2006_12_food_newyearhat.jpgOkay, so you left it to the last minute once again. Never fear, there are still options for eating out on New Year's Eve. Time Out New York rounds up options for every budget, ranging from $20.07 snacks and apps at the Silverleaf Tavern (the bottomless glass of wine will cost you an additional $70, however), to a five course dinner at Cafe Gray including unlimited champagne and dancing for $550. Citysearch has a fairly long list, with most of the menus hovering around the $100 range, and Open Table lists restaurants serving their regular menus in addition to those with special New Year's Eve menus (we wouldn't mind spending our New Year's Eve at Blue Smoke, which is serving their regular menu that night -- any year is off to a great start with sidecars and ribs).

We've also heard about a few more options that caught our eye: Mercadito is celebrating New Year's Eve with a 5 course sharing menu at both of their locations for $50 (food only) or $80 (food and specially paired cocktails). Lannie Ahn's Izakaya Ten has two options, depending on your mood, budget and appetite: an eight course dinner for $100 or a six course dinner for $80. Each comes with with sake or wine pairings. Call ahead for reservations.

Mercadito, 179 Avenue B 212-529-6490; Mercadito Grove, 100 7th Ave South, 212-647-0830.
Izakaya Ten, 207 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd St., 212-627-7777.