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Ring in the New!

There are plenty of places to ring in the New Year 2023. Many local restaurants are offering special New Year’s Eve events and menus.


To be honest, I don’t usually go out on New Year’s Eve. I’m more of a stay at home and celebrate guy. In part that’s because my wife usually has to work at her restaurant on NYE, and in part because I just don’t love crowds. When living in NYC I avoided Times Square and the midnight ball drop like the plague. But if you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve in public – especially while enjoying a good restaurant meal – here are some tasty options for dining out on NYE. 

350 Main in Park City will ring in the New Year with live music and a four course prix fixe dinner. First course choices include King Oyster Mushrooms, Crispy Cauliflower, Tuna Tataki, Dungeness Crab Cake or Pan-Seared Foie Gras. Second course options are French Onion Soup, Organic Greens with candied garlic vinaigrette, or Artisan Romaine Caesar Salad. Main course choices are plentiful: Indonesian Rice Noodles, Utah Mountain Red Trout, Porcini-Crusted Scottish Salmon, Maine Lobster Risotto, Mary’s Airline Chicken Breast, 8 oz. Beef Tenderloin, or Braised Lamb Shank. Guests will enjoy a selection of house-made desserts to finish up dinner. $150 pp/5 pm to 6:45 pm; $250 pp/7:30 pm to close, plus 20% gratuity added to all checks.

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On December 31st Adelaide at Le Meridien will be offering a special prix-fixe menu from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. The amuse will be a Crispy Oyster and Caviar. The first course will be a choice of Deviled Eggs with parmesan yolk and caviar; or Louisiana BBQ Shrimp with cracked pepper and herb toast. The second course will be a choice of Granny Smith Apples and Frisée Salad with chevre, honey and white balsamic vinaigrette, pomegranate, and pistachio crumbs; or Blue Crab au Gratin with bechamel, gruyere breadcrumbs and lavash crackers. Entrées will be a choice of Seafood Jambalaya featuring andouille, confit chicken, Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp, and Cajun rice; Winter Squash Gnocchi with mushrooms, toasted almonds, and shaved truffles; 10 oz. Filet and Crab Cake Maison with creole hollandaise and potato fondant; or Iberico Pork Chop with sunchoke puree, brussels sprouts, and Riesling gastrique. Dessert will be a Pecan Financier with white chocolate ganache, brown butter gelato and pepita tuile. Pricing is $125/person, with an additional $45 charge for the filet.

Bambara will host New Year’s Eve Dinner from 5 to 10 pm with a four-course special menu which includes Kusshi Oysters, Coffee Smoked Elk Carpaccio, Truffle Grilled Octopus, Wagyu Striploin, Lobster Roulade, Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake and more. Wine pairings are available with each course as well as our full bar menu. Bambara’s sister bar, The Vault, will be open on New Year’s Eve until 11 pm so you can enjoy a drink (or two, or three) after dinner and before the clock strikes midnight.

New Year’s Eve dinner at Cucina will feature a five course dinner plus dessert curated by talented Chef Joey Ferran, plus selected wine pairings beginning at 6 pm. $200 per person. 

Current Fish & Oyster will offer guests a four course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve, created by Chef Zach Wojdula with lots of tasty choices. Appetizer options include a choice of Oyster Shooters, Seared Ahi with yuzu ponzu, or Local Burrata. Second course choices are House Salad, Clam Chowder, or kale and butternut squash Harvest Salad. Main course options are Salmon with green beans and orange-tamarind sauce; Seared Scallops; Black Cod, or Braised Short Rib. For dessert, guests will have a choice of red wine Poached Pear or Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart. Seafood Platters, Oysters, and Caviar will also be available. $89 per person. 

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At Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club guests will ring in the New Year with a special New Year’s Eve menu, SLC best cover band The Tuffle Incident from 9:30 pm to 12 am, and from 12 am to 1 am: DJ NAPO with a balloon drop. The New Year’s Eve menu at Flanker includes a Charcuterie Board with an assortment of three cheeses, three meats, berries, jam, crackers & crostinis ($15); Blue Cheese Wedge with ripe tomatoes, candied bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and blue cheese dressing ($15); 14 oz. Prime Rib with crispy Brussels sprouts & mashed potatoes, served with horseradish and au jus ($38); and Vanilla Poached Pear with Ice Cream & Rum Caramel ($10). On New Year’s Day at Flanker, enjoy a Watch Party with playoff semifinals, the Rose Bowl Game (Michigan vs Alabama), and Sugar Bowl (Texas vs. Washington). 

Franck’s will offer guests a special prix fixe menu available on both December 30 and December 31, priced at $175 per person. Menu items include Caramelized Rosemary Sourdough; 16-Day Dry-Aged Bluefin Tuna Meatball; Truffle-Caramel Apple Emulsion; 6-Hour Slow-Roasted Iberico Pork Cheek Amatriciana; Prime Niman Ranch Beef Tenderloin; Chilled Pistachio Tart; and Root Beer Float Choux. 

Ring in the new year with a festive fête in The Goldener Hirsch Restaurant in Deer Valley. Enjoy a delectable seven-course prix-fixe menu featuring an array of alpine holiday favorites with a modern flair. Specialty cocktails and wines will be available for purchase, and our corkage fee remains $50 per bottle. $195 per person with optional add-on of Sommelier’s 7-course perfect pairing ($145 per person). The same menu and pairings will also be available on New Year’s Day. 

Park City’s venerable Grub Steak restaurant will offer guests a three course dinner on New Year’s Eve. Choose a starter from House Salad, Baby Romaine Caesar Salad, or Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup. The entree is Roasted Strip Loin of Certified Angus Beef with green peppercorn sauce, served with a Jumbo King Crab Leg. Side dish choices include Baked Potato, Mashed Potato, Prospector Rice, French Fries, or Creamed Spinach. Then, select a choice of dessert from the Grub Steak’s homemade dessert tray. $125.75 per person.  

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Hill’s Kitchen in Park City will be open for brunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve and the lunch and dinner on New Year’s Day with specially prepared dishes for the occasion, including a juicy prime rib dinner, a rack of lamb with a sage reduction, and a spicy gingerbread cake, served a la mode with eggnog ice cream. 

Laurel Brasserie & Bar at the Grand America invites guests to ring in the New Year with a New Year’s buffet on Sunday, December 31st and Monday, January 1st. Festive seatings for New Year’s are available from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm with prices ranging from $37.50 for children (4-12 years old) and $75 for adults.

From Dec. 31 through Jan. 1, The Lodge at Blue Sky is offering a full itinerary of events. On New Year’s Eve, from 6 to 9 p.m., a six-course dinner prepared by the Yuta Chef will ring in the New Year. This runs $195 per person, with an optional wine pairing available at an additional $150 per person. Reservations are required. From 8 to 9 p.m., sparklers and s’mores will be available. Then, from 9 p.m. to midnight, a New Year’s Eve Party will take place at the Yuta Bar. Reservations are required and this is a cash bar. New Year’s Day will kick off with restorative yoga from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Reservations are required but this is complimentary for guests. Call 435-571-0349 for more details.

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Log Haven restaurant will feature specially selected dishes from Chef Dave Jones in addition to their regular menu with highlights such as Grilled Quail, Tuna Tartare, Jalapeño Queso Fresco Crab Cake, Miso Marinated Halibut, Bison Steak Au Poivre, Achiote Adobo Grilled Organic Chicken, Harissa Shrimp with sundried tomato risotto, Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Elk Striploin, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms, and more. Enjoy live music during your New Year’s Eve dinner at Log Haven. 

The folks at Pendry Park City invite you to spend an extra special New Year at KITA, with a three-course or four-course prix-fixe dinner, champagne, and plenty of dazzle to start 2024 off right.  Paired perfectly with our Pool House Pre-Party with fireworks, our Après Pendry New Year’s celebrations and a Kid’s Night Out for the little ones. $115 pp.three course; $225 pp/four course. 

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Stanza Italian Bistro will offer a five course prix fixe menu created by Executive Chef Paul Cafaro for New Year’s Eve, priced at $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity, alcohol not included. First course options include Crab & Corn Arancini, Wedge Salad, or Seafood Bisque, followed by a second course of Braised Pork Shank or Lobster Mezzaluna. Course #3 will be French 75 Sorbet, followed by a choice of entrees: Seared Scallop with risotto Milanese, or Grilled New York Strip with sweet potato pavee and grilled asparagus. For dessert, there’s a choice of Italian Cream Cake or Tuxedo Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. 

The folks at Tucanos Brazilian Grill invite you to “Come for a savory New Year’s Celebration with family and food – Brazilian style, starting early at 3 pm and going until the last reservation. Or … enjoy New Year in the comfort of your home with one of several very delicious Tucanos Holiday Meal Packages we’re famous for.” A Full Churrasco Dinner with linen-covered tables, Rosemary-Herb Salmon, Roasted Ribeye, Special New Year’s Dessert and Holiday Party Favors is $34.95 per person; kids 7-12/$12.95; 6 and under free. 

Tuscany restaurant will feature a four course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve, beginning with a first course of Lobster Bisque or Baby Kale Salad. That will be followed by a second course choice of Wagyu Beef Carpaccio or House Crab Cakes. The entree course will be a choice of Pan-Seared Scallops, Prime Filet Mignon Oscar, or Veal Marsala. For dessert, guests will select Fig Cake with rosemary frosting and filling or Dark Chocolate Tiramisu with almonds and mascarpone. $150 per person. 

The folks at Urban Hill invite you to bid 2023 adieu with dinner at their stylish restaurant. “Chef Nick Zocco and the Urban Hill team are going big this New Year’s Eve with a decadent prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings, available just for the evening! Guests will be able to choose each of their four courses from a curated list, including a succulent Creekstone Farms Tenderloin Filet with grilled broccolini, a prime Utah Elk Chop served with ancho chile cranberry demi-glace, Dayboat Scallops with lobster beurre blanc and more. Make sure to leave room for dessert.” $130 per person;  sommelier selections are available for an additional $55/per person. 

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The Wild Rose in South Jordan will offer a prix fixe dinner menu for both December 30th and December 31st, priced at $95 per person. First, choose an appetizer from Tuna Tartare, Mac & Blue Cheese, or Duck Spring Roll, then enjoy an Arugula Salad. Entree choices are New York Steak Au Poivre, Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Slow-Braised Bison Short Ribs, or Pan-Seared Australian Lamb Tenderloin. Dessert options are Tiramisu, Honey Lavender Ice Cream, or Lemon Cheesecake. 

Z’s Steak & Chop Haus at Zermatt Resort in Midway invites guests to “Embark on a culinary journey around the world and indulge in our exclusive 8-course tasting menu meticulously crafted for an unforgettable celebration as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new.” The all gluten-free menu is as follows: Amuse Bouche (South America) Shrimp Tostada; Salad (North America) Arugula & Pear Salad; Soup (Africa) Peanut Soup; Appetizer (France with an American Influence) Buffalo Tartare; Intermezzo (Spain) Tapas; Seafood (Asia) U-10 Scallops with corn puree and tobiko butter sauce; Entree (South America with European Influence) Achiote-Marinated Braised Lamb Shank with red wine-cherry reduction; Dessert (France) White Chocolate Mousse Cake with Strawberry Coulis. 

Culinary quote of the week: “It was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Jonathan Swift

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