Crudo $45/four courses
On New Year's Eve Crudo in Phoenix will be serving a four course dinner for just $45 a person. The options for the first course include yellowtail or ahi tuna crudos, while course two includes selections such as burrata with pancetta and arugula; grilled mozzarella with tomato, dates, and balsamic; and bone marrow with uni bottarga, caviar, and herbs ($6 supplement). Third course choices include crespelle with mushroom sugo and ricotta or squid ink risotto and for the final courses diners can choose from fish, short rib, or lamb belly entrees. Desserts by Tracy Dempsey will be available for an additional $10 and the sweet menu includes creations such as balsamic pie, butternut squash budino, and tiramisu roulade. For a reservation call 602-358-8666.
Havana Patio Cafe $30 per person from 4 p.m. to close
All day on December 31, Havana Patio Cafe in Scottsdale will be offering a Sampler Buffet featuring a selection of the restaurant's most popular dishes. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the buffet will cost $15 a person and from 4 p.m. to close you'll be able to dine for $30 per person. The regular restaurant menu will not be available but there will be champagne sangria and champagne mojitos, as well as happy hour pricing on drinks all day. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call 480-991-1496.
Second Story Liquor Bar $129 per person
If you're looking for a swanky way to ring in the New Year head to Second Story Liquor Bar's dinner and cocktail party in Scottsdale. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with a welcome cocktails or glass of wine and a three course dinner featuring your choice of dishes such as lobster bisque, beer tartare, plank roasted Waygu beef, and coal roasted ratatouille. At 9 p.m. the restaurant will open a seafood and hors d'oeuvres bar, followed by a dessert bar at 9:30. Finally at midnight, guests will get a champagne toast to ring in the year. Tickets cost $129 per person or $109 for patio seating. Space is extremely limited. Tickets can be purchased online.
Roka Akor $68/$128 per person
Scottsdale's Japanese steak and sushi restaurant Roka Akor is offering three seatings at two price points on New Year's Eve. For early diners at the 5 p.m. seating there will be a $68 per person menu that includes dishes such as kanpachi sashimi with compressed watermelon and avocado; rock shrimp tempura with wasabi pea dust and sweet chili aioli; grilled prime ribeye with wafu dressing; and miso Chilean sea bass with maitake mushroom. Two additional seatings at 7 and 9 p.m. will feature a $128 per person menu with options such as Shigoku oysters with Black River Oscietra Caviar; grilled Alaskan King Crab with chili lime butter and cucumber; A5-10 Japanese Wagyu striploin; and lobster rice hotpot with fresh truffle. For a reservation call 480-306-8800.
Cartwright's $60 per adult, $30 per child
In Cave Creek Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House will serve a special three course menu on New Year's Eve. The dinner will start with an appetizer trio of Israeli cous cous salad with smoked chicken breast, broccolini, sun-dried cherry, spiced pepitas, and berry dressing; bibb salad with chipotle vinaigrette, poached lobster, pickled spanish onions, shaved carrots and English cucumber, and heirloom tomato; and roasted root vegetables with smoked bacon, pappadew peppers, toasted pinenuts, and citrus reduction. Next up will be a Shellfish Trio Platter featuring poached Mexican white shrimp, Blue Point oysters, and Alaskan King crab leg. For the main course diners will choose from beef short ribs, dry aged New York strip, and diver scallops. Dessert is also included. Seatings are offered every half hour between 4 and 10 p.m. Call 480-488-8031.
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