Everyone knows New Year's Eve is a big rip-off, "amateur night," and a time to really avoid most restaurants because of abysmal service and, worse than that, bad food. But some Miami haute spots are daring to defy the bad rep with some seriously pricey NYE dinner parties that promise everything but relief from buyer's remorse on New Year's Day. Listed below are a few of the dinners that dare defy that pesky r-word:
Shanghai New Year's Eve at The Setai: $588 per adult ($188 per child under 12 for those who don't have babysitters) will get you a cocktail reception with Taittinger and or classic or lychee martinis and a selection of passed hors d'oeuvres; a "grand gala" 7-course dinner by chef David Werly with wine pairings; and "festivities" including a live performance by Chinese jazz vocalist Coco Zhao, late night hors d'oeuvres and petit desserts. For those who'd like to spend even more, private tables and bottle service are available. 305-520-6400.
Blue Door Fish: $575 per person includes a four course dinner of Maine lobster bisque with foam of caviar, Dover sole cake, rack of veal and baked Alaska cake. Wines and champagnes included throughout dinner. 305-674-6400.
Prime 112: Before you think the $250 per person ticket price is a bargain for South Beach's most glitzy meatery, think again. The $250 does not include dinner, additional beverages and gratuity--it includes one bottle of Cristal per couple to enjoy with the a la carte dinner, party favors and the chance to rub elbows--literally--with some of the night's biggest scene chasers. 305-532-8112.
Seen any other exorbitantly priced New Year's Eve dinner parties? Let us know in the comments section. [EaterWire]