La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N May Ave., will ring in the new year with a traditional French menu, including Coquille St. Jacques, Salade d'Audrey with duck confit and port wine figue, Filet en Croute (Rossini style) and a Hazelnut Mousse Pyramid, in addition to the regular menu. Call 840-3047 for reservations.
Norman's farm-to-fork concept Local, 2262 W Main St., will have seatings at 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Chef Ryan Parrott's feast will begin with an amuse bouche of Champagne Aperge Egg, which includes Champagne Truffle Mousse, caviar, micro greens, shaved radish salad and a cucumber Champagne shooter.
First course is a Lobster Bisque topped with Puff Pastry or Spinach and Apple Salad with Bleu Cheese, toasted pecans and honey-vinaigrette. The entree course is a choice of Prime Rib with Au Gratin Potatoes and Bok Choy; Poached Salmon with truffle honey glaze, pear-raisin jam and lump crab risotto; Chicken Breast stuffed with sun-dried tomato, cream cheese, cilantro and spinach with Au Gratin Potatoes and Bok Choy; or Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, which is a rich portobello and tofu stew baked with piped mashed potatoes.
Dessert is a Truffle Trio, including Dark Chocolate, Grand Marnier & Gold Flake; Key Lime Pie or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Fresh Cream. Cost is $35. Call 928-5600 for reservations.
Ludivine, 805 N Hudson Ave., will feature two seatings and a dinner fit for royalty. Chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson did extensive research on feasts prepared for various monarchs through history and will riff on the menus they found. Call 778-6800 for reservations.
The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, 6418 N Western Ave., will offer a four-course dinner from chef Christine Dowd with special wine pairings. For reservations, call 840-9463.
The Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive, will host a six-course dinner followed by a Champagne toast on the rooftop to watch fireworks at midnight. For reservations, call 235-6262.
Musashi's, 4315 N Western Ave., is typically closed on Mondays but will open for New Year's Eve.
Opus Prime Steakhouse, 800 Memorial Road, will offer a four-course dinner highlighted by lobster and filet for $199 per couple, in addition to its regular menu. For reservations, call 607-6787.
Picasso's Cafe, 3009 Paseo St., will feature live jazz and its regular menu.
Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., will offer Stella's favorites from the menu plus a four-course special dinner planned by chef Jonathan Krell. The chef's dinner is $65 with wine pairings matched to each course available for an additional $35. Krell's menu is designed for the entire table to participate, including lobster bisque, seared scallops with white beans and warm bacon vinaigrette, New York strip with white truffle mac and cheese and smoked asparagus finished with balsamic glazed portobellini mushrooms. Dessert is milk chocolate and luxardo cherry trifle. Call 235-2200 to reserve seats.
Vito's Ristorante, 7521 N May Ave., will offer its usual homestyle Italian menu and specials but, as is tradition, owner Cathy Cummings will be armed with brand-new crisp dollar bills.
VZD's Restaurant and Bar, 4200 N Western Ave., will feature live music from the Fortune Tellers and the Feel Spectres.