Gut Check's New Year's Eve Recommendations

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While Gut Check prefers to spend New Year's Eve nursing a bottle of whiskey and another twelve months' worth of accumulated regrets, I suspect more than a few of you plan to ring in 2011 with a fancy prix-fixe dinner and Champagne toast or, at the very least, a good meal at a  favorite restaurant.

For those who would like to dine out on New Year's Eve but have yet to decide where, Gut Check selected some of our favorite restaurants and some classy St. Louis favorites and then asked RFT editorial coordinator Courtney Schilling to find out the specific plans each has for the holiday. Our picks and the details are after the jump.

In addition, we asked each restaurant for its plans (or lack thereof) on Christmas Eve and Day. As you will see, with only a few exceptions, our choices are closed on both days.

Do you know of a restaurant that's open on Christmas Eve or Day? Is it the restaurant you own? Let us know in the comments.

Acero

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Only offering 5-course prix-fixe menu $65/person, includes glass of prosecco with first course. Regular hours.

Annie Gunn's

Christmas Eve: Open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open till midnight (last reservation 11 p.m.). Regular menu.

Araka

Christmas Eve: Open for dinner only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for dinner, regular menu (credit card required for reservation).

Brasserie by Niche

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open, offering regular menu.

Cardwell's at the Plaza

Christmas Eve: Open for lunch only, regular menu; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for lunch and dinner, regular hours; specials might be offered for dinner, but none selected yet.

The Crossing

Christmas Eve: open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for dinner, special menu only: 5 courses for $75, wine pairings available for extra charge, seatings available 5 p.m. to midnight.

Farmhaus

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: no regular menu, 5-course prix-fixe $100/person including alcohol pairings; seatings start at 5:15 p.m. by reservation only.

Five Bistro

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: offering prix-fixe menu only: 5 courses with or without alcohol pairings (price points not yet determined); can reserve an early or late seating starting at 5 p.m.

Fond

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering a "Choose Your Own Adventure" 5-course tasting menu for $75 a person, including wine, no special seating times.

Franco

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open regular hours, offering full regular menu and some specials.

Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

Christmas Eve: open for lunch until 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day

NYE: Open usual hours with regular menu.

Harvest

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering set menu only, four courses for $60, hours not yet determined.



Herbie's Vintage 72

Christmas Eve: open for dinner only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Closed for lunch; open for dinner with regular menu and hours.

Lorenzo's Trattoria



Christmas Eve: open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open with regular menu and hours.

Milagro Modern Mexican


Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering 5 course prix-fixe menu only, $35 person, no alcohol. Regular menu not offered. Normal business hours.

Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood


Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.



NYE: Open usual hours, regular menu available as well as 3-course prix-fixe menu for $65, which includes a glass of red or white wine.

Monarch



Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering a 5-course prix fix menu only, $55 person, reservations available beginning 5 p.m.


Niche

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.



NYE: Reservations available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., regular menu only.

Onesto

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for special party, flat rate $55 for special buffet, open bar and live music from 6:30 p.m., no regular menu.

Prime 1000


Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Open usual hours, regular menu offered as well as a 4-course meal for two for $79/person (no alcohol included); this can also be combined with a night stay at the Renaissance Grand for $250.

Sidney Street Café


Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Offering regular menu but extended hours; very few reservations left.

Sleek

Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering regular hours & menu.

NYE: Offering regular menu and a special 5-course menu for $150 per couple; wine pairings available for additional cost; no special seating times

Terrace View

Christmas Eve: open for lunch only; closed Christmas Day.

NYE: Open for lunch and dinner, regular hours; special menu details forthcoming (check online Thursday.

Tony's

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NYE: Regular menu and hours (possible specials of the night).

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