Starting a new year is rough enough without a raging hangover wreaking havoc on your head and bowels. Self medicate with what your body needs: a fabulous dinner to kick off the night, then bacon, Benedicts and a little hair of the dog come sunrise. It’s not really 2014 until you’ve brunched yourself into a food coma, anyway.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Honey Salt The northwest fave goes retro with a five-course Great Gatsby-themed dinner that starts with a seafood platter and closes with New Year’s First Kiss, pistachio crispy rice and coffee bouchons. Add bottomless bubbly for $39, and dress like Baz Luhrmann’s watching. You can’t welcome 2014 looking like a schlub. Seatings at 8:30, 9, 9:30 & 10 p.m., $99. 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 445-6100.
Andrea’s If there’s a night for vibe dining, this is it, and Andrea’s chef Joseph Elevado is bringing his A-game for a seven-course prix fixe featuring Champagne-marinated Thai snapper with Osetra caviar, butter-poached lobster with Perigord truffles and Wagyu tamarind short ribs. Seatings at 9 & 9:30 p.m., $250. Encore, 770-3463.
The Barrymore Surf and turf. King crab. Quail and foie gras ravioli. Say goodbye to 2013 with a decadent meal that you’ll remember well past midnight, and hit the lounge before you leave to hear singer Nieve Malandra do her thing. 5-10 p.m., $95, optional wine pairing $28. Royal Resort, 407-5303.
For even more New Year's Eve dining options, check out our NYE 2013 Dining Guide.
New Year’s Day Brunch
Citizens Kitchen Mandalay Bay’s 24-hour eatery welcomes January with an à la carte spread featuring dishes like chicken and waffles (that’s a bacon and cheddar waffle with fried chicken and jalapeño maple syrup) and crème brulee French toast. Tack on unlimited mimosas or Bloodies for $25 if you’re not quite ready to call it a night. Mandalay Bay, 632-7405.
Ceres Restaurant This isn’t just breakfast, it’s an occasion. Mark it with this AYCE Jazz Brunch at the JW Marriott, where saxophonist Vince Preister and guitar player Calvin Brooks provide the soundtrack to your holiday face-stuffing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $30. JW Marriott, 869-7381.
Babystacks Cafe Three locations really aren’t enough to service the entire Valley’s red velvet, lemon ricotta and bacon pancake cravings, so Babystacks is bringing its pimped-out flapjacks to Henderson in 2014. Start your year with a full stack; that resolution can wait until tomorrow. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Multiple locations.