Going to Portland over the weekend for the New Year and having trouble deciding where to eat on NYE. Looks like places are booking quickly so I need to choose soon. I'm having trouble because we won't be getting into town until about 7:30. I don't want to go anywhere small and romantic or to a bar because we'll be with our kid (not little, third grade). Looking for somewhere either big and busy where I can make a reservation or ethnic and family friendly, but then I have to worry about not being able to make a reservation and maybe not getting in. Anyone have any advice? Thank you.
If I'm reading you right, you are looking for a place to eat on New Years Eve a later hour where you can make a reservation so you're not locked out of a decent meal and where your child will blend in and not be totally out of place in the "glamour" of the evening. Does that sound right?
If so, looking at the list on portlandfoodmap.com December 19, 2011) I would think David's and Old Port Sea Grill might work. Bigger spaces, boisterous and full menus.
Might want to check if Yosaku takes reservations for that night, also family friendly. I think Pai Men will be insane that night and rather adult. Just my opinion.
Flatbread Company is tasty, family-friendly and would be quite celebratory that evening I would imagine. They have a "call-ahead" system, so you could call and get your name on the list as you near Portland.