Miami New Year's Eve Dinners: 1500 Degrees to Acqualina to the Betsy UPDATED

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With the new year fast approaching (or the end of the world, if that's how you see it), time is working against us to start making New Year's Eve plans.

Because Miami is an NYE party destination, locals have to make particularly savvy arrangements to ensure a successful evening.

No one likes to be stuck in South Beach gridlock at the wrong time, with zero cell phone service at 11:50 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Trust us. We've learned the hard way.

So here's an exhaustive list of options for dinner in Miami on December 31. From fancy buffets to six-course meals, from South Beach to Aventura to Doral and everywhere in between, make a reservation so your evening plans are set.

1500 Degrees at Eden Roc. NYE Dinner at 1500 Degrees: Enjoy a four-course meal with dishes like creamy sunchoke bisque with shaved winter truffles, pasta with Maine scallop and spiny lobster with uni butter sauce, roasted Monkfish with crispy rice croquettes, collards and Zellwood creamed corn, and warm chocolate cake with orange marmalade. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. $90. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5594, 1500degreesmiami.com.

660 at the Angler's. New Year's Eve Gala: First seating starts at 6 p.m. and includes a three-course meal with options such as lobster bisque, stuffed dates and Manchego cheese roasted pork loin, and chocolate tres leches for $100. For $150, the second seating, which begins at 9:30 p.m., includes a five-course meal that starts off with a sweet pea shot, scallops tiradito, compressed watermelon, dulce de leche, pinenut crusted rack of lamb, and peach and blueberry cobbler. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 & 9:30 p.m. $100-$150. 660 Washington Ave. (at The Angler's Boutique Resort), Miami Beach, 305-534-9600, theanglersresort.com.

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. NYE Gala Party: All you can eat buffet, open bar, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and entertainment provided by a live band. Reservations required. Call 305-261-4220. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $65-$125. 1395 Northwest 57th Ave., Doral, 305-264-2143, 94thmiami.com/94thmiami/.

Acqualina. NYE at Acqualina: Celebrate New Year's with "An Evening on the Mediterranean" including dinner, dancing and celebration. Dine from Mediterranean-inspired food stations with the option of an open bar, or stick around the pool for a pool party with open bar and a live DJ. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $95-$295. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000, acqualina.com.

Area 31. Area 31 NYE Dinner & Party: Bid farewell to 2012 in style. The restaurant will offer a seven-course, wine-paired tasting menu. Live music from Monica da Silva and party favors will create a festive vibe. Party on the Area 31 terrace with views of downtown and the water from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Open bar, live music and hors d'oeuvres for $75 per person. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 6-11 p.m. $75-$200. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 16th Floor, Miami, 305-424-5234, area31restaurant.com.

Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room at Conrad Miami. New Year's Eve Dinner & Soiree: Celebrate the night with a six-course dinner and Bossa Nova style music or at the rooftop pool with a buffet dinner and open bar starting at 9 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 & 9 p.m. $150-$185. 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-6529, conradhotels.hilton.com.

Baoli Miami. NYE Dinner and Party: Featuring a five-course dinner and music by DJ Ange from Baoli Cannes. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $350. 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-8822, baoli-group.com.

Barton G. the Restaurant. NYE at Barton G: Regular a la carte menu with two seatings. Music will be played by a DJ, and New Year's Eve party favors will be provided for second seating guests. Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30-7:30 & 9-10:30 p.m. $35. 1427 W. Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-8881, bartong.com.

Bayside Marketplace. Bayside's New Year's Eve Celebration: Bayside welcomes 2013 with a day filled with entertainment and fun for the whole family. Celebrate with live music from local bands at the Marina Stage throughout the day, tour boat cruises, shopping, and dining. At midnight, ring in the New Year with one of Miami's largest New Year's Eve fireworks displays. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. free. 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-577-3344, baysidemarketplace.com.

The Betsy Hotel. New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the New Year in refined elegance with live music and exquisite dining. Reservations required in advance. Formal attire optional. Five-course dinner with wine pairings, $415 also available without wine pairings for $250. Mon., Dec. 31, 8-11 p.m. $250-$415. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-6100, thebetsyhotel.com.

Bianca at the Delano. Celebrate the New Year with Bianca at Delano's extravagant four course holiday prix-fixe menu and champagne toast. The first course offers Grilled Octopus Mediterraneo; fingerling Potatoes, cipollini onions, oregano, capers, lemon-saffron vinaigrette. For round two, enjoy Insalata di Aragosta; Maine lobster, blood orange, frisee, haricot vert, citrus butter dressing. Choices of entrees include Brasato al Barolo; braised kobe short rib, braising jus, celery root puree, micro heirloom carrots or Polletto al Mattone; crispy local poussin, warm heirloom fingerling potatoes. Top off your Bianca experience with dessert; Pannetone con Zabaglione is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Prix-fixe Menu; $425 dollars per person. Guests having dinner will be given reduced admission to the main party at Delano Beach Club with a performance by Santigold. For reservations please call VIP Services (305) 674 5752.

Biltmore Hotel & Resort. New Year's Eve Gala: Say goodbye to 2012 and welcome the New Year and all its wonderful possibilities at the annual gala event in the Biltmore's Country Club Ballroom. Enjoy a four-course dinner with an open bar. Live DJ and band, fireworks, and more. Reserve early, tickets will sell out. Members: $260; Guests $325; Children 12 and up: $260; Children under 12: $50. RSVP: 305-913-3202. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $50-$325. New Year's Eve Dinner: Palme d'Or and Fontana are front and center for this year's New Year's Eve celebrations at the Biltmore! Prix fixe menu, wine pairings, champagne, and party favors in the elegant restaurants are the perfect way to end 2012 and ring in the New Year. $135 in Fontana and $190 in Palme d'Or. RSVP: 305-913-3202 Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $135-$190. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-8066, biltmorehotel.com.

Biscayne Lady Yacht. NYE Dinner Cruise: All inclusive three-hour dinner cruise with open bar, salad bar station, pasta station, meat carving station, dessert station, and views of the downtown Miami fireworks. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. $59-$179. 270 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-379-5119, island-queencruises.com.

Bistro One LR. Ring in the New Year enjoying a festive dinner at stylish Bistro One LR, with indoor and al fresco seating under the stars at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The first seating features a three-course meal for $95. The second seating features a four-course meal, bottle of champagne, party favors AND access to the hotel's exclusive NYE Pool Party (includes open bar from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. for $295 per person. Two Seatings: 6-7:30 & 8-10 p.m. For reservations please call (786) 276-4000.

BLT Steak. BLT Steak NYE Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal with dishes like a 10 oz. Chateaubriand with fingerling potatoes and bone marrow confit, savoy cabbage and black mission figs, nutella crunch truffle and blood orange cardamom pate de fruit, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $250-$415. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-0044, bltsteak.com.

Bongos Cuban Cafe. New Year's Eve at Bongos: Dinner, live music, midnight champagne toast, and party favors. Children 6 to 12 pay half-price. Stick around after midnight for a night full of dancing. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $150. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-2100, bongoscubancafe.com.

Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina Restaurant. New Year's Eve Dinner: First seating begins at 6 p.m. and features three courses including a choice of burrata heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare, Maine lobster cioppino, or crispy pork belly to start; a main course selection between Day Boat scallops, yellowtail snapper, crispy local quail, or American wagyu filet "Rossini" with shallot potato cake and foie gras; and concludes with a choice among warm chocolate polenta cake, traditional beignets, or artisanal cheese duo. Second seating starts at 9 p.m. and features a six-course menu showcasing Petrossian American caviar parfait to start, then proceeds with sweet potato ravioli with white alba truffles, Hudson Valley foie gras, Scottish sea trout and Maine lobster, American wagyu filet, and warm chocolate polenta cake. Complimentary glass of champagne, live band, and party favors included. Reservations required. Call 786-279-6600. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 & 9 p.m. $95-$265. 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786-279-6600, michaelmina.net.

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