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Eat Wild Boar, Drink Bubbly as You Ring in the New Year: Review

December 28, 2011

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Whether you prefer to welcome 2012 in black tie or a t-shirt, New York City has the right place for you.

Uptown or downtown, luxe or louche, elegant or debauched, there is a swank hotel, cutting-edge celebrity lounge or disco haven to suit your taste.

Here is MY round up of some choice New Year’s Eve spots:

Savory Food

How about feasting on Maiale -- roasted pork, black truffle vinaigrette, matsutake mushrooms and parmigiano?

That’s just one of the specials concocted by A Voce Columbus executive chef Missy Robbins for her New Year’s Eve menu.

There’s dancing to a live band, plus you get a superb view of the Central Park fireworks. $400 per person.

TimeWarner Center. Information: +1-646-358-3770; www.avocerestaurant.com.

Exclusive Gig

The Meatpacking District on New Year’s Eve?

Definitely not advisable, unless you wind up at the uber- exclusive Top of the Standard.

The black-tie party features a midnight show with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. Once more into the bleach?

Tickets range from $250 per person for standing, to $4,500 for a six-person table in a prime location.

Doors open at 10 p.m. at 442 W. 13th St. Information: +1- 212-645-7600; standardnyc.myshopify.com.

Stately Elegance

The swankest New Year’s Eve in the city harks back to the 1950s with a gala black-tie dinner created by chef Jacques Sorci at the Carlyle Restaurant.

It’s followed by dancing in the lobby to the Peter Duchin Orchestra. The cost is $550 per person.

There’s also a $125 brunch buffet featuring hangover remedies on New Year’s Day, with seating at 12 p.m., and, for really hard partiers, 2:30 p.m.

The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th St. Information: +1-212- 744-1600; www.rosewoodhotels.com.

Bubbly Bonanza

Champagne is the star at Eleven Madison Park this New Year’s Eve.

My favorite of the special cocktails dreamed up by head bartender Leo Robitschek is the Old Cuban made with aged rum, mint, lime, Angostura Bitters and Champagne.

Topping the Champagne festivities will be Krug Special Cuvee poured from magnums for $55 a glass.

There’s live jazz, an early seating five-course tasting menu for $125, and the main event, a seven-course menu at $575.

At 11 Madison Avenue. Information: +1-212-889-0905; www.elevenmadisonpark.com.

Disco Funk

Cover yourself with sparkles and revert to the days of decadent disco at the Glitter Ball.

This over-the-top extravaganza features the funk’n’rock ensemble Po’ Boys Brass Band, beatbox & horns funk duo The Hornitz and more, much more.

Drag kings and queens, aliens and spacemen, welcome, so, just another night out in Brooklyn.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St., Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Information: www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html.

River Boat

Catch the Statue of Liberty fireworks up-close from the comfort of the World Yacht’s Duchess.

Board at 9 p.m., sail at 10 and sit back for a five course dinner with open bar, dancing and a midnight Champagne toast.

The dockside party continues till 1:30 a.m. $350 per person.

Pier 81, 41st Street and the Hudson River. Information: +1- 212-630-8100; www.worldyacht.com.

Truffle Menu

Treat yourself to truffles at Lincoln. The highlight is Jonathan Benno’s imaginative “Bianco e Nero, piatto di pasta per due,” an indulgent pairing where guests share and compare a plate featuring white truffles and one with black for $65-$130.

There is also an $85 tasting menu and a la carte offerings.

It’s a good choice for those attending the Metropolitan Opera’s world premiere of “The Enchanted Island” or the New York Philharmonic’s gala concert of Gershwin and Bernstein.

At Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-359-6500; www.lincolnristorante.com.

Romantic Pop

Michael Feinstein and Kelli O’Hara perform two shows (7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) to see in the New Year at the city’s most stylish cabaret spot.

Prices range from $175 to $600, with dinner and flowing Champagne included with the second show.

Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. Information: +1-212 339-4095; feinsteinsattheregency.com/performance.php?id=586.

New York Skyline

The black tie festivities at the River Cafe begin at 7:30 p.m. with a caviar and Champagne reception.

This is followed by a 5-course dinner and dancing to a six piece orchestra. Midnight brings a complimentary bottle of Perrier Jouet, all against the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. $565 per person.

At 1 Water Street, Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-522-5200; www.rivercafe.com.

Wild Boar Sliders

Todd English is throwing a party in the private dining space of The Plaza Food Hall.

From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. there’s an open bar, dancing to a DJ, plus various food stations offering oysters, shrimp, lobster, clams and mussels, cheese boards, sushi, a carvery with prime rib and wild boar sliders. $225 per person.

Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue at Central Park South. Information: +1-212-986-9260; www.theplaza.com.

Russian Violin & Caviar

For music lovers, there’s a private concert by virtuoso Russian violinist Alexander Markov at the Russian Tea Room.

Feast on oysters, caviar, Stroganoff and sturgeon followed by a midnight after-party.

The VIP Dinner is $475 per person with less-pricey options also available.

At 150 West 57th St. Information: +1-212-581-7100; www.russiantearoomnyc.com.

(Nick Passmore writes on wine for Bloomberg Businessweek. Any opinions expressed are his own.)

--Editors: Zinta Lundborg, Lili Rosboch.

To contact the writer of this column: Nick Passmore at nick@nick onwine.com.

To contact the editor responsible for this column: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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