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8 fun places to ring in 2010

East Northport, N.Y. - Friday, December 18, 2009.

East Northport, N.Y. - Friday, December 18, 2009. A DJ, right, entertains the crowd on Friday night at The Library Cafe on Main St. in Farmingdale. Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress

Here's a New Year's Eve trivia question: Who was Guy Lombardo?

If you don't know, then check out the list of New Year's Eve happenings below. Ryan Seacrest would approve.)

Nassau County

Library Cafe, 274 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-752-7678,

THE SCENE A spirited 20s-to- 30s set is drawn to the casual vibe of this American bar and grill, born a library 100 years ago (many cool old artifacts remain).

THE CELEBRATION A DJ will keep things spinning until 4 a.m. Open bar, hot and cold buffet, Champagne toast, party favors and live TV broadcast of Times Square ball drop. The kicker? A 2 a.m. breakfast buffet.

THE TIME 9 p.m. till the wee hours.

THE PRICE $50 a person (plus tax and gratuity), purchased in advance

Canz, 1610 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-227-2269(CANZ),

THE SCENE It's a perpetual frat party at this beer-driven spot, serviced by "Canz girlz" in tank tops and short shorts. The food? Much better than you'd imagine.

THE CELEBRATION The theme is "Cheerz with Beerz," featuring live music (top 40 and rock classics), a buffet meal and all you can drink draft beer and top shelf "cocktailz." TV midnight ball drop - hats, noisemakers, the works.

THE TIME 9:30 p.m. to midnight; cash bar afterward.

THE PRICE $45 a person, all-inclusive. 

Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails, 23 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-766-5049,

THE SCENE This recently expanded and glammed-up bar-restaurant draws a demo from 23 to 35.

THE CELEBRATION Dinner buffet with five-hour open bar. A DJ will keep everyone dancing. Expect a Champagne toast at midnight while everyone watches the ball drop.

THE TIME 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

THE PRICE $65 a person

 Speranza Fine Italian Food Studio, 7940 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-922-2400

THE SCENE A power crowd, mostly in their 30s and 40s, feeds on the vibe of this splashy Italian "studio" that does double duty as restaurant and club.

THE CELEBRATION Four-course Italian dinner, DJ, dancing. Champagne toast and ball drop at midnight with hats, noisemakers.

THE TIME 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

THE PRICE $59.95 a person plus tax and gratuity.

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 Suffolk County

 Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar, 69 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-321-1175

THE SCENE This rustic space draws food and wine-savvy young sophisticates, most in their 20s and 30s.

THE CELEBRATION Just for this night, the regular "small plates" format will be replaced by a menu of appetizers (such as roasted baby octopus), entrees (like seared lamb chops) and desserts (warm peach tart, perhaps). Special wine pairing available. Piped-in music; watch the ball drop at midnight with hats and noisemakers. Complimentary cab rides home offered to guests living within a 5-mile radius.

THE TIME 9 p.m. to around 2:30 a.m.

THE PRICE Appetizers, $7 to $12, entrees, $19 to $28, desserts, $8; 3-course wine pairing, $20.

Nisen Sushi, 5032 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-462-1000, (Also at 7967 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-496-7000),

THE SCENE Not your papa-san's Japanese restaurant, this lounge-y, glitzy spot attracts a hip club crowd in their 20s to 40s.

THE CELEBRATION Live entertainment with dancing; open bar, open sushi-sashimi bar. Also, "chef's special" kitchen selections.

THE TIME 9:30 p.m. to around 2 a.m.

THE PRICE $130 a person (includes tax and gratuity).

 HONU Kitchen & Cocktails, 363 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-421-6900,

THE SCENE This bar and restaurant is among downtown Huntington's hoppingest; the crowd is mostly in the 20s to 40s range.

THE CELEBRATION In the dining room, an a la carte menu augmented by specials (such as a luxury tasting plate with beef Wellington, lobster and rack of lamb). A party with DJ at the bar; midnight Champagne toast with party favors.

THE TIME 9 p.m. at the bar until the wee hours

THE PRICE $20 a person at the bar (dinner is separate)

 Pollo Rico Latin Bistro, 2435 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-471-0585

THE SCENE A dynamic Latin restaurant where both the music and the pan-Latin menu appeal to a 30-to-40-year-old crowd, many Spanish-speaking.

THE CELEBRATION A live orchestra for dancing the merengue or salsa. A three-course dinner comes with a pitcher of sangria. Midnight Champagne toast with party hats and noisemakers, the whole enchilada.

THE TIME 10 p.m. to around 3 a.m.

THE PRICE $49.95 a person.

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