New Year's Eve in PDX
This might be a little early, but I was hoping to get recommendations on restaurants that will have New Year's Eve dinner in Portland, preferably in SE (Belmont, Hawthorne) or in the Pearl. I am not necessarily looking for a prix fixe menu, although that will work as well. As for prices, we were hoping to spend up to $100 per person.
You're not early at all; in fact, if you want a decent time slot, now is the time to book. Hawthorne area I would suggest Castagna or Sel Gris. Pearl area I would suggest Carlyle or Ten01. I assume all will be offering a prix fixe menu, and $100.00 sounds about right.
Sel Gris is a bit more than $100 (from http://www.selgris.net/events.php):
December 31, 2008 - Second Annual New Year's Eve Celebration at Sel Gris
Now taking reservations for New Year's Eve. We are offering two seatings and a prix fixe menu. The first seating will be between 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, and the second seating will be from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm. A choice of 4 courses for $125 or 6 courses for $150, with the option of additional wine pairings with each course. Call soon to secure your spot at our Chef's counter or in the dining room.
Castagna doesn't have anything up on their website yet, but you can sign up for their newsletter: http://castagnarestaurant.com
Carlyle doesn't have anything up yet either: http://www.carlylerestaurant.com/
And neither does ten-10: http://www.ten-01.com/
I'm with Kim D, these would be my top picks in the city on each side of the river.