Yes, there is still plenty of time to buy Christmas presents, but New Year’s partying at restaurants? Better act quickly. Here are the New Year’s specials that we have heard about so far.
- Both LouVino locations, at 1606 Bardstown Rd. and 11400 Main St. in Douglass Hills, are accepting New Year’s reservations for all party sizes. The evening will include a prix fixe 4-course dinner featuring seasonal dishes with Southern influences from executive chef Tavis Rockwell. Specially-selected optional wine pairings will be available, as well as the regular wine flights, wine list and signature cocktails.
The menu choices will be seared scallops with parsnip grits or lentil cabbage wraps with braised corned beef; Hoppin’ John soup or mixed green salad with Stilton cheese and butternut squash dressing; pan-seared red snapper, seared French curried lamb with root vegetables or
grilled filet withTuscan potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts; and for dessert, a choice of Graham cracker cake with ganache and brûlée marshmallow or a winter fruit tart with almond custard and champagne glaze.
The 4-course meal is $70; the featured wine pairings will $30. Seatings available at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. with a two-hour maximum for each. All reservations must be made online at www.louvino.com.
- Bristol Bar & Grill Jeffersonville, will offer a 5-course meal with international wine selections; and Bristol downtown will featuring a 4-course dinner paired with a flight of Pappy Van Winkle.
At Bristol Jeffersonville, the dinner will begin at 8 p.m. with Master Sommelier Scott Harper presenting six selected wines from Italy, France, South Africa and Hungary to accompany a global menu prepared by chef Heather Brown. Featured dishes include veal with shrimp sauce tortellini, roasted pork tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and beef steak tomatoes, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Cost for the dinner with wine pairings is $180 per couple. The Louisville Sheraton Riverside hotel is also offering a package deal of $313 per couple. For reservations, call (812) 218-1995.
Bristol downtown’s Pappy New Year party will begin at 5 p.m. with seating until 10 p.m. The 4-course meal prepared by executive chef Ramon Forcelledo, will include New Orleans-style shrimp and chorizo and locally sourced filet Oscar from Homestead Heritage Meats. A flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon served with the meal includes pours of 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bottlings. Cost is $95. For reservations, call (502) 582-1995.
- Equus & Jack’s Lounge are offering a New Year’s Eve menu from chef Dean Corbett, with two seatings: the first at 6 p.m. will be $55 . At 8 p.m. the second seating begins with dinner priced at $65.
The meals will start with an appetizer trio of baked oysters, followed by a salad of mixed greens with pomegranate, goat cheese, crispy country ham and lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette. the entrée will be a Surf & Turf consisting of prime beef medallion with mushroom melange and Canadian rock lobster tail with toasted glaçage, whipped truffle mashed potatoes and fried Brussels sprouts. Dessert will be tiramisu with coffee mascarpone and Kahlua anglaise. Call (502) 897-9721.
- Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pkwy., will offer two special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus. The early dinner, served from 5-6:30 p.m., will include appetizer choices such as tomato bisque, winter salad, warm tomato and goat cheese tart, and lobster mac and triple cheese; followed by an entrée choice of hanger steak, macadamia nut crusted salmon, prime pork chop, or shrimp. Dessert choices will be yuzu mango mousse cake, warm flowerless chocolate cake, honey almond cheesecake, or raspberry crème brulée. This early dinner will be $49.
From 7:30-9:30 p.m. a 4-course dinner will include a starter of duck foie gras terrine, Roquefort walnut tartinette and crab cake, followed by an appetizer course with choices of tomato bisque, winter salad, tomato and goat cheese tart or lobster mac and triple cheese. The entrée selections will be sea scallops with marjoram beurre blanc, Chilean sea bass, beef tenderloin with oyster mushroom cream sauce, or lamb T-bone chops with shallot confit reduction. The dessert selection will include yuzu mango mousse cake, warm flowerless chocolate cake, honey almond cheesecake, or raspberry crème brulée, with the addition of a chocolate mignardise finish.
This second seating will be $79. Call (502) 883-3153 or go to www.brasserieprovence.com.
- 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave., will serve a 4-course menu seating at 5:30 p.m or 6 p.m., for $95 , and a 6-course seating at 8:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. for $115. Email 610@610Magnolia.com or call (502) 636.0783.
- Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington St., will offer a 4-course prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairings beginning at 9 p.m. with seating until 10 p.m. Executive chef Bobby Benjamin’s New Year’s Eve menu features various entrées to choose from, including chicken & waffles, steak frites and striped bass. Cost for dinner is $85; wine pairings are available for an additional $40. The restaurant will also offer the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The price for the special menu includes access to the late-night party upstairs at Lola, the newly opened bar and party space above Butchertown Grocery, where there will be a live D.J. and cash bar, and dancing. A large projector screen will be set up to watch the countdown with a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. The late-night snack menu will be available for purchase from midnight to 2 a.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entry just to Lola’s New Year’s Eve bash will be $25. Call (502) 742-8315.
- At Noosh Nosh, 4816 Brownsboro Center, the fun begins on News Year’s Day, where you can have breakfast, brunch or lunch in your pajamas. On Sunday, Jan. 1, guests are invited to dine in their flannel pants, robes and slippers from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature an award each hour on the hour for the most creative and festive PJs, and all who wear pajamas will be entered into a giveaway offering prizes. Chef Anoosh Shariat’s signature breakfast dishes will be available including French toast, breakfast pizza and a variety of sweet and savory crepes and omelets. Vegetarian, vegan and healthy options such as the tofu Florentine and skinny omelet offer nutritious choices for those looking to kick off their New Year’s resolutions. Shariat also plans to feature traditional Southern good-luck-themed entrees made with black-eyed peas and collard greens.
Breakfast will be served for the entire event and lunch, including small plates, pizza, soup, salads and sandwiches, will begin at 11 a.m. Additionally, the restaurant will feature a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, signature cocktails and specialty coffees including cappuccino, espresso and macchiato. Call (502) 205-2888 or follow Noosh Nosh on Facebook.