If you haven't made New Year's Eve plans yet, don't fret—just turn to Houston's exceptional restaurant scene. Plenty of eateries are hosting diners to usher in 2020, whether they're offering prix-fixe meals or just letting folks order a la carte. In that spirit, we present a guide to some of the best options this year. (Tell us about one we missed by emailing Timothy Malcolm at [email protected]).
TRIS in the Woodlands is putting together a New Year's prix-fixe with dynamic plating and pricing. A first seating of three courses is at 5 p.m. and $69 per person; a second seating of four courses is at 7:15 p.m. and $89 per person; and a final seating of five courses is at 9:15 p.m. and $99 per person. That last one includes champagne and party favors. Entrées (available at all seatings) include Midwestern Angus beef, crispy tofu, and Pacifico striped bass. Each meal also offers the option of fried chicken and caviar for an additional $40.
Dine in splendor at Brennan's of Houston with an a la carte menu, plus a photo booth, live jazz, and giveaways closer to midnight. Seatings take place from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
At Georgia James, the New Year's Eve party includes oysters and caviar, black-eyed peas, fried snapper, grilled ribeye, and more. Seatings at 5 p.m. ($125 per person) and 9:30 p.m. ($150 per person) with a champagne toast and balloon drop at the late event.
UB Preserv's party will be a New Orleans-style masquerade ball. Guests should bring masks before munching on items like char siu pork, red beans and rice, stuffed fried quail, and crab egg foo yung. Champagne toast at midnight. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $150 per person.
One Fifth Gulf Coast is channeling the spirit of the roaring '20s with jazz, old-school Gulf dishes like oysters Rockefeller and barbecue shrimp, and grub inspired by Charleston (South Carolina, though reference to the popular period-accurate dance is also noted). Dress in Flapper style. Reservations until 11 p.m.
The Grove is hosting a three-course prix fixe for $45 per person, a price that includes a glass of sparkling wine. The menu offers New York strip, black drum on the half shell, live oak-grilled pork chop, and pan-roasted gnocchi. Dessert and a starter also included. Seating from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is going big with a four-course pairing dinner featuring entrées like beef Wellington, 24-karat fried chicken, and skillet-blackened swordfish. You can get in early with a 5-9 p.m. seating at $75 per person, or opt for the ball-drop seating from 9-11 p.m. at $100 per person. That seating includes champagne all night, plus a DJ that starts at 10 p.m.
Both locations of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will host a party with four-course dinner at $119.95 per person. Entrées include filet mignon, ribeye, and broiled Ora king salmon. Seatings at 4-6 p.m. ($109.95 at that time) and later.
Uchi is hosting a 10-course omakase for two that includes Australian wagyu tataki, plus nigiri, caviar gunkan and other specialties. It's $225 per person. Call to make a reservation.
Get a Southern-inspired prix-fixe meal at Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine for $79 per person. Options include one of three appetizers, one of nine entrées (plus two sides), and one of four desserts. Think oysters with champagne, crab au gratin, and chocolate bread pudding. Seating from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is hosting a three-course prix-fixe. Early-bird seating at 5:30 p.m. and earlier is at $59.95, while reservations at 5:45 p.m. and later will be $79.95. Entrée includes options like 14-ounce New York strip or ribeye, pork chop, and truffle risotto. A champagne toast will be held at Bar 79 at midnight (patrons of both sittings can join in).
Broken Barrel in the Woodlands is hosting a three-course meal at $85 per person, featuring salmon al pastor and braised short ribs, among other delights. Seatings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
South Korean-inspired steakhouse BORI is open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve.