Food spread at Beauty & Essex's. Photo: Anthony Mair

Culinary Countdowns

Seven decadent meals to ring in 2017

Is there any more perfect way to usher in the New Year than with a final gastronomic celebration that culminates in a Champagne toast and views of spectacular fireworks? We don’t think so. New Year’s Eve blowout menus at swanky places—many with sweeping city views—are a surefire way to make the 2017 countdown count.

Guy Savoy’s salmon. Photo: Elizabeth Buehring.

Restaurant Guy Savoy

in Caesars Palace

Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with prime views of the Strip, the award-winning restaurant, whose identical Paris flagship was just voted the No. 1 restaurant in the world by La Liste, will offer a round of seatings that begin between 9–10 p.m., at which time you can indulge in a 10-course prix fixe dinner. The New Year’s Eve Prestige Menu begins with an amuse-bouche of lobster “candy” followed by decadent dishes including scallop tartare, wild Atlantic turbot, seared foie gras, artichoke and black truffle soup, and grilled Japanese wagyu. The vegetarian menu offers deliciously creative dishes, among them “Chestnut All Around,” stuffed baby squash, Alba white truffle risotto and the perfect egg with Parmesan and white truffle. A lavish meal such as this comes with only the most sumptuous of desserts, including exotic rum baba and chocolate with Alba white truffle. $600 per person,


in the plaza hotel & casino

Oscar’s in the Plaza will serve its full menu on New Year’s Eve, with the final dinner reservation times at 10:30 p.m. Chef Jeff Martell’s recommendations include Johnny Quinn’s fresh lump crab cake with stone-ground mustard and pepper remoulade ($17), a surf-and-turf special of Joey C’s 8-ounce filet mignon with lobster tail (market price) and a decadent chocolate marquise for dessert ($12). At midnight, guests will enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast to count down and celebrate the New Year with views of a spectacular live fireworks show from the glass dome in Oscar’s dining room.

Beauty & Essex

in The Cosmopolitan

The late seating for chef Chris Santos’ six-course celebration dinner begins at 9:30 p.m. This special menu features signature favorites including avocado, lemon and Espelette peppers on toast; grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings; and 14-ounce prime dry-aged sirloin with the option to upgrade various courses for an additional cost. A DJ will spin tunes, and guests will toast to 2017 at midnight and receive complimentary admission to the neighboring Marquee Nightclub after 1 a.m. Menu starts at $175,

Sushi Roku

in The Forum Shops at Caesars

Leave it to Sushi Roku’s superbly trained sushi chefs to ring in 2017 with an indulgent omakase dinner. The first course includes a santen mori (appetizer trio) of toro tuna cube with black truffle, sea urchin with osetra caviar and American wagyu tataki with kizami wasami and ponzu foam. This is followed by four more courses featuring ocean trout kobujime with capers and burrata cheese; a sashimi selection of bluefin tuna, madai, kanpachi and hotate; wagyu Rossini with black pepper sauce; and premium sushi including toro, shima aji, hirame, sweet shrimp, and a seared wagyu and black truffle hand roll. All this is finished by a sweet and tart yuzu crème brûlée. Those scoring the 9:30 p.m. seating will enjoy a party favor and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. $170,

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

in Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Enjoy an exquisite, six-course dinner presentation at Twist, where the second seating culminates in admission to the New Year’s Eve countdown and party at midnight in Mandarin Bar. Within the stunningly appointed dining room with views from the 23rd floor, enjoy chilled foie gras terrine followed by haddock soufflé and osetra caviar. The third course is Maine lobster fricasee with Cognac. A pumpkin velouté with Alba white truffles and Guinea fowl stuffed with black truffles leads right up to a signature Pierre Gagnaire dessert. Last seating 9:30 p.m., $525 per person, $200 additional per person for wine pairing,

Crispy socca at Rivea


in the Delano

The final seating in Rivea is a five-course prix fixe meal enjoyed from the top floor of the Delano. Rivea’s sweeping views make it a prime spot to greet 2017 with a bang. The gala dinner features Alain Ducasse’s French- and Italian Riviera–influenced cuisine, including marinated striped bass and osetra caviar followed by Maine lobster risotto with shaved black truffle; seared scallops with pumpkin, chestnut and black truffle; Angus beef filet mignon Rossini; and a Rivea chocolate and hazelnut composition. Last seating 10:30 p.m., $295 inside, $495 patio,

Libertine Social

in Mandalay Bay

Liberate yourself with a decadent four-course celebration before 2016 ends. Begin with warm house-made burrata served with marinated beets and aged balsamic, then move on to grilled King crab legs with uni butter and Espelette hot sauce. For your entrée, choose from either wood-grilled halibut with foraged mushrooms and charred leek puree or Iberico pork tenderloin with smoked apple and parsnip puree and pepper romesco sauce. For a sweet finish, conclude with a chocolate hazelnut bar with burnt marshmallow before the countdown and toast at midnight. Last seating 11 p.m., $85,