Last-minute New Year's Eve options*
*Seats still available at press time.
Like any great duo—Lennon and McCartney, Jordan and Pippen—when Zealous chef Michael Taus and Just Grapes’ Don Sritong get together, great things happen. Tonight’s Zealobrate New Year’s Eve menu features good bets like dim sum paired with crisp Austrian Grüner Veltliner and rich oxtail samosas paired with Spanish garnacha. $195. 8pm–1am. 419 W Superior St between Sedgwick and Kingsbury Sts (312-475-9112).
While we enjoy Carol Wallack’s Asian and Hawaiian–influenced food most during those 100-degree days, Sola’s New Year’s Eve à la carte menu—with dishes like miso-brined Wagyu filet with white-truffle bread pudding and mashed potatoes ($39)—is comforting enough to beat the chill but has the right amount of tropical flair to send us into vacation mode. Seatings: 6–8:30pm, 9–10:30pm. 3868 N Lincoln Ave at Byron St (773-327-3868).
Before you make (and break) your New Year’s resolutions, indulge in Vermilion’s seven deadly sins–themed dinner. Start out by selecting a specialty cocktail like Pride (blueberry-cardamom fizz) or Lust (rose-fennel martini). Then indulge in the seven-course dinner of swank Indian cuisine with touches of Latin American influence. Seatings: 5pm, $65; 7pm, $90; 9pm, $125. 10 W Hubbard St between State and Dearborn Sts (312-527-4060).—Jake Malooley