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New Year's Eve 2008

Posted December 24, 2008

Cape May, NJ - The week between Christmas and New Year's is a popular time at the shore. Many Cape May restaurants are open for much of that week.

Cape May regulars like to wind down the old year and bring in the new with dinner at their favorite restaurant. Here's how some local dining spots will be celebrating New Year's Eve:

Freda's Cafe

Chef Steve goes all out on New Year's Eve with a 7 course prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve. The cost - $60 per person. As a holiday present, diners that night will receive a special $10 gift certificate towards another Freda's meal. BYOB.

The Glitter Ball at Congress Hall

If you want to dance the night away, get into something slinky and ring in the New Year at the Congress Hall Glitter Ball. In addition to a five course dinner, there's dancing to the JDR Band, a champagne toast and an open bar. Tickets are $165 a person.

The Merion Inn

The Merion Inn will have three seatings New Year's Eve. Early birds and those with kids can book dinner for 5PM. (There's a practice New year's countdown at 6:30PM with noise makers.) Others can book dinner for 7PM or 9PM. Each of the later seatings is a prix fixe 5 course menu ($85 for 7PM, $95 for 9PM) and comes with special hors d'oeuvres. George Mesterhazy plays the piano.

Union Park Dining

The Union Park features a sumptuous New Year's Eve menu including items like South African lobster tail. Prix fixe dinner from 5:30PM to 7:30PM is $80. After 8PM, the prix fixe price is $100. BYOB.

The Mad Batter

The Mad Batter offers a choice of seven entrees including rack of lamb and filet of beef on their New Year's Eve menu. Also on the prix fixe menu is a selection of appetizers, soups or salads, and desserts. The four course dinner is $65. Reservations from 6PM to 9:30PM. Guitartist Tom Werkheiser provides dinner music.

Peter Shields Inn

Enjoy live piano music and a five course holiday menu featuring lamb, lobster and filet mignon at the Peter Shields Inn. Choose the early seating from 5:30-7:30PM at $85 per person or the later seating from 8-10PM at $110. Cape May wine is served by the bottle or BYOB.

Ebbit Room

The Ebbit Room restaurant is hosting a gala New Years eve meal with three seatings. Early birds can start celebrating at 5:30PM. The prix fixe dinner starts at $100. The cost is higher if wine is included.

Lucky Bones

Bluebone brings in the New Year at Lucky Bones. The live music begins at 8:30PM. The regular menu will have some special New Year's Eve additions.

Martini Beach

A complimentary martini or bottle of wine comes with New Year's Eve dinner at Martini Beach. Get soup, salad, entree and dessert for $65. Dinner reservations from 6PM to 10PM.


There's a $30 open bar New Years Eve at Cabanas Beach Bar, from 9PM to midnight. Drink all the beer, house wine and call liguor you can manage while listening to live music by Cordoroy.

Washington Inn

The well known Washington Inn is always a classy place to celebrate the New Year. Call for dinner reservations starting at 5:30PM.



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