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Houston’s Best New Year’s Eve Events

20 Great Last-Minute Picks

BY // 12.30.16

With merely three days left in 2016, the scramble to lock down last-minute New Year’s plans has officially commenced. While there’s no shortage of grandiose bashes across Houston, for those seeking a more subdued fête, a food-centric affair is the perfect way to ring in 2017.

Here are 20 parties that are sure to channel the foodie in all of us.

Aces of Taste Presents Destination: Paris 
1310 Nance Street, acesoftaste.com

Pop-up phenoms Aces of Taste present its signature dinner series this New Year’s Eve with the help of “Chopped” champion and Houston’s own chef Shannen Tune (Craft Burger Truck). Accompanied by wife Stacey Tune, the duo will prepare a four-course French pop-up dinner in Downtown’s warehouse district featuring delicate dishes such as dungeness, crab-stuffed endive salad; vanilla-scented parsnip soup; a duck duo of seared duck breast and duck leg confit; and a blueberry clafouti.

The meal is followed by an all-night Parisian party where complimentary champagne and hor d’oeuvres will flow with sounds by DJ Charlee Brown and two live performances. Tickets range from $80 to $150. PaperCity readers can get 20 percent off with the discount code PCNYE20. For tickets, click here

Anejo: Mexican Table and Tequila Bar 
Uptown Park, 1180 Uptown Park Boulevard, anejotexmex.com

A true Texas New Year’s should involve Tex-Mex and tequila. Anejo is offering both this NYE with a special four-course prix-fixe menu priced at $55. Indulge in everything from artichoke-spinach crepes and green chile pork pozole to churrasco tenderloin and tequila chocolate mousse. For reservations, call 713.963.9032. 

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos
3601 Kirby Drive, picos.net

Picos is putting a unique twist on the holiday weekend with a New Year’s Eve in Havana celebration from 9 pm to 1:30 am. Each ticket ($175/$200 VIP) includes three expertly crafted cocktails, a four-course dinner crafted by executive chef Arnaldo Richards, live entertainment from BULBO, fresh rolled cigars in the cigar lounge, access to the dance floor and photo booth, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

To purchase a ticket to the night’s festivities, click here.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
1814 Washington Avenue, bbbutchers.com 

B&B has you covered on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Ring in 2017 at the restaurant’s Beef.Booze.Bubbles.Bash., a festive night of food, drinks, prizes, and live music. Start the night with sounds from a live jazz singer and pianist until 10 pm, followed by tunes from DJ Wyatt Magnum on the rooftop patio until 2 am. No ticket required — just reserve your table by calling 713.862.1814. 

Recover from a night of partying at B&B’s Hangover Cure Brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 am to 3 pm. Indulge in an array of classic brunch dishes or opt for B&B’s black-eyed pea and kale special accompanied by a jumbo Manmosa — a mimosa served in a pilsner glass.

The Edison Houston
4203 Edison Street, theedisonhouston.com 

Newcomer The Edison is offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $55. Lookout for chef Michael Sanguinetti‘s pan-seared scallops served with foie gras and tomato confit; beef tenderloin poached in a rosemary red wine sauce; and orange polenta upside down cake. DJ Johnny J spins the restaurant into 2017. Patrons also have the option to reserve bottle service by contacting theedisonhouston@gmail.com.

Eloise Nichols
2400 Mid Lane, eloisenichols.com

Eloise Nichols kicks off its first New Year’s Eve with a special a la carte menu — lobster mac n cheese croquettes, oxtails braised in red wine, confit lamb shank, and Japanese cheesecake — festive craft cocktails, discounted champagne bottles, and a complimentary midnight toast. The bash kicks off at 6 pm and lasts until the clock strikes 12 am. For reservations, call 713.554.0136.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
3201 Louisiana Street, holleyshouston.com 

Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s staple, and this year, Holley’s is highlighting the luck-filled side with a heavenly fried chicken dinner. For $50, customers can indulge in cast-iron fried chicken served alongside cracklin cornbread, obligatory black-eyed peas, Vivian’s macaroni & cheese, collard greens and sweet potato-pecan pie. Secure your New Year’s Day reservations by calling 713.491.2222 or contacting jeannie@holleyshouston.com. 

Helen Greek Food and Wine
2429 Rice Boulevard, helengreekfoodandwine.com 

Get transported to ancient Greece with Helen’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu: Sailing the Wine Dark Sea. Enjoy chef William Wright‘s Grecian creations — Mediterranean sardines, confit cardoons with olive puree, pine-roasted leg of lamb with lentils, and a honey fig tart. Reserve your spot at one of Helen’s two seatings — 6 pm and 9 pm — by contacting info@helengreekfoodandwine.com.

La Calle Tacos and Tortas 
909 Franklin Street, lacalletacos.com 

How can you go wrong with anything bottomless? On New Year’s Day, La Calle Tacos is offering patrons a never-ending supply of menudo, pozole, and birria for the ultimate hangover cure. Pair your selection with a mimosa or a Michelada from La Calle’s make your own Michelada station. Find out more about the event here.

Le Colonial
River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, lecolonialhouston.com 

Snag one of two seatings (4 pm and 8 pm) at Le Colonial this New Year’s Eve, where chef Nicole Routhier unveils two, special, multi-course menus. Enjoy a three-course meal during Le Colonial’s 4 pm seating for $65, or opt for the four-course, gala dinner at 8 pm for $125, which includes a live band, party favors, and a champagne toast.

Guests can also forgo dinner altogether to party in Le Colonial’s rooftop lounge. A cover of $50 will be charged after 9 pm. For reservations, call 713.629.4444. 

Le Mistral
1400 Eldridge Parkway, lemistralhouston.com 

Bring in 2017 with a decadent meal prepared by Master Chef, David Dennis. The six-course, dinner features French favorites such as terrine de caille au foie gras — terrine of quail breast and foie gras; champagne granite — roasted Colorado lamb loin; and fromage de chèvre en croute de noix — walnut crusted Bucheron goat cheese. The dinner runs from 5 pm to 11pm.

5512 La Branch Street, lucilleshouston.com 

Head to the Museum District for a Southern-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner at Lucille’s. Chef Chris Williams presents a festive five-course menu ($125) with cocktail/wine pairings. Brace yourself for dishes such as deconstructed oysters Rockefeller with bacon and lump fish caviar; Wagyu sashimi topped with charred puffed rice; beef tenderloin with butter-poached Maine lobster; crab cakes topped with Opelousas sauce; and gold-flaked crumbled fudge caked with raspberry sorbet. Seatings are available at 5 and 7:30 pm.

Lucille’s is also offering a black-eyed peas and collard greens special on New Year’s Day accompanied by its regular brunch menu, sangrias, and mimosas. Live music will also be in full swing on the heated, outdoor patio. For reservations, call 713.568.2505.

1001 Austin Street, mktbar.com 

A bevy of cultural cuisine takes center stage at MKT Bar’s Global Dance Party from 9pm to 2 am. Enjoy everything from Chinese-style barbecue pork ribs and potato samosas with mint chutney to Lebanese feta flatbread and Brazil crab-stuffed cheese bread. Houston’s own DJ Sun provides tunes for the night’s festivities.

The next morning, head back Downtown for MKT Bar’s signature chicken and waffles, which are half-priced New Year’s Day.

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
2704 Navigation Boulevard, ninfas.com 

Brunch it up this New Year’s Day with a Tex Mex feast from executive chef Alex Padilla. Whether you’re in need of Ninfa’s red chile pork posole — a traditional Mexican hangover soup, or you’re searching for a more traditional brunch dish such as the huevos rancheros, Ninfa’s New Year’s Day menu has you covered.

The restaurant will also offer $3 Dos XX, Pacifico, and Negra Modelo draft beers in addition to extending its Sunday hours to 4 pm. 

Peska Seafood Culture
BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, peska.us

Dive into seafood this New Year’s Eve with Peska’s multi-course menu options. A three ($75) and four-course ($95) will be available from 5 to 8 pm, featuring dishes such as seared foie gras, roasted branzino, madai ceviche, pan-seared scallops, grilled pork tenderloin and more. Following dinner, a live DJ joins the party with a bubbly champagne toast at midnight.

Pi Pizza
181 Heights Boulevard, pipizzahtx.com 

For those that would rather a New Year’s Eve celebration at home, Pi Pizza is offering delivery until 2 am. That’s right you can get Anthony Calleo‘s whimsical creations — think pizzas topped with everything from blackberries and bacon-braised collard greens to lemon-roasted cauliflower and  macaroni and cheese — delivered straight to your front door.

River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, toulousecafeandbar.com 

Take advantage of Toulouse’s special New Year’s Eve menu. In addition to its regular offerings the restaurant will also have lavish dishes like diver scallops carpaccio, filet mignon and citrus butter served with a poached lobster tail, Colorado elk chops, and dark chocolate and orange vacherin. A complimentary champagne toast will be poured at midnight.

Triniti Restaurant and Bar
2815 South Shepherd Drive, trinitirestaurant.com 

Astrology takes center stage at Triniti’s New Year’s Eve Zodiac dinner. The 12-course feast ($195) designed by executive chef Ryan Hildebrand features a dozen dishes inspired by each zodiac sign, featuring everything from a Leo-inspired duck dish and a Sagittarius-inspired pheasant and apple tagine to a Scorpio-inspired salt-rusted venison and an Aquarius-inspired coconut panna cotta and spiced cake.

Guests can also add wine and cocktail pairings for an additional $100. For reservations, call 713.527.9090. 

The Tuck Room
River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, thetuckroom.com 

Head to The Tuck Room in the IPic movie theater for an unforgettable cocktail countdown this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 9 pm, countdown to midnight with a different featured cocktail while partying the night away with festive hats and horns, passed appetizers, a live DJ, and a complimentary champagne toast. Reserve your spot here.

Weights + Measures
2808 Caroline Street, weights-measures.com 

A four-course prix-fixe menu ($75) awaits at Weights + Measures. Dishes include a wood-grilled, za’atar-crusted lamb chop; lobster tarragon tortellini; crispy skin lacquered duck breast; wood-grilled, Texas boar chops; aged pecorino risotto, and more.

Of course, New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without a festive cocktail or two. Indulge in libations, including the Yule Shoot Your Eye Out — a mix of champagne, JELLO, Pinnacle whipped cream vodka, and pop rocks and the Pink Fluffer, a mix of champagne, Chambord, lemon, and cotton candy.

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