Dallas' Ultimate New Year’s Eve Dining GuideBy Farah Fleurima
December 17, 2013
If you’re going to ring in 2014 in style, may as well be behind a plate of fabulous food. Here’s our list of options for fine NYE eating. Some are timed to allow you to jet to watch the ball drop or head to a party elsewhere, while some events are meant to keep you around for a champagne toast at midnight.
Second Floor Bistro
The inviting and modern bistro inside the Westin Galleria offers two made-for-couples seatings ideal for pre-party dining: a 5 PM and a 7 PM meal. Both kick off with a sparkling wine toast, then a shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert. At $99 per couple, this meal is a steal, and the Second Floor also offers a $249 package that includes the dinner and a one-night stay in the Westin. Call 972-450-2978 to reserve.
Lower Greenville’s Afghani fine-dining destination is offering a four-course meal and a glass of bubbly for $68 per person. Entree options include surf and turf kebabs and lamb shank. Seatings are at 7 and 9 PM, and a champagne toast and a DJ set will go down at midnight. Visit the website or call 214-828-0095 for reservations.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Five Sixty is throwing the kind of events you’d expect from the big ball in the Dallas skyline. There are 5:30 and 8:30 PM seatings for a five-course tasting menu of Asian-inspired selections from executive chef Patton Robertson’s menu, including Peking duck dumplings and Thai snapper sashimi. Dinner alone is $175 per person, and an additional $45 for optional wine pairings. Five Sixty’s private event space, aptly named Cloud Nine, will host more of a stand-up-and-mingle event, with a live DJ set, small bites like Tuna Cones and pork belly pot stickers and open bar is included in the $200 ticket price. Purchase tickets for Cloud Nine’s 9 PM fete here.
The Design District restaurant has scheduled 5 and 8 PM seatings. The 5 PM is a four-course menu for $80 per person and optional wine pairings for $40. The 8 PM is a five-course meal for $95 per person and $50 wine pairings. Both seatings feature optional vegetarian menus; view all menus here. Reservations are required, so call 214-712-9700 to save a spot.
Belly & Trumpet
Uptown’s modern cuisine restaurant features a four-course menu at 6 PM for $75 per person and a 9 PM five-course menu for $85 per person. Both meals offer optional wine pairings and a champagne toast at the 9 PM dinner. Live entertainment from Joel Cross will lift holiday spirits even higher. Call 214-855-5551 to reserve.
Kitchen whiz and Top Chef alum Danyele McPherson is whipping up a three-course meal at the cozy Greenville Avenue bistro for $65 per person and optional $20 wine pairings. Two-hour seatings begin at 5 PM, and the last one includes a champagne toast and party favors. Reserve here or call 214-828-1981.
SER Steak + Spirits
The 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole will light up with the steakhouse’s bevy of activities. Dinner at 5 PM will feature four courses for $90, and a $50 upcharge for wine pairings. Dinner at 9 is six courses for $150; $220 with wine pairings. Starting at 10, live DJs will spin sets for the party portion of the evening; a $65 cover charge includes party favors, a complimentary welcome cocktail and champagne toast.
The Trinity Groves eatery presents a special five-course menu including options like tuna tartare, lobster strudel, grapefruit and arugula salad and Moscato braised leg of lamb. The menu will be served from 5:30 to 11 PM and costs $99 alone and an additional $29 for wine pairings. Reserve online or by calling 214-377-0757.
Bishop Arts’ farm-to-table haven is offering seatings for a unique a la carte dinner every half hour from 5:30 to 11 PM. Entrees will start with the likes of caviar parfait and oysters with gazpacho trio and proceed to pork osso bucco and butter-poached Maine lobster. Reservations can be yours with a call to 214-367-9367.
Dee Lincoln’s Steak & Burger Bar
This casual steakhouse has planned two four-course meals for New Year’s Eve. The $50 dinner starts with P.E.I. mussels or bacon-wrapped shrimp and proceeds with entrees like a roasted chicken or a Wagyu filet and chips. The $90 menu starts with jumbo scampi-style prawns or a blackened diver scallop and offers entrees like New Zealand rack of lamb or roasted Muscovy duck. A limited version of the regular menu will also be available. Seatings are slated for 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30 and 9 PM. Call 214-754-4949 for reservations and information.
Spoon Bar & Kitchen
Chef John Tesar’s seafood establishment will prepare a tasting menu for New Year’s Eve alongside the regular menu. The tasting will be $125 per person, and an additional $75 for optional wine accompaniments. If you’re feeling really joyful, spring for the vintage champagne pairing for an additional $150. To reserve a spot, call 214-368-8220.