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The Last-Minute Guide to New Year's Eve Dining

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Looking for a place to find good food, good cheer and bid goodbye to 2015? Our list has you covered.

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Caracol

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$85 per person buys you a four-course dinner to ring in the New Year. Pair it with the restaurant’s award-winning cocktails and stand-out wines.

Backstreet Cafe

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Four-course menu, complimentary sparkling cocktail toast at midnight and live music are part of the celebration here. On the menu: cauliflower risotto, duck confit and warm dark chocolate cake, among others.

Ouisie's Table

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Starting at 9pm, there’s a special $75 per person three-course, pre-fixe menu to usher in the new year. A DJ, party favors and a midnight toast add to the fun and frivolity.
Live music, a four-course menu and Champagne at midnight are bound to put you in the holiday spirit at this Houston classic.

Mockingbird Bistro

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$125 buys you a five-course menu from 9pm to midnight. Add on wine pairings for another $100, and enjoy party favors and a midnight toast.

Aura Brasserie

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Champagne, party favors and a $75, four-course, pre-fixe menu help you ring in the new year with a little French flair.

Bistro Provence

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Two-hour seatings allow you to close out 2015 at a leisurely pace, enjoying a three course, pre-fixe menu. Offerings include homemade foie gras, roasted sea scallops, squab, monkfish and Baked Alaska.

Chez Nous

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Get ready to spend “A Night in Paris” at this cozy spot, featuring a decadent four-course menu of inspired French cuisine. $115 per person, with seatings at 9:30, 10, and 10:30pm.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

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Ring in 2016 with a special $59.95, three-course menu. Expect snapper dievole, linguini Benedetto and prosciutto and asparagus to make appearances.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

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$82 per person buys a four-course New Year’s Eve menu, featuring French favorites in Etoile’s swanky dining room.

Genesis Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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A gala New Year’s Eve party is on offer, featuring a five-course, pre-fixe menu for $125 per person. The Richard Brown Orchestra will perform, so bring your dancing shoes to ring in the new year in style.

Helen Greek Food and Wine

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Drop into this much-lauded Greek tavern for a three-course menu that brings Gulf Coast touches to Hellenic cuisine. You’ll be able to wash it all down with Greek wines, natch.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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There’s a black-and-white themed dinner available, local blues band Luther and the Healers will play, and party favors and Champagne are yours for the enjoying. $125 per person; first seating at 9pm.

Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

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Contemporary Indian tunes, Champagne and an array of Kiran’s signature high-end cuisine are the highlights of the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve bash. $125 per person.

Lei Low

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Tikiphiles rejoice, as Houston’s own tiki bar channels the original 1934 Don the Beachcomber’s. A special menu of Donn’s Original Rhum Rhapsodies is part of the fun, beginning when the bar opens at 4pm.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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While technically not open on NYE, Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette will be serving a fantastic New Year Day brunch. Sop up the hangover with biscuits and gravy or eggs Benedict and have a hallmark bloody as a hair of the dog.

Local Pour

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Think you’re sophisticated enough for Skyball, the red carpet, James Bond-themed bash happening here? Then dress to impress and enjoy bottle of Champagne and appetizers, live music and a midnight toast.

Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

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Two seatings are offered so you can sample the $175 pre-fixe menu. Wine pairings available for an additional $55. The festivities also include a live band, dancing, Champagne toast and party favors.

Paul's Kitchen

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The theme is Bourbon Street, there’s a four-course menu for $75 per person ($120 with wine pairings) and a festive atmosphere. The only thing missing is you.

PESKA Seafood Culture

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Two seatings are available, at 5:30 and 8pm, featuring a three- and four-course menu, respectively. Complimentary party favors and Champagne will be offered at both.

Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

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Be there for the Moonlight Dolls’ “Tales from the Jazz Age,” and enjoy an after-show party fit for flappers and bootleggers. Multiple VIP tickets and bottle/seating packages available.

Rainbow Lodge

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This Houston favorite is offering an $85 four-course menu from 5-10pm.

Tarakaan

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$80 per person buys you a four-course menu and a complimentary Champagne Firecrackers cocktail. A DJ kicks into gear at 10pm, and Champagne bottle service is available from 11pm – 2am.

The Durham House

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Seatings at 6pm and 9pm feature Chef Don Schoenburg’s five-course, pre-fixe menu for $90 per person. You can opt for cocktail and wine pairings at an additional price.

Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

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Nothing cures NYE hangovers like the punch-packing sweet and savory combo of buttermilk fried chicken and donuts. Lee's has updated the secret recipe recently so it's a perfect time. Open at 7am on New Years Day.

State of Grace

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State of Grace will offer a special New Year’s Eve fixed price menu for $85 in addition to full oyster bar service all night. The entire menu will be offered with a la carte pricing for walk-in guests at the bar, and possibly the oyster bar, unless State of Grace chooses to use those seats for guests enjoying the fixed price menu. Offerings will include lobster hushpuppies, gulf blue crab “gumbo” with hill country smoked sausage and toast and smoke box Texas quail with pepper jelly, cotija grits, house bacon and mustard greens. The full menu can be found at the Dropbox link at the beginning of this email.

Benjy's

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Stop by Benjy's on NYE this year for a special NYE menu including fire roasted bone marrow, foie gras creme brulee and a 14oz filet for 2. Not to miss.

Benjy's

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Benjy's is hosting a special NYE menu including fire roasted bone marrow, foie gras creme brulee, and a 14oz filet for two. Sounds like a party already.

Caracol

$85 per person buys you a four-course dinner to ring in the New Year. Pair it with the restaurant’s award-winning cocktails and stand-out wines.

Backstreet Cafe

Four-course menu, complimentary sparkling cocktail toast at midnight and live music are part of the celebration here. On the menu: cauliflower risotto, duck confit and warm dark chocolate cake, among others.

Ouisie's Table

Starting at 9pm, there’s a special $75 per person three-course, pre-fixe menu to usher in the new year. A DJ, party favors and a midnight toast add to the fun and frivolity.

Hugo's

Live music, a four-course menu and Champagne at midnight are bound to put you in the holiday spirit at this Houston classic.

Mockingbird Bistro

$125 buys you a five-course menu from 9pm to midnight. Add on wine pairings for another $100, and enjoy party favors and a midnight toast.

Aura Brasserie

Champagne, party favors and a $75, four-course, pre-fixe menu help you ring in the new year with a little French flair.

Bistro Provence

Two-hour seatings allow you to close out 2015 at a leisurely pace, enjoying a three course, pre-fixe menu. Offerings include homemade foie gras, roasted sea scallops, squab, monkfish and Baked Alaska.

Chez Nous

Get ready to spend “A Night in Paris” at this cozy spot, featuring a decadent four-course menu of inspired French cuisine. $115 per person, with seatings at 9:30, 10, and 10:30pm.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

Ring in 2016 with a special $59.95, three-course menu. Expect snapper dievole, linguini Benedetto and prosciutto and asparagus to make appearances.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

$82 per person buys a four-course New Year’s Eve menu, featuring French favorites in Etoile’s swanky dining room.

Genesis Steakhouse & Wine Bar

A gala New Year’s Eve party is on offer, featuring a five-course, pre-fixe menu for $125 per person. The Richard Brown Orchestra will perform, so bring your dancing shoes to ring in the new year in style.