New Year’s Eve Guide 2009
New Year’s Eve is almost here and SocialMiami has assembled an exciting group of New Year’s Eve dining choices, parties and even a musical. So, whether you’re a Miami hipster, family or foodie there is a Miami New Year’s Eve event that’s right for you. So, don’t miss out and make your reservations right now at one of these great Miami events – and Happy New Year!
New Year’s at Nikki Beach
Prepare for takeoff as Nikki Beach Miami “the sexiest place on earth” channels its global presence with a jet setting New Year’s Eve soiree. Destination Nikki Beach transports guests to its famed venues worldwide—from St. Barths and St. Tropez to Marbella and Morocco—with its signature sexy atmosphere, haute cuisine, a private fireworks show, and as the Official Ball Drop of South Beach.
Dinner In The Garden
Guests can choose from a host of options to ring in the New Year Nikki Beach style, from a romantic dinner in Café Nikki’s tree-lit garden to exclusive VIP bed and cabana seating. A specialty New Year’s Eve menu offers diners a savory selection of delicious cuisine; begin the evening with a seafood martini New Year’s Eve celebration full of fresh seafood, or try the foie gras trio paired with banana chutney and green apple tart torchon. Exotic fishes and crisp salads are available for guests who plan to keep it light, leaving room for one of the New Year’s Eve orgasmic confections and cocktails.
Featuring eye-popping performances to match some of Nikki Beach’s worldwide destinations. Flamenco stilt walkers from Marbella, Thai and French dancers, Moroccan belly dancers and fire throwers and human disco balls make their way throughout the venue igniting the crowd’s energy and setting the tone for an unforgettable evening. At midnight, guests make a toast with a glass of complimentary champagne while counting down to Nikki Beach’s ball drop and illuminating show of fireworks. Tickets are available at the standard price of $75 for general admission.
VIP Mile High Lounge
Make way to the upstairs Mile High Lounge where the newly remodeled Club Nikki entices New Year’s Eve revelers with everything VIP from private tables to a burlesque-like striptease performed in an oversized champagne glass while acrobatic aerialists sweep across the room from above. Tickets are available for the Mile High for the standard price of $100.00
One Ocean Drive, South Beach
Celebrate NYE in Style at The Setai
Celebrate NYE at the Setai with Local Miami DJ Uma, and DJ Stan Courtois from Pink Elephant and Kiss and Fly in NYC
The Dinner Dance
The evening begins at 7:45 p.m. in the courtyard. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be passed, with live performances during the reception by Nicole Henry. At 8:45 p.m., guests will be invited to their restaurant for a sumptuous six course dinner, paired with wines selected by the sommelier. The dinner will begin at 9 p.m. and will end with the dessert being served at 11:15 to 11.30 p.m. One glass of champagne is complimentary. Tickets are priced at $750 per person (includes service charge & tax). Tickets include entrance to The Party. Tickets do not include seating for the after party, as this is sold separately as bottle tables. A 20 percent discount will be introduced for bottle tables.
Deluxe Open Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. From 10 p.m. onwards, a selection of authentic Asian dishes such as Peking duck, noodles, tuna tartar, satay, dim sum, and smoked salmon with caviar will be passed, as well as live food stations. Countdown at five minutes to midnight with eight Fushu Daiko Asian Drummers located on the centre pool. From 1:00 to 2:30 a.m., there will be cash bar only, with the party ending at 3 a.m. Different bottle tables at individual pricing are available in the courtyard. Prices range from $1500 to $6000 depending on location and offerings. The General Admission ticket price starts at $250
The Mezzanine will be featuring a private roof top VIP party with a separate DJ. There are four VIP pods overlooking the courtyard and seven VIP pods on the floor. There will be an open sushi bar as well as an open martini bar. Prices for mezzanine VIP pods range from $6500 to $8000 depending on location, offerings, and number of guests. Mezzanine VIP ticket holders will be entitled access to the courtyard.
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-520-6400 for ticketsThe Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club
New Year’s Eve Ball
Celebrate the start of 2009 Fairmont Turnberry-style. This extravagant ball begins with a lavish sparkling wine reception featuring a lamb carving station and passed hors d’oeuvres including jumbo gulf shrimp, stone crab claws, sushi and risotto. Then enjoy a sit-down dinner with a main entrée of surf & turf, followed by a scrumptious chocolate dessert. The New Year’s Eve party will be held in the resort’s elegant Grand Ballroom complete with a 10-piece band, balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight for a magical evening. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $250 per guest, plus tax and gratuity, includes alcoholic beverages and party favors. Seating is limited.New Year’s Eve Dinner in BOURBON STEAK
This New Year’s Eve, ring in 2009 at the famed BOURBON STEAK restaurant. First-seating begins at 6 p.m. and features three courses including a choice of burrata heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare, stuffed prawns with Dungeness crab, or butternut squash soup with ricotta gnocchi and black truffle to start; a main course selection between sautéed black bass with crispy pork belly, potato crusted pompano, prime beef rib eye or American Kobe rossini with a shallot potato cake and foie gras; and concludes with a choice between a chocolate panna cotta, traditional beignets or a selection of seasonal sorbets and ice cream. Second-seating starts at 9 p.m. and features a six-course menu showcasing an American caviar parfait to start, stuffed prawns with Dungeness crab, a butter-poached Maine lobster, sautéed black bass with crispy pork belly, American kobe Rossini with foie gras and a chocolate panna cotta. Complimentary glass of champagne each, live band and party favors included. Three-course/first-seating is $95, Six-course/second-seating is $260; plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking.
The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
Reservations Required for Ball: 305-933-4108
Reservations for Bourbon Steak: 786-279-6600
Recapture the Magic of a Big Band New Years Eve at the Regent Bal Harbour
An enchanted evening awaits you at 1 Bleu, where the ultra-luxurious ocean-view atmosphere of The Regent Bal Harbour sets the stage for romance and celebration. Enjoy champagne and a five-course menu by acclaimed Executive Chef Mark Militello. Dance to the scintillating sounds of The Debbie Orta Jazz Band Swings. Then step onto the terrace for star-filled skies and fireworks over the ocean. Join us where luxury begins – at the beginning of an unforgettable New Year at 1 Bleu. 9 p.m., $175 per person, Prix-fixe menu includes one bottle of Piper Heidsieck Brut champagne per couple. All prices are exclusive of tax & gratuity.
New Years Eve 2008 Prix-Fixe Menu
Amuse Bouche: George Blanc potato fritter with osetra caviar.
First Course: tuna carpaccio, leaves of arugula, parmesan and truffle, OR slow roasted vegetables layered with buffalo mozzarella, OR seared sea scallops with braised oxtail and sweet potato, OR traditional veal tonnato with hearts of romaine.
Second Course: foie gras brûlée, French lentil salad, winter pear vinaigrette, OR porcini and blueberry lasagna, OR wild mushroom risotto, sweetbreads and crisp pancetta, OR stone crab claw with sherry, mustard and lime.
Main Course: grilled Maine lobster, cognac butter, new potatoes and sweet corn custard, OR breast of natural chicken, braised butter beans, escarole and wild mushrooms, OR chestnut crusted rack of lamb with braised endive and gratin of Maytag blue cheese potatoes, OR fresh Dover sole, brown butter, capers, lemon confit and sweet onion-cauliflower crispelle, OR roasted garlic stuffed natural tenderloin of beef, cippolini onion confit, whipped potatoes and braised short rib sauce.
Dessert: 75 year old Grand Marnier crème, sable bretton, fresh berries and chestnut honey, OR valrhona chocolate tower with white chocolate truffle ice cream.
The Regent Bal Harbour
10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
Reservations Required 305-455-5460
New Years at The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne is offering several options for celebrating the New Year:
“Ice in Paradise” New Year’s Eve Ball
Experience an evening of ice in paradise with beautiful ice sculptures, chilled cocktails and other sleek décor. The culinary team presents a lavish spread of seven global presentations with live action areas including Spanish, Asian, French and American dishes, and a grand finale of desserts galore by our master pastry chef. Guests will enjoy live music and toast to the New Year with Ritz-Champagne. Price: $215 adults, $100 children.Dom Perignon Dinner at Cioppino
Those seeking a more intimate evening can enjoy a five-course dinner of award-winning cuisine, including foie gras ravioli, kobe sirloin and crème brulee, each dish expertly matched with a flute from the famed vineyard by Sommelier Jorge Mendoza. Includes access to “Ice in Paradise” ball following dinner. Price: $525 per person.New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe dinners at Cioppino
Dine under the stars on the beautiful ocean view terrace or inside at intimate tables while savoring a four-course dinner prepared exclusively for the evening. Menu highlights include white asparagus with truffle zabaglione, seafood ravioli with baby artichoke sauce and a decadent milk chocolate cheese cake with sour cherry and hazelnut. Seatings at 6:00 p.m. ($125 adults, $50 children) and 9:00 p.m. ($195 adults, $60 children)New Year’s Eve Celebration at RUMBAR
Celebrate Times Square-Style – excluding the crowds – with live music, light fare and a balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Tequila Dinner at Cantina Beach
Ring in the New Year with a casual evening amidst oceanfront views, soft breezes and a beautifully presented three-course menu of coastal Mexican favorites, each course paired with a high-end tequila from the country’s only Tequilier. 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. $70 three-course menu, $90 with tequila pairing. A la carte menu also available.
New Year’s Eve at Dune
Spend a “swank-quil” evening St. Tropez-style with burgers and bubbles and cozy cabanas on the sand. VIP seating with private bottle service available. 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Reservations required for all events.
The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
305-365-4286 for Reservations
Joseph’s on the Water: Serving up two New Year’s Specials
Joseph’s on the Water is offering patrons two New Year’s Eve dinner specials from which to choose:
Early New Year’s Dinner Special from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Entree: NY sirloin steak, gulf shrimp, fresh yellow tail snapper, chicken Francaise, rainbow trout, or baby back ribs. All cooked to perfection and served with soup or salad, vegetable and potato, rolls & butter, dessert and coffee or tea. Price: $19.95 per person.Traditional New Years Eve Fest from 9 p.m. to closing.
A complete New Year’s dinner! Begin with your choice of: Maryland crab cake, escargot, or caprese mozzerella. Salad is mixed baby greens or a classic caesar salad. Entrée choices include: prime rib, Coquille St. Jacques, fresh yellow tail snapper, chicken Francaise, jumbo coconut shrimp or fresh Scottish salmon. All entrees are served with garlic mashed potatoes or red roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, rolls & butter. Of course, you can’t finish your meal without having something sweet. Dessert choices are: Florida key lime pie, black forrest cake, cheesecake, apple strudel or fresh tropical fruit.Dinner is $125 per person (includes tax & tip) and includes an open bar of house wines, call liquors and beer. And it just wouldn’t be a celebration without noise makers & live music.
Joseph’s on the Water
1975 South Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach
Reservations Required 954-455-6996
A Burlesque New Year’s Eve at The Raleigh
Famed New York City “Queen of the Night” Susanne Bartsch presents “A Burlesque New Year’s Eve 2009.” A wild party full of unexpected surprises with fabulous guest hosts including Whitney Port (MTV’s The Hills and The City) and Patricia Field (celebrity stylist, designer and Sex and the City custom stylist).
Open bar and delicious canapes will be served from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Guests will also be treated to a special countdown performance by Susanne and special guests. Those who have had the opportunity to attend a Susanne Bartsch party know they’re ensured to have an extraordinary time!
9:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Tickets are $150. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
A Special New Year’s Eve Performance of CATS
There’s no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of “Cats.” What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway’s history. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Cats features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies, including the hit song, “Memory.”
The NYE performance begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through January 4 in the Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
The Fontainebleau New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year by exploring endless possibilities.
New Year’s Eve at Fontainebleau Miami Beach will serve as nothing less than a night of pure entertainment and glamour, where couture crowds are again soaring across bowtie floors.
For more information, visit Fontainebleau.com.
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-538-2000 for Reservations
New Year’s Eve Buffet at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
Everyone’s favorite Bavarian themed restaurant, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, will be ringing in the New Year with a can’t-miss party. The Bierhaus will be having a special All You Can Eat buffet from 7 to 11 p.m. The buffet will be serving up your favorites: wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, smoked brats, austro burgers, roast pork, grouper filet, zuericher geschnetzeltes (veal strips in white wine mushroom sauce) salads, various side dishes and also the famous applestrudel and Austrian chocolate cake.
Additionally, guests will enjoy live entertainment with the Albert Castiglia Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are priced at just $28.00.
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
New Year’s Eve 2008 Celebration at the Hotel Victor
Vix New Year’s Eve package includes a five course dinner, bottle of champagne per couple, and entrance to Vue Terrace New Year’s Eve Dance Party
First Course: black truffle Granny Smith mulligatawny; black lentil savory doughnut. Second Course: duo of soft shell crab & Foie Gras, soft shell crab chickpea tempura, organic garden micro greens, cilantro dressing; Foie Gras slider, homemade mango chutney, caramelized port onion confit, 50 year balsamic drizzle. Third Course: strawberry risotto; parmiggiano reggiano, mascarpone, white truffle butter; Rum & raisin veal jus.
Intermezzo: pear champagne with black current sorbet.
Entrees: wagyu tenderloin of beef, braised wasabi fennel folded smashed Yukon gold, Enoki mushroom sake dashi, OR Maine lobster, scallops and rock shrimp, Lemon grass Thai green curry sauce, Lotus root crisps, OR duck three ways, garam masala crusted duck breast, duck confit, seared Foie Gras, Grand Marnier mandarin reduction.
Dessert: warm chocolate coolant; Fiore latte gelato and 24 carat gold leaf.
Price: $250.00 per person (does not include tax & service charge).
Please call 305-728-6519 or email JSantana@hotelvictorsouthbeach.com for reservations or additional information.
The Hotel Victor
12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration at the Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
305-913-3246 ext. 2387