New Years Eve Dining in Atlanta

Ringing in the New Year is all about fresh starts and new beginnings and on a more superficial level, partying until you drop. However, basic human needs also need to be taken care of as you prepare to say goodbye to one year and hello to another; the need for food. Yes it's true that many restaurants will be closed on New Year's Eve, but lucky for Atlantans some of the city's best eateries are not only opening their doors to customers, but also serving up a special menu.

So plunge into 2013 with a meal that is a delicious start to the New Year, take at look at who's serving and what's on the menu. 4th & Swift 621 North Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30308 678.904.0160 4th & Swift located in Atlanta's Historic Old Fourth Ward will offer a special, multi-course New Year's Eve menu for guests prepared by chef/owner Jay Swift to highlight seasonal and local cuisine. While the final menu will be determined closer to Monday, December 31, highlights from last year's menu include Brussels sprouts and apples salad with cider reduction , creme fraiche and pistachios , Tanglewood Farms rabbit dumplings , pan-roasted Atlantic wild striped bass and wood-roasted breast of duck . A selection of desserts presented by pastry chef Louie Banes will accompany the menu. The menu is $85 per person, exclusive of alcohol, tax and gratuity.

The Melting Pot Four Atlanta locations Ring in the New Year at The Melting Pot and enjoy two four-course menu options and sommelier suggested wine pairings. Each menu features a cheese fondue course, salad and chocolate fondue dessert course. The "Ultimate Celebration" menu is $60 per person and includes an entree selection of cold-water lobster tail , top-choice sirloin , mahi mahi , breast of chicken and wild mushroom sacchetti . The "Toast the 2013" menu features an eight ounce filet mignon , citrus marinated pork tenderloin , Atlantic salmon , breast of chicken , white shrimp and wild mushroom sacchetti and is available for $50 per person. The sommelier suggested wine pairings are an additional $20 per person.

Eleven Loews Atlanta Hotel 1065 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404.745.5745 The Loews Atlanta Hotel will ring in the New Year on Monday, December 31, with two prix fixe dining options. The four-course menu will be served from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for $75 per person and the five-course dinner will be served from 9 to 11 p.m. for $90 per person. Highlights from both menus include Pacific and Atlantic oysters with caviar and yuzu pearls , Kobe beef short rib with local cheddar polenta fritter and wild mushroom ragout , sous vide lobster and blue prawn with herbed potatoes and spinach custard , and wood-fired grilled lamb sirloin with cannelloni beans and smoked garlic jus . A decadent dessert offering and wine pairing options will accompany each menu as well.

Three Blind Mice 1066 Killian Hill Road Lilburn, GA 30047 770.696.4139 Celebrate the New Year with American bistro fare at Lilburn, Ga., restaurant Three Blind Mice. Chef Matthew Murphy has specially prepared a three-course prix fixe menu featuring seasonally inspired dishes such as cream of cauliflower soup with roasted mushrooms and shallot confit ; pan-roasted double cut Kurobuta pork chop with caramelized turnips , Brussels sprouts , slow-cooked shallots and red wine prune sauce ; and chicken Francese with creamy orzata and sauteed garlic spinach .

A decadent dessert offering will include cinnamon creme brulee , sticky toffee pudding , tiramisu and apple fritters . The menu is $50 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. Southern Art 3315 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 404.946.9040 Cheers to 2013 at Southern Art! Dine at celebrity chef Art Smith 's Southern-inspired Buckhead mainstay to ring in the New Year in style.