One Last Bite: New Year's Eve 2016

From an elegant steakhouse to an upscale martini lounge, here are the nation's best spots to sip and snack your way into the New Year.
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A Tasty Send-Off

New Year's Eve calls for a celebration — and dinner — unlike any other. And while many restaurants offer a unique New Year's experience, these eight spots truly stand out from the rest. Enjoy Prime Steakhouse's resplendent decor in Las Vegas, breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline at The Signature Room, brunch at Geoffrey Zakarian's The National and more celebratory backdrops for sending off 2016 in style.

Rice & Company at Luxor — Las Vegas

As the designated Food Network Heat Seekers, Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking were impressed with Rice & Company's ferocious Fire Breathing Dragon Roll made with spicy tuna, habanero peppers and a sprinkling of Pop Rocks candy. This New Year's, Rice & Company will offer a cooler alternative with its Roll in the New Year sushi roll made with cream cheese, smoked salmon and a spicy mango sauce.

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Go to: Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel & Casino

The National — New York

If you won't be joining the late-night partying set, try to snag a seat at Geoffrey Zakarian’s sleek New York City restaurant, The National. For New Year’s Day, the European-inspired bistro will offer all-day brunch — and a complimentary mimosa — so that you can usher in 2017 with celebratory dishes like steak and eggs, pancakes with apple chutney or a classic Croque Madame drenched in a rich truffled mornay sauce.

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Go to: The National

TAO Nightclub and Asian Bistro at the Venetian — Las Vegas

The 60,000-square-foot venue at TAO nightclub features a rooftop pool, sushi bar, lounge and dance hall with live music and the occasional A-list celebrity drop-in. If a late-night dance party isn't your scene, check out TAO's Asian Bistro, where diners can enjoy mouthwatering takes on classic Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes.

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Go to: TAO at The Venetian

Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio — Las Vegas

Inside Prime's romantic speakeasy-style restaurant, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten combines classical French ingredients with those of Thailand and Vietnam. On New Year's Eve, you'll find Jean-Georges' perfectly cooked steaks on the menu, which he finishes with sweet and savory sauces.

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Go to: Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio

Jardin and Eastside Lounge at The Wynn Hotel — Las Vegas

For a night of over-the-top indulgence, book a reservation at Jardin, where Chef Joseph Zanelli is offering a celebratory menu worthy of the restaurant’s opulent Las Vegas setting (think roasted foie gras, crispy pork belly with whipped potatoes and caviar and wagyu New York strip). For an ultra-chic after-dinner spot just steps away, settle in to the plush comfort of The Wynn Hotel's Eastside Lounge (pictured). Live entertainment, petite sweets and a midnight champagne toast make this a great rendezvous for revelry or romance.

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Go to: Dining at Wynn Las Vegas

The Signature Room at the 95th — Chicago

Located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room has long been a Chicago favorite for romantic evenings — and New Year's Eve is no exception. In the main dining room, guests can enjoy festive, early evening seating featuring a three-course dinner and stunning skyline views. Looking for a late-night extravaganza? Pull out your tux and grab your heels for a black-tie event replete with a five-course gourmet menu, a champagne toast and a dancing curfew of 1 a.m.

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Go to: The Signature Room on the 95th

Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton — Dallas

Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton epitomizes fine dining, but with Southwestern flair. Nearby, guests can eat poolside or relax by the spa. But for New Year's Eve, Chef Dean Fearing will take recipe cues from his grandmothers, who taught him the principles of Southwestern cuisine. You'll definitely want to stick around to sample the elegant brunch menu on New Year's Day.

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Go to: Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton

Nic’s Restaurant & Martini Lounge — Beverly Hills

As one of the hottest lounges in Beverly Hills, Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge features one chilly attraction. Inside you'll find the VODBOX, a glass walk-in freezer lined with 30 shelves of the finest vodkas from around the world. Don a faux-fur coat, head in and you'll be greeted by a "vodka impresario" who will assemble a one-of-a-kind vodka tasting for you and your friends. Make sure to reserve your spot early.

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Go to: Nic's Beverly Hills