New Year's Eve Dining (What's Open, Deals and Hangover Fixes for the Following Day)

Categories: Season's Eating

photo courtesy of RA Sushi
RA Sushi, offering food and drink specials on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Yeah, yeah, we know. New Year's Eve is supposed to be a time of reflection filled with hope and promise for the coming year, a time to move forward and leave our struggles in the past. But for those of us resolving to lose weight in 2012, New Year's Eve is a lot like Fat Tuesday -- a last hurrah of excess and indulgence before the fast.

Luckily, we live in one of the richest, most diverse culinary landscapes in America (which is probably how we got so paunchy in the first place), with no shortage of decadent dining options to ring in the New Year. Seriously. The long-ass list we've posted below only accounts for a fraction of Bayou City restaurant action going down on December 31. But while pricing and menus may vary, one thing remains constant: reservations are required.

And if an alcohol-heavy New Year's Eve celebration leaves you feeling a little lackluster come January 1, we've also provided a few food-centric options to get you back up to speed -- or, at least, get you drunk all over again. Happy New Year!

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photo courtesy of Union Kitchen.
8 oz Filet Mignon over Lyonnaise Potatoes and Brocolini, one of several NYE entree options at Union Kitchen.

Backstreet Cafe
1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239

Four-course prix fixe dinner, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and live music by Bob Chadwick. $69 per person.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial Dr., 713-827-8008

Choose from hour-long three-course "pre-party" seatings at 5 and 5:30 p.m. ($45 per person) or a more leisurely four-course meal with seatings at 6, 6:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. $70 per person.

Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd, 713-863-7777

Four-course prix fixe dinner and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne for $70 per bottle (while supplies last). $60 per person.

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith St., 713-522-9711

Brennan's creole New Year's Eve celebration features a special a la carte menu with entrees ranging from $39 to $72.

Chimichurri's South American Grill
1600 West Lake Houston Pkwy, 281-360-0015

Four-course prix fixe dinner with complimentary champagne at midnight. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. $59 per person.

Down House
1801 Yale Street, 713-864-3696

Holiday punch aperitif followed by a four-course prix fixe dinner, champagne toast at midnight, and DJ spinning classic R&B, soul and rock vinyl all night. $80 per person.

photo courtesy of Giacomo cibo e vino.
Ring it in Italian-style at Giacomo cibo e vino.
Fratelli's Authentic Italian
10989 Northwest Freeway, 713-957-1150

Choose from regular menu or five-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine. Doors open at 5 p.m. and will remain open past midnight. $39 per person.

2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101

Haven's 2nd seating (after 8 p.m.) features a special menu and live music by Luther and The Healers. $85 per person.

1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Vispera de Año Nuevo (New Years Eve Celebration) features a four-course prix fixe dinner, complimentary champagne at midnight, and live music by Viento. $69 per person.

Giacomo's cibo e vino
3215 Westheimer, 713-522-1934
Vigilia di Capodano (New Year's Eve) celebration featuring a four-course prix fixe dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $45 per person.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch, 713-533-0200

Four-course prix fixe menu, party favors, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $75 per person / $115 with sommelier's wine pairing.

Nardino Ristorante
14800 Westheimer, Ste. D, 281-496-1022.

Five-course dinner with seatings from 3 to 9 p.m. $75 per person.

2520 Amhearst, 713-529-2420

Four-course prix fixe menu with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and live music by Danny McKnight. Seatings start at 5 p.m. $60 adults / $10 children.

photo courtesy of Nardino Ristorante.
Carpaccio di Manzo at West Houston's Nardino Ristorante.
Ra Sushi - CityCentre
12860 Queensbury, 713-331-2792

"Roll into 2012 with a bang" at the CityCentre location's New Year's Eve party. Includes music by DJ Kaito, $6 sake, and specials on popular menu items like the Tootsy Maki ($5), Crunchy Calamari ($5), Shishito Peppers ($5) and Crispy Spicy Shrimp ($8), as well as a variety of NYE-themed cocktails. 8 p.m. until close.

Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro
1396 Eldridge Parkway, 281-556-9888

Choose from the regular menu or a four-course prix fixe dinner with the option of a wine pairing that includes champagne with dessert. $50 per person ($75 with wine pairing).

Quattro - Four Seasons Houston Hotel
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700

"Early Bird Celebration" from 6 to 8 p.m. features a three-course prix fixe dinner for $70 per person ($100 with wine pairing), while the "Gala Dinner" kicks off at 8:30 p.m. and includes a six-course prix fixe feast, wine pairing option, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight. $155 per person ($200 with wine pairing).

Skewer's Mediterranean Grill
3991 Richmond Ave., 713-599-1444

Early birds can enjoy a three-course dinner with seatings at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. for $35 per person, but the real party begins at 9:30 p.m. with a four-course prix fixe dinner, live music by Youssef, belly dancing and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $75 per person.

Ristorante Cavour - Hotel Granduca at Uptown Park
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-418-1000

Four-course prix fixe dinner and amuse-bouche with option of a wine pairing. $125 per person ($190 with wine pairing).

1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

The River Oaks Mexican restaurant's "Motown New Year's Eve" promises a soulful soiree with a three-course prix fixe dinner, live music, dancing, and party favors. $65 per person.

Union Kitchen
4057 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-661-0025

Ring in the New Year around the world with a three-course prix fixe menu and countdowns at 7 p.m. (London, England), 8 p.m. (The Azores) , 9 p.m. (San Paulo, Brazil), and 10 p.m. (Nanortalik, Greenland) -- complete with noisemakers and hats -- perfect for little party animals with early bedtimes. Regular dinner and kids menu also available. $60 per couple.

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