Better Than a Ball Drop: New Year's Eve at Twenty Five Lusk
Where: Twenty Five Lusk, 25 Lusk (at Townsend)
Cost: In the restaurant: First seating (5:30-7:45 p.m.), $95 for four courses; second seating (8-10 p.m.), $105 for five courses. In the lounge (9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.): open bar with passed hors d'ouevres, $120. The Whole Package: Have dinner in the restaurant, and get 50-75 percent off the cost of the lounge party
Why it's likely to be special: Matthew Dolan's prix-fixe menus have a Vegas-y scale perfectly suited to the ultrasleek visuals. Dress nice.
Menu highlights: Dungeness crab parfait with avocado mousse and wasabi gelee; roasted squab breast and confit leg with ginger purée (second seating only); grilled filet mignon with foie gras torchon and oxtail ravioli; chocolate marquise with gold ice cream
Reserve: Online through OpenTable, or call 495-5875
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