Thursday, 27 December 2007

New Year's Eve in Cabbagetown

Some quick news before we start on the main action...
Believe it or not, Cabbagetown can be a birdwatcher's joy. On Boxing Day, a pileated woodpecker was spotted at work in the trees above Sackville and Wellesley. In late November, a redbreasted nuthatch appeared near the Wellesley Cottages. A pair of barn owls has been repeatedly seen at dawn between the Necropolis and Riverdale Farm. A redtail hawk has been hunting squirrels and pigeons through Wellesley Park and St James Cemetery. And a northern goshawk showed up near Carlton and Ontario.

Enjoy yourself on New Year's Eve...
Cabbagetown offers great meals and goodies for all tastes and budgets. For your convenience, we're listing the New Year's Eve offerings from all of our restaurants and pubs in alphabetical order. Just scroll down until you find your favourite.

Big Mamma’s Boy
554 Parliament Street

(416) 927-1593
Big Mamma’s Boy is making New Year’s Eve easy for you: no cover charges, no special seatings, no fancy dress codes. Make your reservation for your convenience and your table is yours until 3 am. Dancing. Regular menu. Bring your ipod and we’ll play your favourite music. Reservations are recommended.
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Brass Taps
221 Carlton Street

(416) 966-9440
Win two Raptors tickets worth $440 at our midnight draw during our New Year’s Eve bash. We have lots more prizes that you can win throughout the evening. No cover charge.

The Cobourg
533 Parliament Street

(416) 913-7538
This year’s celebration features Graham Howe and his multi-purpose funky/party ensemble playing dance tunes until the wee hours of the morning. A free glass of bubbly will be served at midnight. Tickets are on sale at $20 (in advance) and $25 at the door.


601 Parliament Street
(416) 925-6330
Two seatings: 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Your choices for your four-course meal include truffles, thai salmon cake, asparagus soup, beef tenderloin, chicken breast, atlantic salmon and chocolate mousse. $47.50

House on Parliament
456 Parliament Street

(416) 925-4074
Two seatings: 6 pm and 8:30 pm. Your five-course meal includes choices of prosecco, maple butternut squash, smoked salmon, brie and pear salad, beef tenderloin with tiger shrimp, rack of lamb, grilled salmon, chocolate raspberry tart and crepes with white chocolate and espresso mousse. Prix fixe $65

The Left Door/Ben Wicks
424 Parliament Street

(416) 961-9425
Choose between a three-course dinner at $35 or a five-course dinner at $55. Your menu will include crab cakes, oysters, cavatelli, Caesar salad, oyster soup, vegetarian shepherd’s pie, arctic char, duck cassoulet, beef tenderloin, eggnog bread pudding, poached pear, white chocolate cake with local cheese and fruits.
Drop in at the Ben Wicks throughout the evening. No cover charge.
Two seatings: 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Dance with DJ Tony Verron.
Sample menu available at

507 Parliament Street

(416) 962-8190
Your three-course meal includes appetizers, a selection of main courses from our special menu and your choice of unforgettable desserts. Entrees include a 10 oz New York sirloin, beef tenderloin, grilled halibut, seafood classic, chicken chasseur, roast pork tenderloin and spinach and riccota ravioli. Prices range from $19.99 to $24.99 for your meal. Reservations are recommended. For more information:

Stonegrill on Winchester
51B Winchester Street

(416) 967-6565
Two seatings.
First seating (arriving 5 to 6:30 pm), $65.
Menu includes tossed salad or lobster bisque, beef tenderloin with jumbo prawns or carmelized black cod, and a tasting of desserts.
Second seating (arriving 8:30 to 9:30 pm), $95.
Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to welcome the New Year. Menu includes tossed salad or lobster bisque, black pepper tagliatelle, sorbet, beef tenderloin with jumbo prawns or carmelized black cod, and a tasting of desserts. More information available at

The Town Grill
243 Carlton Street
(416) 963-9433

Complimentary glass of champagne. Dinner features sea scallops, beluga caviar, black truffle risotto, seared escolar, wild boar, Ontario rack of lamb or beef tenderloin, tarte citron or dark chocolate napoleon, and cheese plates. Prix fixe at $110.
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Staying Home?
Enjoy specialty meals with takeout and delivery from:
Ali Baba (Falafel - 415 Parliament, 416-925-7016)
  • Asahi (Japanese - 200 Carlton, 416-962-6565)
  • China Gourmet (Chinese - 235 Carlton, 416-515-0088)
  • Ginger (Asian - 252 Carlton, 416-923-7979)
  • Margarita's (Mexican - 229 Carlton, 416-929-6284)
  • Tender Trap (Chinese - 580 Parliament, 416-920-5147)
  • Timothy's Tikka House (Indian - 556 Parliament, 416-964-7583).

The franchise standby's are still as delicious as ever -

  • 241 Pizza (451 Parliament, 416-241-0241)
  • Mr Sub (296 Gerrard)
  • Pizza Pizza (560 Parliament 416-967-1111)
  • Subway (531 Parliament)
  • Wing Machine (482 Parliament).
  • Closed on New Year’s Eve: Chapter Eleven, JAM CafĂ© and Piccolo.

Enjoy yourself - see you next year!