New Years Eve in Chicago. Time to celebrate another year in this great city. There are the hotel parties and nightclubs which are always fun but may not be for everyone. For the gourmand/foodie in town and looking to do something a little different we have a few suggestions
American Comfort Fare
DMK Burger Bar – Chicago and Lombard
DMK Burger Bar
At DMK Burger Bar, guests have a variety of packages to choose from to satisfy a range of party appetites – ranging from the single-admission ticket for draft beers, boozy punch, house cocktails, and passed Sliders (bite sized versions of DMK’s best burgers), Fries, and Shakes all night; to The King’s Table for you and up to 14 guests and including a Double Magnum bottle of Veuve Cliquot as well as two bottles of a liquor of choice and a classic breakfast served at 1 a.m. exclusively for their table. Packages and pricing vary by location, see DMK NYE for more details.
Howells & Hood – 435 N. Michigan Ave.
Howells & Hood is home to the largest draft beer selection in Chicago. This year guests will get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, no ticket required. Newly appointed Executive Chef Brett Neubauer presents a four-course, prix-fixe menu for guests to enjoy gourmet twists on American classics and then stay for the celebration with a DJ at 10 p.m. Additionally, a Champagne toast is offered at midnight with complimentary late night snacks for all guests. Some notable menu items and beverage suggestions include:
- Australian Truffle & Foie Gras Bites featuring truffle foie gras mousse, port, and espelette pepper paired with Beer – Brasserie St. Feuillien Saison, Wine – Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, or Howells Royale cocktail (Huckleberry Jam, Rosemary Simple, Bubbles).
- 12-oz Painted Hills 60 Day Dry-Aged Rib-Eye with Australian truffle, buttermilk mashed potatoes, charred rapini, and red wine reduction paired with Beer – Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Wine -Mitolo Shiraz Jester, or Hatting in the Hood cocktail (FEW Bourbon, House Brandied Cherries, Carpano Antica, Orange Bitters).
- Butterscotch Bread Pudding made with Brioche bread, vanilla bean custard, rum raisin ice cream, butterscotch sauce paired with Beer – Greenbush Distorter Porter, Wine – Milbrandt Traditions Merlot, or a Butter Beer Cocktail (Root Beer, Butterscotch, Jameson, Horchata, Cinnamon, Egg White, Cherry)
The four-course prix-fixe menu is priced at $75 per person, or $100 with beverage pairing suggestions. Beverages served a la carte, if preferred. For more details see Howell and Hood NYE. Reservations strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling 312.262.5310 or at www.howellsandhood.com.
Of course it doesn’t end there. The next day Howells & Hood is hosting a New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch. guests can enjoy the following feel-good dishes:
- Doritos Chilaquiles with short rib, nacho cheese Doritos, cotija cheese, and salsa roja
- Doughnut French Toast with banana, caramelized pecans, and bourbon
- Cheeseburger Strata with brioche, cheddar cheese, onion, and royale
- Blackstrap Molasses Ham & Cheese Muffin with English muffin, Irish cheddar, and over-easy egg.
Brunch is offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling 312.262.5310 or atwww.howellsandhood.com.
Their sister location, the Old Town Pour House – 1419 N. Wells St. is also hosting a New Years Day Brunch; offered at 10:30 a.m., with similar recovery fare and some hair of the dog if so inclined. For more information, please visit www.oldtownpourhouse.com or call 630.601.1440.
Filini Bar & Restaurant – 221 North Columbus Drive
Filini Bar & Restaurant
Filini Bar & Restaurant you can party like Gatsby at this transformed 1920’s fete with pre-prohibition cocktails, music, and décor. Flappers and Dapper Don’s are encouraged to wear their best golden age attire and enjoy delectable Italian fare and a live DJ performance. Along with hors d’oeuvres from 9-11 p.m., open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight, and complimentary Prosecco, party favors, and dessert bar when the clock strikes midnight.
Tanta – 118 W. Grand Ave.
Foodies looking to ring in the new year with more exotic fare we have Tanta, a Chicago standout for Peruvian cuisine. Chef Jesus Delgado present guests with à la carte menu items showcasing the flavors of the culture including:
Cebiche Valiente - Lobster, rocoto leche de tigre coral, and huacatay;
Chupe – Grilled jumbo sea scallops with organic quinoa chupe in a aji amarillo-crab broth and roasted sweet peppers, and quail egg;
Estofado Cordero – Grilled Australian rack of lamb with anticucho sauce, cannellini beans, cilantro, criolla salad, and aji amarillo (ingredients subject to change based upon seasonal availability).
Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast and an unforgettable meal. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 312.222.9700 or by visitingOpentable.com. For more information, please visit www.tantachicago.com.
TÊTE Charcuterie – 1114 West Randolph Street
This hot west loop Charcuterie on restaurant row is throwing an all-out NYE bash that is much a celebration of the good life inspired by their passion for good food and drink as it is a celebration of a new year with its endless possibilities. As expected there will be an enormous buffet of appetizers and TÊTE’s out-of-this-world Charcuterie, a DJ and ice shot luge to keep the party going all night, and, at midnight, The Salsa Truck arrives on the scene to hand out tacos (included in the ticket) to satisfy those late night munchies. For more info go to TETE or go to http://tetenye.bpt.me to get tickets.
Travelle – 330 North Wabash Ave.
Chef Tim Graham and Pastry Chef Scott Green at Travelle are offering a gourmet New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu that is an exquisite way to bring 2014 to a close. There is a three-course menu from 5-7:30 p.m. and a five-course menu from 8-10:30 p.m.
The festivities begin with a Champagne cart at your table at the beginning of the meal. Guest will enjoy live music along with diner.
Some of the featured dishes include:
- Salad Lyonnaise, truffled frisee, fried egg, and bacon
- Sunchoke Soup, hazelnut and black truffle
- Risotto, white truffle and chive
- Duck, crispy confit leg, truffled-potato rosti, and Cognac gastrique
- Beef Tenderloin, with brioche, foie gras, and truffled sauce bordelaise
- An assortment of Mini Desserts.
For reservations, please visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312.923.7705. Like Travelle on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
New Years day Travelle will be open providing hangover relief through their travel inspired eggs Benedicts menu. Guests can select any one of the Benedictine Traveler’s line-up of six selections including:
- English Benedict with rasher of ham and hollandaise
- Moroccan Benedict with Merguez sausage, mint, and piquillo sauce
- Norwegian Benedict with smoked salmon, fennel, and sauce choron
- Florentine Benedict with spinach, artichoke, and sauce béarnaise
- Travelle Benedict with lobster, spinach and truffled hollandaise
- Burgundian Benedict with red wine braised short rib, crispy shallot, and sauce Dijon.
Diners can pair their favorite benedict choice with a mimosa or Bloody Mary for $29/person from 11am-3pm. For reservations, please visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312.923.7705. Like Travelle on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.