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Portland NYE?

Kat Dec 20, 2011 05:09 AM

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.

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    sciencediet Dec 20, 2011 06:11 AM

    I have a third-grader, and looking at Portland Food Map’s list of what’s open on NYE, the most plausible for me would be Paciarino and Pai Men Miyake. Not fancy, the food is kid-friendly and excellent, and I assume you aren’t talking about midnight anyhow.

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      sciencediet Dec 20, 2011 07:06 AM

      Oh, and Local Sprouts, too.

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        Mike CP Dec 20, 2011 08:41 AM

        I agree; all three of these spots would be a good fit for what you are looking for and have plenty of kid-friendly options.

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        foodquest Dec 20, 2011 11:31 AM

        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.

        1. Kat Dec 21, 2011 08:42 AM

          Many thanks for your suggestions. Leaning towards Old Port Sea Grill or Pai Men Miyake right now. I love noodle bars, but from the pics on the Old Port Sea Grill website, it looks big and brightly lit, so that might be better. Spouse is a big oyster fiend as well.

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            delong99 Dec 21, 2011 09:19 AM


            This list of places was posted in the paper today with details!

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