An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Dec 28, 2013
01:13 PMThe Connecticut Table
New Year's Eve: Ten Tasty Ways to Ring in 2014
Haven't made plans for New Year’s Eve yet? There's still time. And with a wide range of venues around the state offering a host of scintillating experiences, the last night of 2013 can be anything you want it to be. For instance, how about . . .
A masquerade ball at Ordinary (formerly Richter’s) in New Haven. $50 gets you a complimentary cocktail on arrival; passed hors d’oeuvres (oysters on the half shell, foie gras mousse, pulled pork & cheddar sliders, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, assorted veggie tartlets) from 8-12 p.m.; a dance party with live DJ, cash bar, drink specials and midnight toast. 203/907-0328, ordinarynewhaven.com.
Chamber music and fine dining at Bernard’s in Ridgefield. Savor the Maria Tische Quartet along with a four-course gourmet meal, dancing and a champagne toast. $145. 203/438-8282, bernardsridgefield.com.
A jazz sextet and a sumptuous repast at eleven14 Kitchen, Greenwich. Two seatings—early: 5:30-7; late 8:15-10—each with a different menu. $65, $125. eleven14kitchen.com, 203/698-6999
Upscale Italian in a soaring Gothic space inspired by the 13th Century abbey of San Galgano, at Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club. Dinner, DJs, dancers, the works. $25 cover after 10. 860/862-1100, balloitalian.com
Award-winning barbecue and Cajun cooking at Connecticut’s favorite juke joint. Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, that is. Three courses, hats, noisemakers and Mass-Conn Fusion (Motown, R&B, jazz and blues): $49 (not including tax, gratuity and beverages). Or eat at the bar or high-top tables for $10 cover. 860/278-7427, blackeyedsallys.com
The Paula G Reality with Charlie Karp at the Black Duck Café in Westport. $10 at the door includes champagne at midnight. 203/227-7978
A special menu of delicacies—clams casino, caviar and blini, tuna crudo, seared foie gras, filet mignon and wood-roasted lobster—at Match in Sono. 203/852-1088, matchsono.com
Live standards and a four-course meal at Blue Lemon, Westport. Two seatings 5:30-6:30, and 9, live trio, four-course meal. $77 for food, entertainment and celebratory glass of champagne. 203/226-2647, bluelemonrestaurant.com
Music, dancing and—bowling at Revolutions Bowling Lanes & Lounge in South Windsor 9 p.m to 1 p.m. Watch the ball drop on four 25-foot screens. Appetizers buffet, party favors, champagne toast at midnight. Entry Fee: $30 ($20 for non-bowlers) 860/282-2695, revolutionsct.com
The annual NYE Extravaganza at Toad’s Place: Party favors, a ball drop, champagne and Grateful Dead tribute band Shakedown. Plus complimentary breakfast in the wee hours of 2014. 203/624-8623, toadsplace.com
And perhaps the most decadent evening of all . . . four courses prepared by the incomparable Reza Khorshidi at Rebecca's in Greenwich. Seared Foie Gras with Caramelized Quince, Scrambled Egg in its Shell with Sevruga Caviar, North Sea Turbot with Jumbo Crabmeat Hash, Twice-Baked Potato with Maine Lobster and Périgord Black Truffles, Roasted Partridge with Braised Endive, Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé . . . Need we say more? $125 per person. 203/532-9270, rebeccas.moonfruit.comNew Year's Eve: Ten Tasty Ways to Ring in 2014