We're going to keep this light and airy. Here's a (partial) rundown of the restaurants and bars hosting a party or offering a special menu on December 31, sometime before midnight:
New Year's Eve
- a'Bouzy: Party starts at 9:30 p.m. with live DJ, champagne toast. Dom Perignon vintages available at $99, $240.
- Avondale Food & Wine: $200 per person. Five-course dinner including beer, wine, and champagne at 9 p.m. and party through 1:30 a.m. with DJ. 1960s French attire welcome.
- Bayou & Bottle at the Four Seasons: $35 per person. Party at 9 p.m. with champagne toast at midnight. No seat guaranteed. DJs, regular food menu available.
- BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures: $45 per person. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Entrées include New York strip, pan-seared heirloom chicken, voodoo salmon. DJ, "throwback" party with retro cocktails and champagne toast. Dress throwback.
- Benjy's: Seating until 10 p.m. with a la carte menu. Dishes include parmesan-crusted lamb chops, chicken for two, fire-roasted whole snapper.
- Bistro Provence: $40 to reserve a seat. Seatings at 6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. Entrées include slow-roasted lamb shank, wild Norwegian salmon.
- Bosscat Kitchen & Libations: $75 per person. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Entrées include choice of braised short rib Oscar, roasted French-cut chicken breast, crispy Gulf red snapper. DJ, champagne toast.
- Brennan's: Dinner available 5-9:45 p.m.
- Broken Barrel: $80 per person. 5-7 p.m. seating and 9-11 p.m. seating. Four-course meal with lamp pot pie, grilled hangar steak, caviar creme fraiche and olive oil amuse bouche.
- The Classic All Day: Seating until 10 p.m. with regular menu plus specials including oysters in the half-shell, pan-seared scallops, 44 Farms prime rib, ginger tamarind rubbed whole fish. Call for reservations.
- Cottonmouth Club: 1984 party. No cover with champagne toast, photo booth, and '80s themed cocktails.
- Danton's Gulf Coast Cuisine: Pre-midnight service. Regular dinner service, glass of champagne, live music, toast to Danton's (the restaurant is moving and rebranding as Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine).
- Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse: $150 per person prix fixe from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dry-aged lamb, seabass among highlights.
- Eight Row Flint: Regular hours, 2 p.m.-midnight. $30 gets you a Miller High Life champagne bottle and four one-ounce shots of Four Roses Yellow Bourbon. Champagne toast at midnight.
- Fig & Olive: $110. White and gold party with four-course prix-fixe menu. Entrées include Chilean sea bass, filet mignon, lamb shank. Live DJ.
- Georgia James: $125 per person. Reservations from 5 to 11 p.m. Four-course meal with entrées including seared scallops with corn pudding, New York Strip, boudin-stuffed quail, or braised short rib.
- Goodnight Charlie's: No cover. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Disco cowboy party with live music from 7 p.m. onward. Champagne and cocktails available.
- The Grove: $45 per person. 5-10 p.m. Entrées include New York strip, tomahawk pork chop, fillet of golden trout. Sparkling wine.
- La Table: Reservations accepted 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. at both Marche and Chateau. Highlights include Strube wagyu beef en croute and Perigord truffle and lobster gnudi.
- Lucienne Restaurant at Hotel Alessandra: Seatings at 4:30 p.m. ($55), 6:30 p.m. ($75), and 9 p.m. ($95). Four-course dinner; entrées include beef consommé, duck a l´orange.
- Mastro's: $275 per person. Four-course meal with seafood tower, twin lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, filet options, plus live entertainment and champagne toast. Seatings 3 p.m.-midnight.
- One Fifth Mediterranean: Regular menu. Reservations from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Menu includes additional sightseeing tour for larger groups.
- Ouisie's Table: $45 per person. Four-course dinner with music, champagne toast. Regular dinner service also available 5-9 p.m.
- Pappas Bros. Steakhouse: $109.95 per person. 4-11 p.m. at Galleria, 5-11 p.m. at Downtown. Entrées include ribeye, filet mignon, veal chop, New York strip, king salmon.
- Picos: $100 per person for open bar, $175 per person for four-course dinner plus open bar, $200 for VIPs (includes everything with prime seating). Party starts at 8 p.m. Live entertainment, outdoor cigar lounge, tasting bar, photo booth, dance floor.
- Quattro at Four Seasons: $135 per person. One seating at 7 p.m. includes live entertainment, dancing, champagne toast. Entrées include red snapper, osso buso alla Milaense, duo of duck.
- Ristorante Cavour at Hotel Granduca: $85 per person, $45 additional wine pairing. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Five-course dinner.
- Roka Akor: $135 per person. Seatings 4:30 p.m.-midnight. Five-course meal includes wagyu kimchi dumplings, grilled pork belly, Alaskan king crab, sashimi, and Japanese Miyazaki A4 wagyu. Upgrade of $40 available to try Japanese Kobe A5 wagyu.
- The Rustic: Free; first-come, first-serve and admittance not guaranteed. VIP tickets (that include admittance, separate section, private bar service, appetizers, champagne toast, and goodies) are $75. Live music from Texas country artist Charley Crockett.
- The Tuck Room: $68-$75 per person, 9 p.m. Live music, party favors, late-night snacks, toast.
- UB Preserv: $85 per person. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Three-course family style dinner of New Year's food traditions found throughout Houston, including Peking-style duck, foie gras, sticky pork ribs, pupusas, and buckwheat chocolate pie.
- Uchi: $195 for two. Pre-midnight service; reserve through 11 p.m. Ten-course meal with Australian 9+ wagyu strip loin, masu and madai nigiri, Alaskan king crab gunkan.
- Yauatcha: $88 per person ($40 extra for wine pairing). Three-course meal including wagyu beef puff, lobster dumplings, truffle duck.
And here's a look at places hosting brunch the day after:
New Year's Day
- BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights include build-your-own mimosa bar, "Flaming Hot" bloody marys, Apple Jacks breakfast bun with cereal milk glaze.
- Bosscat Kitchen & Libations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include Fruity Pebbles French toast, Nutella s'mores pancakes, breakfast in bed shot, new cocktail menu.
- BuffBurger: Breakfast 7-11 a.m.
- Eight Row Flint: noon-midnight. Highlights include black-eyed peas and cabbage from Revival Market. Bowl games all day.
- Jack & Ginger's: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Irish-style brunch with potato pancakes, shepherds pie, bangers, Irish coffee, bloody mary bar.
- Lucienne Restaurant at Hotel Alessandra: $75 per person. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Three-course meal plus mimosa or bloody mary.
- Sam's Fried Chicken & Donuts: Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. with regular menu.
- State Fare: Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. with regular menu.
- The Original Ninfa's on Navigation: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Highlights include red chile-pork posole, huevos rancheros, migas divorciadas.
- The Union Kitchen: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at all locations. Highlights include $1 mimosas and $3 bloody marys, Elvis Belgian waffle.
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