10 Places to Ring in the New Year

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 18, 2013
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Scrambling at the last minute to celebrate New Year's Eve is so last year. So go ahead and raise a toast this time around with a solid plan. Here are 10 South Florida hot spots with excellent options to ring in 2014.

  • 3030 Ocean

    From 6 PM to 10 PM, this waterfront venue presents a four-course prix fixe showcasing Alaskan king crab with Swank Farm’s baby greens and tomato risotto with heirloom squash. Other choices include lemongrass halibut with Pacific oysters and chocolate and hazelnut caramelo tarts, all for $110, with a champagne toast.

    3030 Holiday Dr.; 954-765-3030

  • Bin No. 18

    Downtown's staple hole-in-the-wall wine bar offers à la carte dinner options  - such as smoked pork belly with pomegranate reduction and duck confit with smoked carrot - or a tasting menu for $50, with wine pairings for $40 extra. Seatings take place at 6 PM and 9 PM.

    1800 Biscayne Blvd.; 786-235-7575

  • Casa D'Angelo Ristorante

    Guests can try an array of à la carte Italian specialties inside this cozy Fort Lauderdale spot, such as seafood pasta with South African lobster tail, and veal chop with shaved truffles. With a vast wine cellar, the restaurant also offers plenty of winning bottles to complete the feast.

    1201 North Federal Hwy.; 954-564-1234

  • Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge

    Try out the Magic City's latest from Roberto Cavalli for a glamorous evening with your choice of à la carte Italian dishes or a prix fixe menu for $300. Seatings are at 7 PM and 10 PM for dinner, with a champagne toast by the high-end designer himself.

    150 Ocean Dr.; 305-695-4191

  • Drinking Room

    This laid-back pop-up restaurant and lounge has a few holiday offerings, including a five-course dinner from 7 PM to 9 PM ($125) or dinner with wine pairings for $175. From 9 PM to 10 PM, the reception hour includes passed hors d’oeuvres, then open bar from 10 PM to midnight for $100.

    956 Washington Ave.; 305-531-8081

  • Lure Fishbar

    This South Beach newbie hosts two dinner options for the evening with an early seating at 6 PM ($115), featuring jumbo lump crab cakes, grilled beef tenderloin and devil’s food cake with dark chocolate mousse. The second seating at 8 PM ($195) also offers a raw bar and sushi platter.

    1600 Collins Ave.; 305-695-4550

  • Porcao Farm to Grill

    Soon to open in Mary Brickell Village, this multi-venue newcomer offers two dinner seatings in the downstairs dining room: four-courses at 7 PM for $125, and five courses at 10 PM for $195. Guests can go upstairs to KAO Lounge too, for an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 PM to 11 PM ($80).

    901 S Miami Ave.; 305-779-2445

  • The Dome Restaurant & Caviar Bar

    Head to Coral Gables for a caviar-rich, four-course dinner, including dishes like Paddlefish caviar with truffle eggs, along with rosé champagne. There are three seatings available at 6 PM, 8 PM and 10 PM. Tickets are $95 and can be ordered here

    271 Miracle Ml.; 305-648-4999

  • The Dutch Miami

    The W South Beach Hotel’s signature space rings in the New Year with a five-course menu featuring plates like white truffle risotto and beef Wellington (a crispy puff pastry-wrapped filet mignon). Guests can choose dinner times at either 7 PM for $165, or at 8:30 PM for $250, with a champagne toast.

    2201 Collins Ave.; 305-938-3112

  • Bianca

    Pulling in a high-rolling clientele, this fancy space at the Delano offers a special menu that begins with tuna toro crudo, followed by three courses (choices include the East Coast seafood plateau, white truffle risotto and Maine lobster stuffed with king crab) and Moet & Chandon champagne at midnight. Tickets are $625.

    1685 Collins Ave.; 305-674-5752