New Year's Eve in Providence
Stop procrastinating. If you’re still wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve, consider these spectacular restaurant events and dinners. Make your reservation today, before you end up on the couch watching “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Seacrest.
Enjoy a five-course meal with live entertainment by Spogga. First-course choice include potato and leek soup or oxtail consume; followed by a second-course choice of a surf and turf salad of beef carpaccio, watermelon radish, frisee, and lump crab or a Macoun apple salad of mesclun greens, dried cranberries and gorgonzola, tossed in light maple vinaigrette. Third-course choices include a rosemary shrimp skewer or duck gnocchi, followed by an entrée choice of deconstructed beef Wellington, New York strip, roast duck, lobster stuffed salmon or wild mushroom barley risotto. For dessert, choose warm Dr. Pepper pound cake or a decadent chocolate trio. $69 per person; $95 with wine pairings.
Aspire, 311 Westminster Street, Providence, 521-3333, aspirerestaurant.com
There are four options for New Year’s Eve, including regular dinner service from 5-10 p.m. Guests can also choose a $55 prix-fixe menu with entrée choices like lobster and filet mignon, served with champagne and dessert. There is also an $80 festivities package, which includes a five-course meal, champagne and live music from the Lonnie Gasperini Ensemble. The bar will also be open until 2 a.m., and for those who would like to enjoy live music and a midnight champagne toast, the cover is $20 per person.
Cav, 14 Imperial Place, Providence, 751-9164, cavrestaurant.com
A four-course meal at Centro kicks off with a complimentary flute of Prosecco, followed by a first-course choice of veal consommé with braised short rib tortellini or bottarga with watermelon radish, watercress, fennel and lemon juice. Second-course choices include a choice of pan-seared scallops, braised pork belly or foie gras, followed by a third-course choice of pork shank with truffled risotto, potato gnocchi with duck confit, Statler chicken breast or Yellowfin tuna. For dessert, there’s a choice of warm gingerbread cake with whisky sugar and house-made bourbon eggnog or cappuccino cheesecake with Chantilly cream, cookie crumble and fresh berries. $75 per person.
Centro, One West Exchange St., Westin Providence, 2nd Floor, Providence, 228-6802, centroprovidence.com
Enjoy a three-course tasting menu with lots of choices, including slow-roasted brined pork belly, beef short rib or Florida rock shrimp with a ragout of chorizo, chick peas and house-cured lardo; a selection of Chez Pascal dips of smoked bluefish pate and duck liver mousse. Entrée choices include brined peppered pork tenderloin, house-made New York state goose sausage, stuffed Cavendish farm quail, smoked duck breast pastrami, or a chestnut flour crepe of confit Vermont rabbit, followed by an array of sweets. $65 per person.
Chez Pascal, 960 Hope St., Providence, 421-4422, chez-pascal.com
Cuban Revolution is throwing a party with live music and performances. The jazz and blues band The Superchief Trio will perform with the vintage tap-dancing troupe The Cuban Revolution Tropigals. Includes a champagne toast at midnight. Evening or vintage attire is encouraged. $20 per person. For more information, go to chifferobecabaret.com.
Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., Cuban Revolution, 60 Valley St., Providence, 331-8829, thecubanrevolution.com.
Gracie’s Midnight Masquerade
Guests will enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres, artisan cheeses and a full raw bar during the cocktail reception followed by a presentation of food stations featuring cuisine created by chef Matthew Varga and his team. There will be an open wine and beer bar throughout the evening. At 10 p.m., Miss Wensday & the Cotillions will perform vintage jazz, followed by a champagne toast at midnight and dancing to beats mixed by local DJ Andy Morris. There will also be a pastry lounge featuring desserts by pastry chef Melissa Denmark and her team. Guests are strongly encouraged to select black tie optional attire with the Midnight Masquerade theme in mind. $150 per guests includes all food, open bar, gratuity and tax.
Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, 272-7811, graciesprovidence.com
La Laiterie at Farmstead
Hill Farmstead Brewery is teaming up with La Laiterie to showcase some of the finest beers to pair with a multi-course dinner menu “that will feature lots of porky bits, perhaps some truffle, definitely foie gras and absolutely oysters.” Expect to try beers like Birth of Tragedy, Daybreak, Galaxy, Everett and Edward on draft. $125 per person. Reception begins at 7 p.m.; dinner at 8 p.m.
La Laiterie, 186 Wayland Ave., Providence, 274-7177, farmsteadinc.com/lalaiterie
Local 121 is accepting dinner reservations from 5-10 p.m. for its five-course New Year's Eve dinner, with a party to follow. Executive chef Dave Johnson has prepared a menu featuring lobster, oysters, foie gras and a champagne. At 11 p.m., Local 121 will host bands Dancing with the Dragon, featuring Ty Gesso's Soul Power in the Speakeasy and Mark Montalto in the tap room. $65 per person for dinner; $5 cover for party for non-dinner guests.
Local 121, 121 Washington St, Providence, 274-2121, local121.com.
Tallulah on Thames
Enjoy a four-course dinner showcasing food from local farms, including an amuse bouche of native onion soup with onion jam, micro chive, caviar and parsley, followed by a first-course of pear and persimmon salad with frisee, Marcona almonds and Simmons farm goat cheese with maple vinaigrette. The second-course will include lobster with coconut basmati rice, cocquitos, pineapple, hearts of palm and curry, followed by a third-course of Pat’s Pastured pork (sous-vide saddle with pork belly), red cabbage marmalade, fig, apple, pickled mustard seeds and cracklings. Dessert will be a banana and pineapple verrine with milk chocolate ganache, ginger caramel and brown butter nougatine. $75 per person; $115 per person include wine pairings.
Tallulah on Thames, 464 Thames St., Newport, 849-2433, tallulahonthames.com
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