By Eater Staff for Miami Eater
Recently we heard the news that Selena Gomez is sick of that same old love, and many of us here in the Magic City are sick of that same old New Year’s Eve meal. Meatloaf’s, roasted veggies and the ever-present puerco asado aside, we’ve compiled a list of the ultimate New Year’s Eve dinning hot spots throughout South Florida’s popular neighborhoods.
From five-course to seven-course meals and even a decadent wine-pairing soirée, these menu selections are fully equipped to help you keep the party going all night long, or ring in the New Year from your couch post food coma.
— Suanny Garcia Barales
Splurge in an extravagant seven-course prix fixe menu paired with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose for $250 starting at 9 p.m. at one of Wynwood’s most talked about restaurants. For early diners, a five-course menu is available for $125.
Featuring a four-course menu with dishes like American caviar with toast, whipped creme fraiche & shallots, and suckling pig with chicharrones & charred green onions made in the open kitchen, this elegant restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind evening — live music and champagne on the mezzanine included.
3 Council Oak Steak and Seafood
There’s a child raw bar, and options such as Colorado braised lamb shank, heirloom tomato crusted striped bass & crab and corn crusted filet mignon with lobster stuffed tail… what more is there to say? Head on over for a sophisticated five-course meal after 7 p.m. for $180.
4 El Tucán
If you are a fan of El Tropicana de Cuba cabaret, you no longer have to travel to Cuba to experience it. Enjoy a special dinner and performance by 15 dancers from the world’s famous El Tropicana de Cuba — marking the first performance of Tropicana dancers in the US after 32 years. Prime seating is available for $450 including options created specifically for this celebration, such as the Florida white shrimp served with banana, almond and adobo.
Fontainebleau’s hip restaurant welcomes locals and visitors alike to savor one of the best Cantonese meals in South Florida. First seating includes a four-course prix fixe menu featuring a family-style dim sum platter, charcoal grill Chilean sea bass, pan-fried wagyu beef and crispy lobster, among other delicacies. For a later meal, and elevated menu, take advantage of the second seating from 8 – 10 p.m. including crispy tiger prawns with mango and peking duck with Petrossian caviar for $295.
6 La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
If you’ve got a big gang and are looking to share bites this NYE overlooking Biscayne Bay, head on over to this authentic Peruvian restaurant. For $70 guests can enjoy a family-style meal featuring holiday recipes of king crab causa, whole cornfish hen and ceviche mixto. Kiddos ages 6 and under receive complimentary entrance.
The trendy waterfront restaurant and lounge offers two dinner seatings featuring views of the Intracoastal. Starting at 6 p.m., indulge in a five-course menu with parings for $250, or opt for the 9 p.m. seating with a bottle of Cristal champagne and menu highlights such as the avocado king crab tower or veal milk burrata for $450.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
8 Meat Market
What’s a better way to celebrate NYE than with bottomless champagne? At Lincoln Road’s coveted steakhouse diners can take advantage of champagne by the glass from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. for $50, and choose between three dining style packages with party favors — live DJ entertainment included.
The local favorite is serving up featured items such as bianconeri tartare, charcoal tagliatelle and duck pie. Enjoy dinner and a glass of champagne for $90 or upgrade your meal to a bottle of champagne for two for $135.