Rick's Reviews: New Year’s Dining

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On New Year’s Eve, before you blow your horn or toss your confetti (both of which sound like a euphemism for something unseemly) it is traditional to enjoy an upscale meal. Here are some places to consider for your celebratory repast.

Tropics will be hopping on New Year’s Eve especially since it’s offering one of the best deals in town. For $49.95 (tax and tip not included) enjoy a four-course meal with a choice of oysters Rockefeller or shrimp cocktail then move on to lobster bisque or a Caprese salad. Entrée options include beef Wellington, lamb chop, Chilean sea bass or osso bucco, with a choice of side dish. Dessert selections include cannoli, apple crisp and tira misu. In addition to coffee, tea or iced tea, unlimited champagne will be served. Seating times are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.

Diners at Dune can enjoy a five-course, prix-fixe menu; the 6-7 p.m. seating is $135 per person and the 9-10 p.m. seating is $175 per person. Guests can choose between the Land or Sea menus. Those choosing the pescatarian option can start with a “tease” of Kusshi oyster with passion fruit; white sturgeon caviar with blini, creme fraiche, chive and smoked wahoo tostada; followed by wakame salad with swordfish crudo and aguachile negro. The main course choices include poached lobster tail or grilled langoustine. For carnivores the Land menu offers a different amuse — foie gras with brioche before moving on to braised oxtail croquette or a chicory salad with beef carpaccio. The entrée options are Wagyu strip loin or rib-eye.  Dessert for all is a Black Forest chocolate namelaka served with mascarpone, guava and banana flambé. The French Horn Collective, a five-piece band, will entertain guests until midnight, and there will be a DJ on the patio from 9 p.m. until closing. There will be a Moet Champagne toast at midnight and a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Wall as well as plenty of fun party favors. There is also an open bar option from 9 p.m. until closing, for $100 per person. 

The Pub will be offering its regular menu but will also have a NYE special for $25. It includes haddock Florentine with lobster Newberg sauce or stuffed chicken breast. Both dinners include soup or salad and a side dish.

Elisabetta’s Ristorante, the hottest spot in Delray will offer special dishes, available à la carte and wine pairings will be available, as well. The selection includes; foie gras terrine, raviolo stuffed with ricotta and soft egg yolk, lobster in black truffle butter and duck breast with confit leg. Special dessert preparations include souffle grappa and

golden olive oil gelato. The kitchen will be open until midnight. The bar will stay open until 2 a.m. Guests will receive complimentary party favors. 

Mark Your Calendar

Just because the New Year has passed, that’s no reason to slow down. Check out some of these charitable dining-related events.

Island City Stage holds its gala in the penthouse of the Royal Sonesta on Sunrise and AIA on Saturday, Feb. 29 with special guest performer, the woman of 1000 voices, Sirius XM’s Christine Pedi! The evening includes bountiful hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, signature drinks, silent and live auctions. It’s sure to be a spectacular evening of entertainment (and eating). Tickets are $160 and $200 for VIP (which includes a meet and greet with Christine Pedi). 

For information check out islandcitystage.org/4th-annual-signature-cabaret.

 

The Junior League of Boca Raton will hold Flavors 2020, one of South Florida's top culinary events Thursday, Feb. 6 at The Addison. Thirty of South Florida’s restaurants, including The Addison, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Kapow Noodle Bar, Loch Bar, M.E.A.T Eatery & Taproom, Ramen Lab Eatery and Sammy J's will provide savory tastings.  Attendees will enjoy an open bar, along with live music and entertainment performances, raffles and a live auction. General admission tickets are $85 and include admission at 6:30 p.m. and an open bar. VIP admission tickets are $150 and include early admission at 6 p.m., a swag bag, and a designated VIP Lounge area with a private open bar and private restrooms. To purchase tickets, call 561-620-2553 or visit JLBR.org.

 

 

 


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