Chefs across central Alabama will make sure no one is hungry when 2022 ends, with special New Year’s Eve menus at some of the region’s finest restaurants.
There will be multi-course menus in Montgomery, at Lake Martin, and in Auburn. Nibble on mini lobster rolls and enjoy oysters on the half-shell at a jazz lounge. In Tuscaloosa, an evening of food drink and music culminates in a midnight toast.
Here are some places to celebrate the great meals of 2022, and set the stage for more to come in 2023.
SpringHouse (Lake Martin)
Details: SpringHouse’s executive chef Pete McKenny and wine director Stephanie Iofreddo close out 2022 with a New Year’s Eve wine dinner. Dinner is $200 plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations via the restaurant, 256-215-7080
Menu: Six-courses and hors d’oeuvres with wine pairings. The meal progresses from oysters to scallops, duck-confit tortellini, grilled wild game, a cheese course, wagyu steak, and finishes with an éclair flair.
Details: Not just one but two prix fixe menus, including a five-course meal ($150; optional $95 wine pairings) at Ravello’s chef’s table. The other special menu ($100; optional $70 wine pairings) is available in the restaurant’s front and rear mezzanine or on the main floor. Reservations only can be made in person or by phone, 334-356-2852
Menu: Highlights include Amaro crab bisque, wagyu carpaccio, squid ink linguine with shellfish and nduja cream, and chocolate budino with amarena cherries. Add shaved black truffles to any dish for $18 each.
The 205 Restaurant and Bar (Tuscaloosa)
Details: The party starts at 6 p.m. and runs well past midnight. Music by Michael and the Memories, with food and drink specials all night. Toast at midnight.
Arriccia, Piccolo (Auburn)
NYE: The Italian restaurant and its jazz lounge have separate special menus for New Year’s Eve.
Menu: Arriccia’s five-course menu starts with half-shell oysters. Next is Roof Top kale salad, followed by lobster risotto, roasted prime rib with Tuscan green beans and potato-parsnip puree, and finally citrus and spiced rum panna cotta. Music-friendly NYE snacks at Piccolo are half-shell oysters, mini manicotti, and mini lobster roll.
Details: Celebrate there from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Make reservations via Lucy’s website. Or bring Lucy’s home with “NYE to Go,” which feeds 6-8. Standard is $175; Deluxe is $250. Must order by December 28.
Menu: Order from an a la carte menu for “NYE at Lucy’s.” The to-go menu is prime rib, garlic broccolini, duchess potatoes, winter green and citrus salad, and citrus champagne tart. Deluxe version adds lobster mac and cheese.