14 for 2014: New Year's Eve Dining in Atlanta
While there are countless ways to celebrate a new year, getting dolled up and heading out to eat on December 31 ranks pretty high atop the list of choices. Atlanta's dining choices are vast, so here are 14 can't-miss special New Year's Eve options to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to next year.
4th & Swift: The Old Fourth Ward's 4th & Swift delivers a four-course meal with seasonal selections ($85 per person, $40 extra for wine pairings; 678-904-0160).
Agave: Cabbagetown's Southwestern standby Agave has a five-course tequila dinner, featuring Herradura tequila, starting at 9 PM. Courses include spicy shrimp-and-chorizo gumbo, chile-and-lime grilled swordfish and beef short ribs braised in Mexican beer ($100 per person; 404-588-0006).
Gunshow: Eight savory courses, two sweet, wine, beer and champagne pairings… Kevin Gillespie's innovative Glenwood Park restaurant celebrates its first New Year's Eve in grand fashion. Reservations must be made by Saturday, Dec. 28 ($200 per person; 404-380-1886).
Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern: Midtown's Hobnob offers its regular menu up until 10 PM, but from 10:30 PM to 2:30 AM switches over to an all-you-can eat pizza buffet with unlimited beer and champagne. Live music, too ($25 per person; 404-968-2288).
Imperial Fez: Multiple seatings throughout the night make for a flexible five-course dinner at Atlanta's Moroccan mainstay. In addition to the salads, soups, lamb, tajines and couscous, guests can take in a bellydancing show and receive party favors and champagne after the meal ($65 per person; 404-351-0870).
The Optimist: Westside seafood hotspot The Optimist has a wide-ranging four-course menu for celebrants. Start with truffled farm eggs or deviled crab egg before moving into sweet Nantucket scallops, spicy octopus, Gulf grouper, roasted duck and more. Extra supplements like traditional caviar service or drawn-butter lobster rolls available for additional fees ($65 per person; 404-477-6260).
The Pinewood: A five-course prix-fixe dinner features New York strip, duck breast, or grouper with lobster. A champagne toast is included for diners ($90 per person; 404-373-5507).
Rosebud: Chef Ron Eyester throws a "White Trash Bash" to bid 2013 farewell, giving diners Jell-O shots, Frito pie, Spaghetti-O's and Mountain Dew cocktails as holiday specials (Prices a la carte; 404-347-9747).
Serpas: Inman Park's Serpas offers a four-course meal starting with a black-eyed-pea cheese fritter amuse bouche. Crepes, lobster, osso buck and more round out the meal ($75 per person, $30 extra for wine pairings, discount for seatings between 5:30-6:30 PM; 404-688-0040).
Sprig: This Decatur restaurant features a three-course menu that starts off with she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes or oysters and moves into prime rib, corn-fried eggplant and other choices. Dinner includes a wine or beer pairing ($65 per person; 404-248-9700).
Umi: New Year's Eve at Buckhead's Umi takes diners through a luxurious seven-course menu, from traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi selections to more creative and modern dishes. The prix-fixe menu includes a bottle of wine per couple ($175 per person; 404-841-0040).
Veni Vidi Vici: Midtown's Veni Vidi Vici offers a four-course Italian extravaganza. Selections include smoked trout or grilled eggplant, among others, to start, gnocchi in an oxtail argue or lobster tortelloni to follow, and boar, bass, scallops and much more for a main. Five classic Italian desserts wind up the meal ($75 per person, $30 extra for wine pairings; 404-875-8424).
Watershed on Peachtree: Chef Joe Truex's four-course meal starts with roasted oysters, a foie gras torchon or other selections and moves into baked trout, curried lobster and crab, caviar pie, duck breast and more, before wrapping with four dessert selections ($75 per person; 404-809-3561).
Zeal: This new East Cobb restaurant rings in the New Year with a four-course menu focusing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients - lamb chops, short ribs, brussels sprouts and more. The evening's final seating receives a complementary Champagne toast ($59 per person, $20 extra for wine pairing; 678-401-7142).