Celebrate New Year's Eve at These South Florida Restaurants

UPDATE: These listings are for NYE 2009/2010.

To see New Year's events for NYE 2010/2011
see here (Broward) and here (Palm Beach County)
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I don't know about you, but I want to ring in the new year in style, guzzling champagne and slurping down caviar like a 19th-century robber baron. Preferably wearing a top hat and monocle. And riding a pony. And eating something endangered, like a mountain lion. (Just kidding about that last part!)

Good news is, you can celebrate NYE in style at some of the best restaurants across South Florida, many of which are offering special prix fixe menus, entertainment, lavish buffets, and passed hors d'oeuvres. Top hat and monocle not included.
  32 East: The Delray Beach eatery is offering a three-course menu with seatings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($75) and 9 to 10 ($115). 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-276-7868, 32east.com.

Athena by the Sea: Say "Happy New Year" the Greek way with surf & turf, Athenian dancers, a live band, exotic belly dancer Zamara and more. $75 cover gets you party hats and favors and the complete Divine Feast, fit for the gods. 4400 Ocean Dr., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-771-2900, athenabythesea.net.

Bahia Cabana: This Oscar-themed party is $19.95 and includes salmon or crab meat dinner. Booney Tunes will provide the entertainment. Free party favors and champagne at midnight. 3001 Harbor Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-1555, bahiacabanaresort.com.

Beach Watch: Order a la carte as usual or try the three course dinner with champagne for $29.50. From midnight to 12:45 a.m., view the Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood fireworks displays. Reservations are recommended. 300 N. Beach Rd., Dania Beach, 954-929-4887, beach-watch.com.

The Blue Fish: Sushi, saki and DJ Keith until 4 a.m. Late seating, five-course set dinner at 9 p.m. for $65. Early seating before 6 p.m., get 25 percent off the entire menu. Bottle service by request only. Champagne toast at midnight. 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-3474, www.thebluefishsushi.com.

Cafe Boulud: Daniel Boulud's southernmost restaurant will have two seatings: the first, at 5:30 p.m., will feature a four-course menu for $90 per person; the second, at 8 p.m., is five courses for $250 and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Live DJ begins at 10. 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-6060, danielnyc.com.

China Grill
: Kick off the New Year with a special family-style four-course dinner menu starting at 9 p.m., priced at $150 per person. Diners will receive a complimentary bottle of Pommery Apanage Champagne per couple. 1881 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-759-9950, chinagrillmgt.com.

Chops Lobster Bar: Live entertainment from a standards duo and a champagne toast at midnight. $50 reservation deposit required. 101 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-395-2675, chopslobsterbar.com.

Eduardo de San Angel: Chef Eduardo Pria creates special dishes to ring in the New Year. Champagne toast as well. 2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-4731.

Forte Martini Bar and Restaurant: Forte's New Year's celebration starts at 9:30 p.m. and includes a four-course meal with a bottle of champagne for $100 per person. 225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-3330, fortepalmbeach.com.

The Grateful Palate: Fort Lauderdale's Grateful Palate will offer a party for the senses this New Year's Eve. Lay back, sip on champagne, and munch on offerings from the Prix-Fixe menu. $100 for the first seating at 6:30 p.m., $125 for the second 9:30 p.m. 817 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-1998, thegratefulpalate.net.

Himmarshee Bar and Grill: Prix fixe meals seating at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m., $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Includes a four-course meal with a bottle of champagne or wine per couple. Party all night long with DJ Rey at the Side Bar. 210 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-1818, himmarshee.com.

Johnny V: Celebrate with Vinczencz and crew with a special surf and turf menu served a la carte throughout the night. Free champagne toast and party favors at midnight. 625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-761-7920, johnnyvlasolas.com

Josef's: A special five-course NYE menu features temptations like crab-meat-encrusted sea bass and grilled veal chops. Reservations require a $50 deposit, and include a glass of Endrizzi Prosecco di Valobbiadene. 9763 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-473-0000, josefsplantation.com.

La Cigale: Prix fixe menu of five courses. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres at the bar before seating, live music, and champagne toast at midnight. 253 SE 5th Ave., Delray Beach, 561-265-0600, lacigale.net.

Lips: Join Lips for its second ever New Year's celebration, including a three-course fixed price dinner of Lips Salad or crab cake appetizer, choice of entrée - filet mignon, crab-stuffed salmon or chicken roulade - and island rum cake for dessert. Enjoy the female illusion show, hosted by Electra, offering a twist on the usual holiday classics. Early seating at 6:30 p.m. is $49. The late seating at 9:30 p.m. -- which also includes a champagne midnight toast and party favors -- is $99. 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-567-0987, lipsusa.com.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: Chef Michael Schwartz is doing a prix-fixe menu after 9 p.m. that includes a bottle of champagne per couple, priced at $125 a head. 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-573-5550, michaelsgenuine.com.

Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy
: Michy's new Palm Beach playhouse will serve a three-course NYE menu with champagne toast for $100 per person beginning at 6 p.m. A party at the O Bar will feature passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and entertainment for $150 per person. After 9 p.m. dinner bumps to $250 per person and includes access to the party. 2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-540-6440, omphoy.com.

Pavilion Grill: New Year's Eve Dance Party. The Dine & Dance package, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., gets you the deluxe dinner buffet, dessert bar, champagne toast at midnight, and bagel breakfast for $59.95. The Dance Party package, from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., includes dessert and ice cream bar, champagne toast, and bagel breakfast for $29.95. Dance to disco, Latin, Motown, and oldies. Reservations are required. 301 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-912-0000, paviliongrille.com.

Rosey Baby Crawfish and Cajun House: Celebrate the New Year and Rosey Baby's 21st Anniversary Party. Live musical entertainment. $15 guarantees your seat for prime viewing at 8:30 p.m. Special New Year's Eve Menu. 4587 N. University Dr., Sunrise, 954-749-5627, roseybaby.com.

Shooter's Waterfront Cafe
: A NYE Buffet costs $24.95, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Bloody Mary bar and regular dinner service from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-2855, shooterscafe.com.

Steak 954: Traditional dinner menu with added specials. The W Hotel proper is offering an $100 all-access pass between Whiskey Blue and the Living Room with open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Thira: Regular open menu served until 9 p.m. Special fixed price menu for $85 begins at 9 p.m. and includes live Greek band. Inside and patio dining available. Midnight champagne toast and New Year's party favors for all patrons. 100 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-9676, thirarestaurant.com.

Trina: Trina in the Atlantic Hotel is offering two special NYE menus before and after midnight with decadent dishes like Komomotto oysters with sevruga caviar, pan seared foie gras with blackberry reduction, and butter poached lobster with saffron vanilla sauce. $65 to $80 per person. 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070, trinarestaurant.com.

Tryst: Delray's premier beer and tapas joint is doing a 6 p.m. seating for $60, which includes a four-course meal and champagne. A 9 p.m. seating costs $75. 4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-921-0201, trystdelray.com.

Zed 451: $150 for Chef's Selection dinner for two and a bottle of Iron Horse sparkling wine. Happy hour begins at 3 p.m. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-493-3451, zed451.com.

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