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Where's The Bubbly? New Year's Eve Dining In Connecticut

Hartford Courant 2017-12-06 23:11:50

End 2017 on a delicious note. These Connecticut restaurants serve sumptuous New Year's Eve specials and tasting menus with sides of fun and merriment (and maybe a little bit of bubbly.) Dinner listings are for the evening of Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.

Present Company, 2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville, offers a $110 prix-fixe dinner with $40 wine pairing from 5 to 10 p.m. Courses include a choice of Jerusalem artichoke soup or baked stuffed jumbo globe artichoke; warm country style pork and foie gras terrine or filet of sole with bay leaf and almond veloute; roasted cauliflower with black truffles or Nantucket bay scallop “gratin” and beef “Wellington” with mushroom stuffing with applewood smoked bacon and medjool dates; or Mystic Cheese “Wellington” with truffled wild mushrooms sautéed in date butter and sauce chasseur. 860-658-7890, presentcompanyct.com.

Suzie Hunter | smhunter@courant.com Present Company offers a $110 prix-fixe dinner with $40 wine pairing this New Year's Eve Present Company offers a $110 prix-fixe dinner with $40 wine pairing this New Year's Eve (Suzie Hunter | smhunter@courant.com)

Shell & Bones, 100 South Water St., New Haven, hosts dinner until 11 p.m., with its regular a la carte menu and a "Shell & Bubbles" special for $149 (raw bar items like lobster, lump crab, ceviche, crudo, oysters with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne.) Dinner specials ($34 to $48) include lobster cassoulet, foie gras torchon, bouillabaisse and pomegranate lacquered duck breast. Champagne toast at midnight. 203-787-3466, shellandbones.com.

Bobby V's, 11 Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks, hosts dinner before its 10 p.m. comedy show with headliners Darren Rivera, Leighann Lord and Jim David. Doors open at 9 p.m. Two packages are available: a $50 offer including ticket to the show, party favors, champagne toast and post-show party with Viennese dessert table; or the dinner and show package for $88, which also includes a four-course meal featuring entree choices of pan-seared scallops, grilled NY strip, mesquite BBQ chicken breasts and porcini mushroom ravioli. 860-627-5808, bobbyvsrestaurant.com.

City Steam, 942 Main St., Hartford, hosts comedy shows at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with comedians Geno Bisconte and John Iavarone. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; admission is $30. The menu features assorted a la carte specials. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 860-525-1600, citysteam.biz.

Mohegan Sun's restaurants offer New Year's dining specials, including filet mignon with half-lobster at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain ($80.) At Todd English’s Tuscany, specials include lobster ravioli ($32) and grilled 18-ounce bone-in ribeye with Benton’s bacon-wrapped scallops ($70.) mohegansun.com.

Foxwoods Resort Casino's restaurants offer several New Year's dining specials, including a tomahawk chop steak for two ($130) at Cedars and a filet and lobster offering at Veranda Cafe ($42.) foxwoods.com.

Olives and Oil, 124 Temple St., New Haven, features a themed "Night in Venice" dinner, starting at 8 p.m. with six courses of Italian fare, wine and beverage pairings and champagne toast. Cost is $90. Tickets: olivesandoil.com/tickets/newyears.

Elm City Social, 266 College St., New Haven, hosts a “Boardwalk Empire”-themed New Year's dinner starting at 8 p.m., featuring six courses and cocktail pairings. Cost is $90. Tickets: elmcitysocial.com/product/boardwalk-newyears.

ON20, 400 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, hosts two New Year's Eve seatings: the first, at 6 p.m., features a five-course menu for $90 per person with optional beverage pairing for additional $40. The second seating, at 8:30 p.m., is a seven-course tasting menu at $110 per person, with beverage pairing for another $40. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity. The evening features a three-piece jazz band. 860-722-5510, ontwenty.com.

First Night

First Night Hartford is coming, with face painting, fireworks, fortune tellers, folk music, funny improv comedy and hours of festive family fun on New Year’s Eve.

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First Night

First Night Hartford is coming, with face painting, fireworks, fortune tellers, folk music, funny improv comedy and hours of festive family fun on New Year’s Eve.

The 29th annual city tradition, which was saved from extinction this summer by a sizable private donation that made up for...

Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St., East Hampton, hosts dinner with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m., featuring entree specials ($22 to $32) like chicken and waffles, boiled and baked stuffed lobster, pan-seared scallops, filet mignon and surf and turf. The evening's entertainment features a tribute to Woodstock 1969, with music by Downtown Train and a "best-dressed hippie contest." Call early to reserve a ride on the Tiki Taxi, a free shuttle service, which travels within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant.

Angelico's also offers a New Year's to-go package, if you prefer to dine at home. A gourmet dinner for two includes lobster bisque, Caesar salad, dessert and entree choices of smoked bourbon short rib, chicken and waffles, pan-seared scallops, salmon, filet mignon and blackened tuna. Cost is $85. Order before noon on Dec. 29 and pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. 860-267-1276, angelicoslakehouse.com.

Metro Bis, 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, offers New Year's Eve to-go meals, with items like beef tenderloin, lobster bisque, crab cakes, whipped potatoes and vegetable sides. Orders must be placed by Dec. 28 to be picked up between 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 31. 860-651-7417, metrobis.com.

Artisan at the Delamar Hotel, 1 Memorial Road, West Hartford, offers two New Year’s Eve seatings. The first, starting at 5 p.m., is a three-course prix-fixe for $65 and the second, starting at 8 p.m., offers four courses with a champagne toast for $125. The evening also features music and dancing. 860-937-2525, facebook.com/ArtisanWestHartford.

Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, serves an a la carte dinner menu in its Fresh Salt restaurant from 5 to 9 p.m. The lounge bar is open serving food from 5 to 10 p.m. and drinks until 1 a.m.