Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a three-course prix fixe menu chosen and prepared by Chef Andrew Dodd and live music from Sounds of SAI from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Price of $65 per person includes an appetizer course with choices including white wine mussels, steak tartare and a half dozen poached shrimp; an entrée selection such as pan-seared scallops, hazelnut-rusted pork loin or Mediterranean sea bass; and a dessert selection of an éclair duo, chocolate cake or vanilla bean crème brulee. Party favors, hats and noise makers will be provided. No menu substitutions will be allowed; call for reservations.
• Georges Brasserie
4620 Piedmont Row Drive
Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano plans to open soon in the South End across the street from Sullivan’s. Inspired by Naples and Northern Italy, the menu will offer traditional Italian fare such as artisan pastas: fettuccini Alfredo, capellini Bolognese and spaghetti with meatballs. Chicken, beef and seafood dishes as well as salads, pizzas and flatbreads are also on the menu. Stay tuned for opening details.
1910 South Blvd.
Crispy Crepe is open in the South End. Breakfast, lunch, brunch and anytime snacks are served. Liege waffles, a Belgian tradition, are made from brioche pastry dough and then studded with imported Belgian sugar nuggets that caramelize when cooked in the waffle press. Diners can enjoy the waffles just about any way they like them – naked, banana butterscotch or a maple delight with plenty of maple cream, fresh fruit and maple syrup. Crepes are served many ways: egg and bacon cheddar, lemon peppered chicken, crispy cheese and more. Prefer your crepes sweet? Choose from a chocolate and Nutella banana crepe, apple streusel or chocolate chip cannoli to name just a few. Appetizers, salads, fresh baked croissants and an assortment of warm beverages are also on the menu. A menu for kids and catering services are also available.
• Crispy Crepe
1436 South Blvd.
J. Sam’s Wine, Spirits and Food hopes to open after the holidays at Piedmont Town Center in the old Dolcetto Wine Room location. The new spot will feature a wine and full bar plus a limited, rotating menu featuring local ingredients. Owner J. Sam Daniels hopes his new concept will be a local hangout; plans are in the works to host monthly art shows.
• J. Sam’s
4625 Piedmont Row Drive
Pier 51 Seafood, in the McMullen Creek Shopping Center, is serving up a New Year’s Eve special. Take advantage of their $49.95 surf and turf dinner package for two Dec. 31. Dinner includes salad, side, dessert and champagne toast. Reservations are required, 704-752-5151.
• Pier 51 Seafood
8332 Pineville-Matthews Road
Sir Edmund Halley’s
A special Christmas Eve dinner menu will be served Dec. 24. Menu includes starters such as minestrone soup, a baby mixed green salad and warm artichoke and spinach dip with crostini and pita chips. Entrees selections: an herb encrusted leg of lamb with scalloped potatoes and grilled zucchini, a bone in pork chop with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables in an apple brandy demi, beef Wellington with asparagus risotto and a cabernet demi and vegetable lasagna with garlic bread. Desserts include warm apple strudel with butter pecan ice cream and a chocolate marble tart with berry coulis. Reservations are required, 704-525-7775.
• Sir Edmund Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse
4151 Park Road