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Six ideas for New Year's Eve

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Haven't made reservations for your New Year's Eve out on the town yet? It's time to get on the horn before it's too late. Following is a diminutive sampling of the special dinners being held in the metro area. These are all restaurants to which I'm personally partial -- I'd merrily sip champagne at the stroke of midnight in any of them.

Aria
A $90-per-person, four-course menu featuring Gerry Klaskala's savvy New American cooking and Kathyrn King's exquisite desserts. Look for creations like lobster bisque with lemon-ricotta tortelloni, Maine lobster stuffed with peekeytoe crab and a sweet celebration of citrus that includes lemon cream vacherin with tangerine sorbet and vanilla orange shortbread. Seatings begin at 6 p.m.
490 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-233-7673. www.aria-atl.com.

Asher
The Fickle Pickle will don its former gastronomic garb as Asher to welcome in the new year. The five-course menu will include lobster ravioli with carrot-ginger sauce, poached beef with foie gras dumplings and chocolate bomb. The $120-per-person price includes wine, tax and gratuity. Seatings at 6:15 and 9 p.m.
1085 Canton St., Roswell. 770-650-9838.

Luxe
Downtown's best new restaurant will offer two options Dec. 31: A three-course, $45-per-person seating 7-9 p.m. and a five-course, $65-per-person seating 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Duck and pomegranate terrine, Dover sole roulades with champagne-caviar cream and chevre cheesecake with jasmine blood oranges are a few of the choices from chef Patti Roth's menu.
89 Park Place. 404-389-0800. www.luxerestaurant.com.

MidCity Cuisine
Chef/owner Shaun Doty will present a four-course, $65-per-person prix fixe menu featuring brasserie-style dishes such as duck breast with chestnut-honey crepe, and date and pecan salad; cod filet on Pommes Anna with roasted garlic and capers; and rustic apple tart with caramel brittle ice cream. Cost includes champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.
1545 Peachtree St., 404-888-8700. www.midcitycuisine.com.

Sia's
An $85-per-person, five-course menu will offer a mix of dishes from the restaurant's Southwestern-Asian fusion menu, as well as special offerings for the occasion. Seatings begin at 5 p.m.
10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770-497-9727.

Sotto Sotto
A $70-per-person, four-course menu will feature seasonal favorites from the menu of Inman Park's inimitable Italian eatery. Look for specialties such as risotto with caramelized onions and 12-year- old balsamic vinegar; lasagnette alla Bolognese; roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and roasted vegetables; and, of course, chocolate soup. Regulars of this spot know it gets loud in here on busy nights -- expect it to be downright cacophonous on New Year's Eve. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.
313 N. Highland Ave., 404-523-6678.

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