How to Eat Well on New Year’s Eve

Look, you’re going to have to eat on New Year’s Eve. And assuming you want to do that in public (brave soul, you) with all the other festively dressed human beings, and you want to eat well, you’re probably going to pay a premium. Remember: December 31 falls on a Saturday this year.

But not every restaurant plans on sticking you with an overpriced prix-fixe menu. Here are some deals that will make you glad you ventured out.

For the really early birds

Who says dinner has to be your main meal on New Year’s Eve? The all-you-can-eat brunch at Shaw’s Crab House (21 E. Hubbard St., River North) is a sight. At $55 a person, it’s worth it just for the free-flowing king crab legs, beef tenderloin, and oysters. Oh, but there’s sushi, ceviche, made-to-order omelets, and a 17-item sweets table, too. If your kid can eat her weight in bananas Foster French toast, bring her: Kids 7 to 12 are $10; ages 6 and under are free. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

By Janet Rausa Fuller

Chicago Magazine

(December 15, 2016)