Sushi rolls laid out in numbers reading 2024

Restaurant Review: Ring in 2024 with a sumptuous feast!

Sushi rolls laid out in numbers reading 2024

It’s hard to believe, but 2024 is right around the corner. And to ring in the new year right, Chicago’s restaurants are celebrating with lots of special menus, party favors and fun…some are perfect viewing sites for New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier!

Reservations for Chicago’s downtown and North Side restaurants are going fast. Dean’s Team Chicago checked out the following spots…book with confidence! As of Tuesday, here are some of the offerings, via Open Table

A White & Gold Feast rings in the new year at the Gold Coast’s Fig & Olive,104 East Oak Street. Guests can indulge in a special a la carte menu featuring Surf & Turf and a Spicy Lobster Pasta, in addition to  Fig & Olive’s signature Mediterranean dishes, such as LAMB ADANA, with bulgur, currants, pomegranate, roasted cauliflower, spicy almonds, and chimichurri. Or, MAFALDINE, a mushroom ragout, black truffle, mascarpone, Grana Padano, and rustic breadcrumbs. For reservations, click here.

At River North’s The Smith, 400 N. Clark Street,enjoy a three-course dinner of American classics for $75 per person, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight from 7:30pm to HAPPY NEW YEAR ! For reservations, click here.

At the West Loop’s Roanoke,135 W. Madison Street, their $105 per person prix fixe menu includes appetizers such as RIBEYE CHILI with pimento cheese and avocado, or a rich LOBSTER BISQUE with crouton, lobster, and  chives; entrees include PORCINI CRUSTED PRIME RIB withhouse biscuit, truffle mashed potatoes, and au jus. Or, try their LOBSTER ZITI  withbrie cheese sauce, confit tomatoes, and garlic bread crumbs; and desserts such as FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE with vanilla gelato, or a decadent CARAMEL APPLE COBBLER with vanilla gelato a la mode, and caramel.  Choose between a variety of options with recommended wine pairings! For reservations, click here.

For an early dinner with the kids, there’s nothing better than Lincoln Park’s R.J. Grunt’s,2056 N. Lincoln Park West. The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Their creative, eclectic menu features giant burgers, such as the GRUNTBURGER, their “cosmic cornerstone of culinary karma.” It’s carefully hand crafted with fried onions, blue cheese & “all that other stuff.” Pair the burgers with their new ‘digital’ salad bar, giant malts and milkshakes that are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of favors. And…Oh! As their menu states, “Don’t forget the barbecued baby back ribs, and sandwich specials!” For reservations, click here.

Happy New Year, All!!

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago