Another Christmas has come and gone, and while this weekend may be filled with catching up on sleep, next week we will be gearing up for the New Years celebrations! Allow us to take the stress out of your search for the perfect way to ring in 2015 with our recommendations for dinner, parties, and everything in between.
Ring in 2015 with a Peruvian twist at Tanta
Chef de Cuisine Jesus Delgado present guests with à la carte menu items showcasing the flavors of the culture including: Cebiche Valiente ($34), lobster, rocoto leche de tigre coral, and huacatay; Chupe ($29), grilled jumbo sea scallops with organic quinoa chupe in a aji amarillo-crab broth and roasted sweet peppers, and quail egg; and Estofado Cordero ($39), grilled Australian rack of lamb with anticucho sauce, cannellini beans, cilantro, criolla salad, and aji amarillo (ingredients subject to change based upon seasonal availability).
Each guest (over the age of 21) can enjoy a glass of bubbly during their time ringing in the New Year at Tanta.
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 312.222.9700 or by visiting Opentable.com.
Get Toasty at Mott Street’s Lu’au
Inspired by Beverage Director Nate Chung’s Hawaiian roots, the funky neighborhood spot hosts a jubilant affair with tiki torches, tropical plants, carved fruit, and live calypso and bossa nova music. A 10-course Hawaiian feast from Executive Chef Edward Kim featuring Roasted Pig, Fresh Fish, Lobster, and traditional lu’au sides like Crushed Tostones and Pineapple Boat Fried Rice steals the show. The meal ends on a sweet note with a refreshing Coconut Strawberry Trifle.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, during two seatings, from 5:30-8 p.m. for $85 with optional beverage pairings for an additional $45; and from 8:30 p.m -1 a.m. for $175 inclusive of beverage pairings and an open tiki bar. Pricing is exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 773.687.9977
Get Intimate at Ruxbin
Celebrate the new year with dinner from Executive Chef Edward Kim at Ruxbin (851 N. Ashland Ave.). Indulge in Champagne and Oysters, Roasted Quail with foie gras stuffing, Venison in a peppercorn jus, and Opera Cake with berries, all against a stunning backdrop of festive and glamorous décor. With no corkage fee, this intimate BYO gem gives guests the perfect excuse to pop a vintage bottle of bubbly they’ve been saving for a special night out.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, during two seatings, from 5:30–8 p.m. for $125; and from 8:30 p.m –12 a.m. for $155 (prices inclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.624.8509
Head to the “Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre” Feast at Chez Moi
On New Year’s Eve, Chez Moi will celebrate with a feast, called le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre ! Celebrate 2015 with a midnight toast, party hats and favors ! Several Specials will be offered, in addition to limited regular menu. All guests can ring in the New Year with a complementary Kir Royal St-Germain and Macarons!
Wednesday, December 31st 2014 from 5pm-12am
– Chesnuts and Celery Root Bisque $12
– Seared Scallops, Pumpkin Purée, Micro Green $18
– Foie Gras Terrine, Brioche Toast, Rhubarb Marmalade $16
– Beef Tenderloin en Croute, Porcini Mushroom Sauce $35
– Seared Salmon, Piperade Provençale $30
– Duck Leg Confit, Potatoes Gnocchi, Red Wine Sauce $32
– Colonel, Lemon Sorbet and Vodka $12
– Chocolate Mousse $8
Eat, Drink & Party at Howells & Hood
This year, Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) invites guests to enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, no ticket required. Newly appointed Executive Chef Brett Neubauer presents a four-course, prix-fixe menu for guests to enjoy gourmet twists on American classics and then stay for the celebration with a DJ at 10 p.m.
Additionally, a Champagne toast is offered at midnight with complimentary late night snacks for all guests. Menu items and beverage suggestions include: Australian Truffle & Foie Gras Bites featuring truffle foie gras mousse, port, and espelette pepper paired with Brasserie St. Feuillien Saison, Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, or Howells Royale cocktail; and 12-oz Painted Hills 60 Day Dry-Aged Rib-Eye with Australian truffle, buttermilk mashed potatoes, charred rapini, and red wine reduction paired with Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Mitolo Shiraz Jester, or Hatting in the Hood cocktail.
The four-course prix-fixe menu is priced at $75 per person, or $100 with beverage pairing suggestions. Beverages served a la carte, if preferred. Reservations strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling 312.262.5310 or at www.howellsandhood.com
Munch on Fried Chicken and Champagne at Max’s Wine Dive
For those looking to keep the champagne flowing on New Year’s Day, MAX’s Wine Dive (1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.) offers guests the perfect pairing. Holding true to its “Champagne and Fried Chicken…Why the Hell Not!?” tagline, the restaurant invites diners to pick a bubbly beverage from eight different selections while noshing on their Famous Southern Fried Chicken served with home fries, collard greens, and Texas toast. Additional New Year’s Day options include: Hangover Helper Horseshoe, an open-faced burger served on toasted brioche with French fries, crispy onions, giardiniera, and cheese; Chicken & Waffles served with foie gras butter; and the The Fried Egg Sandwich served on artisan sourdough with three fried eggs, applewood-smoked bacon, and truffle chips.
Diners can enjoy the New Year’s Day menu from 4-11p.m. – prices are dependent on champagne selection. For reservations, please visit MAXsWineDive.com/Chicago or call 773.661.6581
Toast to 2015 at Travelle
Chef Tim Graham and Pastry Chef Scott Green at Travelle (330 N. Wabash Ave.) invite guests to treat their taste buds to a gourmet New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu.
Diners have the option to enjoy a three-course menu from 5-7:30 p.m. for $95 per person or five-course menu from 8-10:30 p.m. for $175 per person. Additionally, to kick off the evening of indulgence, a Champagne cart is offered at the beginning of each meal along with live music and party favors. Featured dishes from both menus include: Salad Lyonnaise, truffled frisee, fried egg, and bacon; Sunchoke Soup, hazelnut and black truffle; Risotto, white truffle and chive; Duck, crispy confit leg, truffled-potato rosti, and Cognac gastrique; Beef Tenderloin, with brioche, foie gras, and truffled sauce bordelaise; and an assortment of Mini Desserts.
For reservations, please visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312.923.7705
Make Memories at Old Town Pour House
On New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m., Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St.) invites guests to welcome 2015 with an evening full of hearty passed hors d’oeuvres, late night snacks and a Champagne toast. Just $40 per person guarantees entry. Guests only pay for what they drink, as tickets do not include alcohol beyond the Champagne toast. Brunch also is offered on Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m., including items such as Chilaquiles, Pancakes, and a Breakfast Burrito. For more information, please visit www.oldtownpourhouse.com or call 630.601.1440
Celebrations Beyond Dinner
JW Marriott Chicago Rings in 2015 with the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Soiree
Along with luxury accommodations, guests can enjoy multiple rooms of entertainment including the Burnham and Grand Ballroom. Guests can revel and ring in the New Year with music from local rock n’ roll cover band Stache, as well as DJ Krush and DJ Katy on the turntables. Additional party perks include top shelf drink selections, lavish hors d’oeuvres, extravagant pasta buffet, a midnight champagne toast complete with a confetti storm, and a chance to win a night in the Presidential Suite.
The New Year’s Eve package includes:
Two General Admission or VIP tickets per room to the New Year’s Eve Soiree
Luxurious overnight accommodations
Live entertainment from rock n’ roll cover band Stache as well as DJ Krush and DJ Katy
Top shelf drinks, pasta buffet, & lavish appetizer spread
Champagne toast with midnight confetti storm
Complimentary Pre and Post-party
Package is non-refundable & non-transferable after 24 hours of booking; deposit required with booking
Package rates start at $397 and reservations for the New Year’s Eve package can be made here.
TÊTE, the west loop’s buzziest new restaurant, is throwing an all-out NYE bash with an enormous buffet of appetizers and TÊTE’s out-of-this-world Charcuterie, a DJ and ice shot luge to keep the party bumping, and, at midnight, The Salsa Truck arrives on the scene to hand out tacos (included in the ticket) to satisfy those late night munchies. Get tickets here!
CHARCUTERIE + RAW BAR
CHAMPAGNE TOAST + DESSERT BAR
PLUS LATE NIGHT TREATS
FROM THE SALSA TRUCK!
At DMK Burger Bar, guests get to customize their final night of the year by choosing from one of four packages designed to satisfy a range of party appetites – ranging from $65 per person for draft beers, boozy punch, house cocktails, and passed Sliders, Fries, and Shakes all night; to the king’s table for $2,000 for up to 14 guests and including a Double Magnum bottle of Veuve Cliquot as well as two bottles of a liquor of choice and a classic breakfast served at 1 a.m. exclusively for their table with Bacon, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, and a Stack of Bagels.
Filini Bar & Restaurant will be transformed into a 1920’s fete with pre-prohibition cocktails, music, and décor. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Gatsby attire and enjoy delectable Italian fare and a live DJ performance. Along with hors d’oeuvres from 9-11 p.m., open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight, and complimentary Prosecco, party favors, and dessert bar when the clock strikes midnight.