Ten Best Restaurants for New Year's Eve in Palm Beach County
New Year's Eve is one of those days you either love or hate with a passion.
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You may not want to deal with the traffic; you may hate the crowds; you might not have anyone to kiss; midnight could be well past your granny bedtime; or you may just think the whole holiday encourages amateurs to get drunk and act like idiots.
But you don't have to find a wild, debauched party to ring in the new year right. After all, this night is supposed to be about new beginnings and a fresh start, and what better way than with the perfect meal to set the tone for all the meals to come in 2014?
Whether you're planning to indulge in a decadent meal, are looking for a good deal on dinner after all the holiday shopping, or just want something to soak up the liquid portion of the evening, we've got a spot for that.
10. III Forks Prime Steakhouse
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III Forks Steakhouse is Palm Beach Gardens sophisticated, club-like steakhouse, a contemporary evolution from the classical. You'll still find upscale selections, including a bar and lounge offering an array of fine wines -- over 300 bottles total. The real focus here, however: the food. From thick signature cuts of USDA prime beef, to wild-caught fish and fresh lobster, everything is made-to-order. And the III Forks steakhouse festive New Year's Eve celebration is no exception. The a la carte menu features appetizers including shrimp cocktail, a seafood medley, seared scallops and lobster bisque. The featured dinner selections is priced at $79.95, and includes a USDA prime filet mignon with a cold water lobster tail. Craving beef? From filet and bone-in ribeye, to prime rib and tomahawk ribeye, you can have your choice of literally any cut of meat. But don't stop there -- steak toppers are available, as well, including an Oscar style, blue cheese crown or parmesan crust. III Forks will be seating until 11 p.m.
9. Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican
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This Mexican mecca has a special New Year Celebracion menu with enough specialty dishes and pairing cocktails to keep you going all night long. The menu begins with ensalada de arandano, died cranberries, green apples, candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles on field greens with cranberry vinaigrette or soap de Calabaza, pumpkin soup topped with cranberry-apple pico and roasted pumpkin seeds. The suggested pairing is a hibiscus margarita made with 1800 Silver Tequila, housemade hibiscus syrup and Cointreau orange liquor. Entrée choices include ribeye con hongos, a 16-ounce cut of certified Angus beef, or halibut de mango sautéed with mango-ginger salsa. Team that dish up with a cran-ginger margarita made with Cazadores Reposado tequila with Domaine de Canton ginger liquor, cranberry and fresh lime juices. Dessert choices include a trio de sorbet, lemon, mango and raspberry sorbets or churros with chocolate raspberry sauce and Grand Marnier cajeta. Finish the night with the seasonal spice margarita -- it's finished with bitters and a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. The New Year Celebracion menu is $35 per person. The cocktail pairings are $15. The New Year Celebration menu will be available, along with the full menu, from Saturday, December 28th to Wednesday, January 1st.
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