Dine out on New Year's Eve: Toast 2018 with truffles, panna cotta, oysters, sparkling wines

What better way to ring in a new year than with a toast? A cocktail, perhaps, or maybe even some breakfast toast.

Pittsburgh has plenty of dining options for New Year’s Eve on Sunday. Here’s a sampling that will help you plan your final evening of this year. Note that some of these options offer a literal midnight toast, while others might require you to toast 2018 a little earlier in the day.

Acorn: A six-course dinner will be served in two seatings — one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. The menu includes squid ink cannaroni with lobster and Rohan duck roasted with blood oranges and prunes. $75, available at exploretock.com/acornpgh. 5528 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412-530-5950; acornpgh.com. Toast to 2018: chocolate huckleberries and foie gras ice cream topped with smoked sea salt, plus a champagne toast.

Bahama Breeze: The chain restaurant, which has a location in Robinson, will hold a Caribbean-inspired Junkanoo celebration, commemorating street parades held in the Bahamas, with live music and giveaways. 6100 Robinson Centre Drive; 412-788-5790; bahamabreeze.com. Toast to 2018: $2.18 cocktails all day from the Legendary Island Cocktail Menu with five drinks, including the Goombay Smash (Cruzan Coconut, Spired and Bacardi Black rums mixed with fresh orange and pineapple juice) and the Dark ’n Stormy (Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with ginger beer).

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: Five-course dinner with lobster cream soup, salad nicoise, mussels, foie gras, charcuterie, and entree choices of beef filet with cremini mushroom puree and bone marrow lyonnaise, halibut with golden beet roots and potato crisp, or tagliatelle with lamb and Swiss chard. Reservations are available between 1 and 10 p.m. $75. 107 Sixth St., Downtown; 412-922-2005; braddocksrestaurant.com. Toast to 2018: chocolate panna cotta with port-glazed amarena cherries.

Cure: The six-course menu highlights the restaurant’s standout dishes, including beef tartare, foie macarons and charcoal-roasted pork. Reservations are available between 4 and 9:45 p.m. $125 per person; optional pairings and full beverage selection available for an extra charge. 5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412-252-2595; curepittsburgh.com. Toast to 2018: fourth course of cavatelli with Appalachian truffles, lobster, butter and parsley jus; dessert course of chocolate souffle cake with tahini, pomegranate, smoked goat cheese and ice cream.

Ditka’s: The Robinson restaurant has a special New Year’s Eve menu with choices of starters, soups, salads, entrees and sides, each sold separately. Couples can choose a three-course “Dinner for Two” for $100 per couple, which includes three courses and a champagne toast. 1 Robinson Plaza; 412-722-1555; ditkasrestaurants.com. Toast to 2018: Choose from eight sparkling wines/champagnes.

Eddie V’s: Starting at 10 p.m., the V Lounge will serve Moet champagnes by the glass, a complimentary dessert bar, midnight toast, $8 chef’s teasers and oyster menu. Dinner is also available earlier in the evening. 501 Grant St., Downtown; 412-391-1714; eddiev.com. Toast to 2018: The dessert bar features crème brulee, chocolate truffles, cookies and panna cotta.

Federal Galley: “Brew Year’s Eve” features unlimited pours from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $75. 200 Children’s Way, North Side; galleygrp.com/locations-federal-galley. Toast to 2018: Choose from a lineup of 30 craft beers.

Fl.2: The new dining concept at Downtown’s Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel offers both brunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve. Brunch is the restaurant’s standard Sunday brunch menu, while dinner options will include filet, lobster, duck confit, house-made pasta with caviar and bone marrow with marshmallow. 510 Market St.; 412-773-8848; fl2pgh.com. Toast to 2018: oysters from the raw bar paired with bubbly by the glass.

FlowerHouse: The Wilkinsburg art center is hosting “Cupcakes & Cocktails,” a New Year’s Eve brunch buffet with signature cupcakes and specialty cocktails, plus an art exhibit. Noon to 4 p.m. $35; tickets available at bdaynye2018.splashthat.com. 766 Penn Ave.; 412-401-6672. Toast to 2018: mimosa bar.

Hartwood Restaurant: Only dinner will be served on New Year’s Eve from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The four-course menu includes entree choices of filet mignon, salmon and scallops, smoked pork loin, veal osso buco, lobster or goat cheese ravioli with roasted asparagus. $60 per person. 3400 Harts Run Road, Indiana Township; 412-767-3500; hartwoodrestaurant.com. Toast to 2018: dessert choices of chocolate raspberry pavlova, lemon curd tart, Pittsburgh pecan ball with caramel or hot fudge, crème brulee or espresso chocolate torte, washed down with a glass of sparkling wine.

Il Tetto: Ring in 2018 at Sienna Mercato’s rooftop beer garden with crafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres buffet, champagne toast at midnight and party favors from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $150 standing room only; $200 guaranteed seating; ages 21 and up only. Five drink tickets are included in the admission price. 942 Penn Ave., Downtown; 412-281-2810; siennamercato.com. Toast to 2018: Hors d’oeuvres buffet includes braised pork belly, veal Parmesan, seafood mac and cheese, spinach artichoke dip, shrimp cocktail, meat and cheese plates, sausage in a blanket, Caesar salad, mini cheesecakes, lemon bars and peanut butter brownies.

Lidia’s Pittsburgh: The $50 per person dinner at the Strip District restaurant from 4:30 to 10 p.m. includes an antipasto (choose one from pork sausage with lentils, shrimp salad, octopus salad or apple and radicchio salad), pasta (pappardelle with shiitake and pork, chicken and spinach ravioli), entree (choose one from beef tenderloin, yellowfin tuna, pork chops or lasagna with ricotta and mozzarella). 1400 Smallman St.; 412-552-0150; lidias-pittsburgh.com. Wine pairing is an additional $45. Toast to 2018: milk and honey panacotta.

Lola Bistro: Take your choice of three nights. Lola is serving a special prix fixe menu from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The menu includes smoked trout mousse blini roll, signature lime Caesar salad, entree choices of Scottish salmon with herbed risotto and apple slaw or caramelle pasta with braised beef short rib and Parmesan jus, and dessert choices of pear torte or chocolate cake. $40. 1100 Galveston Ave., North Side; 412-322-1106; lola-bistro.com. Toast to 2018: prosecco toast with amuse bouche course.

Melting Pot: Entree course packages include New Year’s Delight (lobster tail, filet mignon, teriyaki marinated sirloin, mojo shrimp, garlic chili chicken, wild mushroom sachetti and winter vegetable medley) or New Year’s Celebration (Memphis-style barbeque pork medallion, filet mignon, teriyaki marinated sirloin, black angus sirloin, garlic chili chicken, mascarpone and sun-dried tomato ravioli and winter vegetable medley). Dessert course is a choice of various chocolate fondues with dippers. Five courses, champagne toast and gift bag for $138 per couple; reservations after 9:45 p.m. are $99.95 per couple. 125 W. Station Square Drive, South Side; 412-261-3477; meltingpot.com/pittsburgh-pa/melting-pot-events.aspx. Toast to 2018: Second course is a choice of lobster bacon cheese, loaded baked potato cheddar or sparkling gruyere cheese fondue.

Morcilla: Celebrate the new year Spanish-style with cider and the regular a la carte menu including charcuterie, pickled vegetables, oysters, beef tartare, tapas and more. Reservations available from 4 to 10 p.m. 3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412-652-9924; morcillapittsburgh.com. Toast to 2018: Footprints Farm Cochinillo ($115; recommended for four to six people) — crispy skin suckling pork roast with romesco sauce, piperade, salsa verde and toasted sourdough.

Muddy Waters Oyster Bar: The “Bubbles and Oysters Party” runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. $75 (tickets available through the Facebook event page; go to facebook.com and search for “New Years Eve Oyster Party”). 130 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty; 412-361-0555; muddywaterspgh.com. Toast to 2018: Ticket includes two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine and unlimited access to select East and West Coast oysters.

Olive or Twist: New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. includes music, open bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and desserts, photo booth and midnight balloon drop. $150; ages 21 and up only; available at eventbrite.com (search for “NYE 2018 Celebration at Olive or Twist!”). 140 Sixth St., Downtown. 412-255-0525; olive-twist.com. Toast to 2018: Open bar includes premium liquors.

Or, The Whale: Choices for the evening include a five-course prix fixe dinner with seatings at 5 or 7:30 p.m. ($135), wine pairings for an added $50, a New Year’s Eve party ($150), and a combination ticket for the 7:30 p.m. dinner with the party afterward ($250). The five-course dinner includes a surf and turf entree of dry-aged braised short rib with truffle sauce, potato dauphinois, butter-poached and wood-fired lobster tail, caviar cream and charred greens. The party with a live band and dancing, starting at 10 p.m., includes chowder, crudo and caviar stations and an oyster cart. 463 Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown; 412-632-0002; orthewhalepgh.com. Toast to 2018: For the partygoers, the ticket includes five drinks from a champagne bar, a martini bar and the full beer and wine list, plus a champagne toast at midnight.

Revel + Roost: There’s a bit of everything available at this two-level Market Square restaurant. A ticket for the eve celebration ($50 online, $75 at the door, ages 21 and up only) includes open bar and dance floors with music starting at 9 p.m. Guests can also choose to upgrade to a 9 p.m. prix fixe dinner ($150) along with the party. Or if you prefer a quieter dinner, seatings are available at 5 and 7 p.m. at Roost for the prix fixe dinner only, minus the later party. 242 Forbes Ave. Tickets: showclix.com/event/revel-and-roost-new-years-eve-celebration. Toast to 2018: Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

Scratch Food & Beverage: Four-course dinner with seatings from 5 to 10 p.m. includes entree choice of tagliatelle with scallions and lemon or New York strip steak with potato, caramelized onion and red wine. $80 per person; $20 for optional wine pairings; reservations at opentable.com/r/scratch-pittsburgh. 1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill; 412-251-0822; scratchfoodbev.com. Toast to 2018: Dark chocolate panna cotta espresso and whipped cream for dessert.

Six Penn Kitchen: Specials include an appetizer and two entree choices. The appetizer consists of seared foie gras with cranberry gel, zucchini bread, and apple and raisin salad for $15. The surf ’n turf entree is grilled filet of beef with crab cake, wilted greens, marrow hollandaise and scalloped potato for $40. Specials will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. 146 Sixth St., Downtown; 412-281-7366; sixpennkitchen.com. Toast to 2018: the more nontraditional entree special La Belle Farm duck breast with lentils, celery root and red wine bordelaise sauce for $31.

Smallman Galley: Four-course meal from Duncan St Dinners (duncanstdinners.com) served between 6:30 and 9 p.m. The menu works traditional New Year’s Eve foods, sauerkraut and pork, into the evening in the form of crispy pig ear and sauerkraut salad for the salad course and pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes and herb-roasted cauliflower for the main course. The Smallman Galley bar team will choose paired beverages. $95 (includes 20 percent off tickets to Brew Year’s Eve at partner restaurant Federal Galley later in the evening). 54 21st St.; 412-281-0949; smallmangalley.org. Toast to 2018: champagne olive oil cake with champagne-marinated strawberries for dessert.

Spoonwood Brewing: Four-course beer pairing dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. with pork belly and slaw, burrata salad, hay-fired strip loin and blueberry and lemon shortcake trifle. $65. 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park; 412-833-0333; spoonwoodbrewing.com. Toast to 2018: Dinner pairings include four brews — Eyes Aglow winter white, Shadowgraff cider/ale, Bruna Belgian porter and Elise barrel-aged saison — and a champagne toast.

Spork: Get your choice of a regular or vegetarian menu from 4 to 10 p.m. The regular menu includes sweet potato gnocchi, jumbo lump crab souffle, arugula salad with smoked root vegetables and lobster, beef deckle with winter truffles, and chocolate orange bombe for dessert. The vegetarian option subs rapini and Gruyere for the crab in the souffle, grilled halloumi for the lobster in the arugula salad, and ricotta, sage and squash ravioli for the beef in the entree course. $100. 5430 Penn Ave., Bloomfield; 412-441-1700; sporkpittsburgh.com. Toast to 2018: $40 wine pairings available with dinner.

Superior Motors: Chef Kevin Sousa’s first NYE dinner at his Braddock restaurant will feature a five-course prix fixe menu in two seatings: 5 to 9 p.m. for $125 per person, or 9 p.m. to midnight for $135 per person (includes a champagne toast). Optional beverage pairings are an added $50. Dinner includes rib eye Wellington, lobster en papillote and baked Alaska. 1211 Braddock Ave. Reservations: 1-917-455-9207 or chris@superiormotors15104.com. Info: 412-271-1022; superiormotors15104.com. Toast to 2018: Smoked sturgeon with caviar and buckwheat along with a special house cocktail that will be revealed at seating time.

Whitfield: A regular brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. But for dinner, which will be from 5 p.m. to midnight, Whitfield will serve from both the regular menu and an $80 four-course prix fixe menu. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S. Whitfield, East Liberty; 412-626-3090; whitfieldpgh.com. Toast to 2018: The prix fixe menu includes mushroom soup, frisee and watercress salad with pickled beets and poached egg, strip streak with ricotta pierogi and a creamsicle sundae.

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.


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