Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We Won't Let You Drop the Ball on Making Plans to Welcome 2014


The holiday season seems compacted this year (remember, Thanksgiving came late in November). If it's been a blur and you're juggling a full holiday load, remain calm and click on our blog roundup of places to celebrate. Your plans may be up in the air today, but let someone else drop the ball on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve news flash - here's the word on more places to enjoy a special New Year's Eve dinner:

Article 14 in Midtown has a special menu for New Year's Eve. Salads include a simple garden, Little Gem and Kale Yeah ($7-$10). Then move on to starters of soup, bacon-wrapped dates or she-crab mussels ($6-$13) and small plates such as housemade chips with Vidalia onion dip, okra chips, southern spiced Georgia pecans, pimento cheese, salumi, deviled eggs, chopped chicken liver and a duck confit slider ($3-$11). Among the evening's entrées are a farmers market risotto with poached farm egg, pan-roasted sea scallops with pulled duck and crispy bacon, pan-roasted chicken with Anson Mills grits and grilled skirt steak. Reservations: 404-443-8432.

All night long on New Year's Eve, Marlow's Tavern locations are offering a three-course, prix fixe menu for $36 per person. Each location has its own menu variation, but you just might find a first taste of lobster and shrimp chowder or winter tavern salad before sailing into the 'MT' Surf & Turf of grilled filet mignon and jumbo tempura shrimp or cumin-scented sea scallops. Options for finishes include warm chocolate cake, chocolate crème brûlée or a spirited holiday spice martini. Call your favorite Marlow's Tavern location for more information.

G's Midtown is serving their regular menu on New Year's Eve. At 10 p.m., a DJ starts spinning tunes and party favors are passed out to guests. The ball drop will be on all television screens along with an in-restaurant balloon drop to celebrate the new year. For more information, call 404-872-8012.

Buckhead's Seven Lamps celebrates the New Year in style with a $75 four-course prix fixe menu. Sample menu items include Bramlett Farms trout with smoked potato, Georgia shrimp, confit carrots and shrimp bisque, and Wagyu beef flat iron steak with potato gnocchi, grilled romaine lettuce, braised cipollini onions with red wine bacon jus is served. Diners can sip on beverage pairings for an additional $35. An a la carte menu is served as well. For more information and to make a reservation, call 404-467-8950.

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