We usually prefer to spend NYE at home with friends (oysters, champagne and crab leg platters from Swan’s) but for one reason or another, our circle seems to be either traveling or doing other things this year, so it looks like we’re on our own and I’d appreciate learning about any interesting events (food or otherwise) that may not have been on my radar.
We were thinking about maybe making late reservations at Waterbar or somewhere along the Bay, so that we could watch the fireworks from the Embarcadero afterwards. Other considerations incl. Bix, Whitechapel (they’re doing a special NYE menu and pairing) and I’ve just put in a request to The Progress, who are offering a fixed-prix for $130/person + 20% service and optional $65/pairing. I’ve had about $250 in OpenTable gift certs to The Progress/State Bird for close to a year now, which I’ve yet to redeem because of the difficulty in making reservations. I figured NYE would be a good and cost efficient opportunity to finally burn through them. I’m wondering if I should note the OT certs in advance (I opted not to since there appears to be a queue/wait list for res confirmations) but I hope they won’t give me a hard time since it’s a “special event” dinner.
Description on The Progress’ website is as follows:
“We invite you to a special dinner on Thursday, December 31st, with a decadent set menu of our signature family-style platters. Please note that due to the nature of this unique dinner we will not be able to make special accommodations for dietary restrictions. The dinner will be $130/person, plus tax & 20% service charge. Wine pairings will be offered for an additional $65/person. Please submit your inquiry below – we will get back to you regarding availability in the next 1-3 days!”
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