New Year’s Eve isn’t short on dining choices as you boot out 2016
History seems destined to judge 2016 a flaming, rancid dumpster fire. Sounds right, but that doesn’t mean you have to usher out an awful 12 months with awful food and drink. Not at all. In fact, here are 12 worthy options for the year’s final food and drinks. Prix fixe is largely the name of the game on New Year’s Eve, so prepare for a commitment, choose wisely, and then take a cab home.
The team at Bluestem (900 Westport Road) sets the bar high for NYE as elegant night out. Its seven-course menu includes an amuse of beet and persimmon with buttermilk and sorrel, followed by foie gras with chestnut and Seckel pear, then a boudin-blanc agnolotti with green apple and white truffles. Next up: smoked sturgeon with savoy cabbage, potato and caviar; a cap of ribeye with potato puree and heirloom carrots; and, uh, dessert: poached quince with gingerbread, whipped honey and cranberry sorbet, rounded off by a dark-chocolate crèmeux with passion fruit. The meal is $150 a person (not counting tip and tax), with optional $75 wine pairings. Call 816-561-1101 for reservations or see bluestemkc.com.
Plaza dining champion Café Trio (4558 Main) is offering a four-course prix fixe accompanied by live jazz and a champagne toast. The menu includes a shared starter of yellowfin tuna, duck prosciutto or a seafood salad, followed by a soup or a salad. Entrée options include steak, duck a l’orange, trout, osso bucco, scallops and risotto. The dinner is $65 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity or drinks. Call 816-756-3227 or see opentable.com for reservations.
General manager Caitlin Corcoran knows how to make any night at Ça Va (4149 Pennsylvania) feel like a party, so a New Year’s celebration at this tasteful little champagne bar seems perfectly natural. Ça Va is about a lot more than just drinks, though — with the culinary minds of the Rieger behind its efforts, tonight’s food specials ought to be celebration-worthy. Call 816-255-3934 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
The four-course prix fixe menu at Charisse (1006 Walnut) begins with an amuse of vichyssoise with escargot, then moves on to a cold starter (a Hamachi crudo or filet tartar). Up next: tomato bisque or strawberry-pecan salad, followed by a choice of entrees: filet with foie gras, lobster linguini or diver-scallop risotto. Finish with a flourless chocolate cake or an apple tart. The dinner is $80, not including drinks, tax or gratuity. Call 816-474-0000 for reservations.
Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos
Chef Carlos Falcon is nothing if not a pleaser (719 Kansas Avenue, KCK), and his New Year’s Eve tasting menus are the proof. He’s offering two choices for diners — seafood or no seafood — and in addition to the food, guests get a bottle of rosé with their meals. The dinner is $55 a person, exclusive of tax or gratuity. E-mail email@example.com to make reservations.
Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar
Chef de cuisine Theresia Ota is offering diners two options tonight at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar (4814 Roanoke Parkway): a crab quartet, or a four-course tasting menu (with individual dishes available). The crab quartet includesa a quarter-pound of king crab, half a pound of Dungeness crab, another quarter-pound of snow crab, and three Florida stone crabs. The tasting menu features crab bisque with uni, Fuji apple and trout roe; pork belly with a satsuma marmalade; seared scallops with a foie torchon, chestnut and leeks; and a chocolate torte with chestnut gelato and browned butter. The prix fixe menu is $125 and includes wine pairings; the crab quartet is $75. The regular menu is also available. Call 816-437-7940 for reservations.
Another Plaza prix fixe option awaits at the Oliver (4807 Jefferson). Start with an amuse of mascarpone deviled eggs with hackleback caviar and chives, followed by a choice of either a Caesar salad or lobster bisque. For your second, select from a chicken-liver mousse or a cauliflower sformato (a type of custard) with black truffle and parmesan. The mains: halibut en papillote, or a slow-roasted prime rib, both served with green beans and a fontina gratin. Dessert selections include Bizz & Weezy drunken truffles or a white-chocolate cheesecake. The dinner is $70 per diner, not including drinks, tax or gratuity. Call 816-384-2500 or see opentable.com for reservations.
Krokstrom Klubb and Market
Get Nordic with Krokstrom Klubb & Market’s (3601 Broadway) prix fixe. The five-course meal includes beet-cured gravlax (cured salmon) with goat cheese, pickled shrimp with potatoes, wild-mushroom strudel, a choice of pork tenderloin with split-pea puree and fried leek or a potato-crusted cod with curried-carrot puree and heirloom beans. At the end: a molasses cake with candied fruit, walnuts and cinnamon ice cream. The meal is $70 a head, with optional $30 drink pairings (not counting tax or tip). Call 816-599-7531 or see Krokstrom’s website for reservations.
RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack
If these menus have you begging for something a little more familiar, perhaps try RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack (5835 Lamar, Mission), which, in addition to its regular menu of barbecue dishes, is offering special stuff: smoked pork tenderloin, filet mignon, and deep-fried lobster tail beurre fondue. The restaurant is also offering truffles (Ghirardelli chocolate, Grand Marnier and raspberry), served with crème anglaise and chocolate sauce. Call 913-262-7300 to reserve a spot.
Rye (10551 Mission Road) tonight offers its regular menu in addition to a three-course array featuring a choice of soup or salad, followed by an 8-ounce filet Oscar (steak served with crab meat and bearnaise) with choice of side, finished with a strawberry-champagne cake trifle. The coursed meal is $75 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Call 913-642-5800 or see opentable.com for reservations.
Sample what chef Joe West at Stock Hill (4800 Main) can do with a five-course prix fixe that begins with a torchon of foie gras, followed by a black-truffle risotto, and a Hokkaido scallop with finger lime and black-garlic custard and dashi. The fourth course is a duck breast Apicius (classic Roman style) served with a duck-confit raviolo, beets and pomegranate. The dessert course is a black-sesame panna cotta with burnt sugar, plum and sake sorbet, and a green-tea pavlova. The meal is $100 per diner, exclusive of drinks, tax or tip. Call 816-895-8400 or make a reservation at opentable.com.
Westport Café & Bar
Offering one of the more varied (and relatively affordable) three-course prix fixe menus, Westport Café & Bar (419 Westport Road) has a little something for everyone. For starters, sample from blue point oysters, black-truffle risotto or a shrimp-and-crab galette, among other options. Main-course options from the restaurant’s regular menu include steak frites (sirloin and pommes frites with béarnaise and butter); Faroe Island salmon with miso, sorrel and fresno chili; or roasted lamb chops with ginger gnocchi. For dessert, try profiteroles, a banana pot de crème or mixed berries with tarragon cream and spiced syrup. The dinner is $43 a person, with wine pairings available for $15 (not counting tax or gratuity). Call 816-931-4740 for reservations.