New Year's Eve Event Guide

CLUBS

Avalon
MTV crashes a former church (remember Limelight?) for its holiday party. Admission to this break-of-dawn jam includes a four-hour champagne open bar and a continental breakfast. There are four different floors and 35,000 square feet to explore, V.I.P. balconies, hors d'oeuvres, and a surprise performance. Dance the night away to rock, reggae, and reggaetón. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 9 a.m., 47 West 20th Street, 866-824-8212, $99, V.I.P. group specials $1,000–$10,000. Ariel Brewster

Bed
The weekly Great British House Sunday-Afternoon Party stretches into the new year at the roof deck–sporting and bed-bedecked Bed. Angola, Tabu, Other People, and additional DJs spin the house music that's made the GBH parties a long-running success, while the Bed folks offer a five-hour open bar and something called "exotic French American hors d'oeuvres." Doors open at 9 p.m., through 2 a.m., 530 West 27th Street, $150 and up.Krystal Hawkins

Canal Room
The swank Soho joint better known for underground DJs and industry parties goes glitzy for the holiday. A "world-renowned surprise" DJ brings the hip-hop, rock, and always pervasive '80s music to the Room; the entry fee includes free booze from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. If you shell out for one of the V.I.P. packages, the event's website says, you'll also be entitled to "friendly service from the bartenders and cocktail staff." Doors open at 9, 285 West Broadway, 212-675-8445, $95, V.I.P. $175–$400. K.H.

Capitale
This nightspot might be in the heart of Chinatown, but its fourth annual New Year's Eve gala promises elegant festivities in a strikingly glamorous space: the Bowery Savings Bank. You'll feel like you've traveled back in time to old New York in this cavernous, gilded ballroom complete with skylights and Corinthian columns. A semi-formal dress code will be imposed, so get gussied up in a cocktail dress or suit. There's an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner (including tapas, crab cakes, flatbreads and empanadas), dessert, a champagne toast, party favors, and a live broadcast of the festivities at Times Square. DJ Baby Blu and DJ Alex Romero will spin house music and classics at the after-party. Doors open at 7 p.m., through 6 a.m., 228 Grand Street, 212-334-5500, capitaleny.com, $150, V.I.P. tables $275. A.B.

Chinatown Brasserie
This isn't your mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant—anything but. Yes, they serve Cantonese specialties, and the decor features Chinese cork sculptures, bamboo, lily pads, a koi pond, and Chinese-silk curtains, but this downtown lounge and restaurant has a nightclub feel. (It's been described in the press as the "Chinese answer to Balthazar.") You'll get Peking duck, dumplings, and dim sum by chefs Tyson Wong Ophaso and Joe Ng, but you'll also get the ambience partners John McDonald and Josh Pickard have established at Lever House and Lure, their other upscale-restaurant projects. Admission includes a five-hour open bar and a buffet to feast on until midnight; the party's promoters also promise a DJ "pumping dance hits" and a "fierce party vibe." Patrons can use their ticket stubs for access to the after-hours parties at Home, Guest House, and Snitch. At 8, 380 Lafayette Street, 212-201-1317 for tickets, $100 general admission, $200 for V.I.P., $60 after 12:30 a.m. A.B.

Cipriani downtown
You'll feel gala-glamorous in this art deco grand ballroom, which features a mezzanine overlooking the dancefloor, several private and V.I.P. rooms, and two big-screen TVs that will broadcast other New Year's activities as guests enjoy a buffet dinner; sample the "antipasto station" and visit the seven-hour open bar. The Oak Room offers a private buffet and bar to get away from the larger crowd. Hold on to that ticket stub; it will get you in the after-hours parties at Home, Guest House, and Snitch. Doors open at 8 p.m., through 4 a.m., 200 Fifth Avenue, 212-843-2400, $115, $60 after 12:30 a.m., V.I.P. packages and suites are $195–$7,500. A.B.

Cipriani @ 42nd
Leave it to this infamous haunt to package an archetypal Times Square New Year's Eve. This branch of the chain, founded by legendary waiter, restaurateur, and bellini inventor Giuseppe Cipriani, occupies the luxe and landmarked Bowery Savings building—if the imposing room isn't festive enough, tonight's light show should pretty things up. Your guides for the night are five-octave pop star and drama queen Mariah Carey and mega-host and the new Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast and complimentary 3 a.m. breakfast. Doors open at 8 p.m., through 4 a.m., 110 East 42nd Street, 212-201-1317 for tickets, $200 and up.K.H.

Crobar
The megaclub hosts a 24-hour New Year's Eve party that's as big as the sprawling venue. Stereo Production founders Chus and Ceballos anchor the night with what they call "Iberican" music, but you probably know it as Ibiza's Balearic and tribal house. Mudd Club, Danceteria, and Jackie 60 veteran Johnny Dynell contribute Chicago house and electro during the prime-time slot. In-demand remixer and former Life and Limelight fixture Victor Calderone takes over during the breakfast shift. Admission includes an open bar from 8:30 p.m. until midnight and a champagne toast. At 8:30, 530 West 28th Street, 917-339-1825, $150. K.H.

Don Hill's
The long-running legendary Green Door NYC party infiltrates Don Hill's with a loud, messy rock 'n' roll bash recalling the days of auld lang syne in a wilder New York. Fittingly, the late, great '90s punk band D Generation's singer, Jesse Malin, appears with his new band, the Heat. Malin, an artist in the classic punk songwriter mode, has collaborated with Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen; amid all the sweat and guitar noise, his songs are driven by story, character, and atmosphere. Go-go dancers make the party a party and former D Generation and Danzig bassist Howie Pyro spins records. A midnight champagne toast is included in the admission. At 11:30, 511 Greenwich Street, 212-219-2850, $20. K.H.

Earth NYC
Earth NYC is visually and culinarily inspired by South and Southeast Asia and was designed by Manish Malhotra. The establishment straddles the border between restaurant, lounge, and club—a very well-lit border, thanks to the proliferation of candles that threaten to set its pretty fabrics aflame. New Year's Eve brightens the place up further with a six-hour open bar, and house, hip-hop, rock, and '80s music. At 8, 116 Tenth Avenue, $85. K.H.

Europa Night Club
A recipe for diversity, North Brooklyn–style: Take one Greenpoint Polish nightclub, fill it with Brazilian music, and cap the festivities with a Swedish meal. Samba Novo bring a little carnival steam to the dead of winter, shaking out the bossa nova, forro, batucada, reggae-samba, and yes, good old samba. A floor show complete with dancing girls and capoeira completes the experience. Europa promises that its celebration will include games and New Year's accessories in addition to the salmon, midnight champagne toast, and open bar. DJ Berni plays for the crowd. Elegant attire required. At 9, 98–104 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-383-5723, $100 with dinner, $60 at the bar. K.H.

Fat Baby
This isn't just the dimpled, diaper-wearing mascot of the New Year; it's a bar and music venue on the Lower East Side, and—most importantly—it's happily far, far away from the ball-dropping frenzy that will be taking place in midtown. Who needs confetti when you can have a five-hour open bar and the requisite champagne toast at midnight? Several DJs will take turns spinning a mixture of the hottest dance tracks. 112 Rivington Street, 212-533-1888, $100. A.B.

Guastavino's
This event space only hosts parties of 100 or more. It's literally under (and built into) the Queensboro Bridge, with vaulted tile ceilings, granite arches, and a mezzanine level to take architectural advantage of the unusual, cathedral-like space. It's actually a New York City landmark known for the romantic "old New York" feel but was updated in 2005 to include a glowing glass-front bar; drink specialties include the Flirtini. New Year's Eve means they'll have the standard DJ, buffet stations featuring their American nouvelle cuisine, and hors d'oeuvres from 9 until midnight. Cocktail attire required. Your ticket stub also gets you into the after-hours parties at Snitch, Home, and Guest House. At 8, 409 East 59th Street,212-980-2455, $150 general admission, $250 for "ultra V.I.P." service. A.B.

Guest house
This may be another celeb-pursuing West Twenties bottle-service club, but it's undeniably well-appointed: the red floor, brown leather banquettes, and damask wall coverings give the place a louche boys'-club vibe. The Home offshoot's NYE celebration promises its usual house music and a six-hour open bar. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 3 a.m., 542 West 27th Street, $150 and up. K.H.

Hammerstein Ballroom
Part of that same wave of gauzy, whiny David Byrne imitations that brought you the Arcade Fire, 2005 indie favorites Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have worked their way up from a weekly Pianos residency way back when to the mammoth Hammerstein on the biggest night of the year. Out with the old and in with the new: It's a time for looking back and looking forward for the little Brooklyn-Philadelphia quintet that could. Tonight's performance and a soon-to-be-released second album should determine whether they're a flash in the pan. Will the boys follow their evil sides down the road that gave us the unlistenable "Clap Your Hands!" intro and the horrifically titled "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," or will they listen to the good angel on their other collective shoulder and produce more songs like the winsomely melodic "Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)"? At 8, 311 West 34th Street, $95–$140 (Ticketmaster says it's $42). K.H.

The Hook
The Neverland party kicks off at this rustic music space in industrial-but-trendy Red Hook. Turntable guests include DJ Monk (of Rabbit in the Moon) and Skylab 2000 featuring Sunrize, Pleasurehead, Havok, and ODI. Catch glimpses of cruising party boats and the fireworks over at the Statue of Liberty from the Red Hook waterfront, and then enjoy a late-night/early-morning urban adventure making your way back to civilization using Red Hook's limited public transportation (so travel with friends). At 9, 18 Commerce Street, Brooklyn, 718-797-3007, ticketweb.com, $25. A.B.

Irving Plaza
The boys and girl of Brazilian Girls are the thinking man's party band, setting Neruda poetry and odes to the Deutscher Bauernkrieg to dance music to lounge by. Not Brazilian at all, they're nonetheless cosmopolitan and multilingual—but all that worldly sophistication has local roots. The Girls came together at Nublu, the tiny Avenue C bar that has nourished a stable of artists including the Wax Poetics crew and Kudu. Now they're on their second album,Talk to La Bomb, and they've been remixed by the likes of egghead dance maestro Matthew Herbert. At 9, 17 Irving Plaza, 212-777-6800, $55 in advance, $60 at the door. K.H.

Mars 2112
This space-age-themed two-level club and bar promises a "Martian landscape" and a party that's "out of this world." But this isn't for kids—it's 21 and up. Admission includes a six-hour open bar and entrance to Capitale's after-party. One advantage: You'll be near the action in Times Square, but you won't have to do without bathrooms or heat. At 8, 1633 Broadway, 212-843-2400, $115, V.I.P. $215.A.B.

Mercury Lounge
Two Brooklyn indie bands plus one intimate L.E.S. club equals a New Year's Eve without the hubbub and hassle that will be strangling the rest of Manhattan. Public Image Ltd.–loving, Gang of Four–sounding Radio 4 have continued their dance-punk ways with this year's Enemies Like This. Oxford Collapse's Sub Pop debut, Remember the Night Parties, may not quite equal the Feelies-feeling freshness of their earlier releases, but they've retained their trademark jittery, jangly guitar and snarky bass, and their live show rocks. At 8, 217 East Houston Street, 212-260-4700, $25. K.H.

Opium NYC
What better way to end the old year than by breaking in a spanking-new nightclub? Opium gets the 2007 revelry started right for those willing to take the gamble and try a new venue on such a monumental night. Music will be hip-hop, dance, and Top 40. At 9, 47 Park Place, 646-862-2772, $100–$150. A.B.

Pete's Candy Store
Martinis will be flowing at this New Year's bash. There's an open mic from 5 to 8 p.m., and a lineup that includes two Massachusetts bands: punk rockers Drive Like July, and the "post-hardcore," "organized chaos" group Shot Heard 'Round the World. At 8:30, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, 718-302-3770, free. A.B.

Pink Elephant
This Chelsea nightspot makes its home in the building that once housed the legendary Tunnel. The "exclusive" bottle service crowd drinks Cristal under the pearl-and-crystal chandeliers, nestles into private alcoves, and puts up with a smallish dancefloor. Dress is cocktail/semi-formal, and DJ Mitch will spin house music. Open bar until 3 a.m. At 9, 527 West 27th Street, 212-463-0000 or 212-843-2400, $175, V.I.P. tables for parties of six or more are $250, "ultra V.I.P." tables for parties of eight or more are $300 per person. A.B.

Sequoia
Wrap up the old year with a dance party at the nautical-themed seafood restaurant Sequoia. Enjoy a six-hour open bar and harbor view as you welcome 2007 from Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. DJ Sal Basile will be spinning a mix of hip-hop, rock, and dance music. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres include miniature burgers and sushi rolls, and there's a champagne toast at midnight. Admission buys you access to Capitale's after-party. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 3 a.m., 89 South Street, 212-255-4223, $100–$175. A.B.

Snitch
This Chelsea rock 'n' roll bar is not for celebutantes, and it's a good thing. Though tough guys and goth rockers like Metallica and Marilyn Manson have played shows at dark and grunge-chic Snitch, it's a warmer venue than you'd imagine: There's an intimate circular stage, they serve up chicken wings and mac and cheese, the DJ plays '80s rock classics all night long, and you can watch the ball drop on 13 different screens. The club is owned by Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver, and Brett Scallions from Fuel, so although no celebrity rock star friends of theirs are signed up to perform on New Year's, keep in mind that it's not unreasonable to assume they might stop by. (Axl Rose, anyone?) The "comfort food" buffet will be available until midnight, and drinks will be flowing from the open bar until 3 a.m. At 9, 59 West 21st Street, 212-727-7775, $115 for general admission, $155 for V.I.P., $60 after 12:30 a.m. A.B.

Southpaw
The "It's the Rub" New Year's Eve party is taking place in a 5,000-square-foot music venue in Park Slope that was converted from a 99-cent store. Check out Down South, the new downstairs bar with plasma TVs and a projector so you can watch what's going on upstairs. Party all night with DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, and guest DJs Catchdubs, Caps, and Jones. At 9, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236, ticketweb.com, $50. A.B.

12-Turn-13
Locals Beyond and Wolf+Lamb celebrate the holiday tech-house style with out-of-town guests (and fellow promoters, label bosses, and DJ-producers) from Philadelphia's Foundsound label. Sometimes Sean O'Neal plays quirky pop in Flowchart—but tonight in his Someone Else guise he'll churn out four-four that clanks like a slowed-down locomotive and spews loops of verbal and bodily tics. Additional minimal house and techno will be supplied by the gamelan-playing Kate Iwanowicz, a/k/a MIskate, who co-founded the label and delivered its inaugural release, the delightful Rip It Cookie Muenster. With DJ Spinoza. At 8, 172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn. K.H.

Twin's Lounge
Why not spice up the last hours of 2006 with some salacious dancing in the boogie-down Bronx? DJ Franklin Ayala will set the dirty dancing in motion with classic Latin beats at the "Salsa and the City" New Year's fete. There's even an early-evening salsa lesson for partygoers who want to tune up their waistlines. That lesson will come in handy: The intensity promises to go up a notch after midnight, when these hip-shaking regulars mix it up with some merengue, bachata, and the hustle. Dance lesson at 6:30, 1756 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, 718-597-6539. A.B.

Webster Hall
Who needs Times Square when the Hall's management boasts the biggest balloon drop in the world? Z100 will be broadcasting from the four-floor club, along with eight different DJs and a surprise live performance by a "chart-topping artist." Somehow this party also includes a flying trapeze, a 2 a.m. breakfast buffet, a bagpipe orchestra playing "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight, and liquor service until 8 a.m. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 212-353-1600, white-ticket admission is $60, cash bar; silver-ticket is $125; 2007 membership card gets you free admission until 1 a.m.; V.I.P. tables for four are $599; note the $40 after-hours ticket (2 a.m. onward). A.B.


ADVENTURE

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Affairs Afloat
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The Affairs Afloat paddleboat and two Djs bring Top 40, retro, r&b, and hip-hop to the Statue of Liberty fireworks display. The boat offers a three-hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres; a dockside continental breakfast follows at 1 a.m. Boards at 9, Pier 40, West Houston Street and the West Side Highway, 212-843-2400, $144. K.K.

Fireworks
Catch the fireworks in Central Park at midnight, without breaking a sweat. Best place to watch? Some say Bethesda Fountain. Enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street and you'll avoid the runners lining up for the 5K. A.B.

Brooklyn's got its own fireworks extravaganza, the 25th annual fireworks show in Prospect Park, at midnight at Grand Army Plaza. (This is the northern part of Prospect Park's Long Meadow, near the Memorial Arch.) Watch from Grand Army Plaza, the western side of the Prospect Park Drive loop, or along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. (Park on Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park West, and nearby side streets.) Or find a friend with a rooftop in Park Slope or Prospect Heights. Call 718-965-8999 for info. A.B.

If you want views of several fireworks shows (from Staten Island, Prospect Park, Central Park, and New Jersey) and don't want to spend a lot, bundle up and grab a bottle of champagne to welcome 2007 from the Brooklyn Bridge. For an organized group expedition, complete with a professional tour guide spouting Brooklyn Bridge trivia, join the 12th annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk. Organizers say you might also catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building light show. At 10:30, departs from Blimpie's restaurant, 38 Park Row, 888-377-4455, newyorktalksandwalks.com, $35 pre-paid credit card reservation includes refreshments and prizes; $40 to join that night ($20 for kids under 15). A.B.

Bike
Bikers and skaters can join Time's Up, the environmental activist group behind the monthly Critical Mass rides, for their ninth annual New Year's Eve Party Ride to Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Meet under the arch in Washington Square Park or join the pack a bit later as they pass Madison Square Park (23rd Street and Broadway, near the Flatiron building) around 10:40 p.m. By 11:15 they'll be at the Sherman statue in front of the Plaza Hotel, 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. At 10:30, Washington Square Park, 212-802-8222, times-up.org.A.B.

Bowl
Bowl the night away in borrowed shoes at the city's 68-year-old colorfully retro-styled bowling alley. The open bar is just that, and there's a full dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. From 9 p.m. through 3 a.m., Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, 4th floor, 212-255-8188 x10, $95 and up. A.B.

Run
Resolving to get in shape for the New Year? Start 2007 off right with the Midnight Run in Central Park organized by the New York Road Runners Club. The evening begins at Tavern on the Green with a DJ and dancing, a costume contest and parade, and then fireworks and the 5K at midnight. Champagne at the halfway point will keep you tottering toward the finish line, and Emerald Nuts, the race sponsor, is offering a $300 cash prize for the "Emerald Nuttiest" costume. Non-athletic friends and family can volunteer with the Road Runners. At 10, Tavern on the Green, Central Park West and 67th Street, 212-860-4455, nyrr.org, $35 registration fee for nonmembers who sign up before December 16, $40 after that. A.B.

Bargemusic
This all-Bach performance proves that you can find classical music right on the water, for both culture and fireworks: Bargemusic is a floating chamber-music hall on the Brooklyn side of the East River. Price of ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and wine. At 7, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, 718-624-4061, $125. A.B.

The Circle Line Fleet
Celebrate the New Year with a four-hour cruise to see the fireworks above the Statue of Liberty. Each ship offers a full open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, DJs, a midnight champagne toast, and the option of watching a live broadcast of Times Square just like you would at home. The 143-foot luxury Zephyr departs from the South Street Seaport while the Miss Circle Line leaves from Battery Park. From 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zephyr , South Street Seaport Pier 16, $175;Miss Circle Line, Battery Park Slip 3, $125, 866-925-4631. K.H.

Cloud 9 IV
The 135-foot charter ship enters the watery fray for the usual deal: fireworks and Liberty, open bar, dancing to current hits—and a four-course dinner of filet mignon and lobster tail. Boards at 9, New York Skyport Marina, 23rd Street and the East River, 212-843-2400, $165. K.H.

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.

Spirit Cruises
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.


BALL DROP

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 shoes—you'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.


RESTAURANTS

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Buddha Bar
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In the mood to ring in the New Year with Asia-inspired décor, French-Asian cuisine, and a club soundtrack that’s 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.

Commodore Grill
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.

40/40 Club
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.

Lucky Cheng's
Tricks aren't for kids at the "Pimps and 'Hos" bash taking place at this infamous pan-Asian eatery—known more for its To Wong Foo–like waitstaff and raunchy cabaret shows than its cuisine. Freak the night away with a lap dance from a sexy tranny, while one of the cross-dressing waiters/waitresses caters to your culinary whim. The drag queen show promises to have you salivating just in time to enjoy entrées like the Kyoto aged grilled sirloin, macadamia-nut-encrusted chicken, pan-roasted ginger duck, and oven-roasted vegetable napoleon. This sounds like the right freakin' way to start the New Year. Seating at 6 and 11, 24 First Avenue, 212-995-5500, $40 and $90 respectively. A.I.

Megu
This extravagant temple of Japanese cuisine offsets its 13-page menu, devotion to location-specific top-notch ingredients, and award-winning wine list with certain nightclub-like flourishes—among them an ice carving of the Buddha and a focus on cocktails. New Year's Eve is no exception, and the judicious appreciation of umami will be set to a hip-hop, rock, and an '80s soundtrack. Doors open at 8, 62 Thomas Street, $100. K.H.

Night of the Cookers
Everybody will know your name once the party kicks off at Fort Greene's favorite neighborhood chomping ground. The regular after-work crowd will take the reveling up a notch as DJ Ras spins hip-hop and r&b all night at the cozy restaurant's New Year's jam. If last year's party is any indication, you won't remember a thing until two days into 2007. Tickets include a buffet and champagne at midnight. Blackened catfish, bourbon chicken, spinach ravioli, and the blackened-seafood platter are some of the notable selections on the menu. At 9, 767 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-797-1197, nightofthecookers.com, $30 in advance. A.I.

Water's Edge Restaurant
Luxuriating with fine food and wine is as good a way to usher in the New Year as any. Bask in the beauty of the Manhattan skyline as a Finland-born chef serves up seafood (Virginia crab bisque, grilled sturgeon) and local specialties like Long Island duck breast. You can also check out the selection of artisanal cheeses, including an Amish-made cheddar and a Tuscan pecorino fossa. Manhattanites enjoy the extra bonus of being able to ride the private (and free) "river boat" water taxi service available at 34th Street and the East River, adjacent to the heliport. Seatings at 5:30, 6:30, and 8:30, 44th Drive and the East River, Long Island City, Queens, 718-482-0033, $65 per person, $200 for 8:30 seating. Valet parking available. A.B.

Alphabet Lounge
There's a pink-lit disco ball glittering above an elevated platform at this Lower Manhattan joint. Maybe that's all you need to know if you want to ring it in John Travolta–style and dance the night away under the spell of the hottest tracks. The space is vibrant and sports comfortable banquet seating and an array of artwork. Admission includes an open bar from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., hors d'oeuvres, champagne at midnight, and a continental breakfast in the morning. The DJ will spin hip-hop, '80s and '90s jams, and Top 40 rock. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 5 a.m., 104 Avenue C, 212-780-0202, alphabetnyc.com, $100. A.I.

The Back Room
Like a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the entrance is unmarked and down a set of stairs in a dark alley. Inside, there's a sliding bookcase that's actually a door leading to another bar, and the bouncers are selective—but everybody knows about this place by now. Investor Tim Robbins has been spotted tending the bar, where drinks are served in teacups and the beer bottles are wrapped in brown paper bags. 102 Norfolk Street, 212-228-5098, price and time TBA. A.B.

Bar 13
Described as part lounge, part club, and part oasis, this trendy watering hole boasts three floors of dancing delight. DJs will spin Top 40 hits and hip-hop classics on the lower level, while '80s rock will rule the second. The price of a ticket buys access to an all-weather roof deck with smoking lounge, a five-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a flute of champagne at midnight. Tasty treats will include vegetable crudités, combination purees with grilled pita, goat cheese toasts, tomato and olive oil bruschetta, jerk chicken skewers, and mini meatballs. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 4 a.m., 35 East 13th Street, 212-843-2400, $125. A.I.

Chelsea Brewing Company
True alcoholics will appreciate the inevitable glory of drinking in the New Year in a 12,000-square-foot microbrewery and, oh yeah, restaurant. The view isn't too shabby either; the party takes place behind a two-story wall of glass that allows a view of the Hudson. Drink in style at one of the genuine mahogany bars or light it up in the cigar lounge. A DJ will provide the music, and the price of a ticket includes an open bar, appetizers and dinner buffet, and champagne at midnight. At 9, Pier 59, Chelsea Piers, 212-336-6440, $90 in advance, $115 at the door. A.I.

NoCa
Rumor has it that this nightspot was voted Soho's hippest new bar and lounge, but that shouldn't prevent dive lovers out there from bingeing in the New Year with five hours' worth of free drinks at the spacious bars on the lower level and the wraparound-deck area upstairs. A world-renowned DJ (shh, it's a surprise) is scheduled to spin hip-hop, rock, and '80s music from an elevated booth for your booty-shaking pleasure. General admission includes access to all bars, champagne at midnight, hors d'oeuvres, and free tickets to the after-hours party. V.I.P. perks include a platter of food, bottles of premium vodka and champagne, strawberries and chocolate, and access to a private room. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 4 a.m., 323 West Broadway. $90 general admission, $225 V.I.P.A.I.

Porky's
An open bar and a mix of hip-hop, rock, and '80s music—that's the plan for half the bars in the city on New Year's. If cowskin furniture, a barnyard theme, barbecue, and an atmosphere that pays tribute to Coyote Ugly and Hogs & Heifers are your idea of a big celebration, there's only Porky's. 55 West 21st Street, $85.K.H.

Triple Crown
How does this Williamsburg watering hole stick out from its neighbors? With its sleek Scandinavian minimalism, it's better designed than most of them, and it's curiously, deliriously free of indie rock. The night's DJs weren't announced before press time, but given that Peanut Butter Wolf, Rob Swift, Waajeed, Hollertronix, Schoolly D, and Qool Marv have played here in the past, Triple Crown's record suggests that there should be some serious hip-hop stalwarts. Admission includes a five-hour open bar and catered food. At 9, 108 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-388-8883, $80. K.H.

Under Bar
Here is the perfect venue for those New Yorkers who like to leave the city for New Year's Eve, either in search of a better party or to avoid local madness. A curious compromise might be to spend the night in a hotel basement, and one way to avoid the crowds at the likely crowded Union Square W Hotel's subterranean bar is to nab one of Under Bar's private curtained cubicles, where you can pull a cord for drink service during the five-hour open bar. Doors open at 9, W Hotel, 201 Park Avenue, 212-358-1560, $135 and up. K.H.

The Village Pourhouse
One part New York tavern (wood-burning fireplace, gas lamps, open kitchen with American fare), one part college sports bar (21 flat-screen televisions, 50 types of bottled beer and 24 drafts). Private rooms are also available: Ask about the Dugout, the Vegas Room, and the Red Light. This spot gets festive for New Year's with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres till after midnight. V.I.P. admission includes a bottle of champagne and one bottle of call liquor. The DJ will be spinning until 4 a.m. At 9, 64 Third Avenue, 212-843-2400, $100, V.I.P. $125. A.B.


PERFORMANCE

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New Year's Lincoln Center
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The New York Philharmonic sticks to classical favorites for New Year’s Eve. Versatile soprano Audra McDonald is a master of many genres: She’s appeared in musicals such as Carousel and Ragtime, fulfilled her Juilliard classical training by working with the Houston Grand Opera and several symphony orchestras, and branched out into television with a Law & Order appearance. Her musical director, Ted Sperling, has a number of big Broadway conductor and orchestration credits under his belt, most recently for his award-winning work in A Light in the Piazza—and he played the conductor who went down with the ship in Tiitanic. Tonight McDonald, Sperling, and the Philharmonic will tackle hits from films including My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and A Star Is Born. At 8, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-875-5030, $82–$235. K.H.

Ace of Clubs
If you're up for some country-and-western music with an urban edge, check out the local honky-tonk lineup at Ace of Clubs, a Greenwich Village venue downstairs from Acme Bar and Grill. Scotty Karate starts the night off, followed by Brooklyn's banjo-playing, Hank Williams–and–Johnny Cash–inspired Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion, and "garage country" by Uncle Leon & the Alibis. Get riled up as UncleFucker—a "psychobilly-bluegrass-metal" band who describe themselves as "country music on crystal meth"—take the stage at midnight for their "last show ever." Admission includes a midnight toast and party hats. At 9, Acme Bar and Grill, 9 Great Jones Street, 212-677-6963, brooklyncountrymusic.com, $10. A.B.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
You can skip the overpriced open bars (and the inevitable hangover) and opt for some cultural enrichment instead: Get your hands on a pair of tickets to see people far more muscled than you dance and flex into the New Year. Even the modern-dance rookies will appreciate the great moves set to good music from this 48-year-old company of African American dancers. The performance starts off with The Golden Section, choreographed by Tony winner Twyla Tharp, with music by David Byrne. Gamelan Gardens by Karole Armitage "plays with notions of time and place"—fitting for a night when many of us look back and recall our revelry in years and places past. Revelations is a spiritual Alvin Ailey–choreographed piece inspired by the words of Langston Hughes. (Watch for Brooklyn's own Dwana Adiaha Smallwood.) At 7, 405 West 55th Street, 212-405-9020, $35 and up. A.B.

Birdland
If you've had enough of DJs spinning dance music, opt for something a little more refined and check out the jazz club that was once home to Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and Sarah Vaughan. The gorgeous Hilary Kole entertains with Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. At 8 and 11, 315 West 44th Street, 212-581-3080, $40 and $60, food and drink minimum at the tables. A.B.

Blue Note
Contemporary-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (a Woody Shaw protégé) takes the stage for two sets at the legendary West Village jazz joint. Pianist-vocalist Jon Regen, a New Jersey native, opens up the show and Puerto Rican–African American singer-songwriter Kelli Sae plays the late set. At 7 and 10, 131 West 3rd Street, 212-475-8592, $60 for the bar and $95 for a table at 7; $95 for bar and $150 for a table at 10; $25 for the late show. A.B.

Bowery Ballroom
Patti Smith dances barefoot, spits on the floor, and heckles the audience. The crotchety punk poet returns to the Bowery for her annual set of New Year's shows. The night belongs to her and leaves her plenty of room to revisit her full body of work; chances are this year's performances will include selections from the wondrous and seminal Horses (which she re-recorded last year) as well as the election year– appropriate Whitman-esque democratic anthem "People Have the Power." The Rimbaud-channeling new wave priestess and ultimate New Yorker's blend of critique and celebration, coupled with her loyal audience's enthusiasm (and its expected but unusual diversity in terms of age), is just about the perfect way to end one year and start another. Doors open at 9, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111, $55. K.H.

Caroline's Comedy Club
A few chuckles might help usher in the New Year. Check out the two shows at Caroline's. Both shows feature comedians Pete Correale, Rodney Laney, Wil Sylvince, Rich Vos, and Bonnie McFarlane. There's also the pre-show dinner and V.I.P. seating at Caroline's Supper Lounge (two-drink minimum). A DJ provides the tunes for a late night of dancing. But beware: Caroline's is near Times Square; be prepared to battle the crowd. At 8, 1626 Broadway, 212-757-4100, $38 for the early set, $92 for the late show.A.B.

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Line up for the Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine if you're looking for a less raucous time. This year's meditative, candlelit concert, a New York tradition started by Leonard Bernstein, features opera singer Lauren Flanigan with conductor Glen Cortese and host Harry Smith. Seating for this concert is first-come, first-serve. A very limited number of reserved seats are on sale. (Tip: Those hoping for free admission should arrive early, because capacity is reduced by the renovation and cleaning of the cathedral.) At 7, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, 212-316-7540, $55 for reserved seating, free otherwise.A.B.

Joe's Pub
Sandra Bernhard starts the year off raunchy with two shows at the Pub. But the real party is the after-party at 11:59, a downtown performance showcase co-hosted by cult drag star Dina Martina (who's known for her signature "camel toe" and Vegas outfits). The part cabaret, part rock show, part late-night/early-morning dance party sponsored by the online portal scenedowntown.com includes the Wau Wau Sisters, Electric Fiction, the Fabulous Entourage, Mike Albo, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Neal Medlyn, Bridgett Everett, Tangerine Jones, Glenn Marla, and Cintra Wilson (as the Emperor Nero). At 7:30 and 10:30, 425 Lafayette Street, 212-967-7555, $100 and $150, after-party $30 in advance, $40 at the door.A.B.

Knitting Factory
Mates of State are an organ-and-drums indie-rock duo originally from Kansas (now they're married with a kid and live in Connecticut) playing emo-pop with a new wave synthetic sound and quirky harmonies. The group +/- open for them. Also, U-melt, a jam band, play two sets at the 2 a.m. show. At 10:30, 74 Leonard Street, 212-219-3006, knittingfactory.com $20, late show also $20. A.B.

Laugh Lounge NYC
The talent lineup hasn't been announcedat this comfortable, no-frills Lower East Side stand-up comedy club, but admission to the New Year's Eve show includes four drinks and a champagne toast, a DJ, appetizers, and party favors. Shows at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and 1 a.m., 151 Essex Street, 212-614-2500, $75 at 8; $95 at 10; $50 for the late show.A.B.

Madison Square Garden
In what's becoming a New Year's Eve tradition, the ever rotating cast of Georgia's always fan-pleasing Black Crowes and their blues-based new-classic hard rock migrate north for the holidays, supporting the release of their Lost Crowesalbum, culled from previously unreleased mid-'90s recording sessions. Two less arena-oriented acts also get time on the big stage: Along for the ride are Louisville's reverb-loving alt-country jam-band favorites My Morning Jacket and Grammy-nominated psych-tinged blues rockers the North Mississippi Allstars. At 9, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 212-465-6741, ticketmaster.com, $45–$65. K.H.

Peter Norton Symphony Space
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players have been offering their interpretations of Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and the rest of Sullivan's scores and Gilbert's wit since 1974 under the tutelage of founder, general manager, and artistic director Albert Bergeret—when he isn't directing lesser-known Verdi operas for the New York Grand Opera, that is. Tonight the NYGASPers indulge in their annual champagne gala, pairing songs, scenes, and audience-request improv with complimentary bubbly. At 8, 2537 Broadway, 212-864-5400, $55–$75. K.H.

St. Bartholomew's Church
It's everything from Bach to Broadway to the Beatles at St. Bart's on New Year's Eve. The church offers the Brandenburg Concerti with Anthony Newman and the BachWorks orchestra. Later on, William K. Trafka, St. Bartholomew's director of music, takes over on the new organ console, playing Broadway and Beatles classics as well as music by Whitlock, Buxtehude, and Neely Bruce. Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" is the musical selection scheduled for the stroke of midnight. At 8, 109 East 50th Street, 212-378-0222, $35 and $45, $20 for students/seniors.A.B.

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