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What's everyone doing for NYE in PHX?

kmarg Dec 28, 2007 01:39 PM

I liked the list of unknowns in the recent thread that actually generated some good discussion. So here's another try at that. New Year's Eve is this Monday and Open Table shows alot places still have availability. Where are you having dinner if eating out somewhere special, and are they doing anything in particular?

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    kmarg RE: kmarg Dec 28, 2007 01:43 PM

    I'll even start, we're staying closer to home due to the increased DUI enforcement. Since we live in Central Phoenix, we are flip flopping between Daniel's and Fenix on Camelback. Have had good experiences at both in the past and both had good availability, neither is doing a special menu, but I love the proscuitto stuffed chicken at Daniel's. Considered Vincent's but have had bad service there in the past.

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      Bill Hunt RE: kmarg Dec 29, 2007 07:00 PM

      Woops! You and Seth C. Sorry to hear about that, as they are a major favorite of ours. Dined three straight nights (wife also had one lunch in that time frame), and all was excellent, to excellent +. I hope that we did not get the service, that you deserved (same for Seth).


    2. Bill Hunt RE: kmarg Dec 29, 2007 06:57 PM

      Methode Bistro, for the first time. Dining early, and will retire to the lower level of the house for Port and cigars. We'll probably watch the New Year come in, from the Azores, and then call it a night, before things get crazy.


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        hzp RE: kmarg Dec 29, 2007 07:22 PM

        trente cinq for a quiet but delightful NYE, and then Padre's for brunch the next day. I know Hana is open too, so it was a hard tossup between that and trente. i'm sure i'm the only one, but I don't particularly want to make a huge deal of NYE.. just go someplace nice.. know what i mean?

        1. ejs1492 RE: kmarg Dec 30, 2007 06:55 PM

          Binkley's for the 10 course tasting a 9 pm. AND it's my birthday!

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            Bill Hunt RE: ejs1492 Dec 30, 2007 07:13 PM

            Happy birthday, and enjoy!


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              drewb123 RE: ejs1492 Dec 31, 2007 08:56 AM

              That's really nice but you will be stuffed! I can only handle the 5 course.

            2. mamamia RE: kmarg Dec 31, 2007 07:14 AM


              I'll just live vicariously through the group here. No plans for us, just hanging out with friends and the kids. Everyone's plans sound lovely.

              To hzp: you get a double *sigh* for having brunch plans the next day. A nice brunch at My Florist would defintely be in the cards since we can just walk over, but they aren't kid-friendly. Maybe Zoe's.

              Have fun, everyone.

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                silverbear RE: mamamia Dec 31, 2007 07:24 AM

                Just curious -- what about My Florist is not kid-friendly? Are there no high chairs? I ask because I haven't been there since becoming a parent, but I seem to remember menu items like a PB&J sandwich that most kids would enjoy.

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                  mamamia RE: silverbear Dec 31, 2007 11:20 AM

                  No high chairs, no boosters. They also have a lot of glass - tables, little vases, glasses. It's the anti-LGO.

                  The 4yo would do well, but the 1yo won't. She can't keep still or quiet, and I'm enough of a responsible parent not to subject patrons to her antics. :)

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                    silverbear RE: mamamia Dec 31, 2007 03:52 PM

                    Thanks. The no high chairs, no boosters policy is surprising and disappointing, although we sometimes bring our own little seat. In any case, I've always felt that MFC has not lived up to its potential. I love the look of the place, but can never recall truly memorable food there.

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                      mamamia RE: silverbear Jan 1, 2008 06:32 AM

                      I agree on the food. It's a matter of convenience for us, being they are just down the street.

                      There are two sides to the "kid friendly" moniker:
                      1. Does the restaurant provide some basics that indicate they welcome the kiddos? The Mr. and I went to a Pre-Christmas dinner with friends and Tarbells and guess what I saw sitting in the back room next to the restrooms? A highchair. Mark has a child, he knows the deal. Same for Cibo, which was unexpected. We planned to eat outside with the kids.
                      2. Are you enough of a responsbile patron to know your own children and their development stages/behavior patterns? We were at Mastros a few years ago on a busy Saturday night and were mildly horrified at the party next to us who brought their toddler. No high chairs? We don't need no stinkin' high chair! We'll shove his mega-stroller in here and subject everyone to his screaming (babies scream when they're hungry, bored, or tired...got that parents???)

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                        silverbear RE: mamamia Jan 1, 2008 08:31 AM

                        A lengthy discussion, especially one focused on #2, will get this thread deleted, but I appreciate your thoughts, and, most importantly, the information about Tarbell's. One more reason to love that place. Thanks again.

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                  hzp RE: mamamia Dec 31, 2007 09:08 AM

                  eh. i can see both sides of my florist.... realistically, its not set up for kids, but a well behaved kid could be ok there. why not do padres? they're pretty kid friendly... part of what i like about it is that it will be really low key and chill.

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                    hzp RE: hzp Jan 1, 2008 12:19 PM

                    just got back..... first of all, i had a BALL. the place is hopping, and its loud and fun and perfect. just what i wanted. they're serving bottomless bloody marias, so I had one of those, and a mojito with OJ in it called the morning after mojito. The place is just cute.

                    TONS of food, a grill with mahi mahi, and carne asada, an omelette station where i had eggs with a mess of stuff including jalapenos, and a ton of fruit, pasta, and paella. And they have the chocolate mole bites and the churros!

                    we're stuffed. and it was 45$ for both of us altogether.

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                      silverbear RE: hzp Jan 1, 2008 01:46 PM

                      Thanks for the report. Does Padre's normally offer a Sunday brunch? I tried to find out via the restaurant's Web site, but like so many restaurant sites, the hours are mysteriously missing.

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                        hzp RE: silverbear Jan 1, 2008 03:33 PM

                        not that i know of. my server said this was the first time they'd done it, but they planned to do it again for special occasions like mothers/fathers day.

                3. azhotdish RE: kmarg Dec 31, 2007 12:33 PM

                  Casual NYE @ the hotdish household - having a small group over tonight (making a large pot of chili con carne right now) to ring in the new year and then having some others over for a breakfast of eggs benedict (LGO english muffins, yum!) and french toast. Everyone enjoy and be safe!

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                    ciaogal RE: azhotdish Dec 31, 2007 12:54 PM

                    Quiet NYE alone @ Home w/ a Steamed Maine Lobster, a bottle of sparkling Shiraz., a roaring fire & Dick Clark
                    The SO is @ the Insight.com bowl with a buddy....

                    Happy New Year to all!
                    Happy Dining!

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                      HomeCookKirsten RE: ciaogal Dec 31, 2007 12:58 PM

                      Everyone's plans sound nice!

                      We're headed to Terroir for their NYE party. 8-12, live music, appetizers and wine, of course. I heard tickets are still avail if anyone doesn't have plans! :)

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                    Sherri RE: kmarg Dec 31, 2007 02:09 PM

                    Going to an Italian New Year's Eve celebration at friends' home - lasagne Bolognese, lentils and cotechino (the lentils carry the same meaning as our black-eyed peas). Some "Super Tuscan" wine will accompany this meal. Home early enough to be snugged in before midnight. Yum - my idea of a perfect NYE; good food, good friends and not getting smooched by strangers.

                    1. Seth Chadwick RE: kmarg Dec 31, 2007 02:18 PM

                      Like some others, I will have to live vicariously through all of you going out tonight. Mom, Dad, my sister, J. and I all pitch in a put on an NYE buffet at 7 PM for the entire family. I did the Pistachio Stuffed Dates Wrapped with Bacon and the Chicken Caesar Salad Cups.

                      But, my last restaurant meal for the year was with J. and windubar last night at La Fontanella on East Indian School Road in Phoenix and it was fantastic. Manicotti, Butternut Squash Stuffed Ravioli, Lasagna, Prosecco, etc. and great service made it a wonderful way to end the year.

                      La Fontanella Italian Rstrnt
                      4231 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: kmarg Jan 1, 2008 10:40 AM

                        I had... work.

                        But I tell ya, one of the great things about working in a restaurant, we had our midnight toasting too. It was actually one of the more fun times I've had on NYE.

                        But I'd have killed to join ejs for the 10-course at Binkley's.

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                          ejs1492 RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 1, 2008 01:22 PM

                          I posted the menu on another thread if you want to spend some time salivating over your computer! :-) BTW, we spent NYE last year at Trader Vics. It was great! Pretty funny at Binkley's last night at midnight...the entire kitchen staff - chefs, dishwashers, etc - all paraded through the restaurant banging on pots and pans and then went back into the kitchen and resumed their work. Pretty hilarious considering how seriously Kevin Binkley takes his work.

                        2. winedubar RE: kmarg Jan 1, 2008 04:24 PM

                          we started at a small gathering and then we all went to lisa g's for appetizers and drinks, walking all the way of course, even tho it was cold ;)

                          at midnite lisa came out and poured champagne for everyone and the whole restaurant, wait staff, everyone there all clinked glasses and wished everyone a happy new year..it was really sweet :)

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