Restaurants

Restaurants Where You Can Ring in the New Year

Make the last meal of 2015 spectacular with these special offerings from area eateries.

Regardless of which side of the state line you’re celebrating on, La Bodega’s four-course dinner with wine pairings will send you into 2016 content. Dishes offered vary between the Boulevard and Leawood locations but include seared lobster cakes, Basque fisherman’s stew, chargrilled Kansas City strip and Spanish rum cake. See menu details and make a reservation here.

Kansas City Power & Light District attracts some of the most NYE revelers (all inclusive packages start at $60), but for a lower-key celebration, make a reservation at one of the district’s restaurants. Cleaver & Cork’s four-course dinner ($75; $100 with wine pairings) features Akaushi beef carpaccio, pan-seared scallops with mascarpone and leak and shiitake mushroom risotto, and pecan butter cake, among other dishes. Bristol Seafood Grill serves up surf and turf in the form of a 1-pound lobster tail or 14-ounce bone-in filet with two seasonal sides for $58, available at all locations as well as J. Gilbert’s in addition to full menu service. Drunken Fish and Gordon Biersch will also feature multi-course menus.

Countdown to the New Year on the Rooftop at The Grille at Park Place. Tickets ($65 in person, $70 online) include an open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight, a champagne toast, four hors d’oeuvres, a dessert buffet, entertainment, dancing and more. Best of all, the cool space is heated, so your sparkly NYE outfit and accessories can shine.

Going out downtown or at the Crossroads? Start the evening with dinner at Affäre. From 5 p.m. until close, guests can enjoy a choice of two amuse bouches options; first course selections such as foie gras torchon or oxtail consommé; dover sole paupiette, roasted beef tenderloin or roasted Cornish game hen for the second course; and a dessert of coffee mousse tortchen, Kapsel cookies, mascarpone ice cream, coffee foam and amaretto gel.

Lidia’s Executive Chef Dan Swinney wants you to ring in the New Year with truffles. He’s created a menu starring the superstar ingredient. Wild mushroom and truffle risotto and veal tenderloin with crispy sunchokes, fonduta and truffle sauce will make appearances in the meal, served in the restaurant’s beautiful private loft space.

Whether you’re eating early or late, República has you covered. An early dinner seating runs 5-7:30 p.m. with three courses for $45 or 4 for $55. Late dinner seating from 8:30-10:30 p.m. includes four courses, beverages, party favors and dancing into 2016 to the tunes of DJ Sheppa (10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.) for $95. Skip dinner and enjoy the rest of the package for $45. You might win the prize for most interesting midnight activity—partaking in the Spanish NYE tradition of eating a grape with each strike of the clock at midnight, approximately one grape every 3 seconds, to bring prosperity.

Oysters are a classic New Year’s Eve snack, and if you plan to imbibe, look no further than Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. In addition to offering its regular menu and happy hour (4-6 p.m., for those who plan an early start to the night’s festivities), Jax is serving up special dishes including Bangs Island Mussels, squid ink brioche, pan seared Colorado striped bass with sweetbreads, braised short ribs with chestnut bread pudding and bone marrow, and olive oil sponge cake.

Tannin bids 2015 farewell with five courses, including jumbo lump crab salad, lobster bisque, butter poached jumbo shrimp, 8-hour braised short rib and Strawberry Lemon Napoleon options ($75; wine pairings also available). If you’re not quite hungry enough for five courses, the evening’s a la carte menu features small bites, cheeses and a selection of starters and entrees.

Join musician Drew Six for the festivities at Michael Smith and Extra Virgin. A first seating from 6 to 7:30 p.m. includes four courses for $80, while the later seating time, 8-10:30 p.m., features five. Both packages include valuable valet parking. Wine pairings and caviar service are also available at an additional cost.

A smart choice for any special occasion or celebration, Bluestem‘s NYE dinner features sautéed sea scallop, squab and ribeye, plus four other courses available for $145 (wine pairings are an additional $55). Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., but if you can’t score a table, stop by the bar for open seating.

Prairie Village gem Story. is offering a five-course dinner ($85; $125 with wine pairings) with two choices for each course. Will you opt for potato bisque with fried oysters and jalapeno relish or pear salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts? Beef short ribs or venison loin? Something tells us whatever you settle on, you’ll be delighted.

Live music from Tim Whitmer, Tom Roberts and Bab Scagliotti makes Café Trio an entertaining option for dining out. Try to snag the remaining spots for one of the restaurant’s three seating times. Each features a four-course dining experience, with the last guests of the night enjoying bottomless champagne and a festive party.

You’ll be on top of the world (or at least Crown Center) after Executive Chef Michael Corvino’s seven-course feast at The American. The menu features a foie gras macaroon, oysters with a dashi mignonette, buckwheat gnocchi with caviar and lobster chawanmushi.

Craving proven favorites rather than something new this Dec. 31st? Tavern in the Village is serving its regular menu and fêting 2016 with a bar party at 10 p.m. with DJ Elwood. In addition to  its regular dinner offerings, Tavern at Mission Farms invites guests to try specials such as prime rib, seared Chilean Sea Bass with a Champagne-caviar vinaigrette, fried oysters with Champagne soy sauce and a lemon tiramisu with raspberry coulis. DJ Parle takes over the bar at 10 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast and items not normally on the menu for Zocalo‘s NYE festivities. Its four-course, $45 menu ($65 with wine pairings) features jumbo lump crab cakes, an heirloom butternut squash and kale salad, Mexican cocoa-crusted filet and chocolate torte. Full menu service is also available, with the special menu dishes offered a la carte.

For an intimate dining experience, Westport Café & Bar’s bistro-inspired setting is a perfect, cozy fit. For NYE, get three courses for $40 ($55 with wine pairings); oysters, black truffle pasta, steak frites and lamb pappardelle are rumored to be making a special appearance.

Does your perfect New Year’s Eve end with a special message from Paul Stanley? Assuming the answer is yes, you’ll want to head to—where else?—Rock & Brews for its Keep on Rockin’ in the New Year bash. For $50 ($90/couple), guests get their choice of appetizer and entrée plus dessert with beer or wine and champagne.