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Revving Up the Reveillon

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  More than 40 local restaurants are participating in this year's Reveillon, a program of table d'hote menus offered around town throughout December.

  The 2011 crop ranges from the old guard, including the city's very oldest, Antoine's (four courses, $47), to places marking their first holiday season in business, like Ste. Marie (four courses, $45).

  Overall, the 2011 Reveillon menus look like decent deals. More than half cost $50 or less per person, though that doesn't include tax and tip or drinks. But prices range as widely as the styles of the restaurants themselves, and some are now quite conspicuously expensive. Restaurant August and Commander's Palace lead the pack in prices, charging $95 and $90 respectively for five-course Reveillon repasts. They don't skimp on the luxury ingredients, however. Eggs with truffles come between the foie gras appetizer and the roast duckling entree at August; foie gras is made into ice cream for the Commander's menu.

  Though I haven't tried these Reveillon menus yet, it looks like there's some nice middle ground at the reliably eclectic Mat & Naddie's (four courses, $40) and that contemporary Creole favorite Brigtsen's (four courses, $48), and there even appears to be some discounted opulence at the Grill Room (four courses, $55).

  See all the menus and details at www.neworleansonline.com/holiday.

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