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New Year’s Eve Is Coming. Have You Made Reservations Yet?

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Greet 2014 in style at any of the following places, which appeal to all tastes and price ranges. Call each for reservations. Tax and tip not included.

new year 2014aBiga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — On New Year’s Eve, there will be two seatings. The early will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a cost of $65 per person. The late menu will be 8 – 10:30 p.m. at a price of $100 per person. Menu highlights: Seared scallop and tasso ham risotto; Chicken-Fried Oysters with squid ink linguini; beef tartar with green peppcorn and mustard; pork and shiitake spring rolls; crab cake with shrimp remoulade and chervil; Praline Opera Torte with hazelnut souffle glace; Grasshopper Mousse; and Banana Cajeta Crepe with coconut anglaise.  The  late seating includes party favors and a glass of champagne.  Live music from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. by Katchie Cartwright and Richard Oppenheimer. The price for  children 12 and under is $25.

Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547 — Dinner will be served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. with the regular menu being offered. View the fireworks from the patio.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway,(210) 824-0100 — A special five-course menu will be served from 5 to 11 p.m. Aaron and George Prado will be perform 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The menu includes the following choices: Appetizer choices: Lump Crab in Puff Pastry, Braised Beef Short Rib on Polenta, Grilled Scallop, and Roasted Beet Wedges with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese Crumble. Soups: Icelandic Lobster Bisque or Venison & Smoked Chicken Gumbo, Black-Eyed Pea with Ham Hocks or Creamy Curry with Almonds and Shrimp Dumpling. Salads: Micro Caesar, Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette or Duck and Poached Pear Salad. Entree choices: Golden Sea Bass ($78); Grilled Lamb Chops in Pomegranate Sauce ($72); Walnut Encrusted Roasted Filet Mignon ($78); Rack of Pork Chops ($72); Lobster Trilogy ($82); Exotic Mushroom Canneloni ($72). Desserts: Duo of Crème Brulee, New York Cheesecake with Berries, White and Dark Chocolate Macadamia Caramel Torte, Tiramisù, and Pistachio Cake. Optional flight of wine is $25 extra.

The Brooklynite: Dance into 2014 with the Brooklynite’s famous Tiki menu, paired with some classic swing music. Grab a date or fly solo and find a dance partner when you get here. We will have drinks galore and our food truck’s parked outside, offering you a one-stop place to welcome the new year. With Jazz DJ, Adam “The Jazz” Tutor.  No cover but make your reservations today at 210-444-0707. Tues. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 1. The Brooklynite is at 516 Brooklyn Ave.

Cantina del Rio, 1299 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1950 – Have a casual New Year’s dining experience featuring Sizzlin’ Chicken or Beef Fajitas served with beans, rice, guacamole, pico and your choice of flour or homemade corn tortillas. $9.95 for one or $18.95 for you and your date. Enjoy award-winning margaritas ($5.95) on our heated patio tucked into the trees. Opens daily at 11 a.m.

The County Line, 10101 I-1o W., (210) 641-1998 — The barbecue joint is open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations suggested for both.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5600 — New Year’s Eve hours at 5:30 – 11 p.m. Dinner includes choice of appetizer, soup or house salad, entree, vegetables and dessert. Appetizer choices include Mousse Truffle Paté, Artichoke Stuffed with Fresh Goat Cheese and Almonds, or Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese. Soup choices: Cream of Mushroom or New England Clam Chowder. Entrees: Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce or Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine ($40.50), Shrimp Lionnaise, Beef Wellington, Salmon Fillet, or Veal Scalloppini ($52.50), or the Trilogy of Lobster Tail, Rack of Lmab and Tenderloin of Beef Rossini ($65). Dessert: Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée.

Two GlassesFleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Fleming’s is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu that includes a three-course prix fixe meal featuring a filet mignon paired with an 8-ooune lobster tail. Price is $69.95 per guest.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1500 — New Year’s Eve hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. First course choices: Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop, Seared Veal Loin Carpaccio, Stuffed Quail and Foie Gras Mousse Platter or Assorted Seafood Delicacy. Second course: Frederick’s Salad and Goat Cheese with Champagne, Hazelnut Vinaigrette. Main course choice: Grilled Lamb Chops, Beef Tornedo “Rossini” Foie Gras, Lobster Duo or Seabass and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Napoleon. All main courses served with seasonal vegetables. Choose from an assortment of our delicious desserts. Price is $85 per person.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 – This New Year’s, dine in cozy rooms with natural stone fireplaces overlooking the beautiful Guadalupe River and enjoy an 8-ounce New York Strip with grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp, loaded mashed potatoes and served with an iceberg wedge salad ($24.99). Great with a cold Shiner Cheer or a spiked coffee drinks. Opens both days at 11 a.m.

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281 – Head to Gruene Hall for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with Kevin Fowler (advanced tickets recommended) and free live tunes New Year’s Day at the annual Hair of the Dog Day on New Year’s Day, featuring Guy Forsyth, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros and Shinyribs.

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — There are two packages for New Years:

  • The family package includes a barbecue dinner for two adults and two children (under age 12) in the ballroom. It also includes Champagne or apple cider toast at midnight, carnival games, ferris wheel, carousel, s’mores by the Windmill Plaza fireplace, fireworks spectacular, family dance with a live DJ, New Year’s Day breakfast buffet for two adults and two children in the ballroom and a late checkout. Rooms start at $499 a night. (Carnival is only available to registered guests. Additional tickets are $49 for children (4-17) and $89 per adult.)
  • The NYE 2013 Dinner Package includes four-course dinner in Antlers Lodge for two adults, live entertainment, champagne toast, breakfast buffet for two in the ballroom, party favors and late checkout. Rooms start at $499 a night. (Antlers is only available as a room package for Hyatt Regency Hill Country guests. Additional occupants of the room may dine for an additional fee: $49 for children (4-17) and $89 for an adult.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Pkwy., (210) 276-2500 — Three family-oriented parties are planned. Click here for details on each.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — The special New Year’s Eve menu features your choice for four choices, starting with Texas Sterling Lamb Wellington, Cedar Plank Diver Sea Scallops, House Made Crisp Gnocchi, Broiled Veal Marrow or Maryland Style Crab Cake. Second course choice: House Caesar, Baby Arugula and Fire Kissed Strawberry Salad or Lobster Bisque. Main course choice: Blue Ribbon Filet, Grilled 16-ounce Ribeye, Filet Oscar with Jumbo Lump Crab, Grilled Cobia Fillet, Oven Baked Cold Water Western Australian Lobster Tail, 16-ounce Prime New York Strip or Texas Sterling Lamb Shank Osso Buco. Each is served with Prosciutto San Danielle Asparagus, Susie’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and Cognac Deglazed Wild Mushrooms. Dessert: Belgian Dark Chocolate Vortex. Price is $89 per person.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210)  518-1177 — A special three-course pre-fixe menu will be offered from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and a five-course pre-fixe menu from 8 – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The three-course menu will cost $70 per person, with the addition of wine pairings available for an extra $19. The five-course menu costs $114.00 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $31. Special a la carte dining at featured menu prices on request. A live band with dancing and party favors will be from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. A complimentary champagne toast will be offered at midnight to bring in the New Year. Complimentary parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Liberty Bar’s 30th Birthday Bash. Join Liberty Bar devotees at 1111 S. Alamo St. as the restaurant and bar throw a New Year’s Eve birthday party celebrating three decades in business. For the price of a ticket ($125 for one, $200 for a couple), enjoy a wide array of food and drink from frivolous to serious. Here’s the menu: Rare roast tenderloin with chimole, grilled oysters, garlic fried baby artichokes in thinly sliced Parmesan cheese … plus many more dishes old and new. Live music, fireworks and dancing. Freshly steamed tamales norteñas will be served at midnight along with a high-powered champagne toast. Music includes Sauce Gonzalez/West Side Horns; Beto and the Fairlanes; and Michael Martin and The Infidels.  For reservations: 210-227-1187 or visit the website here.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) — Dinner service begins at 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The special menu begins a choice of Butternut Squash Soup with Braised Escarole and Pancetta, Insalate Misto with Goat Cheese Truffle, Caprese salad, Caesar or Pasta Fagioli. Main course: Filetto e Arogosta (6-ounce Grilled Filet Mignon and 5-ounce Lobster Tail). The price is $49.95. The regular menu will also be offered.

new year 2013Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547— Max’s will be hosting a party from 3 p.m. to midnight with a three-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu priced at $50 a person not including beverages. Dishes include Rack of Lamb with Blue Honey Mustard Glaze, Sauté Eggplant, Red Peppers, Wild Mushrooms, Pecan Brown Butter, and Fried Fennel Polenta. Max’s will be providing all hats, streamers, necklaces, and other festive New Year’s Eve party items.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — Morton’s will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with regular dining.

Mozie’s Bar and Grill, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 – Mozie’s is featuring its legendary Meatball & Angel Hair Pasta – one large authentic Italian pork and beef meatball smothered in a slow-simmered Italian plum tomato sauce. Topped with ricotta and Romano cheeses and served on a bed of angel hair pasta with crisp, fresh baked and griddled sourdough garlic bread and an iceberg lettuce wedge salad topped with Mozie’s Bleu Cheese dressing, pepper bacon, diced tomato and cracked black pepper ($15.99). Opens daily at 11 a.m.

Nao, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 554-6484 — The New Year’s Eve special menu includes Crispy Oyster Causea, Caribbean Lobster Pot, Roasted Diver Scallop and Chorizo, Seared Sweetbreads, Dry Aged Rib Eye and Poached Xoconostle Cactus and Pear. The price is $85 a person.

Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Guests are also welcome to bring in the New Year with party favors, champagne and celebration. Reservations are available from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; bar beverage service continues until 2 a.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — New Year’s Eve hours are 6 – 11 p.m.  with a four-course special plus the regular a la carte menu. The Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour menu is available in the Prime Bar from 3 – 7 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051 — New Year’s Eve hours are 4 – 11 p.m. with a four-course special offered. The Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour menu is available in the Prime Bar from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Sustenio, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210)-598-2950 — Sustenio is offering four ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve:

  • Dinner and room: Dinner for two in Sustenio’s private dining room, featuring a four-course meal and chef’s demonstration of each course. The evening includes wine parings with each course, party favors and champagne toast at midnight, with live entertainment and dancing in Sustenio’s lounge, followed by a stay the night at the hotel. Dinner begins at 8:30 p.m. Price: $509 per person, plus tax and tip. To reserve your special room and dinner package, call (855) 257-3040 and request “NYE Package with Dinner.”
  • Early seating: First seating (reservations available 6 – 8 p.m.). Four-course dinner priced at $85 per person.
  • Late seating: Second seating (8:30 p.m.). Four-course dinner in Sustenio, plus champagne toast at midnight, with party favors, live entertainment and dancing. $150 per person.
  • Chef’s demonstration dinner: Dinner for two in Sustenio’s private dining room, featuring a four-course meal and chef’s demonstration of each course. The evening includes wine parings with each course, party favors, and champagne toast at midnight, with live entertainment and dancing in Sustenio’s lounge. Dinner begins at 8:30 p.m. $175 per person.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — Early and late seatings available on New Year’s Eve.

Tuk Tuk Taproom, 1702 Broadway, (210) 222-8277 — You don’t need a reservation to drop on New Year’s Eve for some Asian street food and a fine beer. New Year’s morning brings a pajama party brunch.

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