Ring in the New Year with a Four Course Meal!

By: Toni Cunningham | December 26, 2013

New Year’s Eve means out with the old and in with the new, which is cause for a celebration. If you’re over the nightclub party scene and would rather ring in 2014 in a more sophisticated manner, allow me to be your guide.

While you could sit around at home and watch the ball drop, grab your spouse, family or a group of friends and go out for a nice dinner instead! Plenty of Metro Detroit restaurants are hosting special New Year’s Eve dinners at varying price ranges. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner out on the town or something simple, they’re all going to provide amazing food, I assure you.

Take a look at the list, and make sure to get your reservation in ASAP!

Forest Grill, 735 Forest Ave., Birmingham, will offer a special tasting menu on New Year’s Eve, courtesy of Chef Polcyn and Chef Nick. The four-course meal costs $90/person and there is an optional wine package for an additional $35.

Dinner includes:

  • First course: your choice of Housemade Charcuterie, Torchon of Foie Gras, or Farm Egg
  • Second course: your choice of Housemade Fettuccine, Wild Atlantic Stripped Bass, Grilled Maine Lobster, or Crispy Pork Belly
  • Third course: your choice of Pan Roasted Breast of Indiana Duckling, Snake River Farms Wagyu Ribeye Steak, Corned Veal Breast, or Pan Roasted Georges Bank Sea Scallop
  • Fourth course: your choice of Chocolate Pate, Lemon Pound Cake, or Vanilla Brioche Bread Pudding. 

Fountain Bistro, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, will bring in the New Year with class. The restaurant is offering a four-course meal, in addition to several drink packages and a champagne toast at midnight.

Dinner options are as follows:

  • First course: your choice of Lentil Soup or Warm Goat Cheese Salad
  • Second course: your choice of Beef Carpaccio, Octopus Salad or Eggplant Rollatini
  • Third course: your choice of Medallions of Beef Au Poivre, Pan Roasted Chicken, Salmone Livornese or Risotto Primavera
  • Fourth course: your choice of Tiramisu or Chocolate Lava Cake 

The dinner costs $50/person, and there are additional New Year’s Eve party drink tickets that can be found on the restaurant’s official website.

Best of all? For the midnight champagne toast, the bottles will be opened with a sword. I’m sold.

Grange Kitchen & Bar, 118 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, is promising a New Year’s Eve feast “fit for kings.” The four-course menu costs $60/person, and a wine pairing costs an additional $35, while a beer pairing costs $20.

The spread includes the following:

  • First course: your choice of Pickled Oysters, Seared Duck Foie Gras, Roasted Heirloom Beet Tartare, or Smoked Trout
  • Second course: your choice of Rye Gnocchi with Pork Belly, Grilled Romaine with Local Feta, Sunchoke Soup with Grilled Michigan Shrimp, or Smoked Spicy Lamb Sausage
  • Third course: your choice of Chestnut Crusted Michigan White-Tail Venison, Grilled Confit Rabbit, Grilled Michigan Rainbow Trout, or Indian Spiced Chickpea and Fall Vegetable Stew
  • Fourth course: your choice of desserts prepared by pastry chef Melissa Richards 

I don’t know about you, but this prix-fixe menu sounds like a good way to close out 2013.

The Root, 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake, is hosting a New Year’s Italian feast, and you had me at Italian. Chef James Rigato will prepare an exceptional meal, complete with Olive Oil Poached Tuna, Winter Truffle Risotto, Prosciutto, Blood Orange & Fennel Salad, Slow Cooked Duck Breast and more.

The five-course meal includes a starter and dessert plate as well, and you can enjoy it all for $100/person. If you’d like, you can add a wine pairing to each course for an additional $50.

Guests will be seated at 8:30 p.m. and dinner will be served promptly at 9 p.m.

Hamlin Pub, 55076 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, has a dinner package that will take you into the next morning.

For $199/couple, you can get a five-course plated dinner for two, open bar until 1 a.m., a champagne toast, live entertainment, a night’s stay at the nearby Hampton Inn, complimentary breakfast, and a ride from the pub to the hotel. If you’d like to skip out on the hotel, it’ll cost you $140/couple.

The five-course meal includes the following set menu:

  • Wild Mushroom Soup
  • Candied Pecan Salad
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • Surf and Turf
  • Caramel Gelato 

Make sure you make your reservation as soon as possible! Seats are going to fill up fast, and you don’t want to miss out on a great New Year’s Eve dinner celebration like this.

Happy New Year!