New Year’s Eve is usually a favorite holiday for those that love a lot of sparkle and flair, or a holiday some like to avoid due to the high priced, prix fixe, two seatings kind of night.
Izakaya Den, with its beautifully designed new digs on historic South Pearl Street, will be open Monday, December 30 (dinner is usually dark on Mondays) for pre-celebrations offering special holiday menu additions along with hot toddy specials and Breckenridge Brewery’s “Christmas Ale”. The restaurant will offer regular menus, including its pristine “catch of the day” selections and divine ramen noodles, with hours from 5 pm to 10 pm Monday through Friday, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. http://www.izakayaden.net/
The Matador recently opened in Highlands Square in the hip Highlands neighborhood of NW Denver. The restaurant showcases reclaimed barnwood sourced from Colorado, handcrafted inlaid tables, collected vintage lighting, ornate metalwork, an interior fire pit, and Mexican hacienda inspired décor. Favorites include spicy prawns with fire-roasted habanero sauce with a smoky-sweet tamarind margarita and a cinnamon sugar rim. The restaurant will offer regular menus on New Year’s Eve with a champagne toast at midnight, along with regular hours of 11 am to 2 am daily. http://matadordenver.com/
Sushi Den is always a holiday favorite, especially to take guests from out of town and brag that Denver has one of the finest sushi restaurants in the country. The menu features fish flown in daily from Japan paired with the Kizakis’ combined 60 years of sushi making expertise. In addition to an extensive list of popular sushi rolls and nigiri sushi, hamachi, hiramasa, bincho and the infamous "toro in toro" special are combined with Japanese specialties and a selection of traditional ramen and noodles. On New Year’s Eve Sushi Den will be offer hot toddy specials, Breckenridge Brewery’s “Christmas Ale” and a champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and dinner at 4:45 pm daily throughout the holiday week. http://sushiden.net/
Sugarmill has Denver in a sugar frenzy over its confections. Pastry chef Noah French partnered with Troy Guard to open the new café in River North and is dedicated to turning out perfect desserts. Chef’s Noah’s signature “Noahsphere” is a knock out for New Year’s Eve celebration at house parties or a romantic dinner at home. The hollow chocolate shell is filled with candied walnuts, flourless chocolate cake, marshmallows and vanilla mascarpone cream with hot caramel on the side. For the hostess who wants to impress her guests, pick up the oversized dessert with a selection of macaroons and a bottle of Prosecco for $50. For a casual New Year's Eve celebration, gather a group of friends and enjoy the supper menu with a "Noahsphere" as a sweet farewell to 2013. http://www.sugarmilldesserts.com/