Ballin' New Year's Eve 2010 Dining Options

<em>Tien Mao/Gothamist</em><p></p><strong>Vinegar Hill House</strong>: For some reason, this oh-so-charming <a href="">Brooklyn restaurant</a> is serving an <a href=""><strong>American Psycho</strong></a> themed New Year's Eve menu. From <a href="">their website</a>: "So get your axes, your plastic rain slickers, and your bone white business cards and come join us for an '80s themed menu and midnight champagne toast in the theme of Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 psychological thriller." <p></p>So what does the $55 Prix Fixe menu entail? Well, first off you have your choice of Salad Nicoise of smoked sable, fingerling potatoes, Nicoise olives, estratto coulis and olive brine vinaigrette; a Chinese style duck with szechuan cabbage and mango coulis in steamed buns; butter poached langostines with nasturtium and avocado salad, jicama petals and persimmon-jalapeno aioli; OR black bean and clam chowder with fois grois, espazote and huitlacoche. Entree options include a Santa Fe Chicken Cordon Bleu served with chipotle chevre, chorizo and hominy, and an Elk Chop with gravlax latke, pickled beet coulis, and raspberry-dill bearnaise. And after a sorbet plate-cleanser, there's a raspberry jelly roll with creme anglais and raspberry coulis, or a butterscotch trifle. Bring your own chainsaw and try not to feed any stray cats to ATMs on the way there.<p></p><em>72 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 522-1018</em>

Camaje Bistro: In what is becoming a New Year's Eve tradition, Camaje Bistro in the West Village will once again be hosting the Dark Dining Project. For those who don't know, Dark Dining entails a small group of diners eating together while blindfolded, designed to provoke the "perfect blackout" (we know a few other ways to achieve the same results). It is $135 for the 7 p.m. meal and $145 for the 10 p.m. meal, which comes with a champagne toast to the all-encompassing darkness at midnight.85 MacDougal Street, (212) 673-8184 or (917) 686-7474 Online Tickets

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<em>Ken Goodman</em><p></p><strong>Octavia's Porch</strong>: If you just need some "world Jewish" food before the New Year begins, Top Chef alum-run <a href="">Octavia's Porch</a> is offering a special New Year's Eve menu. <a href="">Nikki Cascone</a>'s meal starts with pickled vegetables for the table, and for appetizer there is the choice of sauteed chicken liver salad served with red grapes, celery and rye matzoh, or Gefilte fish with horseradish, lime and radish followed by a salad option of mushroom, jalapeno and fennel ceviche or radish, carrot, wild arugula and apple salad. For entrees there is the option of buckwheat tagliatelle with roasted garlic, goat cheese and radicchio or Long Island duck breast with sweet potato latkes and spiced vanilla-apple sauce. Dessert is either drunken apple crumb cake or homemade ice cream with apple matzoh.<p></p><em>40 Avenue B, (212) 677-4096</em> <a href=";r=50434&amp;m=8&amp;p=2&amp;d=12/31/2010%207:00:00%20PM"><em>Opentable Online Reservations</em></a>

Katie Sokoler/GothamistFatty 'Cue: Get your 'cue on for NYE with this epic $75 prix fixe menu (with three seatings at 5 p.m, 7 p.m and 9 p.m) that kicks off with an amuse bouche and a glass of champagne. Then you get your appetizer on with a She Crab Bisque followed by a Winter Kale salad served with pear, smoked blue cheese and smoked tea egg. The main dish is a smoked Brandt Beef Prime Rib with jus, potato and cauliflower gratin, followed by a 'Cue Brussels sprouts made with maple, chili and 'Cue bacon. To wind down the meal portion of the night, there is a first prize pie & cream. But it doesn't end there, 'cause if you get the dinner, you also get into the late night party starting at 11 p.m for $50. There's going to be an open bar with draft beer, can beer, red, white, sparkling, cocktail specials. You can go to the party without the dinner, but then it's $65.91 South Sixth Street, (718) 599-3090

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The Darby: If you like to celebrate the upcoming year by pretending you're about 50 years in the past, book a table at The Darby. The nostalgia-obsessed 14th street spot is offering two seatings, with the first one at 6 p.m costing $200 and the second seating, which kicks off at 9:30 p.m, going for $400 per moneybag. The meal starts with an appetizer of either Darby Maine lobster bisque or seared Yellowfin Tuna with uni, parsley and lemon. The second course is a choice of braised oxtail with onion marmalade, "Egg" ravioli with black truffle and parmesan, seared Hudson Valley Fois Grois with local grapes and ginger, or Lamb's lettuce salad with sherry and chopped truffles. The third course options include Darby "Carpetbagger" Steak with crispy oysters, Roasted all-natural chicken with seared artichoke hearts and garlic breadcrumbs, White Asparagus with Hen-of-the-Wood mushrooms or Scallops with Veal bacon and Brussels sprouts. And for dessert there's the Darby Baked Alaska, a dark chocolate cake with flaming bananas and dark rum, a cheese and fruit assortment and petit fours. Both dinners come with a live show and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne.246 West 14th Street, (212) 242-4411

Reservations required

<strong>Esperanto</strong>: East Village Pan-Latin/Brazilian bistro <a href="">Esperanto</a> has a solid New Year's Eve deal, serving a $35 prix fixe dinner with three courses and a champagne toast in addition to the a la carte menu. For appetizers there is the option of Oysters served with ginger orange sauce, Plantain crusted goat cheese on a bed of sauteed leaks with a cilantro pesto or a Tuna Ceviche in a ginger spiced coconut broth. For entree you have your pick of Filet Mignon served with fried Yucca and sauteed Spinach, Moqueca Bahiana with shrimp, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cashews and Dende with rice and Farofa, a marinated Pork Filet Mignon served with mashed sweet potato and sautéed spinach or a Grilled Tuna rubbed in spiced adobo, served with orange, lime, avocado, pepper salsa and rice. For dessert there's the choice of Chocolate Volcano cake or Coconut Flan. There's also going to be live entertainment with the Catarina dos Santos Trio performing Brazilian music, forro and samba from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am. <p></p><em>145 Avenue C, (212) 505-6559 </em>

<strong> Marc Forgione</strong>: There's only one option if you want to eat at a restaurant run by <a href="">The Next Iron Chef</a>, and it's at Marc Forgione's eponymous Tribeca restaurant. This <a href="">doyen of New American cuisine</a> is offering two seatings for New Year's Eve. The first seating begins at 5:00 p.m and includes 5 courses for $95. The second seating is when the party is really going to get started. It kicks off at 9 p.m and goes into the night with a DJ and champagne at midnight.<p></p> Let's take a look at the menu, which starts with an Amuse Bouche of Hammock Island Oysters, Pineapple Habanero Gelee, Taylor Bay Scallops, Uni and tangerine. This is followed up with an appetizer of bigoli, 24 hour duck leg, Black Trumpet mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and Apollonia cocoa powder. A Hiramasa au Pierre Poivre served with Bacon braised Collard greens, hash browns, ginger ketchup and Quail Eggs comes just before the entree of Filet &amp; Fois Grois Rossini. This is a Creekstone Filet Mignon and Hudson Valley Fois Grois served with sauce Rossini and Black Perigord Truffles. To freshen up your palate, there's a Grapefruit Granite after the entree. For Dessert you have the option of a Hot Chocolate Sundae served with Marshmallows and Cinnamon whipped cream or a Rum soaked Torta with Blood Orange syrup and Creme Fraiche ice cream. <p></p>The first seating and second seating menus are identical with the inclusion of a Maine Dayboat Lobster served with Capers, Raisins, Cauliflower emulsion and American Caviar served between the bigoli-Duck leg dish and the Hiramasa during the second seating.<p></p><em>134 Reade Street, (212) 941-9401</em> <a href=";restref=21229"><em>Opentable Online Reservations</em></a>

<strong>World Yacht</strong>: If you never thought you'd <a href="">be on a boat</a> for NYE, then this is the cruise for you. World Yacht is going to be hosting its New Year's Eve fireworks cruise on the Hudson, with Chef Denis Weekes in charge of the grub. The five course menu begins with a "special" Amuse Bouche and vegetable sushi, followed by an Artisanal Cheese Plate or Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Aged Sausage. There's going to be a Mesclun Field Greens Salad with Roasted Beets, Dried Cranberries and Blood Orange Vinaigrette before your choice of Prime Filet Mignon, Broiled Atlantic Salmon or Roasted French Cut Breast of Chicken for an entree. To finish there's a dessert smorgasbord including Petite Cheese Cake, Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Count on a champagne toast at midnight, followed by an on-board party after the boat docks at 1 a.m.! It's not going to be a cheap New Year's Eve, with tickets for the four hour cruise costing $350. But money is no object when you're on a boat!<em>Pier 81, West 41st Street on the Hudson River, (212) 630-8100 or 1-800-498-4270</em> <a href=""><em>Buy Tickets Online</em></a>

<strong>Hotel Griffou</strong>: If you've got a big group, or you're <a href="">just into restaurants named after 1870s flophouses</a>, then check out Hotel Griffou. They're going to be having two seatings with the four course first seating at 6 p.m costing $95 and the five course second seating going for $175 and lasting into the early morning. The menu will include dishes such as Lobster Pot Pie, Seasonal Tagliolini, and Roasted Suckling Pig, along with Prime Dry Aged Beef Sirloin, Lump Crab &amp; Uni Salad, Foie Gras Terrine, and Venison Tartare. At midnight there's going to be a toast and a dessert sampling and a lot of high-fives.<p></p><em>21 West 9th Street, (212) 358-0228</em> <a href=";r=41875&amp;m=8&amp;p=2&amp;d=12/20/2010%207:00:00%20PM"><em>Opentable Online Reservations</em></a> or <em></em>

<em>Loreley Williamsburg</em><p></p><strong>Loreley</strong>: If you're younger (or perhaps even hipper) than the crowds frequenting the other places on this esteemed list, maybe one of the <a href="">Loreley</a> siblings is a good pick. Both locations will be serving a three course New Year's Eve dinner for $38. The menu begins with an option of Potato, Tomato or Pea Soup or Mixed Salad. For an entree you've got the choice of Grilled Filet Mignon served with beer braised Brussels sprouts and potato croquettes, Eisbein, a grilled pork shank served with mashed potatoes and housemade sauerkraut, Kartoffelgratin, a vegetarian casserole with potatoes, mushrooms, onions and spinach, topped with curry sauce or a Sauerbraten which is a beef roast marinated in vinegar and spices, potato dumpling, braised red cabbage. Dessert options include a homemade apple strudel with vanilla sauce or traditional German Christmas stollen cake. The meal also comes with your choice of 1/2 liter of beer or a glass of mulled Glühwein. After all that, there is a New Year's Eve Super Party with a 3 hour open bar from 10-1 a.m for $70.<p></p><em>64 Frost Street, Brooklyn, (718) 599-0025<p></p>7 Rivington Street, (212) 253-7077</em>

<strong>Lowcountry</strong>: For the best Coastal food from South Carolina and Georgia that you're going to get in the boroughs, head to <a href="">Lowcountry</a> for their four-course $79 prixe fixe menu in addition to their a la carte menu. The meal starts with some pre-appetizer appetizers including pimento deviled eggs, vidalia onion dip with Old Bay chips and Bourbon liver mousse. Then you have you choice of Crawfish Ravioli with sweet potato and brown butter or Chicken Fried Fois Grois with cornmeal waffle, persimmon onion jam and maple gastrique. The entree options are Lowcountry Boil made of lobster, andouille sausage, hominy and new potatoes or Braised Short Rib with Anson Mills cheddar grits, beet greens and caramelized onion. For dessert, it's your pick of pear pie with ginger ice cream or chocolate peanut butter layer cake with praline ice cream. You also get that glass of bubbly at midnight, on the house, of course.<p></p><em>142 West 10th Street, (212) 255-2330</em> <a href=";restref=15889"><em>Opentable Online Reservations</em></a>

<strong>Brooklyn Winery:</strong> If your favorite kind of sauce is the alcoholic kind, then head to Brooklyn Winery, where they're hosting an open bar night which is divided into three distinct "themes." The first of which is an American theme where they will be serving all American wines with a live jazz band in the lower bar. In the mezzanine there's going to be an open bar hosted by the good folks from the "traveling wine saloon" known as <a href="">The Noble Rot.</a> Finally, in the production room there is going to be the "New World" themed open bar, serving wine from colonization-era superstars like New Zealand, South Africa and several Latin American countries. They also just got an epic sized 160" screen in the production room where they'll air the ball drop while serving prosecco. And a quirky Magnolia Photo Booth will snap mustached shots all night, as DJ Miss Bliss spins a mix of old school soul and pop dance tunes. Tickets are $85 in advance and $100 at the door. That price includes a spread of "hearty food" and plenty of charcuterie.<p></p><em>213 North 8th Street, (347) 763-1506</em> <a href=""><em>Purchase Tickets Online</em></a>

<strong>The Vanderbilt</strong>: There's not a lot to say about <a href="">Saul Bolton</a> that hasn't already been said. Having brought respect to the borough by critics and diners alike with Saul, he opened <a href="">The Vanderbilt</a> in Prospect Heights last year. The joint is going to be open for New Year's Eve with a special prix fixe menu for $65 per person. You have the choice of a Mackeral Crudo with butternut squash agro dolce, golden raisins and pinenuts; artisinal strozzapreti pasta with wild mushrooms, parmesan and arugula; roasted local Skate with cauliflower puree and sauce grenobloise; and a loin of lamb with potatoes boulangere, bacon, glazed rib and scallion. For dessert there is a chocolate hazelnut tart with brown butter ice cream.<p></p><em>570 Vanderbilt Avenue, (718) 623-0571 </em>

<strong>Smoke</strong>: <a href="">Smoke Jazz &amp; Supper Club</a> is putting on a pretty special evening if you're a Jazz fan, with Miles Davis alums the George Coleman Quartet playing for the two seatings throughout the night. The menu is full of rich options, with the appetizers including a mini puff pastry pizza made with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and caviar; a seafood bisque made of shrimps, scallops and chives; a wild mushroom ravioli with reggiano parmesan, red baby mustard greens and truffle butter; and a frisee salad with pancetta bacon, poached egg and croutons. The entrees include a black truffle coq au vin served with pancetta, mushrooms, diced carrots, pearl onions and yukon gold mashed potatoes; a butter poached lobster with hand cut fettuccine, confit tomatoes and parmesan; and braised short ribs with saffron risotto, mascarpone and Parmesan. The two seatings share a menu, with the first seating adding an oyster pan roast to the appetizer. The first seating is $128 per person and you get one set of music, while the second seating is $228 with two sets of music and prosecco with chocolate dipped strawberries at midnight.<p></p><em>2751 Broadway, (212) 864 6662</em> <a href=";fuseaction=home.venue&amp;VenueID=314"><em>Buy Tickets Online</em></a>