Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NYE: Last call

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It's official. These popular restaurants will serve their last dinners on New Year's Eve. Want to get a taste of what's certain to be memorable, emotional events? Make your reservations now at:

The Grotto. The Gold Coast hot spot will offer an Italian buffet,
two champagne fountains, two chocolate fountains and two deejays spinning dance music. Of course, there's going to be a midnight champagne toast and party favors for revelers. 9pm-2am. $150. NOTE: Guests are required to show ID on the night of the event. A manager added that they're opening a new location in Oakbrook in February and also they're shopping for a new downtown location later in 2008. 1030 N. State St., 312-280-1005.

Meritage. The swanky, wine-focused Bucktown restaurant will serve a seasonal, five-course dinner with seafood and steak entrees. There's open seating and alcohol will not be factored into the $85 cost. For those who just want to say a final farewell, a cocktail party takes place 11pm-2am. And you get one more chance on New Year's Day for a special brunch. 2118 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-6434.

Timo. After 10 years, John Bubula is closing his award-winning, Italian-style restaurant in River West. And he plans on doing it in high style with two seatings: the first, at 5:30pm, is three courses for $50; the second, at 9:30pm, is four courses for $80. Guests choose from a list of 20 signature items, among them risotto with sausage, smoked Gouda, and asparagus; “chef’s whim” house-made ravioli; steak in red wine sauce; pork shank with gnocchi, bacon, and roasted onions; and six desserts, including a creme brulee trio and a chocolate gateau. Both packages come with a complimentary glass of champagne, and the Dan Cray Trio plays jazz at the second seating. 464 N. Halsted St., 312-226-4300.

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