There's a lot of pressure to create the pitch-perfect evening on the most glittery and glamorous holiday of the year. But if you can handle the tuxedo (denim, Texas, natch) and rounding up some friends, then we've got the New Year's Eve dining covered. Here are some standouts, in alphabetical order.
Bistro Provence — Choose between the three-course, one-hour seating for $45 per person or the four-course, two-hour seating for $70 per person. For the former, expect lobster bisque and for the latter, warm oysters and caviar. Wine is not included but pairings are available.
Del Frisco's — The most primed to party location in the Galleria (excluding the club-like atmosphere of clothing retailer Charlotte Russe), this upscale steakhouse will be offering their usual menu with the addition of a filet mignon and lobster tail pairing for $79. Expect a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.
Down House — Regular service will take place from 7am-5pm and the special NYE seating will begin at 8pm. A four-course dinner featuring whole roast lamb will be capped off with dance-inspiring vinyl up until the midnight toast. Advance tickets are required and cost $80 per person.
Haven — Details on the special menu are sparse, but musical guests Luther and the Healers will be in the house at Upper Kirby's seasonal kitchen. The NYE seating begins at 8pm and dinner is $85 per person.
Mia Bella — Both the Vintage Park and Sugar Land locations are hosting a special New Year's Eve menu for $49.95 from 5-8:30pm. If you're rather rock a full-on party, though, swing by at 9:30pm for dinner, live music and the champagne toast for $69.96 per person.
Mockingbird Bistro — Chef John Sheely has created a four-course menu with choices including his famous 1015 Texas onion soup, smoked duck salad and duo of Colorado lamb. The price is $75 per person; $115 with wine pairings.
Phoenicia MKT Bar — The $20 entry fee to downtown's favorite food store grants access to the Black and White Ball, complete with hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and DJ jams. The usual wine and cocktail menu will be available as well.
Rattan Asian Bistro — For west side residents, this upscale fusion restaurant is cooking up a four-course dinner with the likes of Akaushi Kobe sirloin and XO halibut on the menu. The price is $50 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity; $75 paired with wines.
Sorrel Urban Bistro — The beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to try a seven-course "Innovation Menu" that includes courses such as fresh crab terrine and black pepper crusted venison carpaccio. The meal costs $175 per person, $250 with wine.
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