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New Year's Eve Dinner - downtown Montreal

LTL Oct 24, 2007 08:38 PM

I've been trying to make resos but all the places I've called seemed to be closed. Any suggestions? Looking for something with max $20 something mains, if that helps with price range, and any type of cuisine as long as it's good. Thanks!

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    atoz RE: LTL Oct 25, 2007 12:10 PM

    I went to Lemeac in the past and had fun. Lively, good bet.

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      maisonbistro RE: LTL Oct 25, 2007 12:58 PM

      Ummm, you want something for New Year's Eve with a maximum budget of $20 for an entree?

      Not gonna happen.

      1. execk2 RE: LTL Oct 25, 2007 01:14 PM

        It's going to be difficult. In Quebec by law you need to be closed 1 day after either Christmas or New Years with only some exceptions. Most choose to close on the 2nd since the 26th is a busy day. So you may be limited to restaurants in hotels.

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          maisonbistro RE: execk2 Oct 25, 2007 04:05 PM


          Pretty much every restaurant in town offers an overpriced "package" of some sort for New Year's eve. What does that have to do with the day after????

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            execk2 RE: maisonbistro Oct 25, 2007 04:46 PM

            OOPS, I read the day after. SHITE! New Years Eve, go nutz everything is open!

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              maisonbistro RE: execk2 Oct 25, 2007 05:20 PM

              Not gonna happen though on $20 max for an entree. Most places don't even have an a la carte menu for NYE - it's table d'hote all the way - like it or not.

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                kpzoo RE: maisonbistro Oct 25, 2007 06:52 PM

                I actually went to Mesquite last year on New Year's eve, you could choose from a table d'hote or their regular menu, where many mains are under $20. But you gotta like Southern BBQ and live blues music :-) I know some people have had bad experiences there but I've been there on a dozen occasions and it's always been great food - I love the catfish and the salmon in particular - with good service.

                This year's New Year's info is already up - there's a $25 cover, including a glass of champagne.

                3857 Boul Decarie, Montreal, QC H4A3J6, CA

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                  maisonbistro RE: kpzoo Oct 25, 2007 08:02 PM

                  Well I stand corrected. I really never thought that a restaurant would have something "doable' on New Year's eve. Thanks for the info kp.

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                    kpzoo RE: maisonbistro Oct 26, 2007 05:06 AM

                    Whoops, I should clarify that Mesquite isn't quite downtown Montreal - it's in NDG, about 10-15 minutes from downtown by car. Missed that, sorry!

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                    LTL RE: kpzoo Oct 26, 2007 07:56 AM

                    Thanks for the link. I'll look into this.

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                    LTL RE: maisonbistro Oct 26, 2007 07:55 AM

                    Thanks for this bit of info. I had no idea it was like this!

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                      maisonbistro RE: LTL Oct 26, 2007 10:09 AM

                      Yeah, consider yourself warned. Most of time, New Year's eve in a restaurant downtown is THE biggest rip off.

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              chilipepper RE: LTL Oct 30, 2007 08:26 PM

              I sometimes go to Chinatown for a NYE chowdown with friends - call ahead to make sure the resto is open though - it varies year to year. One year I went to Beijing but the next year they decided to close early.

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