You found the perfect dress and shoes. You have your list of resolutions for 2016 that you promise to keep this time "no matter what". Like a good Latina or Latino, you even have 12 grapes in a zip lock ready to go wherever you are. Now if only you had actual New Year's Eve plans! Still trying to figure out where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight? Better put some pet in that step. With so many happenings in Miami, choosing where to ring in the New Year can be more daunting than celebratory. Luckily, there's steak, sake, a night in Old Havana, and a performance by WEEKND to make your decision and saying goodbye to 2015 that much easier. Sure, none of these might be traditionally Latin, but you can always have lechon the next day... and every other day of 2016.
The time: 1939. The place: Havana, Cuba. The what: a six-acre suburban estate that doubled as a cabaret club. Tropicana Club spread Cuban culture internationally, inspiring reincarnations in the Bronx, Jamestown, and Atlantic City; they even made Mexican musical comedy Tropicana in 1957. And now, half a century later, Tropicana is back for one night at Miami's first true cabaret club El Tucan. The pop-up will welcome 15 members (as part of a cultural exchange with Cuba) from the true Tropicana. You can go one of two ways here: show only ($45-90 admission fee) or a nine-course pre-fixe dinner and a show ($250-$450 depending on seating).
You'll need a mask to partake in this wild NYE masquerade. There will be feathers. There will be fur. There will be a DJ playing tunes all night long. There will even be a four or five course meal depending on the time, and fret not, they both include steak. After all, this is not your daddy's steakhouse; it's STK. Two seatings (four courses from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at $125 or five-courses from 9 to 10:30 p.m. for $195) include a glass of champagne and gratis midnight toast. Pro tip: be sure to tack on the open bar from 10 p.m. till 1 a.m. for $75.
Choose a restaurant, any one of the Fontainebleau's restaurants. From a buffet at Vida to set menus at Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Stripsteak, and Michael Mina 74, the iconic resort is pulling out at the stops, including their annual poolside NYE bash (complete with open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight) that year's past has included Pharell, Drake, and Pitbull. Ringing in 2016, EDM superstar Kygo and no-introduction needed The Weeknd join forces for an unforgettable adios to 2015. Prices start at $275 for general admission.
New Year's at The Thompson has something for everyone, be it a family style prix-fixe menu from Miami's culinary sweetheart Michelle Bernstein at her Florida Brasserie Seagrape; a four-course modern Asian feast (think chilled soba and Singapore chili lobster) from Top Chef alum Dale Talde at his Brooklyn transplant Talde followed by a late-night (4 a.m.) jam with a special guest DJ; or intimate soiree at their backyard bungalow 1930's House.
For an Epic New Year's Eve, head to LILT Lounge at the Epic in downtown. No fancy shmancy dinner. No set menu. Just a night out in "Old Havana." What that means? You'll salsa 2015 away to the sound of a ten piece live band while drinking craft cocktails, presumably some type of mojito (open bar is available from 9 to 11 p.m. for $100 per person). If you so happen to get hungry, small plates (think gazpacho, cheese and charcuterie platter, and lobster cocktail) are available a la carte, as are fireworks. Just kidding. Those are included with the view.
Want to see snow on NYE without leaving Miami? Head to Japanese izakaya Zuma where the city of Sapporo will be brought to life via a sparkling ice spectacle. Enjoy more food than you can possibly imagine with a special NYE tasting menu for the table that you can bet includes o-toro, white truffles, wagyu, and other delicacies, as well Dom Perignon and sake. Lots of sake. For a sweet finish, the dinner portion of the evening will culminate with a lavish dessert platter. Then it's on to the riverfront terrace offering sweeping vistas of Biscayne Bay as you countdown to midnight's firework display. And, after the fireworks comes the afterparty. Prices start at $295 for a set menu and increase depending on alcohol. All packages include after party admission.