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Where to eat on New Year's Eve
Not sure where to go for a NYE dinner? Let us help.

 

It’s never too early to start planning your New Years Eve celebration. Sure, you’re probably thinking “God, let me get through Christmas/Hannukkah first!” But with only less than a month to go, NYE will be here sooner than you think. Not sure what to do? Here at Joonbug, we say there’s no better way to end the year on a good note than with an extraordinary meal. It’s been a tough year, so relax and leave the research to us. Here’s our guide to a few restaurants that have already planned a festive night of food and drinks. The work is already done, all you have to do is show up. Oh, and pay, of course.


De Rodriguez Cuba
De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean is known for its “Nuevo Latino Cuisine” and perfect beachfront location. This year, Cuban chef Douglas Rodriguez has planned a majestic 4 course dinner which includes open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., live music, fireworks, party favors and of course, food. If you’re not a fan of the prix fixe format, you can enjoy regular a la carte dining from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The 4 course special starts at 9:30 and is $300 per couple. Reservations are required.

101 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-6624
www.drodriguezcuba.com

Gibraltar
If you don’t really want to deal with the South Beach craziness, visit another part of town that has equally the amount of glam minus all the fuss. In Coconut Grove, there is a little 20 acre private island with one of Miami’s most beautiful and private resorts called The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa. With the ability to distract you from the troubles on the mainland, the hotel is home to Gibraltar, which features exceptional bay views and more importantly, mouth watering ocean-inspired cuisine. Is there really a better way to bring in the New Year? Gibraltar will be serving their 4 course New Year’s Eve menu from 6:30 p.m to 11 p.m. for $165 per person including a bottle of champagne per couple. On the menu are a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts to choose from including a juicy medallion of Kobe beef with onion marmalade and Dutch potatoes, shank and chop tasting of lamb with raisin cous cous and minted pea essence, honey lacquered duck breast with foie gras, and warm chocolate torte with caramel ice cream.

Four Grove Isle Drive
Coconut Grove Miami, FL 33133
(305) 857-5007
www.groveisle.com/dining

The Forge
Got a good Christmas bonus or just have money to spend? Consider an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dinner at The Forge money well spent. Sure it’s $350 per person, but after all, it is The Forge and they’re not being skimpy when it comes to their NYE principle seating. To start, it includes a selection of hors D’ oeuvres for the table, including chilled forge shrimp cocktail, caviar-scallion mascarpone club and crispy wild boar ravioli, just to name a few. For the second course choose from Hawaiian blue prawn risotto or foie gras salad with truffle honey vinaigrette. Choose one entrée from a selection that includes basil seared Chilean sea bass and a filet mignon, and then enjoy a variety of desserts for the table like spiced pumpkin fritters or warm chocolate beignets. But our favorite part is probably the cold bottle of Vueve Clicquot per couple. The perfect meal for a new beginning in a place that’s sure to impress.

432 Forty First Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 538-8533.
www.theforge.com

Chophouse Miami
For a more reasonable price and equally delicious food, visit the newly revamped Chophouse Miami where Chef Jaques Van Staden has introduced his globally inspired menu and changed the face of Chophouse with a freshly renovated look. If you have other plans for the countdown, consider the first seating from 6-9 p.m. for $155 per person which includes a 4 course menu and a glass of champagne or go to the second seating from 9–midnight which includes a 5 course meal, a glass of champagne and party favors. The menu offers scrumptious cuisine such as spiced pumpkin lobster soup with bourbon cream and lobster sausage, roasted Cervena venison loin with a parsnip pure, ahi tuna tar tar served with crispy wontons, and a crispy peanut bar or cheesecake for desert.

300 S. Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33133
(305) 938-9000
www.chophousemiami.com

Fontainebleau Hotel
If you're one of those people that like to do it big, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has just what it takes! The iconic Miami Beach hotel has three five-star restaurants to choose from on New Year’s Eve. Whether you want upscale Italian, classic prime cuts of beef or family style Asian, dining at the fountainbleau is always glamorous and extremely delicious. Gotham Steakhas meticulously planned a four-course menu that includes mesquite grilled filet mignon with lobster butter and asparagus and pan-roasted colossal prawn. If it’s Italian you’re after, look no further than Scarpetta, where diners will be immersed in the enticing flavors of Italian rustic cuisine. Scarpetta’s four-course menu includes an incredible creamy polenta topped with fricassee of truffled mushrooms and of course, his award winning tomato and basil spaghetti which is just about the best you’ll ever have. Hakkasan, The Fontainebleau’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant known for its authentic Cantonese fare and alluring vibe, will take diners on a cultural journey with its four-course and five-course family style menus on New Year’s Eve. Each restaurant is having the first seating from 6:30-8:30 for $150 and the second, which starts at 9:30, for $275. Reservations are required.

4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140
(877) 326-7412
www.fontainebleau.com/web/landing/new_years_eve

1500° at Eden Roc
1500° at Eden Roc has mastered the farm-to-table concept. Recently named one of “The Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire, the restaurant takes farm fresh quality ingredients and makes them shine in harmonious and flavorful dishes. Experience the farm to table concept in this minimal yet sophisticated ambiance this New Years Eve with two delectable and reasonably priced menus. The first seating from 6-8 p.m. is a four-course prix fixe menu. Some items include Kumamoto oysters, carpaccio of ahi tuna with avocado mousse and a Wagyu striploin with a potato puree. Our favorite part? This first seating is only $80 per person. Finally, a New Year’s dinner that won’t bring us into the next year in debt! The second seating will be a five-course menu from 8:30-10:30. The difference is in the third course offerings where they also include a Mediterranean sea bass with roasted fennel ravioli and a pork tenderloin sous vide as an entrée. The second seating also includes a glass of champagne and party favors before midnight and at $125 per person, the price is still very appropriate.

4525 Collins Avenue Miami, FL 33140
(305) 674-5594
www.1500degreesmiami.com

BLT Steak
At BLT Steak in The Betsy Hotel where South Beach meets classic American steakhouse, the laid back yet glamorous atmosphere and top of the line cuts of beef have helped this location gain its reputation. This New Year’s Eve, they’re ringing in the New Year with live entertainment, party favors and food. The evening’s first seating from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for $130 per person will feature a four-course menu which includes Maine lobster with 6 minute egg and fingerling potatoes, Atlantic halibut with bone marrow gremolata and an eggnog cheesecake to name a few. The second seating from 9 -11 p.m. for $225 per person will include a five-course menu which will have additions to the early seating menu. Some of these will include diver scallop “en cocotte” with braised pork cheek, walnut crusted lamb loin with a chanterelle mushroom tart and goat cheese and filet Rossini with spinach and a port wine reduction. This seating also includes a complimentary glass of champagne.

1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-6100
www.chophousemiami.com