolat. The price is $45 per person.
The second dinner will seat for two hours between 6 and 6:30 p.m., as well as 8 and 8:30 p.m. for $85 per person. The three-course menu also includes a surprise amuse bouche along with a complimentary glass of champagne.
Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith Street, 713-522-9711
Celebrate 2015 Nola-style at this upscale restaurant that has no shortage of Southerm charm. Enjoy a three-course dinner with seatings from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Start with dishes like hickory smoked Matagorda oysters, lobster & cognac bisque, or Brennan's famous turtle soup (to name a few) before moving on to the big guns. Choose from seven main entrees, including lamb shank osso bucco, cognac butter based Maine lobster, or creole-style filet mignon. Make sure to save room for Brennan's famous tableside bananas foster, a big slice of Mississippi mud pie, and more.
Cadillac Bar #7 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-334-9049
Enjoy special NYE eats alongside live music (entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight). At 10 p.m., a dynamic fireworks show will light the night sky, providing the ultimate view of the Kemah Boardwalk.
Caracol 2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996
Enjoy a four-course coastal Mexican feast at award-winning restaurateurs Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega's latest masterpiece. For $85 per person, dive into cured snapper ceviche, chicharrón de calamar (crispy fried squid), and wood-roasted Gulf oysters to start; then move onto things like bone-in short rib with roasted tomato salsa, fire-roasted lobster, and more. Finally, finish the meal with a clay pot cinnamon and orange flan, apple empanada, dark chocolate crepes, or pumpkin doughnuts filled with cardamon cream.
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano 14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696
Visit this Italian restaurant for a special New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner featuring assorted hors d'oeuvres, starters, soup, entrees and desserts paired with outstanding Banfi and Batasiolo Italian wines ($135 per person). Feast on tuna tartar, spaghetti alla pescatora, and prime rib with black truffles, among other things. Reservations are open for dinner seating at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Chez Nous 217 S Avenue G, 281-446-6717
Celebrate NYE Gatsby-style at this Roaring '20s themed bash. Enjoy a 4-course feast featuring an amuse bouche, oysters Rockefeller, sherried lobster bisque, classic beef Wellington and meyer lemon curd tart, among other things.
Churrascos 2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300; Multiple locations
All Churrascos will being serving a 3-course NYE feast, featuring upscale dishes with Latin flare, for $65 per person. Enjoy dishes like a Copacabana seafood platter, their signature churrasco steak, and delirio de chocolate cake.
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