With December just around the corner and party season officially starting, it’s officially time to gather up the New Year’s Eve menus.
After the jump, an exclusive sneak peak at the Thanksgiving menus for Nector in Berwyn and Old City’s Cuba Libre.
Nectar New Year’s Eve Lobster Menu:
Crispy Potato Lobster Dumplings, Winter Black Truffle Bisque
Lobster Sushi Appetizer, Lobster Tempura Roll, Spicy Lobster Canapé, Lobster Ceviche Canapé
Lobster Bento, Lobster Egg Roll, Steamed Lobster Dumpling, Spicy Crispy Lobster Claws, Chilled Lobster Capriccio
Butter Poached Lobster, Pad Thai, Leek Bisque
Wok Lobster, Winter Black Truffle Tart, White Asparagus
Cuba Libre New Year’s Eve Options:
The Cuban-style countdown to 2008 will kick off with a Twilight Dinner from 5:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. featuring Concept Chef Pernot’s three-course menu of flavorful Cuban fare. Guests can choose from an array of appetizers and entrées such as Baked Clams on the Half Shell with chorizo sausage, cubanelle peppers and culantro, and Macadamia-crusted Mahi-mahi served with maduros (plaintains) and a mango puree. The meal finale is a dessert sampler including Apple Empanadas with a green apple slaw and spiced crema dipping sauce created by Pastry Chef Jen Martin. The Twilight Dinner is priced at $32 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages.
Those wishing to feast closer to the midnight hour can take advantage of a Late Dinner package, with seating at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and includes a New Year’s midnight countdown and celebration. Guests will dine on a lavish, four-course menu of Cuban specialities, and will have their choice of appetizer, a soup or salad, and entrée, along with a dessert trio tasting. Highlights of the menu include a Venezuelan Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Ceviche; traditional Cuban Black Bean Soup with cheese-filled rice croquetas; Rum-glazed “Chino Cubano” Pork Chop served with baby bok choy and a wild mushroom stir-fry; and a decadent dessert trio including Coconut and Lemongrass Crème Brulee. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance and are priced at $150 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Guests who choose to imbibe can add a $50 per person bar package. The Late Dinner package includes a four-course dinner, reserved table for the evening, champagne toast at midnight, party hats, favors and dancing.
Revelers stopping in for mojitos and a little merengue can purchase a Late Night Bar package, available from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy a top shelf open bar, signature hors d’oeuvres (10 p.m.-12 a.m.), a champagne toast at midnight, party hats, favors and dancing. The Late Night Bar package is priced at $85 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. The package is available at a discounted rate of $60 for guests who enjoy a twilight dinner.