Weekday Planner: New Year's Edition
Bubbly at ENO Wine Room
Seeing as New Year's Eve is the quintessential holiday for bubbly, you'd best go right to the source with sparkling wine aplenty at ENO Wine Room. The Mag Mile bar and restaurant is toasting to 2015 by offering a different bottle of exclusive bubbly every hour starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 31. Bubbly is available by the half glass for $8 a pop, an ideal format for those interested in sampling an array of sparklers rather than just get drunk on random booze at midnight. Bottles include Gosset Grand Reserve Brut, Naveran Perles Blanques Cuvee Antona Cava, Serveaux et Fils Blanc de Noirs, and Duval-Leroy Grand Cru Brut.
Family-friendly New Year at Gemini Bistro
New Year's is often regarded as an adults' holiday, what with all the late-night drinking and frivolity. But Gemini Bistro provides a bastion for families as well this year, with its special family-friendly menu offerings. With a first seating at 5:30 p.m., youngsters can get in on the holiday action with a countdown to "midnight" at 6:30 p.m., along with a two-course meal and sparkling juice. Adults, meanwhile, can partake in a three-course dinner with a glass of Champagne. The menu costs $20 per child and the adult menu costs $80 per person.
New Year's Brunch at Tavern on Rush
Recover from the New Year's antics in style with an apropos brunch at Tavern on Rush for New Year’s Day. Think blueberry stuffed French toast, filet mignon and eggs, omelets galore. All can be yours between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., along with brunch cocktails like Salty Dogs, Kir Royales, Strawberry-Orange Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312-644-9600.
Noodle Night at Arami
Before you indulge in all that aforementioned New Year's merriment, there are noodles to be slurped. Arami is hosting its next monthly noodle night on December 29, featuring a slew of special ramen dishes and noodles, along with Japanese beer and Arami's custom-brewed sake. Available from 5:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m., some of the dishes include Tantanmen with spicy chicken, wakame, bamboo, naruto, negi, and egg; nabeyaki kishimen with shiitake, pea shoots, ebi tempura, kamaboko, and egg.
- Matt Kirouac