To cap off a big year in Detroit’s food scene, here are the six places to eat, drink and be merry on New Year’s Eve that were not here to celebrate when Detroit toasted to 2017 a year ago. The menus at these new Detroit hot spots range from inventive to classic to familiar.
The Apparatus Room (250 W. Larned), Lady of the House (1426 Bagley), and Prime + Proper (1145 Griswold) offer special event pricing and menus. Bolero in Midtown (51 W. Forest) and The Caucus Club (150 W. Congress) will continue to introduce their standard menu to diners on New Year’s Eve. Brix Wine Bar in West Village (7968 Kercheval) offers wine and lighter fare for anyone not looking for the full seating experience. If toasting 2018 makes it a lucky new year, all the new hot spots are either serving bubbles or celebrating new friends who raise a glass with the staff at midnight.
Lady of the House in Corktown is planning a New Year’s Eve celebration with multiple seatings and bar area for anyone without reservations. Both seatings (6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) will feature the Prix Fixe menu starting with bone marrow fritters with bacon jam, choice of entree including vegetarian options, and rum cake with cream cheese ice cream, coffee glaze and black sesame tuile. Tickets can be purchased for $85. The 9:30 p.m. seating and the bar-only tickets ($25) will continue till midnight and beyond with a live DJ, toast at midnight, party favors and late-night pizza.
Prime + Proper, the new Capital Park house of steak and style, will host two seatings. The early seating will feature the a la carte menu, while the late seating features a special, limited menu with champagne toast at midnight and exciting surprises for the guests looking for a classic New Year’s Eve! Cost is $150 per person and additional alcohol is not included (a call is required for reservations).
The Apparatus Room inside The Foundation Hotel will host two seatings for New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required for both the early seating, 5:00 p.m.— 6:00 p.m. ($95 per person) and the late seating 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.,($135 per person). The “gala-style” event features entertainment and bubbles beyond midnight. The cost will not include additional alcohol.
Bolero, a new Latin cuisine restaurant, has “something for everyone” on New Year’s Eve. Bolero is the upscale, elegant sister restaurant to downtown Vicente’s Cuban cuisine on Library Street. On New Year’s Eve, Bolero will feature their full menu ranging from the traditional to the technical. 12 tapas options and four Spanish paellas will satisfy the hungry and the foodie alike. Bolero typically closes at 9:00 p.m. on Sundays but will stay open an hour later on New Year’s Eve. At 10:00 p.m., everyone is invited to keep the party going at Vicente’s for salsa lessons, dancing, balloon drop and midnight champagne toast.
The Caucus Club offers a timeless steakhouse menu also featuring osso buco, veal chop and prime rib inside the Penobscot Building downtown. The Caucus Club will be open on New Year’s Eve serving the classics with some daily specials. The Caucus Club is taking reservations.
Brix is pouring wine and serving charcuterie on New Year’s Eve. Brix specializes in a wide variety of wines and vintages with a side of local and imported meats and cheeses. New Year’s Eve at Brix offers a neighborhood experience in a special space – an old Michigan Savings Bank building. Anyone raising a glass at Brix this New Year’s Eve should check out The Vault, which is exactly what it sounds like. Brix will be open throughout the evening and beyond midnight for local and new friends alike.
Happy New Year, Detroit
Whether it is the prix fixe tasting menu or finding a new neighborhood spot that will help ring in the New Year, Detroit has it all. Enjoy the evening, however you spend it, and have a happy, healthy 2018. Cheers! And, if you cheers, please remember to be safe on New Year’s Eve.