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Nov 27, 2012 08:19 AM

New Years Eve

Has anyone had any experiences with dining on NYE in Chicago. I am looking for an extended tasting menu? Considering Moto, iNG but not sure if price is inflated because of the date or because they are bringing extras. Mad I missed the Alinea ticket release because that is exactly what I am looking for.

If anyone has any recommendations or advice I would love to hear.

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  1. Since you are looking for extended tasting menus, I suggest making a reservation at one of our restaurants that normally offer that (and checking to see if they are doing anything even more special). Top picks include TRU, Everest, and Spiaggia, and you could also consider L2O, Sixteen, and Goosefoot.

    Now that Thanksgiving has passed, specific plans should start appearing on the restaurants' websites, as well as the Opentable NYE listing at

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks, I have made a tentative reservation at Sixteen after reading the great review from Uhockey, I would also be curious to try Graham Elliott but it seems reservations are not available or haven't been posted yet, but I will call later today.

      1. re: hoso

        Sixteen is good, but still developing towards their goal of food and service worthy of multiple Michelin stars (and, as Gonzo and I indicated in the Sixteen topic, they're not there yet). IMHO Anthony Martin at TRU is putting out a much higher level of food (many dishes that make you say "wow, this is delicious", what Gonzo and I have noted is currently lacking at Sixteen) and a consistently higher level of service commensurate with three-star dining. So are Jean Joho at Everest and Tony Mantuano at Spiaggia, who have both been doing so for many years. I wouldn't be surprised if Sixteen reaches that point in another year, but they're not there yet.

        Regarding what you say about Graham Elliott, it's possible that some restaurants only take NYE reservations over the phone, and may not be making them available via the internet (Opentable etc).

        1. re: hoso

          Sixteen is superb - the third best restaurant I've had the chance to visit in Chicago. I've not been to TRU under Martin, though I hear it is excellent. Please skip the cost and pretense of Spiaggia...and if you go to Everest be sure to order wine as the servers definitely seem to pay more attention to those assuredly leaving a big tip on alcohol (Joho's food is sublime, however.)

          Whatever you do, skip moto - worst New Year's Eve meal I've ever had.

      2. My wife and I dined at Tru on NYE several years ago and it was fabulous. Jackets required for the gentlemen.