Small Bites: Dining News

>>At Angelico's Lake House, 81 North Main St., East Hampton, staff will break out the bubbly for the annual New Year's Eve dinner. Whether it's a water view table or one near the fireplace, chef Lucas Hinck has a meal worthy of the evening. A la carte choices will include butternut squash arancini grilled filet with a sauté of roasted fingerling potatoes, lobster and asparagus, port wine demi, roasted shallots and herb butter, Chilean sea bass with a saffron risotto, lemon beurre blanc, mango chutney and haricot verts and assorted desserts including peanut butter and blackberry bread pudding with crème anglaise and Nutella chocolate mousse with hazelnuts, whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Seating is available from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

But are you more the stay at home type? Angelico's can make it a breeze.

Its New Year's Eve Dinner for Two takeout includes salad, entrée, bread and dessert with entrée choices including scallops, Chilean sea bass, grilled pork tenderloin, prime rib of beef or grilled salmon. Cost is $65 for dinner for two. Orders must be placed by Dec. 30 with pick up on Dec. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Information: 860-267-1276 or angelicoslakehouse.com

>>Arugula, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford is offering a New Year's Eve brunch, dinner and New Year's Day brunch.

The New Year's Eve brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with dinner served later that day from 5 to 10:30 p.m. On New Year's Day, brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: 860-561-4888 or arugula-bistro.com

>>A festive New Year's Eve celebration is the promise at The Griswold Inn, 36 Main St., Essex. The evening will feature a three-course prix-fixe menu for $58 per person and live music by the Psychedelic '60s in the 'Back Room' from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dinner seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. Information: 860-767-1776 or griswoldinn.com.

>>Besito, 46 South Main St., West Hartford will celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31 with specials including empanadas de langosta, three empanadas filled with Maine lobster, tomato, chipotle, and a side of tomatillo habanero salsa. For late night revelers there will be a midnight tequila toast. Information: 860-233-2500 or besitomexican.com.

>>Perhaps the most picturesque spot to be on New Year's Eve will be at ON20, located on the 20th floor of the former Hartford Steam Boiler Building at 1 State St. in downtown Hartford near the Connecticut River. The special evening features two seatings to accommodate guests who prefer to come early for a 6-course dinner, or later in the night for an 8-course culinary feast. Early seatings, from 5 – 6:30 p.m., feature the six-course meal for $80, with beverage pairings available for an additional $30. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., an eight-course dinner for $110, with beverage pairings available for an additional $30 will be served. Information: 860-722-5161 or ontwenty.com

>>You can also celebrate by the water at The Wharf at the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison. The Wharf is offering a four-course fixed price menu for $60 per person plus tax and tip that includes entrée choices like slow roast beef strip or pastrami cured Rohan duck breast. Information: 203-245-1404 or madisonbeachhotel.com

>>Celebrity chef, baker, author and TV reality show host Buddy Valastro has announced he will open one of his famed Carlo's Bakery at Mohegan Sun in 2015.

The location is the first in New England for the bakery made famous on the TLC Network.

"I'm thrilled to bring Carlo's Bakery to Mohegan Sun," said Valastro who runs the well-known New Jersey-based family business and also stars in the TLC series "Cake Boss'' and "Next Great Baker.'' "This is a destination for fun and food and we can't wait to be a part of the famiglia!"

The 3,200-square-foot bakery will be located in the Winter section of the Casino of the Earth and will offer all the famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.

The opening is expected in February, 2015.

>>Tis the season, you know for sparkling wine and treats like oysters. Max Restaurant Group is offering the decadent pairing at four of its restaurants through the end of the year.

Enjoy a dozen oysters and either a half or full bottle of Roederer Estate Brut at Max Downtown in Hartford, Max Fish in Glastonbury, Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford or Max's Tavern in Springfield. The half-bottle promotion is $35; the full bottle is $50. Information: maxrestaurantgroup.com

>>Need a last minute dining option for Christmas Day?

You could go to The Copper Beech Inn, 44 Main St., Ivoryton. The restaurant is serving Christmas dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 25. The four-course, $68 per person (plus tax and tip) fixed price menu includes seared Stonington scallops, rack of lamb or roasted duck. Information: 860-767-0330 or info@copperbeechinn.com

>>Maximum Beverage, 333 N. Main St., West Hartford, will host a whiskey tasting event Dec. 12 and 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. Complimentary samplings of Jack Daniels Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack will be offered, and with a purchase of any of the three brands, customers can have the bottle personalized and immediately engraved on the premises for free. Information: 860-761-2541 or www.maximumbev.com.

>>The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is offering a 2015 New Year's Eve Gala and Fresh Salt New Year's Eve packages. Starting at $623.90 per couple, the New Year's Eve Gala package includes overnight accommodations, tickets to the New Year's Eve gala, brunch at four-diamond restaurant Fresh Salt, and a late checkout the following morning. It also includes the gala, which starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. An open bar and hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner and dancing will be featured.