Everyone knows the smart way to get drunk is to have a belly full of delicious food to absorb all the alcohol. This is why we suggest you try out one of the many special New Year’s Eve dinners happening around town before you head out to get hammered. It’s no news flash that Pittsburgh is becoming a favorite for foodies, in fact BON APPÉTIT predicted us to be “the next big food town” in 2014.
Casbah focuses on Mediteranian cuisine with special attention to sustainable ingredients. For New Year’s they offer a four course menu with features like House-Cured Prosciutto, Colcannon Agnolotti with lobster, Prime Rib, and Champagne Macaroons. Limited ala carte items will be available as well. The dinner special will run you $65 per person, and for an additional $35/ person you can add the wine package which includes a specially-picked wine with each course. Additional details and the full menu are available here.
If you can’t make up your mind between asian or latin food, Tamari is the place for you. Tamari means “to do everything with passion” in the language of the indigenous Huarpe of Argentina. Expect “rare combinations of a duly-inspired cuisine, freshly prepared and artfully presented.” Their New Year’s Eve Prix Frixe Menu offers four courses for $40. The full menu is available here.
Cure was recently featured on the Pittsburgh edition of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, so it’s the perfect choice for adventurous eaters. Their focus is on local urban Mediterranean food and sustainability. They are hosting two seatings on New Years Eve, the first at 6pm is 5 courses for $75 per person, and can include wine pairing as well for an additional $45 per person. The 9pm seating features 7 courses for $95 per person, with optional wine pairing at $60 per person. Reservations are required. Learn more here.
Habitat is located inside the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Executive Chef Jason Dalling will host a six-course New Year’s Eve Dinner from 5:30-10:00 pm Dinner is $125 per person and features a mix of seasonal dishes and local ingredients, as well as Pastry Chef James Wroblewski’s decadent desserts. The full menu is available here.
If you’re looking for the whole shabang, River’s Casino has you covered. They have several packages available with or without a room at the Westin Hotel. You can gamble, drink at one of their many bars, or dine on the three course dinner special. Everything you need to know to plan your Rivers’ New Year’s Eve is available here.