That most venerable of all Wilton Manors institutions, Tropics combines the classy with the comfy like no other eatery-cum-boozery on The Drive. Tropics does two seatings one in which punters are requested to arrive between 5:30 and 7 p.m. (and are expected to finish by 9), and another when theyre invited to arrive from 9:15 to 9:30 and stay as long as they desire. The former seating is $50 a head; the latter is $75 and comes with a complimentary champagne toast. There will be piano entertainment show tunes, mostly, very Boys in the Band-ish. The meal is classic American fine-dinery, with only the curtest nods to modern fusion trends tuna tataki, cod miso. Otherwise, its all prime rib, veal Oscar, fresh fish, roast duck, and crab cakes. In other words, its New Years like your (gay) grandpa did it, and as delicious as ever.
Fri., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., 2010