Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Merry When 2015 Turns into Sweet ’16

Those who’ve dropped the ball on planning where to ring in 2016 still have time to make reservations at Atlanta restaurants. Elegant dinners, Champagne toasts and traditional New Year’s Day dishes await, but hurry, the clock’s ticking.

New Year's Eve

10th & Piedmont welcomes guests with a complimentary glass of Champagne and a four-course menu including country ham and black-eyed pea soup; pan-seared crab cake on wild greens; a surf-and-turf “three way;” and salted caramel crème brûlée parfait. $45 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Call 404-602-5510.

Toast to midnight at Aqua blue where a special three-course prix fixe menu features lobster bisque or lobster and shrimp salad; seafood-stuffed Maine lobster tail or Angus beef rib-eye and tempura shrimp; and warm chocolate cake or chocolate mint crème brûlée. This $55 per person dinner menu is available December 26-31. Call 770-643-8886.

Celebrate an elegant New Year’s Eve at Aria in Buckhead with a four-course meal for $95 per person. Reservations: 404-233-7673.

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s celebrated Gunshow rolls through extended hours on New Year’s Eve, seating every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. Enjoy the Glenwood Park restaurant’s signature table-side rotation of chefs selections, at an elevated price point for the holiday. Guests also can enjoy premium wines and cocktails. Call 404-380-1886 for reservations.

Gypsy Kitchen plans a New Year’s Eve menu of family style pinchos (almonds, olives, chicken croquetas and pickled beets) plus a supplemental course of uni-stuffed eggs (add $10) and foie gras (add $15); a mixed-green salad and tortilla Espanola; and an entrée of cod pil-pil or braised beef chunks (add burgundy truffles for $15). $65 per person. Reservations: 404-939-9840.
Johnny’s Hideaway rings in the New Year with a special celebration for $40 per person, which includes seating and midnight party favors. Arrive by 9:30 p.m. or forfeit your seat. Reserve in person or by phone by calling 404-233-8026.
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern ushers in 2016 with all-you-can-drink SweetWater 420 and all-you-can-eat pizza specials from 10 p.m. to close, along with live music, DJ tunes from James Patrick Morgan and a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop. The regular dinner menu also is available until 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door; limited to the first 100 guests. Call 404-968-2288 for reservations.
Le Fat is open from 5-10 p.m. for a Vietnamese fix of shaking beef and other favorites. Reservations: 404-439-9850.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is open until midnight to ring in the New Year and is serving a $65 prix fixe menu from 5-10 p.m. Live music begins at 8 p.m., hang on for party favors and a complimentary Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. Call 770-817-0161.
Ray’s on the RiverRay’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the Citywill serve a limited dinner menu alongside a $65 three-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve with selections such as a broiled seafood platter, filet mignon, Bay of Fundy salmon Oscar, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and rib-eye (selections subject to change). Reservations required. Lounges at all three locations remain open until 1 a.m.
Ray’s on the River unmasks 2016 at a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. in their riverside grand pavilion with dancing to tunes by a five-piece band, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvre, a Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. $130 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required: 770-955-1187.
In Decatur, Revival offers both family style and à la carte menus of house favorites and traditional Southern dishes such as black-eyed peas, local greens, cornbread, pork, roasted prime beef with caramelized onion jus and fried chicken. The restaurant will pour cocktails, wine and beer, along with prosecco for celebratory toasts. Dinner seatings available from 5-10 p.m. Reservations: 470-225-6770.
Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar in Marietta are both offering a four-course prix fixe menu as well as an à la carte menu for New Year’s Eve. Seed’s menu is $69 per person plus $25 for wine pairings; Stem’s menu is $79 per person plus $29 for wine pairings. Call 678-214-6888 for reservations.
The Southern Gentleman gastropub in Buckhead is serving up a suitably sophisticated prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve for $65. Deviled egg with applewood-smoked trout caviar precede a first course of either salt-and-pepper corn fritters or confit pork belly; a second course of roasted kabocha squash salad, beef tartare or Belgian endive and apple salad; and an entrée of Gulf shrimp, skillet-roasted young chicken, braised Creekstone Farm beef cheeks or foraged mushroom risotto. Dessert calls for foie blonde (liquid graham cracker, vanilla bean ice cream and essence of foie gras) or the Southern Gentleman candy bar with chocolate crémeux, caramel and roasted peanuts in a butter crust. Reservations: 404-939-9845.
New Year's Day

10th & Piedmont is serving its regular weekend menu of brunch favorites and cocktails.  Call 404-602-5510 for reservations.
Visit Aqua blue for your first dinner of 2016. The Roswell restaurant is serving its regular dinner menu from 4-11 p.m. on New Year's Day. Reservations: 770-643-8886.
Chick-a-Biddy and all locations of Bantam + Biddy will be open normal hours on January 1 and serving regular brunch until 3 p.m. along with a special New Year’s Day offering of honey-glazed ham, stewed black-eyed peas, braised collard greens, cornbread and country gravy priced at $16. Toast 2016 with $5 bloody marys and mimosas.
Enjoy brunch at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Choose the regular brunch menu or a special $12 New Year's Day dish of scrambled eggs, black-eyed peas and collard greens. Regular dinner service follows. Call 404-968-2288.

Not a believer in hoppin' John on New Year's Day? As with New Year’s Eve, Le Fat is open normal hours to satisfy cravings for Vietnamese banh mi and more. Call 404-439-9850 for reservations.

Brunch in the new year from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ray’s on the River followed by regular dinner service from 5-10 p.m.Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Ray’s at Killer Creek will offer its usual Friday “Wine” Down special of 50 percent off bottles of wine ($200 and under; excludes reserve).

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