If you read Chow Bella, I have a feeling your priorities for New Year's Eve might revolve around seeking out a great meal. And trust me, I know what a pain it can be to figure out what your options are -- I am the queen of considering too many options. But once you get your hands on the menu, that's the fun part, right? Uh huh.
So here's a Cliff Notes-style rundown of links and downloads to what some of the Valley's more high-profile places are doing this New Year's Eve, compiled for your menu-reading pleasure...
Cork in Chandler is serving a five-course prix fixe ($75 for first seating, $95 for second seating).
Quiessence is offering four courses for the early seating ($75, 5:30 to 8 p.m.), and six courses for later seating ($125, 9 p.m. to after midnight) -- both include wine pairings.
NOCA is featuring a five-course prix fixe, $75, for seatings between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., and a six-course dinner, $100, for seatings between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Truffles and foie gras are optional add-ons (go for it!).
Kai wins the prize for biggest New Year's splurge -- a seven-course prix fixe for its early seating, $150, and a 12-course meal, $225, for its later seating.
A three-course dinner at Estate House is $79.
Canal is serving three courses for $55.
There's a four-course menu at Prado ($85 for seatings between 6 and 8 p.m., and $105 for seatings from 9 to 10 p.m.) Check it out: Prado New Year's Eve menu.doc
The Mission's four-course dinner is $45. The restaurant will be open until 2 a.m., and will be serving a complementary midnight tequila toast. Here's the evening's menu: Mission New Year's Menu.doc
At Asia de Cuba, the four-course meal is $95 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) or $150 (9 p.m. to midnight) Asia de Cuba New Year's Eve menu.doc
Christopher's five-course tasting menu includes smoked salmon with caviar, lobster pot a feu, seared scallops with black truffles, boneless rack of lamb with nicoise sauce and a selection of cheeses and desserts ($75 per person, $125 with wine pairings).
Sushi Roku's five-course menu is $125 for earlier seatings (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and $150 for later seatings (9 and 9:30 p.m.) Sushi Roku New Year's Eve menu.doc
Cowboy Ciao is offering a three-course meal for $50.
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Four courses at Trader Vic's will run you $70.
And last but certainly not least, Vincent's on Camelback is serving a $95 four-course dinner, along with a special a la carte menu.
Here's to a delicious New Year's Eve, and more good eats in 2009! -- Michele Laudig