Fork Dork: Postpone Resolutions, Indulge in New Year's Eve Dining

Dining options abound for Eastsiders seeking a New Year's Eve celebration.

New Year’s resolutions can wait until after Jan. 1.

Until then indulge in gluttonous multi-course dinners paired with wines. Following are recommendations to help you sort through the myriad New Year’s Eve celebration options on the Eastside.

Bellevue-based Schwartz Brothers will open its restaurants during regular hours at all of its locations, including the Lake Union Daniel’s Broiler under the shadow of the Space Needle and its New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

at in downtown Bellevue will be serving its full menu, including specialties such as the Buddha Roll, Siam lettuce cup, green papaya salad, the Wild Ginger fragrant duck, seven flavor beef, black pepper scallops and Thai chili beef, into the New Year. For reservations call 425-495-8889.

in in Bellevue is offering a three-course dinner for $55, plus a $30 wine pairing option. Reservations are available from 6 to 8 p.m. After dinner the entire restaurant will be transformed into a nightclub. The celebration will include a DJ, dance floors, multiple bars and a midnight Champagne toast. Tickets to the nightclub party are $30 at Brown Paper Tickets or $40 at the door.

Southwestern Grill in will be serving a special New Year’s menu from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1. Specials include Ahi ceviche with seasoned tostados ($9.99), Ancho chile-glazed grilled filet mignon ($28.99), herb-glazed sea bass En Papillote ($31.99), Southwestern chicken Achiote ($17.99) and molten chocolate cake ($6.25).

Sky Ultra Lounge on the roof of the Bellevue Galleria will be hosting a free New Year’s Eve party for guests arriving before 10 p.m.

in Lincoln Square in Bellevue will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Admission is $30 to $55 for guests 21 and over. For advance tickets click here.

in will be hosting its third annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Classic. This year’s featured comedians are Tom Segura, featured on Comedy Central, and Christina Pazsitzky from Chelsea Lately. Tickets to either the 7 p.m or 9:30 p.m. show are $50 and include admission to all of the Parlor Collection’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

at the in Carillon Point in Kirkland will be offering a special four-course menu for $65, plus wine pairings for another $65. Menu options include grilled beef tenderloin medallion and Maine lobster tail, wild striped bass, roasted sunchoke bisque and Moulard foie gras. Bin on the Lake is seating from 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. For reservations call 425-803-5595.

in Kirkland is taking reservations until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Chef and proprietor Holly Smith will craft a seven-course tasting menu for $135. Sommelier Dawn Smith, who was recently named a finalist for Sunset Magazine’s Western Wine Awards, will pair wines with the tasting menu. For reservations call 425-823-1505.

at in Kirkland is taking reservations from 4 to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and serving a four-course menu for $79. Options include buttermilk fried oysters, Maine lobster bisque, scallops with fennel and leek fondue, filet mignon and rack of lamb. For reservations call 425-284-5900 or click here http://www.heathmankirkland.com/trellis/trellis-reservations.aspx.

The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie is offering a six-course menu from 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day for $125. Dinner choices include lobster ravioli, wild mushroom agnolotti, alderwood-smoked salmon, bison tenderloin, a trio of lobster, and cannellini bean coussoulet. If you prefer to spend the night after dinner, indulge in the “Timeless Toast” New Year’s Eve package that includes a one-night stay in a one-bedroom River View suite plus dinner for two for $1,249.

in Woodinville will be serving a special multi-course dinner for $365 (a dollar for each day of the year). The New Year’s Eve celebration dinner kicks off with bottomless Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne paired with sturgeon caviar éclairs and concludes with 1912 Barbeito Madeira, which turns 100 at the stroke of midnight. In between, courses will include seared foie gras, white truffles and black cod, sweetbreads, Wagyu prime rib and The Herbfarm’s Dom Perignon “Martini.” Entertainment includes live guitar music by Patricio Contreras and singing by Eric Parce, Jenny Knapp and Anthony Kalil.

at in Woodinville will feature two seatings, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., for its four-course New Year’s Eve menu. For $125 guests can enjoy butter poached sea bass paired with 2008 McCrea Cellars Grenache Blanc, Wagyu beef tenderloin and Alaskan King Crab Leg paired with 2008 Gramercy Cellars “Third Man” Grenache blend and other specialties. For reservations call 425-424-2999.

Bake’s Place in Issaquah will be featuring Little Bill & the Bluenotes in its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Tickets are $95 for the show, buffet dinner, Champagne toast and midnight celebration. For tickets email or call 425-391-3335. Bake’s Place will be moving to the Columbia West building in downtown Bellevue on Feb. 12.

If you prefer to dine in Seattle, the venerable Canlis will be seating two turns on New Year’s Eve. The first round of reservations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. includes a five-course menu for $125. The second round from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. features a seven-course menu for $195. Live music starting at 8 p.m. and dancing will lead to a Champagne toast and countdown to 2012.


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