Surf & turf at David Burke's.
It seems like every restaurant in Chicago is doing some version of a prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Unless you're an in-the-know foodie, it'll be hard to decide what'll really push your palate into 2010. Put down the menu and let us guide you through our favorite options.
David Burke's Primehouse
The steaks at this spot are worth almost any price, so consider this four-course menu a good deal. Your adventure will begin with a selection of shared appetizers (foie gras mousse, kobe beef sashimi, seared ahi tuna tacos, oysters on the half shell), followed by your choice of an appetizer, soup or salad and a choice of entree (including the South Side Filet, 40-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, seared Alaskan King salmon and surf and turf) with two sides. Dessert options include tiramisu creme brulee, cheesecake lollipops and caramel pain perdu.
5-10 p.m., $100
There will be two things to celebrate on December 31: the New Year and the first anniversary of this rock-inspired River North restaurant. So expect something special from the five-course dinner, including everything from pan-seared scallops with Dijon mustard sauce, pickled cauliflower and fennel to pork belly with brioche toast, tomato bacon jam, bleu cheese mousse, avocado puree and herb salad. For the late-night partiers, the restaurant will clear out the dining room beginning at 10 p.m. for a bash ($30) including passed appetizers, a cash bar and a champagne toast at midnight.
5:30-10:30 p.m.; $49
Savor this moment - The Bristol is taking reservations for one night only. The in-demand Bucktown spot's special three-course dinner includes your choice of first course (roasted beets with housemade goat's milk ricotta and walnut bread, tuna conserva with beluga lentils and saba, or pork rillettes with toast and sauce ravigote) and second course (pistachio- and sausage-stuffed veal breast with Roman gnocchi, roasted cod with blood orange, Gaeta olive and Swiss chard, and celery root agnolotti with pear, Parmesan and balsamic. A selection of pastries, cookies and fudge will be available for dessert.
Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.; $79
Executive chef Nicole Pederson (fresh off a trip to the White House State Dinner) serves up a four-course menu including your choice of clam chowder or warm spinach salad; sea scallops or seared foie gras; pan-seared John Dory or Swan Creek Farm ribeye; and pastry chef Toni Roberts's double chocolate sundae, lemon pudding cake and a selection of artisanal cheeses. Each guest gets a glass of champagne and DJ Sativa spins throughout the evening.
Chef Michael McDonald caps his first year at the Michael Jordan-owned restaurant with a decadent five-course meal including housemade saffron linguini, chilled Florida stone crab, seared foie gras, butter-poached wagyu beef and a bittersweet chocolate terrine. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.
Still hungry? Order up a list of more New Year's Eve dinner options from our guide.
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