We’re counting down the days until the ball drops, but don’t think it’s too late to secure your spot at one of the area’s most sought-after dinners. Find our top seven picks for signature prix fixes to debut on Dec. 31 below.
Amani’s BYOB of Downingtown is hosting a very special New Year’s Eve dinner with complimentary champagne and homemade limoncello. Plus, attending the $75 prix fixe four-course feast means the opportunity to ring in the new year with the award-winning chef Jonathan Amann. Menu highlights include Maine lobster bisque, smoked duck and brie spring rolls, Kennett Square mushroom croquettes, porcini-crusted Chilean sea bass, and ginger snap bread pudding. Reservations are made by calling (484) 237-8179.
Take a quick trek into the city, to Northern Liberties, to spend the evening with the innovative, acclaimed chef David Ansill at Bar Ferdinand. His Spanish-style, six-course tapas tasting will feature addictive bites like hamachi crudo with clementines and beet carpaccio with goat cheese, aside exceptional entrees like grilled filet mignon with roasted mushrooms and crispy bone marrow, and lobster Zarzuela with shrimp, mussels, scallops and fingerling potatoes steeping in a satisfying saffron broth. Seatings available at 5 p.m. (for $55), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. (for $70). Flamenco dancers and a midnight Cava toast round out the New Year’s Eve experience, and if you’re looking to take your holiday to the swanky next level, consider ordering an additional indulgence—a whole-roasted Hudson Valley foie gras with apples, pears and port wine. Call (215) 923-1313 for reservations.
Exclusive five-course prix-fixe unfolds throughout Monday night at Ella’s American Bistro. Lovers of creative farm-to-table courses are in for a satisfying treat at this approachable Devon Square restaurant—an experience that’ll be accented with live entertainment, dancing, and of course, top-notch cocktails. For reservations, call (610) 964–3552.
If a sophisticated night out is in order, securing reservations at Georges’ may be your best bet. The Wayne hot spot’s five-course, stylized tasting (available at $95 per person) will tempt your palate, weaving an introductory course of herb, butternut squash gnocchi aside with Hudson Valley foie gras, butter-poached lobster, a petit filet with red wine jus, and the icing on the cake—a chocolate tasting for two accented with pot au crème, chocolate sorbet, brownie mousse and Parisian macaroon. Complimentary sparkling wine included with the end-of-the-year feast, and additional wine flights are available at $35 per person. Call (610) 964–2588 for reservations.
Want to jump-start your last day of 2012 with an early dinner? Hit Heirloom and devour chef Al Paris’ poised and deliciously-proper options for his $45 four-course early seating, available at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Looking to celebrate the ball dropping over his fine American cookery’s feast instead? Celebration seatings are available at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., which feature six-courses for $65—party favors included. Reservations made by calling (215) 242–2700.
Join Paramour’s chef Kyle Johnson as he ushers in the new year with a five-course prix fixe dinner in a swanky restaurant nestled in the Wayne Hotel along Lancaster Avenue. The evening jump-starts with a bubbly complimentary champagne toast, and features modern spins on classic comforts—pan-seared truffle gnocchi, beets and burrata, butter-poached lobster, and pan-seared diver scallops. Tasting available at $125 per person, with wine pairings available at an additional $50 per person. Reservations may be made online, click here.
Celebrating with Susanna Foo is always a spectacular choice, and for 2012’s year-end bash, her Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor comes with a plethora of celebratory choices. Opt for the enticing “Grand Celebration,” and tease your palate with snacks of dumplings, sushi, bites of Peking duck and more. The event package includes a three-course dinner of your choice, followed by a night of dancing, champagne and party favors. Everything you need in one classy spot, right? Cost is $75 per person, and reservations are limited. Call (610) 688-8808 to secure your spot.