Meat Market, South Beach’s hot, bustling steakhouse, is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a special four course prix-fixe dinner menu and live DJ entertainment. Diners will kick off the night with a chilled asparagus and truffle salad with king crab confit, and poached egg confetti with truffle cream and peas tendrils, followed by a choice of appetizers from an array of options including Meat Market signatures: octopus and shrimp ceviche with Peruvian corn, Greek olives, tomato and aji Amarillo; Asian BBQ lamb ribs with hoisin BBQ sauce, papaya slaw, peanuts and cilantro; foie gras torchon with wild cherry gastric, quince jelly, anise, pistachios and pumpernickel toast; or white truffle diced angus beef tenderloin tartare and tobiko caviar with capers and red onions. Main course options include the Meat Market gourmet meat sampler – Kobe wagyu filet, filet marrow butter and blackened marinated New York steak; seabass with mash, wild mushrooms, sweet corn, tomato concasse and champagne truffle nage; or the pan roasted petite filet and crab duo. To complement the meal, diners can choose from a selection of sides, perfect for sharing. Options include lobster mashed potatoes; sweet potato fries with honey crème fraiche; Gouda tater-tots; and oven-roasted baby beets with pistachio pesto. A choice of Chef’s selection of desserts for two will round out the meal. Additional sides and appetizers are available for a supplemental charge. Early seating (6pm – 8:30pm) is $175 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). Late seating (9pm – close) is $250 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes a midnight champagne toast and party favors. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road. For reservations, call (305) 532-0088. www.meatmarketmiami.com.
The Dutch at W South Beach will offer Christmas Eve & Christmas Day specials. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon, festive dinner specials include Roast Pheasant Roulade ($42) – accompanied by spiced sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, bacon and pickled cranberries. Decadent dessert options are Warm Bourbon Bread Pudding ($12) – with English double cream and salted caramel sauce; or Chocolate Gingerbread Pie – with cranberry sauce and egg nog ice cream. Christmas Eve dinner service is from 6:30PM – 9PM. Christmas Day lunch service runs from noon – 4PM; dinner service from 6:30PM – 11:30PM. Regular dining menu also available.
The Dutch will ring in 2015 with a New Year’s Eve five-course prix-fixe menu featuring inspired dishes with influences from across the country. The meal will begin with a selection of canapés followed by a choice of appetizer – Foie Gras and Quail Terrine with homemade brioche, Granny Smith apples and pickled mustard seeds; or Florida Stone Crab Claws with Dijon aioli and fresh lemon. Next, diners will delight in White Truffle Risotto with parmesan and fresh shaved truffles. Entrée options include Beef Wellington – crispy puff pastry-wrapped filet mignon with pommes purée, roasted chanterelles and Bordelaise sauce; or Seafood Curry – lobster, snapper, shrimp and mussels in a coconut curry sauce with Thai herbs and peanuts. For dessert, guests can choose from Caramel Custard with coconut meringue and raspberry sorbet; or Milk Chocolate Mousse with mango gelée and white chocolate sorbet. The early seating will take place from 7PM – 7:45PM and will be priced at $165 per person (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity). The late seating will take place from 8:30PM – 9:45PM, will be priced at $250 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and will include a champagne toast. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or book online at http://thedutchmiami.com.
Devon Seafood + Steak
Devon Seafood + Steak, Kendall’s go-to for premium quality steaks and seafood, will offer a prix fixe menu nightly beginning on Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve (closed Christmas Day). With two options, each priced at $58 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), diners can select between a One Pound Lobster Tail – rich and buttery, steamed and finished with lemon butter or a 14 oz. Bone-In Filet – tender and juicy bone-in filet mignon sprinkled with steak seasoning, mesquite grilled to your specifications and finished with a rosemary demi-glace. Both entrées will be served with choice of vegetable and one of Devon’s popular shareable sides, which include Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, Crab Hush Puppies or Roasted Mushrooms with Truffle Butter. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve from 2PM – 10PM; New Year’s Eve hours are 4PM – 11PM. Devon Seafood + Steak is located at 11715 Sherri Lane in Kendall. For reservations, please call (305) 275-0226 or book online at www.devonseafood.com.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will offer two á la carte seatings in addition to the restaurant’s nightly dinner menu this New Year’s Eve. To start the evening, diners can indulge in antipasti options of Carpaccio di Polipo e Agrumi ($20) – octopus carpaccio with citrus salad; and Polpette Tartufate ($25) – oven roasted veal meatball with truffle Parmesan sauce. Secondi selections feature Bistecca Fiorentina ($100) – grilled T-bone steak with Lyonnaise potatoes, asparagus and Porcini sauce; Cotechino con Lenticchie al Rosmarino ($29) – traditional Italian sausage with black lentils; and Aragosta alla Termidor ($55) – Maine lobster gratin with herbs and Fontina stuffed polenta. New Year’s Eve hours will be noon – midnight. Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 531-4833 or visit www.quattromiami.com.
Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach is offering two special Gale New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus, beginning with a first seating from 6PM – 8PM. Priced at $85 (excluding tax and gratuity), first course options include Grilled Octopus with chickpeas, faro and a pistachio vinaigrette; Celery Soup with mortadella, a marsala reduction and black truffles; or Dolce Meatballs with creamy polenta & Parmigiano. For the second course, diners can delight in Veal Spezzatino with a mushroom risotto; Chilean Sea Bass with leeks, butternut squash and clams guazzetto; or Roasted Chicken with goat cheese crushed potatoes, broccoli rabe, sausage and baby carrots. Dessert features include Mousse Al Cioccolato – chocolate mousse with hazelnut brittle; or butterscotch budino with caramel sauce and chocolate biscotti.
A second seating from 9:30PM – midnight will be priced at $165 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and will begin with first course options of Tuna Tartare with cucumber, sweet corn, avocado, pickled grapes and red radish; Dolce Meatballs with creamy polenta and Parmigiano; Grilled Octopus with chickpeas, farro and a pistachio vinaigrette; or a Burrata Duo complete with heirloom tomatoes and pesto, artichokes and pistachio. For the second course, guests can select from Seafood Risotto complete with lobster, shrimp, calamari, octopus and scallops; Ravioli Do Zucca with butternut squash in an Amaretto and brown butter sauce; or Gnocchi with lamb ragu. Third course continues with Chilean sea bass with leeks, butternut squash and clams guazzetto; or Grilled Rib Eye with roasted vegetables and black truffle; while dessert features a Vanilla Cream Meringue layer cake with Chantilly cream to end the year on a sweet note.
Those who crave endless options can opt for Dolce Italian’s New Year’s Eve Buffet. Priced at $150 per person and available from 9PM until 1AM, the feast takes place on the beautiful exclusive rooftop at the Gale South Beach, complete with DJ. Antipasti dishes feature a selection of Italian meats and cheeses, Beef Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare, and Vitello Tonato. Primi options consist of Baked Tagliolini veal ragu and Spaghetti Al Pomodoro with San Marzano tomatoes, basil and Parmigiano; while secondi highlights are Braised Short Ribs and Chilean Sea Bass. Chef’s selection of desserts will conclude the meal.
Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve. All prices are exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity. Dolce Italian is located at 1690 Collins Avenue in the Gale South Beach. Telephone: (786) 975-2550; www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com
BLT Prime at Trump National Doral Miami® will offer a special Christmas Eve & Day blackboard menu beginning with first course options of Butternut Squash Bisque with spiced cream and pumpkin seeds; or Hamachi Crudo with blood orange, celery and yuzu. Next, diners can indulge in Roasted Striped Bass with cauliflower and a truffle vinaigrette; or Delmonico with bone marrow chimichurri and smoked sea salt. Savory sides feature a Sweet Potato Allumette finished with a maple aioli; or Glazed Rainbow Carrots with pearl onions; while desserts features are a traditional Buche de Noel with eggnog ice cream and pistachio; and Caramel Pecan Tart with brown butter ice cream and bourbon sauce. BLT Prime’s Christmas Eve blackboard specials will be available from 5:30PM – 10:30PM. Christmas Day hours are 3PM – 10:30PM. An à la carte menu will also be available. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. For reservations, please call (305) 591-6606; www.bltprimemiami.com.
This holiday season, elevate your favorite desserts with premium helado (gelato) from Freddo – Argentina’s beloved helado emporium which recently opened at 610 Lincoln Road in South Beach. Dessert lovers can take their holiday celebrations to the next level by incorporating over 30 Freddo flavors into special seasonal recipes that showcase Freddo’s creamy delights. Rediscover the classic flavors of Argentinean tradition with family and friends this holiday season with decadent dessert ideas including Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Cake, Lollipops and Lemon Cake – all fun and easy-to-make treats. For recipes, please visit http://freddo.com/category/recipes/. Freddo is located at 610 Lincoln Road. Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight; and Friday and Saturday 11AM to 1AM. Telephone: (305) 604-0065; www.freddo.com;
3030 Ocean, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most elegant hotspots frequented by locals and visitors alike, will offer diners a special three-course Christmas Eve & Christmas Day menu. Priced at $56 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) with additional wine pairings for $11 per person, the holiday meal will begin with a Creamy Roasted Chestnut Soup topped with chive cream, followed by Chef Paula DaSilva’s Roasted Prime Rib served with mashed potatoes, greens, roasted vegetables and peppercorn jus. Diners can end the night on a sweet note with a Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake drizzled with hot fudge sauce. An à la carte menu will also be available and will include the featured dishes. Christmas Eve & Day dinner will be served from 6PM – 10PM.
To ring in 2015, 3030 Ocean will feature a five-course New Year’s Eve menu complete with a glass of champagne. Priced at $110 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the festivities will begin with Wianno Oysters with caviar and cucumber, followed by first course options of Smoked Duck Breast with kale, Pink Mountain apple, blue cheese, pecans and poppy seed vinaigrette; or Sashimi of Kona Kampachi with pickled mushrooms and yuzu. Next, diners can indulge in either the Sweet Corn Risotto with lobster and Pecorino; or Ricotta and Truffle Agnolotti with pea tendrils, charred tomato and aged balsamic. 3030 Ocean’s third course options will feature a choice of a New York Strip Steak with smoked potato purée and red wine shallot; or Sautéed Bronzini with fregola, pickled eggplant and yogurt sauce. For dessert, revelers can enjoy Tangerine & Raspberry Creamsicle Alaska or Milk Chocolate & Caramel Mousse Bar. Guests can also accompany each course with paired wines for an additional $24 per person. The restaurant’s New Year’s Eve dinner service will be offered from 6PM – 11:45PM. No à la carte menu will be offered. 3030 Ocean is located inside the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at 3030 Holiday Drive in Fort Lauderdale. For reservations, please call (954) 765-3030; www.3030ocean.com.