Start planning your New Year’s Eve dinner in Vegas

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas and it’s never too early to start planning where you’ll have dinner to ring in 2014. Restaurants book up quickly so check out these suggestions and make your reservations soon!

Top of the World Restaurant at Stratosphere

Top of the World

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a unique experience at Top of the World restaurant, which offers gourmet cuisine 800 feet above the ground. The restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, offering panoramic views of the city and the Strip. You’ll have prime views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Executive Chef Rick Giffen has designed a delicious five-course menu to ring in the New Year, including party favors and a cash bar. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in two-hour seating blocks and the dinner costs $299 per person (price includes tax and gratuity.)

The New Year’s Eve menu starts out with an amuse bouche of caviar and lemon cream espuma on a baby potato.

The first course is a choice of roasted pork belly and shrimp with orange gastrique tamarind and Asian chimichurri; braised beef short rib with Virgil’s root beer demi-glace; or the vegetarian hummus with basil and Nicoise olive oil, roasted chickpeas and ras el hanout with herbed flatbread.

For the second course, choose from lobster bisque or a winter salad with Belgian endive, burrata, roasted root vegetables and roasted green apples.

The main course includes a choice of beef tenderloin; a duo of salmon and branzino; or rack of lamb with Mediterranean flavors.

Finish the meal with a chef’s surprise of chocolate, followed by petit fours with coffee or tea.

Pinot Brasserie at Venetian

This French restaurant will be serving a celebration menu for New Year’s Eve from 5 – 10 p.m. as well as offering their full à la carte menu.

The celebration menu is $135 and includes four courses. Start out with a choice of an artichoke veloute with Serrano ham and shaved black truffle; house cured salmon with tomato sorbet and salmon roe; oyster Rockefeller; or a Belgian endive salad with kumquat and shaved foie gras.

Second course choices include a duo of rabbit and carrots; butter poached lobster with licorice infused milk; scallop crudo; or dorade royal.

The main course selections include Jidory chicken, braised pork cheeks, roasted lamb saddle or a petit filet mignon.

Top off the meal with crème brulee, Grand Marnier soufflé or a chocolate tart.

Diners can choose to add on the golden osetra caviar with traditional accompaniments for an additional $180.


Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops at Caesars

If you’re looking for a place to party with a group of your friends while enjoying a great meal, Carmine’s is the place to go. The legendary Italian restaurant boasts several private rooms that are perfect for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Rotondo room has its own bar and can seat 105 people (130 standing). The restaurant’s second floor can be used for a private party with 175 seats and room for 300 standing. It also has its own bar. Carmine’s also has a private room, Terrazza, with a balcony that overlooks the Strip. It holds 50 seats and has room for 60 standing. The Terrazza also has its own restroom.

Enjoy family-style eating at Carmine’s with entrees that can serve 3 – 5 people. Guests can order just about any kind of pasta from angel hair to linguine, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni and then pick a sauce. Sauces include red or white clam sauce, ragu, pomodoro, garlic and oil, marinara and many more. Other pasta dishes include penne alla vodka, lasagna and ravioli.

For those who are looking for a meat dish, the menu offers chicken marsala, chicken parmigiana, veal cutlets and veal scaloppini. A variety of seafood options are also available including a mouthwatering salmon oreganata or shrimp scampi.

If you’re a beef fan, don’t miss the 46-ounce porterhouse Contadina – tender porterhouse steak broiled with sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions.

Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars

Sushi Roku will be serving a six-course Omakase meal for $145 per person on New Year’s Eve. There will be two seatings: 4 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Guests will receive a complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors.

Sushi Roku

The first course features tuna tartar with caviar, Japanse Wagyu beef tataki with ponzu mousse and uni pie crab with creamy miso sauce.

The second course is lobster chawanmush and the third course is blue fin tuna, madai and kanpachi sashimi.

For the fourth course, enjoy a choice of Australian Kobe beef with foie gras or sea bass truffle miso with fresh truffle.

The premium sushi course features Negi toro, Seared Toro with Truffle, Shima Aji, Ikejime Hirame and Masu. The meal ends with a green tea mousse for dessert.

Alize at the Palms

This French restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms offers breathtaking Strip views, perfect for watching the fireworks. On New Year’s Eve, Alize will have two seatings. The first is from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and begins with an amuse bouche of rabbit confit or chilled gazpacho terrine.

The first course is either Russian Osetra caviar or vegetarian caviar. For the second course, choose from spice crusted venison carpaccio, crispy calamari steak or chilled vichyssoise. The third course offers a choice of pan seared ahi tuna, beef ribeye, whole roasted poussin with foie gras, veal tenderloin or roasted mushroom toban yaki.

Finish the meal with a dessert trio of chocolate cinnamon and vanilla trifle, maple caramel poached Anjou pear and Yuzu and Meyer lemon panna cotta. Cost is $175 per person.

The second seating at Alize begins at 9 p.m. and sells out quickly because of the fireworks show.  The cost is $295 per person.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood

Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host a rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Sammy Hagar’s Strip-side cantina will provide revelers with an all-inclusive, all-you-can-drink experience complete with stunning views of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

The party will be priced at $300 per person with entry beginning at 9:30 p.m. The main dining room will transform into a nightclub with a dance floor and music. Revelers looking for a more intimate experience will enjoy the upstairs private room to relish an all-you-can-eat buffet while taking in a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip. There will be five food stations for the buffet including a chilled seafood station, appetizer and salad station, carving station, hot station and dessert station. Food choices will include crab legs, fresh mussels, mini crispy beef tacos, chicken taquitos, roasted leg of pork, roasted New York strip, chocolate covered strawberries, mini churros and much more.

Andrea’s at Encore

Executive Chef Joseph Elevado presents a New Year’s Eve dinner tasting menu at Andrea’s for $250 (not including 18 percent gratuity and tax). The menu will include “bacon ikura” wasabi cream cheese foam and furikake chip; Champagne marinated Tai snapper, oscetra caviar, nashi pear tsuma; unagi plus foie gras terrrine, lotus root chips and figs; butter poached lobster, Perigord black truffle, crispy ramen and uni butter; Wagyu tamarind short ribs and karashi potato gratin; composed nigiri sushi: toro, bonito and king crab; and a dessert sampling.  An Andrea’s sommelier wine pairing with each item is available for an additional $75.

Many more restaurants will be offering special menus for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for a spot with a great view, try Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, VooDoo Steak at the Rio, Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay or Twist at Mandarin Oriental.


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