Where to find great New Year's Eve meals

An undated champagne photo.

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Start the New Year off right — with a full belly. It’s not just about drinking anymore. Here are some great meals being offered around the city for New Year’s Eve 2011.

Back Forty

190 Ave. B, near 12th St., 212-388-1990

The party kicks off at 9 p.m. at this sustainably minded East Village eatery. It’s a one-stop shop featuring nose-to-tail hors d’oeuvres (including pork jowl nuggets, house pigs in blanket and pulled pork sandwiches), wine, local beer, specialty cocktails, and a D.J. spinning funk and soul music from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. An all-inclusive fee of $99 gets hors d’oeuvres, three drinks, gratuity, tax and Brown Paper Ticket charge. For reservations go to Brownpapertickets.com.

Benoit

60 W. 55th St., 646-943-7373

For those who want to keep the party going all night, Benoit will be having a traditional French late night party. From 1-6 a.m., the restaurant will be open and serving a French onion soup gratinee ($12) and Champagne specials ($8-$19), along with dancing and music from a special guest DJ.

Colicchio & Sons

85 Tenth Ave. at 15th Street, 212-400-6699

Start 2011 in a most luxurious way at Tom Colicchio’s Meatpacking spot. The restaurant will serve a truffle tasting menu (for $195) with Champagne pairings, in addition to its regular a la carte and tasting menus. Dining Room: 6-11p.m., Tap Room: 5:30-11 p.m.

EN Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson St., at Leroy St., 212-647-9196

Celebrate NYE with the Japanese custom of mochi-tsuki (pounding the mochi), where guests take turns pounding a giant Japanese rice cake. Chef Abe Hiroki will serve prix-fixe kaiseki menus (including vegetarian and children's options) that include dishes such as Alaskan king crab soba noodles. Guests at the last seating will enjoy a sake toast, as the staff breaks into a giant sake cask at midnight. A six-course gin kaiseki menu is $80/person; a seven-course kin kaiseki menu is $120/person. Seatings are available at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Kin Shop

469 Sixth Ave., nr. 11th St., 212-675-4295

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding Harold Dieterle’s second restaurant, so New Year’s might be a fun time to check it out. The Thai eatery will offer an $85 four-course family style menu — including dishes such as crispy rock shrimp cakes and braised short ribs — which includes a glass of champagne. Noise makers, horns, hats, and more will be passed out at midnight. Reservations from 6-10:30 p.m.

Landmarc

179 West Broadway, btwn. Leonard and Worth sts., 212-343-3883

10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor, 212-823-6123

Chef-owner Marc Murphy isn’t a fan of expensive, prix fixe-only menus, so he offers his regular menu, and stays open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Menu items include house specialties such smoked mozzarella and ricotta fritters and steak with béarnaise Sauce. Major plus: Murphy has pioneered a new pricing model, offering many wines at very low mark-ups. That includes celebratory Champagne.

Nios

130 W. 46th St., 212-485-2999

If you want to be in the heart of it all, this spot in Times Square will offer two seatings, one starting at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. The $120 prix-fixe four-course meal will include foie gras torchon, wild winter mushroom risotto and braised short ribs, and a complimentary glass of Champagne. As Times Square is blocked off for the night, diners will have to enter through the Sixth Avenue entrance and print proof of reservation to get into the area.

Ocean Grill

384 Columbus Ave., at 78th Street, 212-579-2300

The restaurant is offering a $70 prix-fixe early seating from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The second seating, from 9:30-10:30 p.m. is $95. The menu will include lots of seafood specialties such as butter- poached Maine lobster and jumbo shrimp with Meyer lemon risotto, fines herbes and Champagne emulsion. There will also be nice selection of Champagnes available by the glass and bottle.

Perilla

9 Jones St., btwn West Fourth and Bleecker sts., 212-929-6868

This nouveau American restaurant, from former “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle, will offer two seatings. We think the second one (which comes with party favors to ring in the New Year) is the way to go. The $95 four-course menu plus amuse bouche will feature dishes such as pan-seared foie gras, pancetta-wrapped veal tenderloin, and duo of wild pheasant. For early birds, there’s an $80 three-course meal being served from 6:30-8 p.m.

Rosa Mexicano Union Square

9 E. 18th St., 212-533-3350

This hip Mexican spot will be hosting a New Year’s Eve supper club. The bar area will include open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres for $75 and the dining room will feature an a la carte menu early in the evening, followed by a $65 four-course prix fixe menu after 9 p.m. The bar will be making specialty cocktails with Champagne and tequila. A DJ will be spinning throughout the night.

Savoy

70 Prince St., near Crobsy Street, 212-219-8570

Looking for a rustic-style celebration? From 6-10:30 p.m., this SoHo spot will offer a five-course $95 prix fixe menu, inspired by the chefs’ favorite dishes and revolving around foods cooked in the fireplace. Expect Wellfleet oysters, halibut with black trumpet mushrooms; and a rabbit and snail paella.

The Standard Grill

848 Washington St. at 13th St., 212-645-4100

The countdown to 2011 will begin 12 hours before midnight with a massive digital clock in the dining room. This scenestery spot will feature surprise performances throughout the night, coupled with a three-course prix-fixe that includes Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, butter-poached main lobster and Tahitian vanilla panna cotta. There will be two seating — First seating ( 5:30-7:30 p.m.) $125, second (9-10:15 p.m.) is $195.

For the (way) under-21 crowd:

Bill’s Bar & Burger at Rockefeller Plaza (16 W. 51st St.), Isabella’s(359 Columbus Ave.) and

 Wildwood Barbeque (225 Park Avenue South) are offering early kids’ NYE parties from 3-6 p.m. with face painters, balloons, party favors and a sparkling cider toast.

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