Find four delicious New Year’s Eve menus
Published on December 24th, 2013 | by Joe Stych
Find four delicious New Year’s Eve menus
You should always start the new year on a full stomach (it’s good luck, probably). And Des Moines area restaurants agree: they’re cooking up special menus that have one night to shine. Whether you’re making an evening of it or stopping in before the ball drops, here are four restaurants with special New Year’s Eve dinner selections.
For the uninitiated, Table 128 is a relatively new entry into the metro restaurant scene that takes creative routes with its menu. Those decisions have paid off deliciously, and on New Year’s Eve they’re pulling out all the stops. Along with some of their most popular dishes—like seared duck with French toast, goat cheese and Chambord syrup (pictured), or their heirloom chicken alongside green chili mac and root veggies—Table 128 is serving some special NYE exclusives. Diners can start out with the appetizers like the foie gras, paired with goat cheese and pickled strawberries. Then follow up with entrees like a pork belly confit, complete with ricotta ravioli and sweet potatoes, or Maine lobster with sweet corn bread pudding. Definitely save room for dessert, too: with poached pear, cheesecake and creme brulee on the menu, it’s tough to go wrong. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., but if you already have party plans they’re also serving this menu on Dec. 30, plus a three-course New Year’s Eve lunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Find it: 12695 University Avenue, Suite 140, Clive Reservations and info: 515-327-7427; table128bistro.com.
Known for their high-quality dishes and a great variety of options, Chef’s Kitchen is taking their menu to the next level the New Year’s Eve. Starting at 5 p.m., they’ll be serving a special selection from the restaurant’s repertoire. The offerings will be anchored by some top-notch seafood dishes, including the chef’s famous crab cakes and a San Francisco-inspired cioppino seafood stew. Plus, they’ll be offering some heartier proteins, like roasted Italian prime rib and a succulent pork osso buco. If a diet is anywhere on your list of resolutions, remember: those commitments take effect on Jan. 1 and not a second before.
Find it: 1903 Beaver Ave. Reservations and info: 515-255-4411; chefskitchendm.com.
Alba: For foodies out there who want to ring in the new year with some new dishes, you’re in luck: Alba is serving a limited menu with items that are New Year’s Eve exclusives. This year they’re offering seven appetizers, entrees, and desserts that customers can mix and match to create the perfect meal. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the first course includes tempting options like lump crab with corn tamales and fennel grapefruit salad, or slow cooked octopus with fennel puree. The list of entrees is highlighted by the espresso-rubbed, double cut heirloom pork chops with squash risotto and shaved Brussels sprouts. Or, if you’re a seafood fan, they’re serving pan roasted scallops with parsnip, beluga lentils, roasted beets and grapefruit ver blanc. As the exclamation point on the meal, the chef is offering sweet finishers like maple roasted squash budino with espresso and dark chocolate brittle, or a medjool date fig newton with riesling slow poached apples. Who needs a midnight kiss with dessert options like that?
Find it: 524 E. Sixth St. Reservations and info: 515-244-0261; albadsm.com.
Should old acquaintance be forgot? The answer should be a resounding no, especially when it comes downtown staple Centro. The restaurant is elevating their already excellent food specifically to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Centro wanted their NYE menu to reflect a ‘50s-era Italian steakhouse—based on the results, those folks ate like royalty every night. The meal will start with shrimp cocktail, followed by a selection of delicious entrees. Some main dish highlights include seafood diavolo, with lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams with their homemade spaghetti; a grilled porterhouse with mushroom salad and twice-fried potatoes; and lasagna with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, and pine nuts. Don’t forget dessert: Centro will be serving a cassata cake with pistachio and buttercream.
Find it: 1003 Locust St. Reservations and info: 515-248-1780; centrodesmoines.com.