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Celebrate New Year's Eve at Buckhead Restaurants

Special menus ready to greet 2012

Buckhead restaurants will celebrate the new year with speciall dishes, wines, desserts and music. Here is a selection.

The Bria Kam band plays live from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., and Executive Chef Bennett Hollberg’mcooks up a five-course, prix-fixe menu at the Phipps restaurant. Butter poached Maine lobster and grilled beef are entree selections, with desserts including Champagne sabayon parfait, fresh raspberries and frosted almonds. The cost is $75 per person, with an additional $35 with wine pairings. The restaurant will also be open on New Year's Day from 4 to 10 p.m. See the restaurant's web site or call 404-844-4810.

Urban Flats offers its "two for $50" dinner, starting at 5 p.m. The dinner package includes a choice of one appetizer to share, two half-salads, two flatbreads or entrees, one dessert and two glasses of champagne. The package allows guests to choose from the restaurant's winter menu items, featuring baked cheese and tomato, shepherd’s pie, Parmesan encrusted tilapia, and  chocolate molten cake. Parking is available in the Lindbergh City Center with access to MARTA for downtown New Year’s celebrations. See the website or call 404-816-4981. Urban Flats is open on New Year's Day from 5 until 10 p.m.

Shula’s 347 Grill's  prix fixe menu featuries a three-course dinner including jumbo lump crab cakes, Caesar salad, 8-oz filet mignon and Atlantic salmon. For dessert, your choice of a crème brulee, dulce de leche cheesecake or chocolate mousse cake. The cost is $49.95 per person, withmini bottles of sparkling wine for an additional $10 plus viewing of the Peach Drop on the restaurant’s 18-foot “Sports Wall." Need to recover from New Year's celebrating? On Jan. 1, Sjula's offers $5 bloody Mary and mimosa cocktail specials. It's open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. See the restaurant's web site or call 404-848-7345.

Restaurant Eugene chef Linton Hopkins will evoke the Paris Ritz of 1898 and the dinners that Hopkins' culinary hero Auguste Escoffier served there. The restuarnt, where "Southern foodways flirt with molecular gastronomy," will "dedicate itself to a painstaking recreation of a night in Escoffier’s kitchen," according to a news release. The restaurant will offer two menus for the evening — a seven-course menu for guests with dinner reservations before 7 p.m., for $150, with wine pairings for an additional $60; and an 11-course menu for guests who are seated after 7:30 pm, for $225 with wine pairings for an additional $75. To make reservations, call 404-355-0321. In addition, a Parisian street band will further transport guests by performing at , where a cash bar featuring classic cocktails of the era will be available for Restaurant Eugene’s New Year’s Eve guests.

Local Three

Local Three offers a three-course menu for $49 per person, with optional wine pairings for $30 per person, with seatings at 6 p.m, 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Entree selections include pan seared branzino, oven-roasted Maple leaf Farm duck breast, a farm vegetable “hot pot,” grilled Masami Ranch “ten star” Wagyu beef, seared diver scallops and  Colorado lamb porterhouse. For reservations, call 404-968-2700.

Woodfire Grill is offering five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus in addition to a regular five-couse menu on New Year’s Eve. The regular and pescatarian menus are priced at $115 per person, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $105. Wine pairings are also available for $6 per course for a half glass or $12 for a full glass. Reservations are required and can be made by
calling 404-347-9055. www.woodfiregrill.com.

To make online reservatins, go to www.opentable.com.





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