If your idea of a New Year’s Eve celebration involves multiple courses of fine cuisine but you still want to pop some Champagne at midnight, check out our picks for dinners that lead you right into 2016. And it goes without saying: Reservations are a must.
Chef Brian Malarkey’s second Las Vegas restaurant just barely makes it in for a 2015 opening. Executive chef Geno Bernardo takes us on a tour of sea and land with a four-course prix fixe menu. $295 per person, last seating at 9 p.m., in Aria, 702-590-9898, HerringboneEats.com.
Don your best wiggle dress and prep your liver for the Mad Men-inspired, four-course retro dinner featuring entrées such as chicken Kiev and beef Wellington, complete with era-appropriate cocktails, of course. $75 per person, $30 wine pairing, $35 bottomless Champagne, 8:30 p.m., 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100, HoneySalt.com.
Costa di Mare
Say goodbye to 2015 with a seven-course tasting of pristine seafood straight from the Mediterranean Sea. $395, seatings available at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m., in Wynn, 702-770-3463, WynnLasVegas.com.
Andrea’s & Surrender
If you and your dirty dozen insist on spending the night together, there’s a VIP package with your name on it. Begin with a 12-course Gala Dinner at Andrea’s, then seamlessly move over to Surrender to party with Diplo. All you need is a cool $60,000. Should you just want the dinner without the DJ, that’s a mere $295 per person. In Encore, 702-770-7300, WynnLasVegas.com.
It’s not a meal at Mr. Chow without a little bubbly, which makes this haute Chinese restaurant the place to be at midnight. The later seating includes a bottle of Dom Pérignon to wash down the three-course meal. $333, seatings available at 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., in Caesars Palace, 702-731-7778, Caesars.com.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
For a most avant-garde meal, sign up for six courses from the 23rd floor perch of Twist overlooking the Strip. Make it even more special by reserving a spot for the private VIP dinner that comes with Gagnaire himself, along with Champagne, a signed menu and book. $525/$1,000 VIP, seatings available at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., in Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367, MandarinOriental.com.
Sitting atop the Palms on the 56th floor, Alizé’s floor-to-ceiling windows will provide one of the best views when the sparks fly. A six-course, gourmet tasting menu will help you finish up the year in one of the city’s classiest restaurants. $495, reservations available from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., in the Palms, 702-951-7000, AlizeLV.com.
Day 1: Aftermath
The clock striking midnight is a distant memory. Last night’s party dress is in a crumpled heap on the floor, and there is more mascara on your pillowcase than on your face. Judging by these signs, it is safe to say that New Year’s Eve is over, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop.
Chef Marc Marrone of Lavo Restaurant (in the Palazzo, 702-791-1800, LavoLV.com) has the cure for the New Year’s Day doldrums, as he will be offering hangover specials in addition to his regular brunch menu. Items include a truffled mac and cheeseburger, Calabrian chili pork fries and Nutella-stuffed churro bites.
“My favorite way to spend New Year’s Day is to hang out at home and barbecue with friends,” Marrone says. “I usually make a big hangover dinner for everyone and watch football.”
Now you can get in on the goods even without a personal invite from the chef. “I nurse a hangover by starting my day with a red Gatorade and four ibuprofen,” he says. “Then my next mission is to find food. I always go for comfort food. The Calabrian pulled pork fries are inspired by what my nana made for dinner every Sunday. That always cured my hangover.”
And while this isn’t exactly a special edition of Lavo’s popular party brunch, a DJ will be on hand to set the mood. Lavo Casino Club upstairs will host Hungover & Broke, a brunch and bowl game-viewing party.