Food & Drink

Restaurants ready to revel on New Year's Eve

You can ring in 2011 on Friday with late dinner reservations or enjoy a quiet meal before the revelers get too rowdy. Here are some restaurants that are ready to party:

■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com. Five-course meal is $65, or $55 before 8 p.m. Rising Phoenix will entertain.

■ Bellini's, 115 West Main Street. Call (859) 388-9583 or go to Bellinislexington.com.

Five-course dinner for $75 includes rabbit confit and seared Alaskan halibut.

■ Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to Cheapsidebarandgrill.com. The Compromise will entertain. Cover charge is $15. The regular menu will be served.

■ The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to Thedishlexington.com. The bar is open 4 to 11 p.m., and a limited menu will be served 5 to 9 p.m.

■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com. Four-course dinner is $75.

■ King Tut's Mediterranean Grill, 341 South Limestone. Call (859) 243-0768 or go to Kingtutslex.com. Free appetizer and baklava with any entrée 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive. Call (859) 269-5417 or go to Themerrickinn.com. A four-course dinner, at $60, will be served 5 to 10 p.m. DJ Matt Price will provide music for dancing 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

■ Metropol, 307 Short Street. Call (859) 381-9493 or go to Metropolfinedining.com. Three-course dinner, 5:30 to 11 p.m., is $70.

■ Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, (859) 259-2754. "Candles, Music and a Menu" with the a la carte menu served 5 to 9 p.m.

■ Onizim's Furlongs, 735 East Main Street. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Furlongs.com. Specials include steak and lobster.

■ Orchid Flower Indonesian Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 3090 Old Todds Road. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to Orchidflowerrestaurant.com. New Year's specials will be served Friday through Sunday.

■ Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com. Four-course dinner features filet and lobster tail, seabass en croute, crispy duck or sage-crusted chicken.

■ Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com. The cost is $35 for a five-course meal, and wine and liquor pairings are available. Seatings are at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net. "Magnificent Ten Feast," served 5 to 10 p.m., is $45.

■ Three Suns Bistro,298 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to Threesunsbistro.com. Five-course menu is $50.

■ Triangle Grille, at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, 369 West Vine Street. Call (859) 281-3773 or go to Hilton.com. A three-course dinner is $55. Live music by the Mike Archer Band.

■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 243-0017. Entrees include beef bourguignon, seafood pasta fra diavolo or free-range chicken. The cost is $50.

■ Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 225-5765 or go to Wingspangallery.com. Cost is $70.

New Year's Day

These places will serve special menus on New Year's Day, Saturday:

■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com. Brunch will be served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included are buttermilk blueberry buckwheat pancakes, black-eyed peas and hoppin' John.

■ The Ketch, 2012 Regency Road. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and brunch will be served until 2 p.m.

■ Della's, 124 North Upper Street. Call (859) 281-1141. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch special is $4.50.

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