Bring on the Bubbly!

Cork and glasses

Here are some great ways to spend New Year’s Eve, plus a pre-New Year’s Eve dinner in Trenton that is part of Patriot’s Week –

Dinner with Ben Franklin
12/29 @ 4 p.m. Settimo Cielo, 17 East Front St.
Exactly what was Ben Franklin thinking during this historic time? Find out as his story is brought to light over an early dinner at one of Trenton’s fine Italian restaurants. To make a reservation please call (609) 656-8877.

Tre Piani serves a la carte dinner 5:00-7:30pm, then at 8:00pm the 5-course dinner and dancing starts!  One Hour Open Bar & Passed Hors D’ouevres, then dinner, and dancing into the New Year. $95.00 per person with cash bar, plus tax and service.  Call 609-452-1515.

And next door in Tre Bar, revelers can ring in the New Year with an open bar & tapas 8:00pm – 2:00am for $95.00 per person, (plus tax & service).

New Year’s Eve at Mediterra – 5-8pm serving the regular dinner menu plus an optional $55 four course Chef’s Tasting Menu with an option of wine pairing for an additional $15.  Then from 10:00pm on, they offer a variety of passed savory & sweet tapas as well as satellite stations throughout the dining areas. A dessert table featuring sweet selections & coffee for the end of the evening. All guests in the restaurant @ Midnight will receive a cava toast as well as party favors to ring in the New Year!  $45 per person (excluding alcohol, tax & gratuities).

The Frog and the Peach offers two seatings and two menus: a-la Carte early seating from 5 – 6:15, for those with somewhere else to go…even if that’s home by the fire; Prime Time from 7 to 11; a $75 for the 4-Course Prix Fixe special holiday celebration menu.   Also – fireworks alert! – New Brunswick Rocks is doing fireworks at midnight this year, so you might want to work that into your plans.

At the Baldassari Regency in Trenton, you can have dinner only or a full package: Dinner Only Option, 5:30 PM Dinner, a  four – course meal featuring Surf and Turf is $55 exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages.  The Full Package Option offers a 7:30 PM Reception, 8:30 PM Dinner, Midnight Champagne Toast, and 2:00 AM Continental Breakfast. Celebrate in style with musical entertainment by a spectacular D.J,  $95 exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages after the one hour reception. Limited seating ~ Reservations required; this event requires an advance deposit, 609.392.1280 or email to baldassari [at]

Meanwhile, the two stars of Hopewell are both open for dinner, The Brother’s Moon 5- 9:30pm with a special pre-fixe menu, call 609-333-1330; and the Blue Bottle Café serves dinner 5-9pm, call 609-333-1710.

Whether you’re out on the town or home by the fire,  I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, and a happy and healthy 2010!

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