Where to Dine on New Year's Eve in Chicago

Ring in the new year on the right foot at one of these restaurants
Staff Writer
NYE Chicago

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From burlesque-themed events to decadent tasting menus, you'll find the perfect party to end 2013 here in Chicago.

Where did you go, 2013? 2014 is already here. Before you get caught up in all those resolutions, make sure you send this year out right with one of these amazing menus.

TWO – Chef Tom Van Lente will ring in the new year with a four-course prix fixe menu from his sustainable menu. A live band will accompany the festivities, and a toast of sparkling wine will be provided at midnight. Reservations are available for $60 per person by calling (312) 634-8363.

Little Market Brasserie – Count down into 2014 with the classic American fare of Little Market Brasserie. Guests will enjoy dishes such as deviled eggs, country pate with cornichons and toasted baguettes, and hazelnut dark chocolate cake. The price is $50 per person. Call (312) 640-8141 for reservations.

Filini Bar & Restaurant – If you’re looking to start the new year with a little mystery, the Black and White Masquerade Social at Filini will fit the bill. Live music will be played from 8 pm to 11 pm, with a DJ taking over to keep the party going until 2 am. For $35 per person, small plates such as prosciutto-wrapped dates and bruschetta will be served. For $75, a four-course menu will be offered, including dishes like carpaccio and butternut squash ravioli. Seating will be first come, first served.

Mercat a la Planxa – Come enjoy “Nochevieja,” a traditional Spanish celebration involving 12 grapes eaten at midnight. Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris crafted a four-course, twelve dish menu around grapes. Dishes include albondingas, shrimp meatballs with red grape escabeche and caramelized scallop jus, and goat cheese panna cotta with muscat-poached grapes and caramelized white chocolate. The menu will be available with wine pairings from 3 pm to 5pm for $85, and from 5 pm to midnight for $125. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 765-0524.

Mercadito – Enjoy a five-course tasting menu filled with tacos, guacamole, and ceviche, then send out 2013 right with a three-hour open bar and champagne midnight toast. The sharing menu will be served from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm for $45 a person; from 9:45 pm, the tasting menu, along with the open bar, will be available for $120 per guest. Call for rservations at (312) 329-9555.

Sumi Robata Bar – Ring in the new year with a traditional Japanese meal at Sumi Robata Bar. A special prix fixe menu includes fresh seafood and robata-grilled dishes. Desserts such as tofu soy milk panna cotta topped with yuzu curd and sansho-chocolate filled doughnuts with matcha semifreddo round out the night. Get a six-course meal for $60 per person or the eight-course menu for $80. Make reservations by calling (312) 988-7864.

Sepia – Chef Andrew Zimmerman offers a glamorous affair with his Michelin-starred cuisine to help you celebrate this New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy dishes such as boudin blanc with black truffle, celery root, and truffle jus and striped bass with sunchoke barigoule, carrot, cardamom, and almond. The menu is available in two seatings: the first, four-course meal, from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm, is priced at $90 per person, and the second, five-course dinner, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm, is $120 per person. Call (312) 441-1920 for reservations.

Found – Take a trip to past as the new year begins! Found’s party transports guests back to 1920s bohemian Paris. Be charmed by Chef Nicole Pederson’s globally-inspired menu, served a la carte between 5 pm and 8 pm. After 8 pm, a five course prix fixe menu is available for $65 a person. Reservations can be made by calling (847) 868-8945.

Untitled – Another timeless celebration will be taking place at Untitled. Taking advantage of its speakeasy atmosphere, the night will be all about burlesque. So let down your hair and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and premium drinks. Find the details here.

Takashi – Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a delicious and classy evening at Takashi with 7 and 9-course tasting menus. Enjoy carefully crafted dishes such as Seared Day Boat Scallops with Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto and Miyagi Royal Oyster with Pearl and Caviar. The seven-course dinner is available between 5 pm and 7 pm for $90 a person. The nine-course menu will be served from 7 pm to midnight with a complimentary champagne toast for $110. For reservations you can call (773) 772-6170.

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