Members of the 50-and-older set may not share the same view of what makes the optimal New Year's Eve. Some boomers go for a big gala event; others prefer a quiet dinner party with a midnight Champagne toast. We give you both options:
THE SCENE An aura of conviviality prevails at this tasteful Italian classic.
THE CELEBRATION A low-key event with a four-course dinner (main course options include lobster and veal chop) that comes with wine. Midnight Champagne toast with hats and noisemakers.
WHEN 8 p.m. to midnight
THE PRICE $95 a person.
THE SCENE Big-time gala fills the Grand Ballroom of this elegant hotel.
THE CELEBRATION Following cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be a three-course dinner. Open bar, live music and dancing and a countdown to midnight with hats and noisemakers. Overnight packages are available.
WHEN Ballroom opens at 9:30 p.m.
THE PRICE $195 per person, all-inclusive, with reservations and payment in advance.
THE SCENE This spacious country club overlooks Long Island Sound.
THE CELEBRATION A candlelight ball with high-end buffet dinner (items such as shrimp cocktail and filet mignon) and five-hour "top shelf" open bar. DJ and percussionist provide dance music. Live simulcast of Times Square ball drop at midnight.
WHEN 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
THE PRICE $125 all-inclusive, per person.
THE SCENE This serious wining-and-dining destination draws an Epicurean set.
THE CELEBRATION A quiet four-course dinner (one option will be elk chop) that includes a Champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant will stage its own balloon drop while everyone watches Dick Clark in Times Square.
WHEN After 8:30 p.m.
THE PRICE $75 a person (beverages other than the Champagne toast are additional, as are tax and tips).