Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Eve in Santa Fe!

Santa Fe is not known for its wild nightlife, but there is plenty going on for New Year's Eve to keep you entertained.  Being a foodie town, guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn can rest assured that you will have plenty of delicious dining options.  Here are just a few, ranging from a couple of more affordable options to a couple of the pricier choices.  The town is packed to the rafters over the holidays so you will want to make reservations right away.

Should you wish to get a bit wild and crazy after dinner, you may want to hang out at one of Santa Fe's two favorite watering holes.  On upper Canyon Road is El Farol, and just off the Plaza is the newly re-opened Dragon Room.

Ze French Bistro
5:30-9:30pm
311 Old Santa Fe Trail
505.984-8500

5 courses for just $49
$89 includes wine

Menu:
Amuses-bouches du chef
Tune & salmon tartar or escargots
Mussels marinieres or Ahi tguna
Seared duck breast or beef tenderloin
Crepes 'flambees" with Grand Marnier or
   Chocolate fondant or Creme Brulee

The Shed
5:30-9pm
113 1/2 Palace Avenue
505.982.9030

Regular menu of Northern New Mexico specialties, all priced very reasonably.
The Shed does an especially good red chile.

Some of my favorites:
Starters:
Guacamole, Salsa and Tortilla Chips
Southwest Grilled Shrimp
Veggie Quesadilla

Dinner:
Enchilada Plate - Two rolled blue corn tortillas stuffed with cheddar cheese & onions, smothered in red chile.
Blue Corn Burritos - Two blue corn tortillas filled with pinto beans, cheddar cheese and onions and baked in a red chile sauce (vegetarian).
Fish Tacos - Two flour tortillas filled with sauteed fish, cabbage, pico de gallo, onion, jalapeno, ciliantro & lime.
Chicken Enchilada Verde - Roasted chicken, cheddar cheese and onion, rolled in blue corn tortillas and baked with green chile.

Save room for dessert!  Their Hot Fudge Sundae, Apple Pie and Zabaglione are fabulous!

The Compound
653 Canyon Road
505.982.4353

This is one of my favorite elegant restaurants in Santa Fe.  You will not find a wild party scene here, but some very fine dining.  A great way, in my opinion, to bring in the new year.

Two Seatings:
6pm - 3 course prix-fixe menu for $105
8pm - 4 course prix-fixe menu for $140
(children's menu $40)

Menu Highlights:
First Course
Crispy Cornmeal Fried Oysters
Tuna Tartare
Wagyu Carpaccio

Second Course
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Salad

Entree
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Grilled Swordfish
Cast Iron Seared Veal Chop Piccata

Desserts
Chocolate Blackout Cake
Creme Brulee
Gelato and Sorbets

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo Street
505.820.0919

Simple and beautiful surroundings along with innovative and refined dishes make Restaurant Martin the new favorite dining establishment of Santa Fe.

5:30-Close
Prix-Fixe Menu - $90

Menu Highlights:
Appetizers
Maple Lacquered Semi-Boneless Quail
Pumpkin Risotto
Organic Beet Salad
Elk Osso Bucco

Entrees
Maine Diver Sea Scallops
Big Eye Tuna
New York Strip Loin
Colorado Lamb Loin

Desserts
Caramel Golden Gala Apple
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart
Toasted Coconut Creme Caramel




































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