Special dining options for New Year's Eve
Deciding where to eat on New Year's Eve can be as important as figuring out where to celebrate and who to bring with you. Metro Detroit is overflowing with dining options on the last night of 2014, and here are a few special ones, from Corktown to Ann Arbor.
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront: Maybe you plan to attend the free Motor City "D" Drop event at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square and want to grab dinner before. Andiamo in the Renaissance Center is welcoming walk-in guests, and will be open 2 p.m.-2 a.m. (Still, reservations are always a good idea.) There will be live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. This may be a good choice for those making dining plans at the last minute. 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit. (313) 567-6700.
The Bird & the Bread: If you want to try one of the new restaurants that opened this year, this Birmingham spot may be a good option. Seatings are at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. for a fixed-price menu with options. First course has three choices, including lobster bisque; main course has four options: roasted quail stuffed with fig and foie gras; beef filet; barley risotto; and lobster and scallops. Finish with a chocolate-y, fruity or savory dessert. The early seating is $60 per person and the others are $70. The 9 p.m. seating includes a champagne toast for $15. 210 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 203-6600.
MotorCity Wine: This Corktown hangout is hosting a pop-up dinner from chef Brad Greenhill (he runs the Katoi food truck at nearby Two James Distillery). The five-course meal includes tuxedo fettucine, grilled lettuce, dry aged wagyu ribeye and ends with Greenhill's version of champagne and strawberries, which is strawberry ice cream, champagne gastrique, chocolate crunch and Pop Rocks candy. Tickets to the 7 p.m. seating, $100, can be purchased at https://squareup.com/market/katoi. 1949 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 600-9567.
Rockefellers Oyster Bar & Grill: Another new spot is Rockefellers seafood restaurant in Grosse Pointe Park. Formerly Dylan's Raw Bar & Grille, Rockefellers has a six-course meal with party favors and champagne toast for $75. Entree choices include veal, whitefish, prime rib, smoked salmon or lobster tails. 15402 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Call (313) 626-5000 for reservations, which are strongly suggested.
Torino: Easily one of the most forward-thinking restaurants in Oakland County, Torino is known for using modern cooking techniques on fresh, local ingredients. For New Year's Eve, there will be two seatings. The first is 5:30-7:30 p.m. and includes nine courses with wine for $150. The 8 p.m. seating has 10 courses, includes champagne and is $200 per person. 201 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. Reservations are required by calling (248) 247-1370.
Weber's: This hotel and restaurant is offering a gourmet buffet dinner package that features admission to two ballrooms full of activity. Tickets, $229 per couple, also include a champagne toast and a late night pizza buffet. For $379 couples can get a room and a $20 credit for breakfast. 3050 Jackson, Ann Arbor. (734) 665-3636.