Look, we're not gonna knock procrastination: It's one of the finest art forms available. But if you're tempted to put off making your New Year's Eve plans until 4:57 p.m. on Monday, December 31, you might as well pack it in and call it a year.
To avoid the danger of a dud of a NYE, check out the options for New Year's Eve parties, dinners, and more in Broward and Palm Beach counties. This list includes everything from super-casual buffets or light bites to lavish five-course feasts prepared by premium chefs. Check out the options and get cracking on those reservations.
Update: Previous listings for Blue Martini included incorrect information. They've since been updated.
101 Ocean. New Year's Eve 2013 Block Party with champagne toast, live music, and party favors. Mon., Dec. 31, Free. 101 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-776-8101, 101oceanlbts.com.
American German Club of the Palm Beaches. New Year's Eve dinner and party, with music by Bob Houston Band. Hors d'oeuvres to start the night. Dinner menu includes surf and turf, stuffed baked potato, mixed vegetables, rolls and butter, and cake with coffee. Beer, wine, and soda included. Champagne toast at midnight. Reserved seating only, Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $100, 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, 561-967-6464, americangermanclub.org.
Athena by the Sea. New Year's Eve celebration, surf and turf at the newly remodeled Athena by the Sea. Complete dinner with a champagne toast. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Live band and performances from the Athenian Dancers and exotic belly dancer Zamara. Experience their new liquor system that serves zero-degree vodka, tequila, and ouzo, Mon., Dec. 31, $85, 4400 Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-771-2900, athenabythesea.net.
B Ocean. Choose from three options with varying culinary offerings and celebratory cocktails. All hotel and dinner guests receive complimentary access to the VIP poolside party with a DJ spinning the latest dance music, a live feed of the ball drop in Times Square, party favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and more, Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m., $69-$199, 999 Fort Lauderdale Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 888-66BHOTELS, boceanfortlauderdale.com.
The Big Easy. Live music by Funkabilly Playboys, special dinner, and champagne toast at midnight, Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $59.95, 1925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-924-3006, thebigeasybarandgrille.com.
Blue Martini. All Blue Martini locations are hosting a special New Year's Eve celebration with live entertainment and champagne specials. For more information visit Blue Martini's NYE guide and select your preferred location.
Cafe Boulud. Four-course dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or five-course dinner with champagne toast, party favors, and dancing starting at 8 p.m., $95 or $299, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-6060, cafeboulud.com.
The Capital Grille. A special dinner with a pre-set menu with appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert, excluding beverages., Mon., Dec. 31, $95, 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-446-2000.
The Capital Grille. A pre-set menu with appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert, excluding beverages., Mon., Dec. 31, $95, 11365 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-4994, thecapitalgrille.com/about/main.asp
Clematis Street's 500 block. Jacuzzi Boys, the Resolvers, Parallels, Astrea Corp, Killmama, Casey Hopkins Duo, and Walk of Shame. Laser light show, largest confetti cannon exhibition, party favors, gogo dancers, body painting, VIP open bar, and appetizers from Longboards., Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $10-$75, between Quadrille and Rosemary, West Palm Beach.
da Campo Osteria. New Year's Eve celebrations include a special four-course prix fixe dinner. To start, diners can select from the antipasti portion of the menu which will including the wood oven roasted foie gras; tuna crudo, and langoustino alla griglia. Next, diners can choose between porcini mushroom risotto, cannelloni di maiale, or butternut squash ravioli. For the main course, choose the dry aged filet of rib eye, pollo arrosto al funghetto, or pan roasted bluenose seabass. Dessert options include ricotta zeppole, tiramisu, and amaretto fudge truffle. A complimentary glass of champagne is included. Seating times are 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., $130, inside the il Lugano hotel at 3333 Northeast 32ND Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-226-5002, dacamporestaurant.com.
Deck 84. Celebrate the New Year with Intracoastal views and refreshing cocktails. Guests can dine from an exclusive New Year's Eve menu offering a number of new entrees from executive chef Jon Greening. Half price drinks at the bar with food purchase all night long and kids eat free from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Regular menu also available. Special guest DJ. Monday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. to midnight, 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-8484, deck84.com.
Delray Beach Playhouse. A Celebration of Songs from Broadway Musicals, with a wine, cheese, and champagne reception., Mon., Dec. 31, 2 & 7 p.m., $40-$60, 950 NW Ninth St., Delray Beach, 561-272-1281, delraybeachplayhouse.com.
Dirty Martini. New Year's Eve Party, Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $30 general admission/$115 per person for table reservations, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-799-1115, dirtymartinipalmbeach.com/rcpsp/Home.aspx.
The Dive Bar. NYE karaoke, with Freddy the Karaoke Guy. Buffet, $2.50 drafts, champagne toast, prizes, and drawings including a trip to Las Vegas. Drink specials and free jello shots, Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., free, 3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-9264, thedivebarfl.com.
The Field Irish Pub & Eatery. Celtic Mayhem, three course set menu for $40 per person, plus tax, tip, and $10 entertainment fee paid at booking. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $30 early bird special from 4 to 6 p.m., Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m., free, 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 954-964-5979, thefieldfl.com.
Henry's. American classics and seafood are available on their prix fixe New Year's Eve menu. Choose from a wide variety of options ranging from signature salads like the chopped grilled vegetable ($10) to appetizers like the shrimp flatbread, tuna and salmon carpaccio, or lobster bisque ranging from $9 to $16. Entrees range from a 12-ounce grille ribeye, veal cutlet parmigiana, or rainbow trout almondine range from $22 to $34. Mon., Dec. 31, 5 to 10 p.m. 16850 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, 561-638-1949, henrysofbocaraton.com
Historic Sundy House. Executive chef Lindsay Autry (a Top Chef finalist) has created a special New Year's Eve menu. First seating features a four-course chef tasting menu with options, $75 plus tax and gratuity. Second seating featuring a five-course chef tasting menu with options, $165 plus tax and gratuity. Also including champagne toast, hats, and noise makers, and the First Choice Band., Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30-6:30 and 8:30-9:30 p.m., $75-$165, 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561-272-5678, sundyhouse.com.
Il Bacio. Starting at 8 p.m., the annual Mardi Gras-themed New Year's Eve event will feature sexy stilt-walking jokers, live entertainment, and music by resident DJ Brett Sylvia. VIP guests will have a selection of party packages, starting from "Canal Street" to the "French Quarter" to the high rollers with "Bourbon Street." At the stroke of midnight confetti will fly, balloons will fall, and champagne will burst., Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Prices available by contact, 29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-865-7785, ilbacioofdelray.com.
Inedit - Spanish Cuisine and Tapas Lounge. New Year's Eve party, with an authentic Spanish dinner. The night includes a prix fixe dinner menu, party favors, live DJ, and a flamenco show. There will be a champagne toast with 12 grapes to ring in the New Year at midnight., Mon., Dec. 31, $140 per person, 115 S. 20th Ave., Hollywood, 954-925-0050, ineditrestaurant.com.
Italian Red Sauce. New Year's Eve Gala Night, with live music, balloons, party favors, dancing., Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $75 per person, 3828 N. University Drive, Sunrise, 954-533-8347, italianredsauce.net.
Kapow! Noodle Bar. Open bar for $30, or choose from the regular menu. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., 431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-347-7322, kapownoodlebar.com.
Lips. Masquerade Ball with the Divas, three-course pre-gala prix fixe dinner with two seatings at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Includes drag show, party favors, champagne toast, and dancing., Mon., Dec. 31, 7 and 9:30 p.m., $35-$75, 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-567-0987, lipsusa.com.
Mai-Kai. New Year's Eve Polynesian Style, Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m., $21-$40, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-3272, maikai.com.
Mardi Gras Casino. French Quarter New Year's Eve buffet for $49.95 from 5 p.m. to midnight, the Hit Men perform at 10:45 p.m., Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m., Free to $50 dinner, 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, playmardigras.com.
Max's Grille. Choose selections from the raw bar, or get the $45 prix fixe menu. Mon., Dec. 31, open until midnight, 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-368-0080, maxsgrille.com.
Max's Harvest. Regular menu. Mon., Dec. 31, open until midnight, 169 Northeast 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561-381-9970, maxsharvest.com.
The Mexican. The full menu will be available. 133 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-300-5280, themexicanbymax.com.
The Pavilion Grille. New Year's Eve dance party, with DJ, dinner buffet, dessert bar, and champagne toast. Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $35-$99, 301 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-912-0000, paviliongrille.com.
RA Sushi. "RA"ckin' New Year's Eve Bash, enjoy festive food and drink specials while a DJ spins music throughout the night. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., free, 201 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, 954-342-5454, rasushi.com.
RA Sushi Bar. "RA"ckin' New Year's Eve Bash, enjoy festive food and drink specials while a DJ spins music throughout the night., Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., free, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. 4105, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-340-2112, rasushi.com.
The Rooftop Resort. Club Eden's New Year's Eve Party, with dance music, light buffet, champagne toast, BYOB bar, rooftop pool, and playrooms., Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $80 per couple/singles welcome, 1215 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-925-0301, rooftopresort.com.
Stephane's. The French American restaurant will serve a special a la carte menu with two seatings; 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m., Mon., Dec. 31, 2006 NW Executive Center, Boca Raton, 561-893-8838, stephanesrestaurant.com.
Tanzy. Four-course dinner with optional wine flight for additional charge. $69 to $79 plus $25 for three wines, Mon., Dec. 31, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-922-6699, tanzyrestaurant.com/boca.
Tap42. Open bar with craft beer on draft, cocktails, champagne, plus food, DJ, and photo booth. Mon., Dec. 31, $150, NYE@Tap42.com, 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-4900, tap42.com.
Thasos Greek Taverna. Ring in the New Year in refined elegance as Thasos celebrates its first New Year's holiday. The restaurant, open for regular business from 5 to 7 p.m., will serve a special, New Year's Eve, prix-fixe, five-course dinner, priced at $125 per person including tax, and tip, at 9 p.m. To begin, diners will enjoy "Little Bites" including foie gras pate, smoked salmon, and grilled chicken brochette. For the second course, diners can choose between a choice of a jumbo, lump crab cake, grilled Mediterranean octopus, diver sea scallops, or keftedes. Next, diners have the option of a Greek or Mediterranean seafood salad. Main courses range from an oak grilled filet mignon, lamb chops, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, or synagrida. Desserts to choose from include crème brûlée, chocolate torte, berry parfait, and apple strudel. A complimentary glass of champagne will be included., Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $125 per person, 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-200-6006, thasostaverna.com.
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