Dinner parties always seem a bit sophisticated, don’t they? Even if you’re going to an organized potluck, you feel like somewhat of a grown-up. If this year, you decide to leave the $150 plus admission parties to the youngsters, I don’t blame you. Instead, why not go out for a fancy dinner instead? Now is the time to treat yourself!
Grab a group of friends, your significant other, or your family and make a reservation at a restaurant in the D offering a fixed course meal or special New Year’s Eve dinner event. While some of these prices may rival the party tickets you’ve seen (and have maybe even been considering), the atmosphere will be a little different. Here are a few you should consider:
Roast, 1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit, is celebrity chef Michael Symon’s brainchild, the first of his restaurants to be established in Metro Detroit (followed by B-Spot Burgers, of course). New Year’s Eve at Roast will consist of a three-course dinner, a glass of Montaudon Champagne upon seating, live music and more. Each guest will have his or her choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Reservations cost $120 per person and can be made via phone at 313-961-2500.
Starter options include charcuterie, oysters, beef tartar and a variety of salads. Entrees, steaks and chops include Roasted Chicken, Filet Mignon (with crab béarnaise) and Smoked Pork Chop (with polenta, pickled chilies and barbecue onions).
Weber’s, 3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, is offering a dinner party package with a buffet perfect for couples. The buffet features an hors d’oeuvre plate for two, complete with crab meat cocktail, chilled lobster tail and shrimp cocktail, as well as soups and salads.
Entrees include Prime Rib of Beef, Stuffed Pork Loin (stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, topped with an oven-roasted tomato sauce), Tuscan Pan Chicken Breast and Caramelized Salmon Filet (caramelized with Cajun seasoning and sugar).
Side dishes such as Gruyere and Romano Au Gratin Potatoes and Fresh Asparagus with Sauce Bernaise round out the meal, as well as a Michigan dessert trio of Bumpy Cake, Vernors Float and Dried Cherry Compote.
The Jerry Ross Band will provide the evening’s live entertainment in the Grand Ballroom, and tickets for dinner and the party cost $229 per couple. Overnight packages with hotel are also available for $379 per couple.
Sushi Bar & Japanese Bistro, 130 Maple St., Wyandotte, is great for a New Year’s Eve date outing with that special someone. The sushi restaurant is running a $50 dinner for two special on the last night of 2014, where you can enjoy a full meal with champagne and live jazz for a reasonable price.
You will have your choice of two regular rolls, either California (rolled with rice and seaweed, topped with crab stick, cucumber, avocado and caviar) or Crunchy (cooked shrimp, crab stick and cream cheese, fried lightly with bread crumbs and rolled with rice and seaweed), plus two special rolls. The special roll options include a Tokyo Roll (rolled with crab stick, cucumber and avocado, and topped with fresh tuna and avocado) or Biddle Roll (crab stick, cucumber and avocado rolled with rice and seaweed, topped with salmon).
In addition to the rolls, you each get your own soup or salad, plus champagne.
Brookshire Restaurant, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester, is located inside of the Royal Park Hotel. The upscale restaurant is serving three different New Year’s holiday menus, including a New Year’s Eve three-course dinner, five-course dinner and New Year’s Day breakfast buffet.
The three-course dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and you have your choice of several options for each. The first course consists of the likes of Avocado Salad with Citrus Fruit Dressing and Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna Tartar. The main course includes options such as Pan Seared Day Boat Diver Scallops, Char Grilled Filet of Beef and Roasted Pheasant Breast.
For dessert, you can pick from Hazelnut Café le Tanzania (a hazelnut cake) and more. The meal costs $85 per person and reservations are recommended.
The five-course meal has a similar menu, and can be viewed here. It costs $120 per person and begins at 8:30 p.m.
The breakfast buffet begins the next morning at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. It costs $20 per person and includes a spread of European style pastries, fresh fruit, gingerbread silver dollar pancakes with maple syrup, an omelet station, homemade fried potatoes and more.
A few other restaurants in the area hosting special New Year’s Eve dinner events include:
No matter where you end up, enjoy your meal, and cheers to 2015!