Plans for New Year’s Eve can range from heading to house parties to counting down the seconds at street festivals, but at some point, you’ve got to eat. Get dinner and a midnight toast at a few local restaurants that are worthy of their own fireworks.
Class It Up
At 356 acres, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is a world unto itself. It’s no wonder the legendary resort is throwing an over-the-top New Year’s Eve bash spanning the entire property. Indulge in an extravagant buffet dinner featuring a raw bar, sushi and carving stations complemented by free-flowing Champagne and an all-night open bar at their Rock the Block party. Premium upgrades range from the intimate Spa Garden VIP Party to private leather lounge cabanas on the golf course’s 18th hole for prime views of the fireworks spectacular. With live entertainment by Grammy Award-winning, Hip Hop Hall of Famers Naughty by Nature and an opening act by Robin S., the night promises to be a festive New Year’s fete.
Revelers who want their dinner to take center stage, should reserve a table at the Tuscan trattoria Lucca overlooking the Intracoastal. Just off Palm Court, you can dine on sophisticated treats like whipped ricotta with local honeycomb, sea salt and olive oil or main dishes like lamb sugo with handmade pasta, artichoke, mint and English peas. The award-winning wine list boasts Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne.
Rock the Block tickets start at $115 and dinner reservations are available exclusively to club members and hotel guests.
A Sizzling Night
El Tucán burst onto the nightlife scene in October with the kind of showmanship that Miami hasn’t seen in decades. The unapologetically lively spot is hearkening back to the glamorous dinner-and-a-show formula of 1940s Cuba, and in doing so bringing something radically different to the Magic City’s landscape. Think, breezy, subtropical glitz in a dimly lit club with rounded velvet booth seating, tropical foliage and tromp l’oeuil design flourishes painted on the walls.
At the two nightly dinner options, revelers are treated to musical acts and performers decked out in elaborate costumes by Danny Santiago where Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Marlow Rosado and the Tucán Band set the tone for the evening. Headlining acts have ranged from electro-pop duo Afrobeta and chanteuse Camila Luna to gypsy jazz ensemble French Horns. Featuring a Peruvian and pan-Latin fusion menu by New Zealand chef Jean Paul Lourdes and cocktails by Bar Lab, El Tucán will no doubt be one of Miami’s hottest spots on New Year’s Eve.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s newest dining concept, Kuro, offers a sumptuous multi-course dining experience with dishes ranging from Hokkaido scallop sashimi with yuzu by executive sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa to koji lamb with cauliflower and kabocha croquettes in a blueberry demi. The unique Japanese craft kitchen is led by executive chef
Alex Q. Becker, formerly of Nobu and Katsuya, and also offers cocktails by mixologist Jared Boller. These are organized by flavor profiles: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. The signature Kuro cocktail is an umami concoction made of rum, squid ink, black sesame seeds, lime juice and pineapple.
The 240-seat, theater-style restaurant is setup for live entertainment and a high-energy vibe that spills onto the outdoor patio overlooking the resort’s newly remodeled pool. At a venue known for entertainment, New Year’s Eve at Kuro is sure to dazzle.
Ring in the New Year in barefoot luxury at the newly renovated Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada. Helmed by executive chef Dario Olivera, the resort’s Oltremare Ristorante offers a fusion of regional ingredients and locally caught fish prepared in a Mediterranean-inspired Italian kitchen. Standout dishes include Cedar Key Clams atop a bed of taglietelle with cherry tomatoes swimming in a broth of garlic, chili, butter and white wine. Cracked Conch Francese is prepared with lemon and caper brown butter; and the sweet goat cheese tart topped with berries and mango purée makes for a perfect dessert. Designed to connect guests to the sea, the whitewashed, wood-paneled dining room is punctuated by waxy green palms and wingback wire chairs with nautical flourishes. Expect live entertainment paired with sumptuous fare and flowing Champagne on New Year’s Eve.