12/27/2012 01:00:00 PM

5 Smashing New Year's Eve Dinners & Parties in Boston

The Beehive
Still short on New Year's Eve plans? No worries. We've got you covered with some good picks.

The Beehive: This South End American gets funky with its Sixth Annual Discothèque Burlesque New Year's Eve 2013, where guests are treated to a Parisian burlesque performance, ‘60’s pop music and an evening of hors d’oeuvres and desserts buffet style. The cash bar features signature cocktails, including Moët & Chandon champagne (9 PM-2:30 AM; $115 per person or $75 per person with out the food; 617-423-0069).

City Landing: Chef Bill Brodsky is presenting a special land-and-sea four-course prix fixe menu, which includes dishes such as Island Creek Oysters three ways; emulsified butter-poached lobster risotto with truffle scented Parmesan; hoisin-chili lacquered pork butt; and dessert (from 5 PM; $72 per person; 617-725-0305).

Haru: Leave your worries behind as part of the celebration at this Back Bay Japanese hot spot. The three-course meal with bubbly marks Haru’s “bonekai” or “year-forgetting” with choices that include King crab dumplings; grilled garlic shrimp; and a banana spring roll with chocolate dipping sauce (seatings begin at 5 PM; $45 per person, including complimentary glass of sparkling wine; 617-536-0770).

Spirit of Boston: Go all out with a dinner cruise aboard this elegant ship in and around Boston Harbor. Enjoy a buffet dinner, DJ music and dancing, a champagne toast at midnight and great views of the fireworks (8 PM board; 9 PM-1 AM cruise; $129 per person; 866-310-2469).

Temple Bar: Celebrate with a three-course tasting at this Cambridge American, where you’ll get items like a slow-braised venison Osso Bucco and Mexican chocolate bread pudding among the choices (5-10 PM prix fixe menu, with $10 discount with reservations before 6:30 PM; $55 per person; late-night menu served 10 PM-12 AM, and drinks served until 2 AM; 617-547-5055).

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