New Year's Eve is a time of reflection. For normal people, this means examining the year that was — where we started, where we ended and how the events in between changed our perspectives and shaped our personal histories. But for people who read City of Ate, we know there is a lot less self-reflection and a lot more dinner-based rumination: thoughts of joyful autumn suppers accompanied by pan-fried Brussels sprouts, a summer haddock, and the devastation left by pork cheek risotto gone awry. For you, our maladjusted but well-fed readers, New Year's Eve is all about the food, and so we present a special — but not that special — edition of Awesome Food Events.
Bouchon 1314 is celebrating its first New Year's Eve with a multi-course dinner for $95. The evening will kick off, as all evenings should, with lobster bisque and your choice of starter. Mains include petit filet and lobster, stuffed pork tenderloin, lamb shank, Dover sole or coq au vin. And let us not forget about dessert: Diners can choose from either crème brûlée, tarte tatin or flourless chocolate cake.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Bouchon 1314
When it do: 5 p.m. à la carte seating; 9 p.m. fixed menu. Call 214-941-3000 for reservations.
Where dat is: 1314 W. Davis St.
Bird Cafe isn't for the birds. It's for the revelers, the epicureans, the fine men and women who enjoy a steaming bowl of Hoppin' Johns on a cold New Year's Eve. Hoppin' Johns — a traditional dish eaten around the New Year — will be served as an amuse-bouche along with collard greens and cornbread. The three course, $60 menu to follow begins with the choice of lobster bisque,Texas Akaushi beef carpaccio, melted leek soufflé or little gem and treviso salad. Second course offerings include sea scallops, braised oxtail and roasted sirloin, roast duck and cornmeal fried gulf catch. And lastly, the dessert course is enough to inspire a slew of resolutions, with a choice of poached Japanese pears, Valrhona dark chocolate pavlova or cherry cheesecake.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Bird Cafe
When it do: 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required.
Where dat is: 155 E. 4th St., Fort Worth
At El Bolero, you can ring in the New Year with Latin flair (e.g., copious amounts of tequila). Mitigate your first hangover of the year with El Bolero's delicious four-course dinner including hamachi, chili en nogada, ribeye, salmon and crepas rellenas. The dinner is $60, not including booze. A wine or tequila pairing will be available for an additional $30.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at El Bolero
When it do: 5 p.m.
Where dat is: 1201 Oak Lawn Ave.
There are New Year's Eve dinners and then there are New Year's Eve buffets, where the very real possibility exists that you will mark the first day of the new year by not being able to fit into your pants. Oh well — that's what gym memberships are for. Woodshed Smokehouse will feature a barbecue buffet of kale salad, coleslaw, pork ribs, beef shin, black eyed peas and corn lollipops. Oh, and did we mention the Champagne and open bar? Screw the dessert options: Get more shin and gin. The cost is $75 per person.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Woodshed Smokehouse
When it do: 8 p.m. Call 817-877-4545 for reservations.
Where dat is: 3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth
Blind Butcher's menu is as easy as 1, 2, 3 ... 4. With four courses, including mains like pork porchetta, duck breast and half a smoked chicken, this $70 dinner ($90 with beer or wine pairings) is sure to hit the spot.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Blind Butcher
When it do: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and to confirm a time.
Where dat is: 1919 Greenville Ave.
Meddlesome Moth will celebrate NYE with a four course menu. Main courses include roasted and braised farm chicken with applewood bacon, tenderloin with roasted garlic potatoes or diver scallops. The cost is $65 for a 5:30 p.m. seating and $70 for the 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. seatings. Reservations are recommended, so call 214-628-7900 to make sure that you get the New Year moth to a good start.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Meddlesome Moth
When it do: 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m seatings
Where dat is: 1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Lark on the Park: For when you want your tartar and your arctic char, too. Four courses of everything from crab cakes to poached lobster and baby beets to passion fruit mousse await diners. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. are $85 per person, while the 9 p.m. seating is $95 per person, including a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Optional wine pairings are $50 per person.
What it be: New Year's Eve Dinner at Lark on the Park
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When it do: Seatings at 5, 6:30 and 9 p.m. — for reservations, call 214-855-5275.
Where dat is: 2015 Woodall Rogers Freeway