Friday, December 16, 2016

Start the New Year Off Right at Atlanta’s Top Restaurants

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Tasty Ways to Ring in 2017 Throughout the City

ATLANTA (Dec. 16, 2016) – In the mad rush to put up decorations and finish holiday shopping, it’s all too easy to wake up on Dec. 31 without any plans for one of the biggest nights of the year. Well, don’t worry – the following Atlanta restaurants and nightspots are offering up New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day specials and events worth celebrating, with some of the best food and drinks in the city. Spaces are limited, so be sure to make your reservations now!


5Church Atlanta has a three-course dinner on New Year’s Eve with a half bottle of Champagne for two or a full bottle for four. Seatings are from 5 to 5:45 p.m. ($75), 6 to 6:45 p.m. ($80) and 7 to 7:45 p.m. ($90). Reservations after 8 p.m. include post-dinner dancing and cost $120, with a $50 upgrade after dinner for an open bar. A festive party featuring open bar and buffet, a DJ on two floors, a live countdown to the ball drop and a Champagne midnight toast starts at 10 p.m. General admission is $80. Tickets to the party can be purchased here. 404-400-3669; Beat the impending hangover with brunch on New Year’s Day. 5Church opens at 9 a.m. and will be serving their regular brunch menu.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with an à la carte dinner menu featuring such items as shredded confit duck leg, crispy rock shrimp spring rolls, pan-roasted halibut and smoked prime rib, as well as Jägermeister drink specials and live music by DJ Lion beginning at 10 p.m. On New Year’s Day, enjoy the full brunch menu along with a special dish of roasted pork loin, hoppin’ John rice, braised greens and cornbread ($14). 404-876-7249;
The Federal, the new neighborhood restaurant from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, is open for business as usual on both days, offering food specials on Dec. 31 and its signature weekend brunch on Jan. 1, with such Southern staples as chicken and waffles and brisket skillet hash. 404-343-3857;

Gunshow is open for extended hours on New Year’s Eve, seating every half-hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. The restaurant is offering its singular dining experience, with chefs rotating selections tableside, and guests can also enjoy premium wines and cocktails. 404-380-1886;

Searching for the perfect low-key New Year’s Eve experience? Neighborhood pub Hand in Hand will be featuring its regular food and drink menus with no cover and is also open on New Year’s Day with Sunday specials. 404-872-1001;

Ring in New Year’s with a never-ending pizza party at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. The ever-popular Midtown hangout is open normal hours on New Year’s Eve, offering its regular menu until 10 p.m., when guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza and endless beer and Champagne, plus live music, a balloon drop, Champagne toast and party favors. Tickets are $49 per person in advance and $55 at the door. HOBNOB is also open regular hours on Jan. 1.  404-968-2288;


American Cut is serving its menu of signature steakhouse favorites like filet mignon, New York strip, porterhouse and the Tomahawk Chop on Dec. 31 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with $15 glasses of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut available throughout the evening. Guests dining 8:30 p.m. and later receive entry to the restaurant’s separate rooftop bar, The Regent Cocktail Club, which is open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. serving top-flight cocktails in an elegant setting, then hosting only American Cut patrons and celebrating midnight. Space is limited! 770-415 9766;

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 in the newly redesigned dining room of Aria. Enjoy a four-course meal creatively prepared by chef Gerry Klaskala and pastry chef Kathryn King on Dec. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. $95 per person. Find the perfect wine pairings for your meal with the help of general manager and wine director Andrés Loaiza. Reservations by phone only. 404-233-7673;

Dolce Italian welcomes guests with $15 glasses of Perrier-Jouet and two New Year’s Eve seatings. The first is from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Dolce’s à la carte menu, while the second adds a four-course prix fixe menu option ($125 per person) with a prosecco toast at midnight. There will also be a DJ from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 678-686-2267;

Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman are offering à la carte menus with lavish chef specials perfect for ringing in the new year. Both will feature music (a DJ at Gypsy Kitchen and band at The Southern Gentleman), as well as party favors, a balloon drop and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. The Southern Gentleman is also open for brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with $5 mimosas and live music. Gypsy Kitchen: 404-939-9840; The Southern Gentleman: 404-939-9845;

There’s nothing quite like counting down to 2017 at Johnny’s Hideaway. $40 per person includes your reserved seat for the evening and party favors at midnight. Reserve by phone. 404-233-8026;

New Year’s Eve at Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante brings a five-course meal of Old World Italian favorites for $80 per person, plus tax, gratuity and alcohol. There’s also a children’s menu available for $30 per child. Reservations by phone or OpenTable . 404-500-2181;


Chicken and the Egg is serving a New Year’s menu with options including hangar steak, a filet with fried Maine lobster tail or snow crab legs, grouper, shrimp and grits and the restaurant’s famous buttermilk fried chicken. The menu is available 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31. The restaurant is also open for brunch on Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 678-388-8813;

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar has a New Year’s Eve $75 prix fixe menu with such offerings as Atlantic grouper, jumbo lump crabcakes, butter-poached Maine lobster and wood-grilled Bay of Fundy salmon, with wine pairings available for an additional $25. 770-635-7641;

Located next to each other in Marietta’s Merchant’s Walk retail center, Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar are featuring a $75 four-course prix fixe menu on Dec. 31 with such selections as sweet potato ravioli, Boston blue cod, Maple Leaf Farms duck breast and grilled center-cut filet mignon. Wine pairings are available for an additional $25. 678-214-6888;;


Kevin Gillespie’s Revival has both family-style and a la carte menus of such traditional Southern favorites as black-eyed peas, cornbread, pork, roasted prime beef and fried chicken. Dinner reservations for New Year’s Eve are available from 5 to 10 p.m. Alongside the restaurant’s regular cocktail, wine and beer lists, guests can also enjoy Prosecco for celebratory toasts. 470-225-6770;


Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is serving a $65 prix fixe menu on Dec. 31 to ring in the new year. 770-817-0161;

Don your best duds and dresses for a New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Gala at Ray’s on the River. Held in the Grand Pavilion, this one-of-a-kind event features an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music from Jennifer Hanson’s 5-piece live band, a Champagne toast and a midnight balloon drop. The party runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 770-955-1187;

Ray’s on the River, Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are each serving a $70 three-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. Selections are subject to change but are expected to include such offerings as artisan field greens, a broiled seafood platter, filet mignon, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and rib-eye. Ray’s in the City is also offering its full dinner menu in addition to the prix fixe menu;
Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek are serving limited dinner menus. On New Year’s Day, all three restaurants have a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($39.95 at Ray’s in the City and Ray’s at Killer Creek; $45.95 at Ray’s on the River) and an à la carte dinner menu from 5 to 9 p.m.


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