Where to Drink and What to Eat in Phoenix on New Year's Eve
|Margaritas and other cocktails|
For New Year's Eve, Iron Chef Jose Garces' Scottsdale restaurant Distrito will be hosting a new menu release party. Its award-winning taco menu (3 for $9 to $14) is being expanded with 10 new combinations, including cabrito (goat, orange, habanero salsa, goat crema), lengua (veal tongue, red chile, cilantro, white onion), and hongos con rajas (poblano rajas, forest mushrooms, Mexican crema, radish). To complement the tacos, 10 new specialty margaritas are also being added to the menu. Celebrate the occasion with an Avo Rita (mezcal, habanero agave nectar, lime juice, avocado puree, simple syrup) or Wine a Rita (malbec, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar). If you feel like you're missing the bubbly, head to The Saguaro's other restaurant Old Town Whiskey at midnight for a complimentary champagne toast. Call 480-970-4444 for reservations.
This restaurant is a great pick for numerous reasons, especially if you're planning a romantic date. Starting at 7 p.m., a five-course dinner with wine pairings will be offered for $50. Cheapskates can choose the alcohol-free option for $35 and then head elsewhere to imbibe. On the other hand, if you decide to go from spendthrift to Rich Uncle Pennybags in the course of the evening, stick around for Centurion's chocolate and wine pairing with live music. Starting at 10 p.m., there will be a buffet of savory and sweet chocolates paired with ten high-end champagnes. The chocolate and wine event is $150 per person, but both the dinner and after party can be purchased for $175 per person. Call 602-687-8796 to reserve your spot.
With an à la carte menu and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, it's easy to find ways to save a little dough at Cask 63. There will be a selection of holiday menu items including baked and stuffed lobster; Maple Leaf Farms duck breast cassoulet with cannellini beans, bacon belly, mire poix, and parmesan panko crust; and Scottish king salmon served with beet and mustard crust, creamed Israeli cous cous, roasted beets, and orange balsamic gastrique. These items will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. To book a table, call 480-922-5666.
If you need to take a date somewhere fancy yet fairly affordable, The Herb Box's five-course dinner will do the trick -- especially if she's a lightweight drinker. At $59 per person including a glass of champagne, you can feel like you're celebrating big without the huge price tag. The prix fixe menu includes yellow tomato gazpacho soup with jumbo lump crab; Lucky Black-Eyed Pea salad with grapes, avocado, radish, fried okra croutons, and champagne herb dressing; shrimp with white cheddar grits and candied prosciutto; fried chicken and sweet potato waffle; and a dessert duo of pink champagne cake and pomegranate liqueur truffle. Call 480-289-6180 for reservations at the SouthBridge location, or 480-289-6180 for DC Ranch.
To accommodate every budget and time, Crudo has three menu and seating options for New Year's Eve. There's a six-course menu for $65 and an eight-course for $100, but those who have been waiting for an excuse to pull out their wallets to sample Chef Cullen Campbell's unique selections will be happy to hear that there's a three-course bar menu available at 7 and 10 p.m. For $45, diners will receive a salad of beets, arugula, pickled grapes, and horseradish vinaigrette; albacore crudo with squid ink aioli; and short ribs with polenta and foie gras sugo. Mixologist Micah Olson completes the picture with pristinely crafted cocktails. Call 602-358-8666 for reservations.
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