There are only a few hours left before we say "adieu" to 2010. But if you're still at a loss for exactly how to ring in the New Year, don't panic. There is still a host of great plans to be made—from festive three course dinners to great parties. Better yet, all of our picks are in and around the neighborhood, meaning no fighting off the masses to hail a taxi at 3 a.m.
There are more than a few local eateries with great New Year's Eve menus and reservations still available. Skip dinner and go straight for dessert at Four Course New Year's Eve Tasting Menu ($40, reservation required). will host live entertainment, free giveaways, noise makers and more. Melt has a special New Year's Eve pre-fixe and plenty of bubbly. Kappa Sake House, meanwhile, is open until 1 a.m. with a pre-fixe menu and sake pairings. has an early seating ($35) and a late seating ($65) for its three-course pre-fixe, with live music. is a great deal with a four-course dinner for two, complete with bubbly, for $59 a piece. And pre-fixe is a steal as well, at just $20.11 for three-courses.
Park Slope's bars are the perfect venue for laid-back New Year's Eve. The Gate will host its annual no-cover New Year's Eve event, complete early bird specials and a champagne toast. The Double Windsor won't be ringing in the New Year in any special way, but will surely be packed as usual with South Slopers. Hit for a cozy night of beer drinking to a great soundtrack. , High Dive, , Mission Dolores and will all be lively spots for imbibing as well.
Har Mar Superstar, a true performance artist, will play ($30 at the door) with champagne at midnight and DJ's spinning until 4 a.m. The Bell House, meanwhile, hosts a Brooklyn Soul New Year's with Marva Whitney and Bill Prince performing funk and Motown. Presales are sold out, but the venue will release limited tickets today at 5:30 p.m. Barbes heads back in time to 1960s Spanish Harlem to ring in the New Year with The Spanish Fly. Or get down and dirty with Mr. Brownstone, a Guns N Roses cover band, at 's first New Year's Eve party, complete with a free champagne toast.
Head to , where comedian Mr. Murray Hill comes to Park Slope for a fun night of dancing, DJs, burlesque and stand-up entertainment. The hosts the Reverse Dance Band, Prospect Follies Dance Troupe and a light show for a spectacular New Year's Eve event. For $175, enjoy open bar, a cocktail reception, and a five-course meal. A few tickets will be available at the door for 's Happy House New Year's Eve Celebration, featuring DJ Pink Stallone and DJ Eddie Mars, plus, naturally, lots of bubbly. Tickets are also still available both online at the door for Casino Royale 002 in Gowanus, a fancy casino-themed bash at the 3-floor UltraViolet club hosted by The Block Association.
Start the New Year off with a literal bang (and for free) with the fireworks at Grand Army Plaza, sponsored by Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Prospect Park Alliance. Hot refreshments and musical entertainment will begin at 11 p.m.