Wine and dine with a memorable meal on New Year’s Eve
If you’re going to round out the year with a bang, why not do it by dining at some of the most exclusive restaurants in town? Before 2016 arrives, forget about the dollar signs and splurge with a group of friends or your significant other for that final meal of 2015.
A spectacular five-course French meal at Le Cirque (Bellagio, 702.693.8865) awaits, starting at $155 for early seating and $495 for the gala dinner later in the evening. Doesn’t lobster and avocado salad with black truffle vinaigrette, sautéed foie gras with port poached fig and wild hibiscus flowers soup, potato-crusted Mediterranean sea bass and Japanese A5 Kobe beef strip loin sound scrumptious? Mignardises and gourmandises (miniature pastries and other sweet treats) are included, too. Besides this five-star feast, rest your eyes on the picturesque Fountains of Bellagio, a beautiful sight to enjoy while dining.
With three seating times to choose from, starting at 5-5:30 p.m., at Giada (The Cromwell, 855.442.3271) you’ll be in for a real treat. Jump start New Year’s Eve on the heart of the Strip with meals ranging from $150-$300 per person, featuring antipasti platters, mustard-crusted Mediterranean sea bass or Barolo-braised wagyu short rib, side dishes for the table and dessert (a choice of chocolate raspberry macaron cake, or limoncello or prosecco soufflé). Diners seated between 7-7:30 p.m. or 9-10:30 p.m. receive the above plus an option of braised lamb Bolognese and butternut squash lasagna, or lobster ravioli.
Take your dining experience to new heights at Top of the World (Stratosphere, 702.380.7771). A five-course meal with selections such as lobster bisque with New England crab, braised beef short rib with cabernet and root beer reduction and roasted Colorado lamb loin, one glass of champagne, party favors, spectacular views of the city and a fireworks show (if seated after 9:30 p.m.) starts at $299 per person and is available in two-hour blocks between 5-11 p.m. As an added bonus, diners can access Stratosphere’s tower parties at a great discount.
At the new ocean-to-table restaurant Herringbone (Aria, 877.230.2742), dine on California-inspired coastal cuisine. A prix fixe menu is available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for $185 per person. Choose from dishes such as Baja stone crab, bone marrow and escargot, salmon with carrot purée and gingered beets or butternut squash agnolotti. For a grand-scale celebration, go for the ultimate party package beginning at 9 p.m., with dinner, open bar, party favors and champagne toast at midnight for $295 per person.
Arriving in time for the new year is Mr. Chow (Caesars Palace, 702.731.7888), offering a three-course meal and bottle of champagne per couple for $222 per person at 6-8 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. seatings and $333 per person for 9:15 or 9:30 p.m. seatings. For the first course, choose crab claws, chicken satay or salt and pepper oyster mushrooms. For the second course, select lobster and Mr. Chow noodles, green prawns or velvet chicken. Sautéed rice, seasonal vegetables and chef’s selection of ice cream for dessert come with the meal.
With such stellar dinner options to choose from on Dec. 31 (and these are just some of the many restaurants to consider), you’ll be raving about New Year’s Eve night for months or maybe even years to come.