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Nov 22, 2006 12:16 PM

Whose got the best NEW YEAR"S EVE dinner?

I know it's only November, but I like to plan ahead...

We're looking for a great New Year's Eve dinner for four...any kind of food, anywhere in the downtown, central, or eastern part of the city. We're willing to spend about $200.00 per couple, with drinks-but, any price range will do, as long as the food and atmosphere are good.

Whose got the best New Years Eve dinner? Where have you been before?

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          1. What if one doesn't have a choice to stay home? My wife and I are flying in just for the break, and are looking for a place for New Year's Eve. Price or value is not an option, but food/service/atmosphere definitely is. Where should we go (again, this is for New Year's Eve. I have heard many horror stories about good places turning terrible on special days, so I want to avoid those)


            1. re: PeteM

              Pick a place with impeccable service, on the assumption that if they get it right every day, they can handle New Year's Eve.

              Now WHICH place? What price range, what kind of cuisine, and which part of town do you prefer?

              1. re: estragon

                Absolutely no price/value limitations. I am willing to pay for the finest food.
                No preference in cuisine either.
                As long as it is within the GTA.

                Overall, I just want a nice, quiest place with impeccable service and the finest food for New Year's Eve.
                I have heard that Susur is terrible for special days. I have already been to Kaji, Truffles, Scaramouche, Splendido and North 44 so I want to avoid those as well. Perigee is closed for the holiday.

                Any ideas?


                1. re: PeteM

                  Is Canoe open? They're so professional, I can't imagine them messing up. Also, Auberge du Pommier is a fantastic room in winter (18th-century farm house). The food is superb at both.

            2. NovoCuisine, did you end up at Beer Bistro or BierMarkt? The former is usually very good, the latter is terrible.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Gosh, I must apologize big time to Beer Bistro - I totally meant BierMarkt was a disaster for NYE. And haven't really loved service there any other time either.

                Love Beer Bistro - go there all the time for great lunches.

                Thank you for recognizing I must've made a mistake in my post ;) Not sure how my brain momentarily mixed them up.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  My friends and I were contemplating the Bier Markt for New Years, smaller venue, not a club...seemed like a winner?!

                  What were the reasons Novocuisine didn't enjoy it?

                  1. re: pamplemoose78

                    Where to begin?

                    It was supposed to be a 5-course menu with beer pairings. We were seated at 7:45 and by 1:30 a.m. we received 3 of the 5 courses. Other 2 never arrived.

                    The beers were brought to us completely randomly, so it defeated the purpose of pairing them with the food.

                    As a gesture of goodwill, they sent a bottle of sparkling wine to our table. Which they charged us for at the end of the night - along with a second bottle we never ordered or consumed.

                    So, we missed out on the festivities, since we were waiting on food all night - constantly being reassured the food "was coming". At the end of the night an exasperated waiter ripped up our bill, which was a large bar tab (dinner, which we didn't receive in full, was pre-paid).

                    I know New Years is a busy time.. but with a fixed menu, I don't know how it took 5 hours to get out three courses (one being a tiny palate cleanser).

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                1. Last year, we went to Wish for the early seating. Service was good, food was good and martinis made the evening even better! Meal came to about $50/person with drinks.

                  1. I went to Susur last year with my husband and it was fantastic - we were there for about 4-5 hours, and they brought champagne around at midnight - it was lovely.
                    (cost at least an arm and a leg, but worth it!)