New Years

New Years Fireworks at Penns Landing
We here at Foobooz have to be honest, we’re not the biggest fans of New Years. Events are often over-priced, under-served and most frustratingly, overrun by amateurs. Now New Years Day on the other hand…. When you’re out drinking with people on New Years Day, then you know you’re among professionals.

But that’s not to say won’t be going out. It’s just that we aren’t that big on the galas and such, but find a nice dinner out with friends, perhaps at a BYOB, that’s how we prefer to bring in the New Year. But we’ll be up and at it early New Years Day for some real debauchery.

Updated 12/24/06

333 Belrose – This Radnor restaurant seems to share our perspective towards New Years. Seatings start at 5 PM and there’s no special menu. Just the regular menu plus a few New Years specials.

Amada – Celebrate with the restaurant that has truly had a great year. Jose Garces’ is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu accompanied by a Spanish Guitarist. $85 a person until 7:30, after that it’s $175 and includes an open bar. Menu

Ansill – Is your New Years resolution to be more adventurous when it comes to food? Then Ansill is the right place to kick off the New Year. Ansill is offering a five course tasting. Executive Chef Kibett Mengech has created a special menu that is sure to please. Dinner includes a glass of sparkling wine. The cost is $65. Items on the New Year’s Eve menu will be available a la carte at the bar. Menu

Bar Ferdinand – NoLibs favorite is offering guests a six-course, prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairings for each course and live Spanish music. Seatings are available at 5:30 pm for $50 per person, and 7:30 pm for $60 per person. A special 9:30 seating at $75 per person, will feature an additional course. Menu

Barristers Bar & Grille – Barristers bi-level Rittenhouse Square promises a good time with buffet dinner, top shelf open bar from 10 PM to 1 AM, party favors, dancing and of course the midnight champagne toast. Cost is $85 a person in advance. $100 at the door if space remains.

Bishops Collar – The normally laid back Bishops Collar is going black tie formal this New Years. Open Bar, DJ, dancing for $75 a person.

Brasserie Perrier – Considering the spot, Brasserie Perrier is practically a bargain for the New Yer. Choose either the three-course dinner for $55 or a five-course dinner for $110. Wine flights available for each dinner menu.

Bridget Foy’s – Right down by Penns Landing where the fireworks will be going off is Bridget Foy’s. A special a la carte menu will be available on the main floor. Upstairs at the Monkey Bar will be a festive cocktail party with hors dourves , champagne toast , dessert buffet, cash bar and of course the fireworks. $20 a person.

Cantina Los Caballitos – $15 gets you a two hour open bar. And you get to pick the hours. And once you’re done with the night, stagger back the next morning on your way to Broad Street as the Cantina opens Jan. 1 at 9 AM!

Cork – Cork Restaurant in Westmont, NJ will be offering a five course pre-fix menu for $70 per person. Seatings available from 5-9pm.

Deuce Restaurant – How will your 2007 shape up? Well the tarot card readers at Deuce will offer a clue. Not up for those cards, well then play some Xtreme poker or just enjoy the DJ and the Vegas caricatures. $75 gets you all you can eat and drink 8 to 11 PM, champagne at midnight, plus a breakfast buffet at 1 AM.

Haru – Shaken Not Stirred NYE 007. Enjoy ringing in the new year with a James Bond theme. For $125 per person see Haru become Casino Royale with blackjack hubs, roulette wheels and Texas Hold ‘Em tables. Open Bar all evening.

Jones – How about a very Brady New Years? Jones will be running Brady Bunch re-runs and playing music from the sixties and seventies all night. There’ll be Twister, complete with prizes and giveaways. And at midnight, skip the champagne for a Harvey Wallbanger toast.

Le Bec-Fin – Maybe it was a very good year for you. Do it up right at Le Bec-Fin. The eight-course extravaganza is $200 a person.

Little Fish – Four seatings on New Years Eve. Sit down at 5:30, 7:00, 9:00 or 9:30.

Marigold Kitchen – BYOBs are a great way to control your NYE expenses. And one of Philadelphia’s best BYOBs will be serving a 6 course pre-fix menu for $90. Menu

Meritage – G-Ho’s Mertiage is offering two seatings. $79 for the four course 6 PM seating and $99 for the 9 PM 5 PM course. Wine pairings are also available. Menu

NYE-215 – Ever go somewhere on New Years, pay the ridiculous cover and upon seeing the four deep mob at the bar immediately regretted it? Well the folks at 4 Corners Mgt give you a few extra chances to get it right with their New Years Eve Passports. For $85 you get into the bars for an open bar from 9 PM to 2 AM with a complimentary champagne toast. The Rittenhouse Square Passport gets you access to Drinkers, Noche, Loie and Bar Noir. The Old City Passport gets you in Lucy’s, Drinkers and a Bar Named Sue.

North Bowl – Bowling and New Years? Why not? $10 cover, reserve a lane for the night for $500. Ring in the New Year with the champagne of beers. Now with ?uestlove DJ-ing.

Sidecar Bar & Grill- No cover, drink specials and DJ Chamske highlight this chill way to ring in the new year.

Sugar Mom’s & Tattooed Mom’s – It’ll be tough to bring in the New Year any cheaper than the deal Sugar and Tattooed Mom’s are offering. No cover, free taco bar, $2 PBRs, $3 Yards pints and $25 bottles of champagne.

Walnut Room & Alfa – $100 gets you in to two of the coolest spots in Center City. Open bar from 10 PM to 2 AM. Hors D’oeuvres are provided.

Tango – Celebrate the New Year with a Latin flair at Bryn Mawr’s Tango. Menu

Water Works Restaurant – Looking for romance, it’ll be tough to beat the ambiance at the Water Works. The 9 PM seating is $150 a person and gives you a 5-course dinner plus a butlered Hors D’oeuvres session, Midnight dessert bar plus live entertainment.

New Years Menus

Amada

Amuse
Big Eye Tuna Crudo
With Espelette Chili and Avocado
 
First Course Choice of:
Warm Chestnut Soup With Foie Gras and Pistachios  

Ensalada de Langosta
Serrano Ham Wrapped Lobster Tail with Microgreen Salad, Oven-dried Tomatoes and
Shaved Garroxta Cheese 

Second Course Choice of:
Raspberry Point Oysters
With Cava Sabayon, Osetra Caviar and Artichoke Puree
 
Kobe Tiradito
With White Truffles, Manchego Cheese and Crispy Bacon

Intermezzo
Strawberry –Black Pepper Sorbet 

Third Course Choice of:
Beef Tenderloin With White Asparagus & Manchego Cheese Tart and Crab Basquaise
 
Duck Breast With Calabaza-Brown Butter Puree, Roasted Chanterelle Mushrooms and
Sage
 
Sea Bass With Shellfish Paella Rice and Serrano Ham Broth
 
Serrano Crusted Sea Scallops With Truffle-stuffed White Beans

Dessert
A Selection from our Pastry Chef

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Ansill

First Course
ISLAND CREEK OYSTERS (1/2 DOZ) verjus granita
VENISON TARTARE watercress, parmesan
HOUSE CURED GRAVLAX salmon roe

Second Course
SCRAMBLED DUCK EGG smoked trout, cr me fra che
FIELD GREENS SALAD avocado, red onion
ROASTED PEPPERS pine nuts, goat cheese

Third Course
LANGOSTINOS truffle vinaigrette
SAUTEED SCALLOPS roasted cauliflower
GRILLED MAHI MAHI eggplant daube

Fourth Course
GRILLED HANGER STEAK haricots verts
BRAISED PORK BELLY spaetzle, arugula
BRAISED RABBIT LEG savoy cabbage, bacon

Fifth Course
SAFFRON CHEESECAKE spiced red wine
CHOCOLATE "PAIN DES GENES" cocoal-almond cake, vanilla lime sauce
ASSORTMENT OF CHEESES honey comb, fruit bread

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Bar Ferdinand

Some of the dishes will include:
Vegetarian Empanada, with manchego and olive tapenade
Fried Oyster Pinchos, with chorizo, guindilla peppers and blood orange puree
Grape Foam Intermezzo
Frisee and Arugula Salad, with crispin apples, chestnuts, manchego cheese and
cider vinaigrette
Braised Short Ribs, with Bing cherry compote and gastrique
Chocolate Mousse, with hazelnut shortbread and roasted Bing cherries.

A special 9:30 seating at $75 per person, will feature an additional course that
will include:
Caviar
Foie Gras Toast; and Tettilla Cheese Toast, with shaved truffles.

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Marigold Kitchen

First Course
Cured Sturgeon With Caviar, Potato Pancake And Poached Egg

Second Course
Seared Capon With Garlic Consomme

Third Course
Ragout Of Lobster With White Beans And Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Fourth Course
Filet Of Beef With Tuna Belly, Seared Foie Gras And Pomegranate Sauce

Cheese

Dessert
Chocolate-Walnut Cake With Labneh Ice Cream

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Meritage

6 PM Seating

First
Poached oysters, shrimp and mussel ragout in a champagne chive sauce with salmon cavier

Second
Lobster Salad with mango and foie gras in a vinaigrette

Third
Pan Roasted Summerfield Farm Veal Loin Chop with morel mushroom, mustard and crème fraiche ragout and herb butter sauce

Dessert
Chocolate Ravioli With a white chocolate and Madeira zabaglioni

$79 Per Person
(Wine Pairing with each Course $24)

9pm Seating
Five Course Tasting Menu

Champagne Toast

First
Poached oysters, shrimp and mussel ragout in a champagne chive sauce with salmon cavier

Second
Lobster Salad with mango and foie gras in a vinaigrette

Third
Grilled Squab Breast and Confit Squab Tortaloni with tawny port and roasted root vegetables

Fourth
Pan Roasted Summerfield Farm Veal Loin Chop with morel mushroom, mustard and crème fraiche ragout and herb butter sauce

Dessert
Chocolate Ravioli with a white chocolate and Madeira zabaglioni

$99 Per Person
(Wine Pairing with each Course $32)

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Tango

Latin Appetizer Trio with lobster tamale, crab and corn empanada with
chimichurri, chilled shrimp with chilies and lime $11

Crispy Fried Oysters with habanero pepper mayo jicama salad $9

Classic Bouillabaisse $28

Lime Marinated Skirt Steak with sweet potato fries $21

- add a glass of Tango Red Sangria for $10

Tango will also serve their regular menu as well as additional upscale festive
celebratory specials with wine pairings.

 

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