The prospect of going out on New Year’s Eve seems a lot more appealing than it did during last week’s frigid weather. While lots of people may have already made plans, others are just now deciding they’d like to venture out.
Thankfully, plenty of Houston restaurants still have tables available. This roundup focuses on newer options at a range of price points.
Degust, the intimate restaurant in Spring Branch, will offer a seven-course tasting menu from chef Rico Mackins built around a theme of dishes that promote luck, prosperity, and health. Menu items include Prosecco Jell-O Mold and porcelet crown roast with black eyed peas, greens, duck fat potatoes and truffle jus. Seatings occur at 6 and 8:30 pm, $200.
Gratify in Rice Village is serving a four-course, $100 menu that includes a glass of champagne. Choices include shrimp cocktail, crab cake, French onion soup, filet mignon, Dover sole, sides, and dessert.
Karne Korean Steakhouse will supplement its regular dinner menu with a six-course, $150 prix fixe that includes a mascarpone-and-bacon-stuffed strawberry, spicy cream noodle with braised pork, the signature Karnivore board that comes with five different cuts of meat and banchan. DJ Demo Cruz will perform all evening.
Le Jardinier, the fine dining restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will offer both a four-course, $165 menu from 5-6:30 pm and a six-course, $295 menu from 7:30-11 pm. Dish include salmon with beets, radishes, and caviar; Carolina rice risotto with winter squash & black truffle shavings; and dry-aged ribeye with celeriac fondant and charred braised endive au jus. Finish with Maroon Glacé Blanc with coffee light cream, chestnut confit, and crispy meringue.
Louie’s Italian American, the East End's new red sauce joint, is serving a five-course, $125 menu that mixes some festive bites with Italian classics. Start with oysters and a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to radicchio salad, toast (prawn or mushroom), choice of pastas (tagliatelle or tortelloni). For an entree, choose roast beef or baked redfish, both served with sides. Finish with vanilla creme brulee or chocolate fondant.
Marmo, the Italian steakhouse in Montrose, will serve a four-course, $110 menu. Choices include five different appetizers such as beef tartare and blue crab bruschetta and five pastas that include lasagna, pumpkin agnolotti, and wild mushroom risotto. Entree options include duck, beef tenderloin, and chicken parmigiana. Finish with a shared a dessert board.
Ten Sushi + Cocktail Bar will supplement its regular dinner menu with a $65 omakase plate that also includes a glass of champagne. Upgrade to “bottomless” champagne for an additional $65.
The Upside Pub in Garden Oaks will host a ticketed New Year’s Eve party that includes a special, all-you-can-eat menu from 8:30-11:30 pm, a reserved table, four drinks tickets, and a champagne toast at midnight, $60 per person.
Warehouse 72 will serve a $55, four-course menu that includes baked goat cheese, winter kale salad, short rib pappardelle, pan-seared flounder, and dark chocolate bread pudding.
Wild, the cannabis-friendly restaurant in Montrose, will serve a three-course, $135 menu. Choices include mole chicken flautas, bluefin tuna toast, black garlic molasses-cured lamb loin, black truffle-crusted chicken breast, and key lime pie. Upgrades such as caviar and butter-poached lobster are also available.