One Last Bite: New Year's Eve 2014

Find the best New Year's Eve dinners, from an elegant steakhouse to an upscale martini lounge.

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Dinner

New Year's Eve calls for a celebration — and dinner — unlike any other. From Prime Steakhouse's sweeping decor in Las Vegas to the breathtaking Chicago skyline at The Signature Room at the 95th, these restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for sending off 2014 in style. We compiled the ultimate Food Network fan restaurant guide with the help of the On the Road app and website.

For party animals everywhere, look no further than TAO Nightclub in Las Vegas, where they major in over-the-top parties and spectacular displays. In Beverly Hills, Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge serves a chillingly sweet cocktail. Just step into Nic's walk-in freezer, the VODBOX, and sample some of the best vodkas from all over the world. Or, for a taste of New York's finest, venture to Ouest on the Upper West Side, where Chef Tom Valenti lives up to his nickname, Flavor King of New York.

Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton epitomizes fine dining with a 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, both of whom 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.

Rice & Company at Luxor, Las Vegas

As the designated Food Network Heat Seekers, Aarón Sánchez 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.

TAO Nightclub and Asian Bistro at the Venetian, Las Vegas
The 60,000-square-foot venue at TAO nightclub features a rooftop pool, lounge, sushi bar and dance hall packed to the brim with live music and the occasional A-list celebrity drop-in. But diners have lucked out with TAO's Asian Bistro, which includes not just Chinese but Japanese and Thai cuisine too.

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. His perfectly cooked steaks with sweet and savory sauces create mouthwatering cravings for his food — a feat Jean-Georges considers his absolute duty as a chef.

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.

The Signature Room at the 95th, Chicago
At The Signature Room at the 95th, diners obsess over the food, and they can't stop staring at the view of the Chicago skyline. 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. Pull out your tux and grab your heels for a black-tie event replete with a six-course gourmet menu and a dancing curfew of 1 a.m.

Ouest, New York
Known as the King of the Lamb Shank, Chef Tom Valenti also holds the title of Flavor King of New York. Valenti lives up to both names as he masterfully elevates comfort foods to a first-class dining experience. His braised lamb shanks have received high praise, but critics have an equal fascination with his double rib pork chops and creme fraiche panna cotta.

The National, New York

The New Year's menu at The National in New York epitomizes Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's modern take on New American cuisine. The four-course prix fixe menu includes starters such as a duck liver mousse with apple sorbet. Entrees feature succulent grilled squab, caramelized Maine scallops and short ribs served with soft polenta cake. For a celebratory sendoff, opt for the chocolate torte with lemon chantilly and espresso bean for dessert.

Dining at Wynn, Las Vegas

For New Year's Eve, the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas will open its exclusive Lafite Ballroom for the ultimate in New Year's Eve celebrations. Think: exquisite food from each of Wynn's six restaurants, open bar and overhead screens sharing the New Year's Eve celebrations from around the world.