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New Year’s Eve in the Miami area

Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, somewhere to watch the fireworks to ring in the new year or a party to show off your style, if you live in the Miami area, you are in luck! The options to ring in 2010 are endless, and range from the completely affordable (pay for what you order) to a Dom Perignon dinner at Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne for $525/person. Take a look at the options I have put together and start planning — The countdown is on!

champagneRing in 2010 with “An Epic Evening” at Area 31, as Chef John Critchley prepares a 5-course menu with fresh, local seafood and meats with Mediterranean inspiration. A welcome reception begins at 7:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the dinner begins at 9:30pm. Highlights include a raw bar, wahoo with roasted chestnut and salsa verde and lamb loin with cotechino and kurri squash puree. Dinner includes a champagne toast and a candy box to bring to satisfy your sweet desires. Area 31 is located at EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd in Miami.

Atrio at Conrad Miami will offer a few different packages on New Year’s Eve. For $95/person, you will enjoy the silver package. This includes a 4-course dinner with a glass of champagne. Their gold package, priced at $145/person adds a bottle of champagne (for every 2 people) to your dining experience. If you’d like the Platinum Package for $195/person, you will also enjoy an open bar at The Bar from 8:00pm-1:00am. If you’d just like to enjoy the open bar from 8:00pm-1:00am, it will be $95/person. Atrio Restaurant & Wine Bar is located on Level 25 at Conrad Miami at 1395 Brickell Avenue in Miami. 305.503.6547

Au Pied de Cochon presents a 7-course dining extravaganza with French delicacies. Enjoy gourmet courses like a Maine Lobster & Artichoke Timbale with Walnut Oil Dressing, Chilean Sea Bass over Crushed Lemon Preserved Potatoes & Tomato Confit and Filet de Boeuf “Rossini” with Black Truffle & “Perigord” Sauce. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9:00 pm and are priced at $100++/person. Add a wine pairing for an additional $115/person. Reservations can be made by calling 305.674.1844. Au Pied de Cochon is located at 81 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach.

Biltmore: This grand celebration combines a 5-course dining experience,  an open bar, Latin Salsa and Jazz, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and a fireworks display at midnight. This spectacular event begins at 8:30 pm in the country club ballroom. Cost is $250++/guest an d $200++/Biltmore Cellar Club Members. Guests celebrating at Fontana or Palme d’Or may attend the gala for $50++/guest. For reservations call, 305.913.3246

Brickell Irish Pub won’t be offering a special menu for the evening, but will offer a laid-back atmosphere with a live performance by Second Nature covering the best of the 80’s and 90’s. The live performance begins at 8pm, and there will be no cover charge. Brickell Irish Pub is located at 1451 South Miami Avenue in Miami. 305.381.6651

BLT Steak at The Betsy will offer 2 seatings on New Year’s Eve. The early seating ($85) will be at 6:00 pm and the late seating ($160) will be at 9:00pm. Enjoy delicious selections like the Hamachi Crudo with Pickled Butternut Squash, Cream of Sunchoke Soup with Island Creek Oysters and American Caviar, Pan Roasted Local Black Grouper with parsnips puree, oven dried tomato and lemon-brown butter and Steamed Banana Pudding with Kumquat-Bananas Foster. The late dinner includes a complimentary glass of champagne. BLT at The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. 305.674.0044 bltsteak.com

Caffe Abbracci will be transformed into a disco on December 31st, so get ready to dance the night away. From 9:30pm onward, enjoy a special menu for $140. Party favors are included. Caffe Abbracci is located at 318 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. 305.441.0700.

All of the China Grill restaurants will be ringing in the new year with festive dinner offerings:

Asia de Cuba at Mondrian will offer a 5-course prix fixe menu and open bar, priced at $295 per person. Guests will receive a complimentary bottle of Pommery Apanage Champagne per couple. Cost is $295++/person. Reservations can be made by calling 305.514.1940 Asia de Cuba is located at 1100 West Avenue in Miami Beach.

China Grill, Miami Beach will feature a Glam Disco Dinner Party theme. Your 4-course prix fixe menu and open bar will be served family style and be priced at $200++/person. Your dinner will also include a bottle of Pommery Apanage Champagne per couple. For reservations, call 305.534.2211, and if you’d just like to enjoy the open bar, it will cost you $125++/person. China Grill is located at 404 Washington St in Miami Beach.

Blue Door at Delano presents their ‘Greet 2010 Like a Rockstar’ party. Begin with a Dom Perignon reception at 7pm, followed by a decadent 4-course prix fixe dinner with wines from Jospeh Phelps and Far Niente. Your entertainment for the evening will be a surprise, so stay tuned. This will cost you $425++/person. For reservations, call 305.674.6400. Blue Door is located at 1685 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

Eos is Viceroy Miami will be over a tasting menu for $125/person, or for an additional $50/person if you add wine. Reservations can be made from 6pm-midnight by calling Ms. Dale-Ann Hitzeman at 305.503.4400 x7138.

Fontainebleau – Reservations for all of the Fontainebleau restaurants can be made by calling 305.695.2414 or emailing NYEReservations@fontainebleau.com. A 100% deposit is required.

Gotham Steak will offer a special 4-course dinner menu with 6:00 and 7:30pm seatings for $150, and an Anticipation 5-course dinner menu for $275/person with a Champagne toast with 9:30 and 10:00 pm seating. Enjoy Roasted Quail stuffed with Foie Gras, Chestnuts and Beluga Lentils, a Seared Florida Grouper, White Truffle Mousse and more. Your night will continue with live jazz music.

Scarpetta will host a sinfully delicious prix-fixe menu with his famed Spaghetti, Alaskan Halibut and more. Early seatings (4-courses) at 6:30 and 7:00 pm will be $150/person and the late seatings (5-courses) at 9:30 and 10:00 pm will be $275/person and include a Champagne toast.

Hakkasan will bring an Asian twist to your New Year’s Dining Experience with selections like the Duck Salad, Peking Duck, Dim Sum and more. Cost for the early dinner (6:30 and 7:00 pm seatings) will be $150/person and the late seating (9:30 and 10:00 pm) will be $275/person and include a Champagne toast. Dinner will be served family style.

Lady Gaga will perform poolside at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. General admission is $425/person and includes a premium open bar from 9pm-midnight, and can be purchased online.

Fratelli Lyon wants you to bring in the new year in true Italian style. Chef de Cuisine Alex Pinero has created a fabulous 4-course menu with wine pairing for $85++/person. Highlights on the menu include Butternut Squash Soup with Seared Foie Gras, Oyster and Prosecco Risotto, Prosciutto Wrapped Quail Breast with Figs and Spinach and a Vanilla Panna Cotta. For every 2 people that dine on NYE, they will bring home a gifted bottle of spumante. Reservations can be made by calling 305.572.1271 or emailing info@fratellilyon.com Fratelli Lyon is located at 4141 Second Avenue in Miami.

Joey’s Italian Cafe brings a taste of Italy to your night in Wynwood. They will be offering two Good Luck menus to ring in the new year. The first is priced at $55/person and includes a glass of Prosecco, Golden Soft Shell Crabs, Lobster and Crab Ravioli, Panettone with Custard Creme and more. It will be served from 6:00 pm – midnight. The second option is $80/person and includes Bay Scallops, Mussels and Clams Guazzetto, Garganelli with Lamb Ragout and Truffle Sauce and more. The regular menu is also available. Joey’s Italian Cafe is located at 2506 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. 305.438.0488

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Ocean Drive with Chef Gonzalo Rivera, Jr. from La Marea. Start the evening off with a glass of Prosecco, then indulge on this 4-course dinner menu with a caviar tasting, Pan Roasted Foie Gras, your choice of Miso Glazed Black Grouper or Butter Poached Black Angus Ribeye and finish off with a Chocolate Lava Cake Purse. Cost is $100++ for the first seating and $125++ for the second seating. La Marea is located at 1220 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach.

Michael’s Genuine presents a sumptuous New Year’s Eve menu for $125++/person. Reservations can be made between 9:00-10:00pm. An a la carte menu will be available from 5:30-8:00pm. Start off with an Amuse Bouche of Chilled Florida Rock Shrimp in a basil-mint soup with creme fraiche, an assortment of snacks. Highlights on the prix fixe menu include Local Heirloom Tomato Bread Pudding, Wood Oven Roasted Local Squash stuffed with house made chorizo and manchego cheese, Grilled Harris Rancy NY Strip Steak with parsley caper salad and truffle butter and an assortment of Hedy’s New Year’s Sweets. Michael’s Genuine is located 130 NE 40th Street in Miami. 305.573.5550

Texas de Brazil - Celebrate the New Year at this premiere Churrascaria with a special couple’s package for $150. This includes dinner for 2, one dessert, coffee and a bottle of champagne or order the regular dinner menu for $39.99. Texas de Brazil is located at 800 Silks Run in Hallandale. If you’d like to dine in their Miami Beach location (300 Alton Rd), party favors will begin at 10pm, and you will be able to watch the fireworks from the marina.

Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Dom Perignon Dinner: When you talk about luxury, this is about as good as it gets. So why not go all out for this exquisite Dom Perignon dinner at Cioppino? This 6-course dinner is limited to just 20 people and includes a Catalan-style Maine Lobster salad, Scallop Gratin with White Truffle Sabayon, Dover Sole with Beluga Caviar and more. This dinner takes place at 9pm in the Cioppino Wine Room. Cost: $525/person

Get on your sombrero and escape to the coast of Mexico with this 3-course tequila dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine Andres Parlange. Enjoy authentic Mexican dishes paired with a blanco, reposado or anejo tequila. Dinner starts at 9pm and costs $70, or $90 with tequila pairing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive on Key Biscayne. 305.365.4500

Segafredo Brickell and Spazio Nero will host a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball starting at 9pm. Dine off the a la carte menu or enjoy their $45 prix fixe menu. Be prepared to wear your sexiest, most mysterious mask to this event. And if you think, you can get away without wearing a mask, think again — a mask will be provided to you. At midnight, enjoy the Times Square ball drop on  a big screen. RSVP to RSVP@SZE-Miami.com or call 305.577.9809 Segafredo and Spazio Nero is located at 1421 South Miami Ave

The Setai will delight all of your senses with their New Year’s Eve celebration. Upon arrival, guests will delight in the sounds of a string ensemble while sipping on champagne and savoring the bites of the gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Dinner includes a 6-course tasting menu of Asian-fusion specialties  created by Chef Jonathan Wright. The music will continue during this time as notes of the orchestra will add a little romance to this sensual dinner. After dinner, dance to the sounds of Friends of New World Symphony. Cost for this dinner will by $450/person for the dinner with wine pairings, and unlimited beverages until 11pm. It’s cash bar after that. Setai is located at 101 20th Street on Miami Beach. 305.520.6500

Wish at The Hotel will combine a delectable dining experience with a rooftop party. The first seating (6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 pm) is priced at $115++/person and the late seating (8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 pm) is priced at $185.  Choose from a selection of culinary creations from Chef Marco Ferraro like the Pan Seared Bay Scallop with fennel, cranberry-yuzu puree, shizo ans sichuan pepper foam; Butter Poached Maine Lobster with leek and shallot risotto and Granny Smith apples; and Classic Panettone. Each seating will include admission to the rooftop party, jazz during dinner and a complimentary bottle (187ml) of Pommery Pop Champagne for the countdown. Reservations can be made by calling 305.674.9474. Wish at The Hotel is located at 801 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.

Photo credit: Jenny Downing @ flickr

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