A number of local restaurants are planning special menus and/or events for New Year's Eve, such as:
Cafe DuPont has a special four-course menu for $85 per person. Some of the highlights include foie gras and rabbit tenderloin pate; smoked trout with Meyer lemon aioli, shaved parma ham with quail egg, frisee, fresh mango and 25-year balsamic vinegar; roasted quail stuffed with foie gras, brioche, and lobster; grilled lam chops and lamb leg with parsnip souffle and pomegranate port gastrique. Find the menu on Facebook.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse is offering a special menu Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are three special options: Filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp, North Atlantic lobster tail served with lobster mac & cheese, and New York Strip with giant shrimp and chimichurri herb pesto.
Daniel George will feature its regular seasonal menu and will have live music starting at 10 p.m.
Highlands Bar & Grill's New Year's Eve menu features delicacies such as smoked salmon and caviar with blinis, grilled trout with hollandaise and cavier, crab cakes, Pate with foie gras, Capon with Sauternes and brioche and mushroom stuffing, Dover sole meuniere, squab and foie gras, Prime NY strip. $110 per person.
Hot & Hot Fish Club has a special four-course meal, with three choices in each category, with specialties such as lobster bisque with truffle flan, wild mushroom risotto with roasted bone marrow, grilled squab with black truffle and saffron noodles. Price is $75 per person, including one glass of champagne.
John's City Diner is featuring its full dinner menu plus some special New Year's items, such as flash-fried lobster tails with peanut ginger slaw for an appetizer, and seared diver scallops with wild mushroom risotto or pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with deep-fried blackeyed peas and smoked tomato butter sauce.
Little Savannah is offering a special Prixe Fix New Year's Eve menu for $75 ($125 with wine parings), with an Amuse Bouche, and your choice of two or three dishes in a soup course, a fish course, a meat course and dessert. Some of the selections include Georgia Sturgeon en Papillote with paddlefish caviar, big eye tuna with fennel dust and foie gras mousse, veal tournedos with grilled endive and lobster-caper Hollandaise, Sonoma Valley duck confit. Check out the full menu here. In addition, the bar menu, with fried calamari, steak frites, cheese platter/antipasti, greens & beans, and pasta with broccoli rabe, is available till 1 a.m. They also will be open for regular dinner service on New Year's Day.
The Melting Pot, the fondue restaurant, has a special New Year's menu for $99 to $119 per couple, with four courses. There are also special champagne, roses, and photo offerings if ordered in advance.
Satterfield's New Year's Eve menu features three courses with several choices in each course, with entrees such as butter poached maine lobster with house-made fettucine and fava beans, cassoulet with duck confit, roulade of venison stuffed with apricots and fennel, hickory grilled Myere Ranche ribeye with truffled mashed potatoes. $80 per person.
Veranda on Highland is featuring a three-course meal plus Amuse Bouche, with choices such as blue crab adn corn bisque or crispy veal sweetbreads for appetizer, Hereford tournedoes, pan seared duck breast or grilled coldwater lobster tail for entrees, and molten chocolate cake, praline cheesecake, or champagne sorbet for dessert. $65 per person.
Keep in mind that these prix fixe prices do not include wine, tax or gratuity. Don't forget to tip your server; New Year's Eve is generally a bit crazy and they'll be working their tails off.