New Year's Eve 2018: Eat, drink your way into 2019
If you want to send out 2018 with a bang, here are some suburban restaurants and clubs where you can celebrate with a special meal, live music, dancing, a champagne toast and more on Monday, Dec. 31. Let the New Year’s Eve party and New Year’s Day brunch planning begin.
Antico Posto: 118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/. Dine on New Year’s Eve specials from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, including lobster burrata caprese, black squid ink spaghetti with lobster cream sauce, scallop risotto with brown butter and pistachios, swordfish filet, beef tenderloin and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Reservations requested.
Bub City: MB Financial Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399 or bub-city.com/rosemont/. If you overindulged on New Year’s Eve, maybe a classic Southern brunch and build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar (aka “hair of the dog”) on Tuesday, Jan. 1, will help. Enjoy live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Joe’s Live: MB Financial Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com/. The doors open at 8 p.m., with Sixteen Candles headlining at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The $95 ticket includes a premium drink package with mixed drinks, domestic and craft beers, wine, bubbly and soda, plus a barbecue dinner buffet and late-night breakfast from Bub City. Another perk: $10 off brunch the next day at Bub City.
Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/oak-brook/. Between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, dine on a New Year’s Eve feast, including wild escargots de Bourgogne, steak frites, beef Bourguignon served tableside and more. On New Year’s Day, roll out of bed in your pajamas and head over for a French breakfast featuring quiche, crepes, crème brûlée French toast and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. If you dine in your pajamas, you’ll receive a gift card equal to the price of your meal (minus tax and gratuity) to use on a future visit. The regular dinner menu will be available until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Saranello’s: 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/. Ring in the New Year starting at 8 p.m. Monday with a special four-course menu featuring dishes such as wild mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles, center cut filet (8-ounce) with potato hash, seared yellowfin tuna, New Year’s Eve Valrhona Cake topped with a sparkler and more. It’s $79.95, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a DJ, dancing, a champagne toast and more. Saranello’s also will be serving the regular menu in the dining room. Reservations required.
Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy specialties from the maki bar such as the Red Dragon Roll with shrimp tempura, spicy shrimp, jalapeño, cucumber, spicy tuna, avocado and unagi sauce. There will be a champagne toast in the Oyster Bar at 12:30 a.m. Reservations are available in the main dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oyster Bar tables are first-come, first-serve. Shaw’s will be serving up a New Year’s Day brunch, and to keep things casual, pajama attire is encouraged. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., nosh on breakfast and seafood favorites. All guests who wear pajamas will receive a $20.19 gift certificate to use toward their next Shaw’s visit. It’s $65 for adults (plus tax and gratuity), $15 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger. Reservations recommended.
Tokio Pub: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com/. For something unique this New Year’s Eve, try the Lobster Bash from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Featured dishes include lobster rangoon, lobster tacos, lobster maki, lobster ramen, surf and turf hot rock and more. Toast the New Year with the shogatsu drink package for $20.19, which includes a choice of three different drinks such as the Lush Lotus (lemon grass shochu, lush grandine, lemon and egg white), Streets of Tokio (vodka, domain de canton, ginger, cucumber, mint and citrus) and Kioto (Japanese whiskey, vermouth, amaro de sirene and orange bitters). Come back between noon and 8 p.m. New Year’s Day for pork belly steamed buns with hoisin glaze, bahn mi slaw, and Fresno pepper or the steak tacos made with soy garlic-marinated sirloin, roasted tomato salsa, and pickled ginger. Plus, receive a gift card in the amount of your food and beverage portion of your meal to be used on a future visit.
Wildfire: 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363; 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900; 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; and 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100. wildfirerestaurant.com/. For New Year’s Eve, order off the regular menu or try a daily special. Monday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Oak Brook and Lincolnshire and 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Schaumburg. On New Year’s Day, celebrate with a classic martini and dishes like oven-roasted lump crabcakes, prime rib of beef, chicken breast moreno with artichokes, triple layer chocolate cake and more from noon to 9 p.m.