We’re aware of some upcoming parties and events at local restaurants and we wanted to tell you about them! These events are spread out all across Jacksonville from Atlantic Beach to St. Johns Town Center. Jacksonville is a great place to be this year and we hope everyone has a great holiday season.
Event #1: New York-Style Big Apple Celebration at Blackfinn, 21-and-up
Where: Blackfinn American Grill 4840 Big Island Drive, Suite 5, Jacksonville, (904)345-3466
When: Friday, December 31, 2010, get there before 10:30pm or admittance is not guaranteed, even with a ticket
Cost: $15 ticket for the New Year’s party, $50 per person for the four-course New Years Eve Dinner
St. Johns Town Center’s new Blackfinn American grill will host a New York-style New Year’s event that will be the next best thing to Times Square. If you read our previous review on Blackfinn, then you know this place is gigantic so its a great place to ring in the new year. This year, Blackfinn will host a Big Apple New Year Celebration that require purchase of a $15 ticket to enter. This price includes light pass hors d’oeurves, party favors, late night breakfast buffet, acoustic music on the patio, live DJ set in the Saloon, $10 BlackFinn gift card, and a champagne toast with balloon drop at midnight. A $50 per person, four-course prix fixe is also available for dinner.
Event #2: A Red Hot Rhumba New Year’s Eve at Ocean 60
Where: 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, (904)247-0060
When/cost: Friday, December 31, $50 per person early dining price from 4-6pm, $75 per person after 6pm
Ocean 60 is a great local spot in Atlantic Beach that has been in business for nearly 10 years. The restaurant is split into a boisterous bar on the left and a dining area on the right. They’re known for their mixed drinks and live music. This year, Ocean 60 will host a New Year celebration that will transform the restaurant in to a “beautiful romantic and exotic Spanish get away.” The event will feature a four-course meal with a performance from Strings A Fire starting at 9pm and playing until late.
Event #3: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Bistro Aix
Where: 1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, (904)398-1949
When: Friday, December 31
Cost: Menu is a la carte.
One of our favorite restaurants in Jacksonville, Bistro Aix, will host its own party to celebrate the New Year. The soiree will feature a top selection from the new winter menu along with unique dishes created specially for this event by Chef Tom.
Event #4: New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner Celebration at Zaitoon
Where: 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 40 (behind Fresh Market in the Harbour Village Shopping Center, Jacksonville, (904)221-7066
When: Friday, December 31, from 11am until late
Cost: $55 per person
Zaitoon’s Chef Mike Barbour is creating a special four-course prix fixe menu for this event. The usual dinner menu will still be available but diners can pay $55 for the meal which also includes party favors and a complimentary glass of champagne. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $20 per person. The meal starts with Roasted Apalachicola Oysters paired with St. Michelle Brut; second there’s a choice of Tabouli, Roasted Beet, or Greek salad with Moschofilero, Boutari, Greece; Third is Surf and Turf with Rib Eye and Maine Lobster tail paired with Wild Horse Pinot Noir from California; fourth is the Tres Leches Cake paired with Vidal Fleury Muscat Beaumes.
Event #5: Black Tie Affair at Suite
Where: 4880 Big Island Drive, Suite 1, Jacksonville, (904)493-7343
When: Friday, December 31, live music starting at 10:30pm
We don’t know much about this event aside from the fact that there are a limited amount of advance tickets available now. Private suites can be booked at [email protected] Hook’d will perform live starting at 10:30pm and DJ Nova will play a set to ring in the new year. We’re confident this will be a wild party and we will provide updates if we hear any further details. Suite serves unique N-Tini Martinis that are chilled with nitrogen to -320 degrees and some great tapas like the balsamic glazed lamb lollipops. For more, see our article on its grand opening, found at this link.
Event #6: New Year’s Eve Sample Dinner Menu at Aqua Grill
Where: 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra, (904)285-3017
When: Friday, December 31, reservations are open starting at 4:30pm
Aqua Grill has been a Ponte Vedra staple for around 21 years. We have been impressed by the restaurant in the past and wrote up this full review on it recently. The menu for the new year’s party at Aqua Grill will include options like Jumbo Day Boat Scallop Parma, Surf and Turf with Kung Po Filet Tips and Bang Bang Shrimp, Pistachio Chilean Sea Bass, and Roasted Rack of New Zealand Lamb.