What's your kind of New Year’s Eve? Whether it includes revelry with hats and noisemakers or just a quiet dinner for just two, there's probably a restaurant on the following list perfectly suited to you. Remember, the earlier you book, the better your chances will be of getting just the right reservation.
Fork and Vine
32 Railroad Plaza
Cost: $75 to $110 (with wine pairings)
Four-course prix-fixe begins with first course of spicy tuna tartare or spanakopita, among other possibilities; second course is roasted butternut squash soup or salad; main course selections include veal napoleon, grilled filet mignon and Latin-style beef short ribs; for dessert, choose among strawberry shortcake, chocolate mousse cake and other finales. Live music and dancing; watch midnight ball drop with Champagne toast.
Louie's Oyster Bar and Grille
395 Main St.
516 883 4242.
Cost: $89 a couple. Regular menu also available
Chef Ron Gelish has a four-course menu that starts with a choice of shrimp-and-crab brûlée or braised short rib on potato crisps. Next is a Caesar salad, followed by a main course of Chateaubriand and twin lobster tails. Finally, dessert – fruit parfait, Valrhona chocolate mousse or upside-down apple tart, Live music from 9 to 11 p.m., Champagne toast at midnight.
Nicholas James Bistro
2057 Merrick Rd.
Cost: $35 for three-course prix fixe
Appetizer choices include Caesar salad and seafood Provençale; main course could be porcini-dusted wild salmon or veal Barolo. For dessert, chocolate mousse cake, NY cheesecake or wild berry sorbet. Live music, noisemakers and hats.
70 Glen Head Rd.
Cost: $86 a person
Live music. Four course dinner starters include steak tartare and chilled seafood salad tacos, followed by a midcourse of blue-cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom. Main course possibilities: beef Wellington, seafood bouillabaisse and miso marinated cod. Desserts for two: chocolate semifreddo, fried ice cream, chocolate-pecan-banana bread pudding.
Two Steak & Sushi Den
1270 Union Tpke.
New Hyde Park
A variety of options from chef James McDevitt includes an early dinner (5 to 6:30 p.m.) at $45 a person; one entree choice is syrah-braised short ribs, also an option on the four-course alternative, from 7 to 9 p.m., at $90 a person; a “sit stay two play” package includes two drinks, a four course dinner and top-shelf bar until 2 a.m.; from 9:30 to 2 a.m., $200 buys a five course dinner (fourth course choice rack of Colorado lamb), open bar, DJ, dancing, hats, noisemakers, ball drop and access to the lounge. Finally, there’s the $300 VIP package: private dining room with premium wine and Champagne service, 55 – inch plasma TV for watching ball drop and a personal attendant to cater to you.
1524 Northern Blvd.
After 8 p.m., a four course dinner will be served. Choose an appetizer (such as smoked salmon with arugula) followed by a pasta, such as cannelloni stuffed with fresh vegetables in porcini mushroom sauce. Entree options include veal chop with wild mushroom, filet of beef Rossini with foie gras, whole roasted branzino and stuffed baby chicken. For desserts: chocolate cake, cheesecake, pear tart and crème brûlée. Midnight Champagne toast with hats and noisemakers.
830 W. Main St.
Cost: $72 or $125
The new Riverhead hotel is running two events. For the first, the ballroom will be converted into a live jazz lounge with open cocktail bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a tapas-style menu, at $125 a person. Bistro 72, the hotel restaurant, has a five-course prix-fixe dinner with seating from 7 to 9 p.m. for $72. Chef Lia Fallon’s menu choices includes an opener of either North Fork seafood chowder or a salad, an appetizer, such as beef carpaccio or wild-mushroom risotto balls, followed by an intermezzo of Bartlett pear sorbetto. Main course possibilities: petite rack of lamb, Crescent Farm duck breast and seared salmon, among others. Dessert selections include red velvet cake, raspberry panna cotta and chocolate pot de crème. A complimentary glass of Sparkling Pointe Brut is included with dinner.
Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Sq.
Cost: $10 to $39.95
Chef Carl Holfelder’s three-course prix-fixe will be served from 5:00 to 10 p.m. Appetizers include a golden beet salad, shrimp and corn fritters and shiitake mushroom soup. Some entree choices: filet mignon, grilled marinated swordfish, and a 12-ounce N.Y. sirloin. Chef’s dessert selections follow. Later, at 10 p.m., a party kicks off ($10 cover charge for non-diners) with a DJ, dancing, noisemakers and midnight Champagne toast.
15 New St.
Seatings at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. for three course prix-fixe. Antipasto choices include cold seafood salad and spicy rare seared tuna. Among entrees: roast prime rib, lobster pasta, veal Parmigiana. Dessert choices: pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate layer cake, chocolate mousse, among others. In upstairs lounge: DJ and drink specials. Midnight toast with hats and noisemakers.
La Volpe Ristorante
611 Montauk Hwy.
Cost: $60 ($18 kids meal)
Seatings at 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10:30 p.m.
Three course prix-fixe. Appetizer choices include shrimp and crab cake and insalata Siciliana; for a main course, choose between Chilean sea bass, cannelloni della mamma and filet mignon, among others. Desserts: blood orange sorbet, crème brûlée, fresh fruit marinated in Grand Marnier. Live music, Prosecco toast at the door, hats and noisemakers, midnight Champagne toast.
418 N. Country Rd.
Cost: $68; $118 with Champagne and wine pairings
A quiet alternative. Five course prix-fixe starts with scallop seviche or charred beef filet with arugula, followed by truffled root vegetable chowder or a barbecued prawn egg roll. Next, choose between lobster Thermidor pierogi or ragout of braised lamb. The fourth course is roast beef rib-eye or snapper en papillote, followed by a dessert tasting.
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