December 26, 2012

New Year's Eve celebrations

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Walter's, 2 Portland Square, will serve its full winter seasonal menu with two local fish specials. Dinner hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. The bar will be open from 5 p.m. to close. For reservations, call 871-9258.

Bar Lola, 100 Congress St., will be offering a five-course menu for $55 per person. Call 775-5652 or go to for reservations. 

BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe, 23 Forest Ave., will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature a four-course menu for $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will be able to choose from five appetizers, ranging from Maine lobster sliders on a house-made brioche bun to roasted proscuitto-wrapped gorgonzola-stuffed pear. The five choices for entree will include Dijon-crusted rack of lamb and poached Atlantic salmon with asparagus beurre blanc. There will be five desserts, ranging from mini Madd Apple pockets to creme caramel. The complete menu will be posted on the restaurant's website. For reservations, call 774-9698 or reserve online. 

Bresca, 111 Middle St., will celebrate the food and wine of the Veneto region of Italy with a "Venetian Holiday." Chef Krista Desjarlais will serve five courses for $85. Wine pairings are $35 extra. For reservations, call 772-1004. 

Nosh Kitchen Bar, 551 Congress St., will serve fun snacks, "cool drinks" and a free Champagne toast during its New Year's Eve party, which will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music will be from DJ Nicotine and others. The evening will culminate in a sandwich contest. Chef Jason Loring will choose the winner, and the winning sandwich will go on the restaurant's winter menu. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 553-2227 or go to

Maria's Italian Ristorante, 337 Cumberland Ave., will feature a three-course traditional Italian New Year dinner. Entrees will include slow-roasted prime rib Florentine and crab-stuffed haddock Milanese. A specialty dessert, Pinoli Carmel Ricotta Cheesecake, will finish the meal. The cost is $45 per person. For reservations, call 772-9232. 

Carmen at the Danforth, 163 Danforth St., will celebrate New Year's Eve with tasting menus, wine flights and live music. The first seating will be at 6 p.m. and feature a four-course tasting menu for $80, with wine pairings an extra $40. Courses will include Maine lobster with boniato gnocchi and lobster-saffron nage, poached sturgeon with smoked calabaza risotto, and Kobe boneless short ribs with creamy artisan manchego polenta. The second seating will be at 8:30 p.m. and includes a Champagne reception, a five-course tasting menu, party favors and live music for $125 per person. Wine pairings are $50 extra. Guests who stay at the inn will receive Champagne chilled in their room, a discount on the New Year's Eve dinner and a morning-after breakfast of lobster Benedict. For reservations, call 358-7103. 

Grace, 15 Chestnut St., will hold its regular dinner service, with specials, with the last reservation at 8:30 p.m. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be live jazz from Standard Issue, followed by a DJ for the restaurant's fourth annual New Year's Eve party at 10 p.m. A $10 cover charge at the door will benefit the Center for Grieving Children. The night will end with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 828-4422. 

Five Fifty-Five, 555 Congress St., will be celebrating its 10th New Year's Eve by traveling back to the 1920s Prohibition era, and diners are welcome to wear dress appropriate to the time period. Cocktails for the evening will reflect that era, and there will be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant will offer five-course dinner choices for $100. Wine pairings and extras are optional. For reservations, call 761-0555.

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