Tasting notes • 12.25.09

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 at 6:25pm
Chef Blythe Beck

For your New Year’s dining excursions, these places have you covered both night and day.

Stephan Pyles’ newest restaurant, Samar, will be open for two seatings (starting at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.), from $85 to $125, with a menu designed by Pyles to welcome in 2010.

Chef Blythe Beck, pictured, has come up with an elaborate seven-course meal for the Bubbles and Baubles dinner on Dec. 31 at Central 214 for $65 (plus $35 with wine pairings). And you can enjoy the 50 percent off "Cinderella rate" for a stay that night at the Hotel Palomar.

Dragonfly’s New Year’s Eve dinner has both three- and four-course options, with early and later seatings. The meals are priced at $75 (5:30 p.m. seating) and $150 (7 p.m.). The latter also includes admission to the Bubbles and Babes party hosted by Hotel Zaza — or hit the party itself for $75.

Nana at the Hilton Anatole will also host two seatings for its New Year’s Eve dinner, as well as a buffet in the bar. They will be open for regular dining on Friday.

Grapevine Bar offers a dinner buffet for it’s pre-2010 bash. Starting at $65, guests will get drink tickets, the buffet at 8 p.m., party favors and a shuttle at 1 a.m. to the presidential suite at a local hotel (you don’t get the hotel information until you purchase your ticket; the price of the room is not included in the ticket cost).

Steel offers a celebratory four-course menu in two seatings priced at $55 and $85 with the latter including a champagne toast.

Head to the ilume for Dish’s New Year’s Eve dinner and bash. Festivities start with specials served at 5:30 p.m. the party gets going at 11 p.m. where the restaurant becomes a lounge with a guest DJ, champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres. The party has a $20 cover.

For those who want to recover from the Dec. 31 parties, Cyclone Anaya’s offers a "breakfast through brunch" menu from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Jan. 1.

— Rich Lopez


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 25, 2009.

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