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Friday, December 31, 2010

Gut Check's New Year's Eve Recommendations

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 11:59 PM

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While Gut Check prefers to spend New Year's Eve nursing a bottle of whiskey and another twelve months' worth of accumulated regrets, I suspect more than a few of you plan to ring in 2011 with a fancy prix-fixe dinner and Champagne toast or, at the very least, a good meal at a  favorite restaurant.

For those who would like to dine out on New Year's Eve but have yet to decide where, Gut Check selected some of our favorite restaurants and some classy St. Louis favorites and then asked RFT editorial coordinator Courtney Schilling to find out the specific plans each has for the holiday. Our picks and the details are after the jump.

In addition, we asked each restaurant for its plans (or lack thereof) on Christmas Eve and Day. As you will see, with only a few exceptions, our choices are closed on both days.

Do you know of a restaurant that's open on Christmas Eve or Day? Is it the restaurant you own? Let us know in the comments.

Acero

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Only offering 5-course prix-fixe menu $65/person, includes glass of prosecco with first course. Regular hours.

Annie Gunn's

Christmas Eve: Open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open till midnight (last reservation 11 p.m.). Regular menu.

Araka

Christmas Eve: Open for dinner only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for dinner, regular menu (credit card required for reservation).

Brasserie by Niche

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open, offering regular menu.

Cardwell's at the Plaza

Christmas Eve: Open for lunch only, regular menu; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for lunch and dinner, regular hours; specials might be offered for dinner, but none selected yet.

The Crossing

Christmas Eve: open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for dinner, special menu only: 5 courses for $75, wine pairings available for extra charge, seatings available 5 p.m. to midnight.

Farmhaus

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: no regular menu, 5-course prix-fixe $100/person including alcohol pairings; seatings start at 5:15 p.m. by reservation only.

Five Bistro

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: offering prix-fixe menu only: 5 courses with or without alcohol pairings (price points not yet determined); can reserve an early or late seating starting at 5 p.m.

Fond

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering a "Choose Your Own Adventure" 5-course tasting menu for $75 a person, including wine, no special seating times.

Franco

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open regular hours, offering full regular menu and some specials.

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