There are many fine New Year’s Eve dinners around the Valley, and whittling them down to ten was no easy task. Our criteria: Price (dinners that cost between $35-$95 per person), the diversity and depth of the dinner menus, and location (we tried to include an option for every area of the Valley). Here are ten places to toast 2017, in alphabetical order.
Beckett’s Table: Arcadia restaurant Beckett’s Table will serve a New Year’s dinner featuring an appetizer ($9) of crispy pork trotters, and choice of entrée ($32) from either blue cheese-crusted New York steak or duck leg confit. The meal is topped off with dessert of smoked bacon, bourbon, apple cobbler, gingersnap crumble and vanilla ice cream. beckettstable.com
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar: The five-course prix fixe menu at this Jamaican restaurant in Central Phoenix starts with curried crab and crisp vegetables before moving on to cassava soup with brussels and cipollini, followed by either Kumamoto oysters or pork belly, with a main course of steamed red snapper or smoked duck breast, and culminates with black rum cake. $65 for the five courses, plus $15 for optional cocktail pairings. thebreadfruit.com
Crudo: Several New Year’s Eve specials include live scallop crudo with pickled l’itoi and cranberries ($22); roasted whole orata with olives, herb salad, lemon and Puglia olive oil ($35); and stuffed trotter for two with foie gras, Maya’s Farm arugula and balsamic vinegar ($40). crudoaz.com
The Herb Box: All three Valley locations will serve a special New Year’s dinner ($65) that begins with butternut squash soup with duck confit and an herb-grilled shrimp and Fuji apple salad, followed by a main course of tenderloin beef, roasted chicken or pan-seared sea bass, and ending with the “Chocolate Resolution” – a dark chocolate, raspberries and cinnamon crisp dessert. theherbbox.com
Joe’s Midnight Run: Guests at this Central Phoenix eatery on New Year’s Eve can choose one of three seatings for a prix fixe menu ($65 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and $75 at 10 p.m.). Opening course choices include tuna crudo and grilled romaine salad, while main course options include salmon and duck mole. Dessert choices are poached pear or chocolate cheesecake. joesmidnightrun.com
Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend: The four-course prix fix menu for New Year’s Eve ($55) includes a sea urchin panna cotta starter, small plates like “bacon & eggs” (housemade sturgeon bacon, crème fraiche, and toast), and large plate choices such as Chilean sea bass and bouillabaisse, along with dessert options of sticky toffee pudding or Black Forest gateau. foxrc.com/restaurants/little-cleos-seafood-legend
Los Sombreros: This Scottsdale Mexican restaurant rings in the New Year with a three-course dinner for two of shrimp chile relleno salad, zucchini with chipotle tomato salsa chile relleno, pork pastor chile relleno, and cinnamon tamale with homemade vanilla ice cream. $29.95 (includes two glasses of sparkling wine). lossombreros.com
Okra: Two menus are available – a three-course menu ($35) of choices including white bean soup, chicken fried steak and warm apple bread; and a four-course menu ($45) of choices including salad, fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chop and coconut rice pudding. okraaz.com
Pomegranate Café: For $35 per person, New Year’s Eve visitors to this vegan restaurant in Ahwatukee can cap off the year with cauliflower picatta with spaghetti squash pasta and lemon beurre blanc, along with a salad splashed with pomegranate vinaigrette, POM-Berry champagne sparkler and tiramisu truffle. pomegranatecafe.com
Vintage 95: New Year’s Eve diners at this Chandler restaurant can choose either a three-course dinner ($60) or a five-course dinner ($80) with wine pairings. Entrées choices are pan-roasted quail with yucca succotash and agave lime glaze, poached cobia with Chinese broccoli, shiitake mushrooms and udon noodles, or New York strip steak with roasted fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms and blackberry demi glace. vintage95.com
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