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Dining Out — Restaurant Roving: Special menus welcome the new year

There are different ways to celebrate the arrival of the new year: watch the ball drop at home on TV, party with family or friends, or go out for dinner and/or a New Year’s Eve toast.

Local restaurants with a variety of cuisines are taking reservations for New Year’s Eve with special menus to enhance the celebration. If you want to go out, the time to make reservations is now.

Dinner service begins early at Caleb’s American Kitchen in Lahaska, where the first seating is at 4:30 p.m. An early dinner means more time for making merry later on. His four-course prix fixe menu starts with an amuse-bouche of lobster roll or smoked salmon on puff pastry or crab over brown butter ice cream.

Starters include harvest salad or chestnut bisque followed by an entrée of stuffed whole lobster, beef filet, or a combination platter of some of each. Other entrees are pan-seared halibut, roasted chicken thighs or vegan wild mushroom stroganoff. The meal finishes with a choice of desserts.

Caleb’s is a BYOB restaurant so don’t forget the wine or champagne for a toast. For reservations call 215-794-8588.

Reservations for a three-course prix fixe dinner at the Logan Inn in New Hope are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. with live music throughout the evening and a choice of entrees that includes organic Irish salmon, braised short ribs, Delmonico steak and surf and turf. A champagne toast will take place at midnight. Call 215-862-2300 for reservations; see for the menu.

Elsewhere in New Hope, Triumph Brewery will hold a New Year’s Eve Party at 10 p.m. Live music from the Ever-After Band will accompany craft brews and bar food. Admission is free and includes party favors and a complimentary champagne toast. For more information see

The New Year’s Eve dinner at Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, N.J., will include two seatings for three-course meals starting at 6 p.m. The later seating costs a little more but offers more choices for entrees plus an amuse bouche. For reservations call 609-397-4343 or Open Table. To see the menu visit the website

The staff will be serving four-course dinners with a view of the Delaware River at the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville starting at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Entrée choices range from the restaurant’s signature Charleston Meeting Street crab to sea scallops, to lobster fettucine to a choice of steaks. Call 215-297-9260 for reservations; see for a complete menu.

A five-course champagne dinner is on the menu at Washington House in Sellersville, starting with seatings at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in seeing a show can consider Dr. K’s Motown Review next door at the Sellersville Theatre. Call 215-257-3000 for reservations.

In Quakertown the Brick Tavern Inn will be celebrating the new year with an a la cart menu from 4 to 10 p.m. and live music beginning at 6 p.m. For reservations call 215-529-6488; for information see

The Great Gatsby is the theme for the party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Nostalgia 1720 in Chalfont. The party includes wine and beer from 8 to 10 p.m., champagne toast at midnight, butlered hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Gatsby-era costumes are encouraged but not required, and those who dress up are eligible to win prizes. For information or reservations call 866-667-1720 or see

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and enjoy a great new year.