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New Year's Eve in Providence

dickcc Oct 24, 2008 11:13 AM

A group of 10 or 12 from Massachusetts wants to have a first class dinner at an upscale restaurant on New Year's Eve. The only good restaurant in Providence that I know is Al Forno but they are not open NYE. Looking for suggestions for other first class restaurants.


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    Alica Oct 24, 2008 01:51 PM

    One of the best New Year's Eves we have ever had in Providence was at Mills Tavern. We had late reservations, we had cocktails, dinner, then at midnight we walked outside and watched the fireworks, then came back in for dessert. It was perfect. At the time the food was very good, I am not sure if they are still doing well, but it is a nice restaurant.
    We also did that at Cafe Neovo, you can walk out and see the fireworks. That New Years I felt they were at bit unorganized which made our evening sort of tense, but the food is always good there. Best of luck!

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      fullbelly Oct 25, 2008 06:28 AM

      I bet Gracie's would be a good bet for this.

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        dagwood Oct 25, 2008 07:31 AM

        We did New Years Eve 2000 at Camille's on the Hill, and it was phenomenal. It was back before they remodeled though, and we had a table in an alcove, and it was just lovely. They had commissioned an artist to craft favors for the evening (glass paperweights), which we still have. I'm not sure what it would be like now, but they will probably be open.

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          maginn08 Oct 28, 2008 07:58 AM

          Avoid the Mills Tavern, I met their kitchen staff out one night & heard their horror stories. The best restaurant in town, Chez Pascal.

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          1. re: maginn08
            newbiehippie Dec 14, 2009 03:44 PM

            A second to Chez Pascal. They're out of the way and very low key, but the food is excellent. They would definitely treat you well also!

          2. tamf77 Dec 11, 2009 06:12 AM

            Cafe Nuovo is a fantastic place to eat, beautiful view of River and yes fireworks.. Food is probably best in Providence. Gracies is another very nice, upscale and great food also! One of my favorites

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            1. re: tamf77
              dagwood Dec 11, 2009 06:57 AM

              I really have to disagree on the notion of Cafe Nuovo as the "best in Providence". Yes, it's pretty, and because of it's location on the canal, it's well-suited to certain occasions, New Years Eve probably being one of them. The food is acceptable, but I find it totally overrated. Nothing memorable at all.

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                invinotheresverde Dec 11, 2009 11:37 AM

                As well as being about 25% overpriced.

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              thegreenfish Dec 12, 2009 10:38 AM

              Al Forno is open on NYE this year (2009)! Just made a res!

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                OOliver Dec 17, 2009 09:34 AM

                Al Forno and Cafe Nuovo are both over-rated as well as over-priced! I would suggest Baccarro over either of them.

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                  invinotheresverde Dec 17, 2009 10:00 AM

                  In case the OP looks it up online, the spelling is Bacaro. ;)

              2. lac110 Dec 17, 2009 11:12 AM

                Nylo Hotel
                Hotel Prove-Aspire Restautant
                Or The View Lounge Restaurant
                ALL offering new year ackages(dinner, and/or stay) with entertainment included. it where singles and the best go! check them out

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