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    Aba Mediterranean: Hanukkah Dine-in and Christmas Eve To-Go

    We recently dined at Aba – thanks to the generosity of the bourbon masters at Garrison Brothers – and were, yeah, pretty much blown away by the excellence of the food there. No wonder people are ordering in advance to get this Christmas Eve Package for two that features wild mushroom hummus (pictured), whipped feta with persimmon, village salad, grilled chicken kebab, braised short rib, crispy brussels sprouts, and sticky date cake. ($118.) And, if you're dining in from Dec. 18-26, you can feast on such Hanukkah specials as parmesan and potato brussels sprout latkes, shawarma spiced brisket confit with sesame pumpkin puree currant gremolata, and more.
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    Corinne: NYE Lobster Mac-n-Cheese

    Mind you now, the mac-n-cheese that's inflected all haute cuisine with yummy crustacean meat is only part of the four-course dinner (which also features mushroom risotto and wagyu filet) at the Austin Marriott's renowned Corinne restaurant. And that dinner, in turn, is part of the Marriott's NYE overnight stay package that includes a DJ-fueled party in the seventh-floor rooftop bar Zanzibar. We mean, if you're gonna celebrate, you might as well celebrate in style, n'est-ce pas? See website for details.
    Sat., Dec. 31. $100-2,000.  
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    Garrison NYE at the Fairmont

    The luxurious Fairmont Austin is one of Texas’ most festive holiday destinations this winter season, they say – and we reckon that's true. Bonus: The hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Garrison, welcomes guests to ring in 2023 with a NYE tasting menu by executive chef Jakub Czyszczon. Pro tip: Ask about Room 725, a semi-private lounge that hosts the posh "Champagne & Caviar," for the snazziest of pre- or post-prandial experiences.
    Sat., Dec. 31, 5pm. $125.  
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    Get Lit Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar

    Josh Brownfield and team take over this popular Eastside bar with lively decorations and a special menu with Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, including Latke Punch, a play on the traditional dish made with potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur, and lemon.
    Through Dec. 30
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    Get Lit Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar

    Josh Brownfield and team take over the bar with lively decorations and a special menu with Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, including Latke Punch, a play on the traditional dish made with potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur, and lemon. Bonus: chef Amanda Rockman collabs for the eight days of Hanukkah (Dec. 18-26) with special treats, including rugelach with walnut, currant, and cinnamon sugar – and Jewboy Burgers pops up on Mon., Dec. 19, to serve sliders and latkes.
    Through Dec. 30  
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    Hotel Viata: NYE Prix-Fixe Dinner

    Hotel Viata used to be known as Hotel Granduca – it was a fine place then and it's a fine place now – and their Laurel restaurant, still the province of executive chef Tommy Suddeth, is hosting a New Year's Eve prix-fixe five-course dinner. The feast, in that elegant venue on the near edge of the Texas Hill Country, includes paella arancini, striped bass, Linz Heritage Angus beef tenderloin, a morello cherry dessert, and (of course!) two glasses of bubbly. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
    Sat., Dec. 31, seatings begin at 7pm. $150.  
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    It's Italian Cucina: NYE Prix-Fixe

    Celebrate the arrival of 2023 via this delicious four-course dinner at chef Al Fini's terrific Northern Italian venue, with zuppa, bruschette, gnocchi al bava, cacio e pepe, pappardelle cinghiale with wild boar Bolognese, pollo marsala, grilled salmon, and more – with tiramisu, limoncello, torta gianduia, and sorbetto among your dessert choices, too. Wine pairings extra.
    Sat., Dec. 31. $75 ($95, with wine pairings).
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    L'Oca d'Oro: Don't Worry, Darling NYE

    L’Oca d’Oro is celebrating the coming of the new year in 1950s style, with multiple seatings throughout the night and dishes inspired by the critically-acclaimed film. (SPOILER ALERT: The dessert is a Creamsicle Baked Alaska.) And, after dinner service ends at 10pm, the restaurant will remain open with a limited bar menu to usher you into 2023, with seating indoors and on their heated patio. Don't worry, darling – but do make those reservations while you can.
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Yes, the Eleanor is featuring a drink menu filled with festive holiday-themed libations, thanks to Master Miracle cocktail connoisseur, Joann Spiegel. Choose from options like Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmapolitan, Jingle Balls Nog, SanTaRex, and many more. Of course the main and mezzanine bar will be serving their full menus but you can also avail yourself of the Ski Lodge with Miracle's signature shots served on a Shot Ski. It's a refreshing and wintery wonderland, and note: 10% of all to-go proceeds will be donated to the Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Pets Alive!, and the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign.
    Through Dec. 27. $10-600.  
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    NYE at APT 115

    This, as you may have read elsewhere, is the East Austin retro-fancy wine bar & restaurant that's got the innovative culinary wizard chef Charles Zhuo running the kitchen. And for New Year's Eve, the maestro is offering a 10-course tasting menu – a delightfully decadent experience for all your senses – with optional wine pairings. Truth: Best to book this one quickly, 'fore it sells out.
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    Summer House on Music Lane: NYE Dinner

    Maybe better to change their name to Winter House on Music Lane for the season, amirite? But, seriously (and deliciously), this elegant venue, hidden away from the holiday hubbub of South Congress, is ready to help you ring in the new year – with chefs Jeffrey Hundelt and Katie Barrett offering a menu of French onion tarts, caramelized scallops, beef tenderloin, ricotta agnolotti, a chocolate cheesecake (with a gingerbread crust), and of course the ever-popular optional wine pairings.
    Sat., Dec. 31, starting at 5pm. $105.  
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    Supper Friends: Réveillon

    It's kind of like new year's eve's eve! Réveillon is a historically French celebration, centered around the Christmas eve and new year's eve dinner. This multicourse culinary delight in the elegant Swoop House excels with crostini with duck confit, truffled deviled eggs, beef tenderloin popovers. oysters Rockefeller, and rainbow beet salad – and that's before the mains of seafood gumbo (a la Sawyer & Co.) and beef short rib with crispy shallots. And Cherries Jubilee with vanilla ice cream will finish off you night in sweet, sweet style. Wine pairings are available for more, naturally, but the bright camaraderie is gratis.
    Fri., Dec. 30, 7pm. $80.  
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    Z'Tejas: Grandma's Eggnog

    Looking for a perfect holiday nog, citizen? Z’Tejas is bringing back their homemade mi abuelita eggnog for just two weeks. Conjured from the executive chef’s grandmother’s recipe, this creamy cocktail is bright with spices and spiked with rum, available at the West Sixth and the Avery Ranch locations.
    Through Dec. 31. $14.

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