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Luxury Yacht Romantica
City Lights Cruises' luxury yacht Romantica glams up the typical dancing-and-fireworks New Year's Eve cruise. It's a black-tie-optional event and includes a full sit-down meal with chateaubriand and lobster tail. Boards at 8, New York Skyport Marina, 23rd Street and the East River, 212-843-2400, $275. K.H.
Paddle Wheel Queen
The 2007 Countdown Cruise is a dance-party cruise setting sail from the Skyport Marina on the East Side of Manhattan. Return to land at 2 a.m. after watching the fireworks from the harbor. They're giving away disposable cameras and raffling off a three-hour limo tour of New York, in addition to the standard open bar, buffet dinner, champagne toast, and DJ. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Skyport Marina, 23rd Street and the East River, 212-843-2400, $160. A.B.
Enjoy four hours of cruising around New York Harbor with views of the skyline and the fireworks at the Statue of Liberty. The three-deck, 600-passenger Spirit of New York offers a buffet, open bar, live cabaret show, DJ, and dancing. Boards at 8, Chelsea Piers,23rd Street and the West Side Highway, 212-727-2789, $250.A.B.
A million people flock to Times Square to watch the ball drop each New Year's, so maybe this time you'll join them instead of just watching it on TV. It'll be noisy and congested, and people will be drunk. Where to stand? Seventh Avenue from 43rd to 59th streets and Broadway from 43rd to 50th streets are the best spots for watching the ball, or find a friend with an office in the area for a warmer view (try the Reuters Building). Organizers advise that revelers enter from Sixth or Eighth Avenues in the early afternoon, so make that last trip to the bathroom and wear comfortable shoesyou're in it for the long haul. The 1,000-pound Waterford-crystal orb is lit and climbs to the top of the 77-foot flagpole at 1 Times Square (Broadway and 43rd Street) at 6 p.m. At midnight, the ball makes its 60-second descent, and a full ton of confetti is let loose over the crowd. timessquarenyc.org. A.B.
photo: Courtesy of Buddha Bar
In the mood to ring in the New Year with Asia-inspired décor, French-Asian cuisine, and a club soundtrack thats a cross-cultural blend of world music and house? Then secure your reservation at this downtown destination whose menu includes osetra caviar, poached lobster, and beef fillet with porcini and truffle sauce. Bargain hunters: General entry after 11 is $100, 25 Little West 12th Street, 212-647-7314, $225 for the 7 p.m. five-course dinner and open bar, $275 for 9:30 seating.A.B.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Feel like funkin' up the New Year? Then get down with James Brown as he takes the stage for two sets at this legendary restaurant and performance space. You'll get the feelin' when the Godfather digs in to his repertoire of hits and splits. This spot may have gained its notoriety by booking the biggest names in music, but it also scores major props for throwing down in the kitchen. Blackened catfish, grilled Atlantic salmon, Lucille's BBQ ribs, and homestyle meat loaf are just a few of the dishes available. Doors open at 6, shows at 8 and 10:30, 237 West 42nd Street, 212-997-4144, $150 general admission, $200 for V.I.P., $85 at the bar. Adamma Ince
Bryant Park Grill
Supermodel wannabes can strut their fabulousness at the New Year's Eve spectacular being held at the famed fashion stage. Turn up the glam barometer by luxuriating in one of three intimate rooms or taking in the great view from the roof deck (in a heated tent). Be sure to regulate your blood alcohol level with mouthwatering selections from the menu like seared- yellowfin-tuna crostini with black-olive tapenade, grilled chicken quesadilla with pico de gallo, or peppered filet mignon. The price of a ticket includes a six-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, champagne at midnight, and a morning-after continental breakfast. Doors open at 10 p.m., through 4 a.m., 25 West 40th Street, $150 for general admission, $200$250 for V.I.P.A.I.
Reserve a table for a sumptuous New Year's Eve dinner at the at the Hyatt's restaurant. Fill up on smoked-salmon carpaccio, Maine lobster bisque, crispy sea bass, coconut créme brûlée, and chocolate mousse before you head over to your final destination of the night. From 5 through 10:30, Grand Hyatt New York, Grand Central Terminal, 646-213-6999, $125 per plate. A.B.
Do the chicken noodle soup dance to your heart's content in 12,000 square feet of blingdom, when Jay-Z opens the doors to his multilevel sports bar and lounge for a mega end-of-year celebration. The Jigga Man's joint comes fully tricked out with 15 LCD, eight plasma, and four two-sided big-screen TVs; a cigar lounge; three private rooms; and a DJ that pumps the latest in hip-hop and r&b. General admission includes a six-hour open bar and champagne at midnight, while V.I.P. service buys you a bottle of bubbly and appetizers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., through 4 a.m., 6 West 25th Street, 212-843-2400, $80 in advance, $160 general admission, $310$1,310 for group seating, $2,000$8,000 for V.I.P.A.I.