By Annika Tomlin
Here’s to new beginnings. Restaurants across the Valley are offering specials and events for New Year’s Eve. Here is a sampling of places that might tickle your fancy.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Ring in the New Year with Dungeness crab bisque served with smoked trout roe crostini and cultured butter; baby arugula with grapefruit, beet, whipped goat cheese and mesquite honey; organic chicken roulade served with foie gras and mushroom bread pudding and charred broccolini; roasted prime beef loin with crispy beef belly, tallow whipped potato, asparagus and cabernet; and trio of flourless cake, strawberry gelato and champagne cheesecake.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m., 602.253.6661, bluehoundkitchen.com, $100 to $125 per person, reservations required
This party is for the movers and shakers only. Celebrate the new year with Phoenix DJs, an appetizer buffet, festive party favors and a ballroom countdown experience. Movers tickets include two prepaid alcoholic beverages, appetizers like vegetable spring rolls, beef and manchego empanada and cilantro lime-glazed chicken brochette, along with access to the main ballroom. Shakers (VIP) tickets come with three prepaid premium alcoholic beverages and upgraded appetizers, along with access to the VIP Lounge with a private DJ, a private bar and early access to the venue.
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 100 N. First Street, Phoenix, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $75-$225, 21 and older
Labyrinth Masquerade Ball
Have you ever wanted to go to the masquerade ball that happens in the 1986 movie “Labyrinth”? Well, now is your chance. Dance and dream among costumed nobles and magical creatures during this immersive evening. Expect fire breathers, stilt walkers, food trucks, glittering decorations, bubbles and DJs playing a slew of ’80s classics. Costumes or masks with formal wear are encouraged.
Thunderbird Lounge, 710 W. Montecito Avenue, Phoenix, 7 p.m., bit.ly/3qVKxoX, 21 and older
Luckys 2022 New Year’s Eve Bash
Start off 2022 with good tunes, booze and bubbles at Luckys Indoor Outdoors. Each table comes with a bottle of champagne and a liter of Miller High Life and entertainment comes by way of DJs.
Luckys Indoor Outdoor, 817 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., luckysphx.com, $10
New Year’s Eve Tipsy Tea Party
Celebrate the New Year early with a daytime celebration. Drink Me! Tea Room will serve an array of sweets and savory treats that perfectly pair with the two cocktails served. All drinks and bites are plant-based and gluten-free offerings.
Drink Me! Tea Room, 1730 E. Warner Road, Suite 5, Tempe, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., drinkmetearoom.com, $45, reservations required
Phoenix City Grille
Before ringing in 2022, Phoenix City Grille invites guests to say goodbye to 2021 with dining specials. The specials include starter New England clam chowder with ocean clams, Yukon potatoes, smoke bacon, fresh herbs and chive ($7/cup, $13/bowl); entrees including Oscar-style surf and turf featuring coffee-rubbed 5-ounce beef tenderloin filet, cognac hollandaise, guajillo prawns, citrus chiltepin vinaigrette, Tillamook pepper jack, Pima grits, lump crab meat and organic asparagus ($49); smoked prime rib featuring a 12-ounce prime beef cut with bleu cheese smashed Yukons, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and caramelized onion and bacon jam ($42); and pan-seared Chula Seafood seabass with sunchoke mash, winter citrus and pomegranate relish, local citrus roasted beets and Meyer lemon beurre blanc ($34).
Phoenix City Grille, 5816 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., phoenixcitygrille.com, various pricing
Tarbell’s to-go packaged meals are ready for NYE dinner, including a choice of one entree including prime chateaubriand marinated in Napa cabernet and fine herbs; duck confit “new style” with a champagne glaze; whole lobster with all the fixings; and herb crusted lamb rack. Seven sides are included in each catered package, like Parmesan purple kale salad with golden raisin and organic hemp seed, spinach gratin with comte cheese, asparagus with shallots and sweet butter, risotto with wild mushrooms and spinach, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet potato galette and housemade cream biscuits. A choice of two desserts is included, and the selections are caramel chocolate mousse, classic cheesecake or champagne glazed fruit tart. All guests must place their to-go orders by December 23 to be picked up on December 30.
Tarbell’s 3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, tarbells.com, $150 per person
Toast to the New Year with family and traditional Italian wine and cuisine in this fine dining space. Tomaso’s special New Year’s Eve menu will include handcrafted specialties such as veal cannelloni ($26); filet medallions ($48) with garlic, San Marzano tomatoes, olives, capers and oregano; and Alaskan halibut oreganata and lemon prawns ($46).
Tomaso’s, 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., tomasos.com, reservations encouraged