Sharon Thompson: Restaurants get early start on special New Year's dinners

swthompson@herald-leader.comDecember 27, 2012 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Lots of restaurants will be celebrating the new year all weekend. Here are some of them.

For more festivities, see the story called "New Year's Eve 2012 calendar" linked on the right.

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, will begin New Year's festivities on Friday and Saturday. Owner Trish Tungate said the restaurant will offer a sneak peak at the 2013 winter menu created by new chef David Schmidt. All items will be a la carte for the weekend and range from $9 to $25.

A prix fixe menu will be served New Year's Eve featuring a three-course meal and a glass of Champagne. Prices range from $36 to $70. Call (859) 576-0196 or go to Thedishlex.com.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating New Year's Eve with entertainment by Phil Copeland and Friends. Cost is $75. Call (859) 226-0300.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Year's Day. There will be pancake and omelet specials in addition to the regular menu. Alfalfa has new T-shirts with logos designed by Lexington artist John Lackey. Call (859) 253-0014.

Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, will offer three choices for New Year's Eve celebrations. From 6 to 10 p.m., the regular menu will be served by candlelight with quiet music by guitarist Sam Pritchard. A seven-course dinner, with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m., will be served in total darkness. A Latin dance party, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., will feature the sounds of Alondra's Latin Entertainment, Champagne and party favors. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.

Vue Restaurant and Lounge, on the top floor of the Chase Bank tower, 201 East Main Street, will serve a four-course dinner for $45, which includes admission to the nightclub Level. It's $25 for the nightclub only.

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