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New Year's Eve: Dining

Where to dine in Boston on New Year’s Eve

Sel de la Terre is a place for those looking to include little ones in their New Year’s Eve plans.LAURIE SWOPE/file/Laurie Swope

We divided this New Year’s Eve dining guide into three parts. Our picks for party animals show you the best places to get down, as well as chow down; you can expect good food and a lively party scene. For lovebirds we’ve got a list of romantic hot spots where you can linger with your loved one over a glass of champagne and a leisurely meal out. For those celebrating with friends and family, we’ve included true crowd-pleasers, where you can comfortably dine with your grandmother, your best girlfriends, or your well-behaved 7-year-old.

For party animals

Trina’s Starlite Lounge Trina’s is hosting a “Mad Men’’-themed New Year’s party. $80 in advance (or $100 at the door) gets you tasty retro finger food including pigs in a blanket, smoked salmon canapés, and Swedish meatballs, plus an open bar, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. A DJ will be spinning everything from Sinatra to current dance favorites. Wear your best ’50s formal attire. 3 Beacon St., Somerville. 617-576-0006, www.trinastarlitelounge.com

Oishii Boston If you’re seeking tasty sushi and a swanky bar scene, Oishii Boston will be offering an eight-course prix fixe that includes wine pairings for $175. First seating, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; second seating, 9 p.m.-midnight. Live DJ spins at 11 p.m. 1166 Washington St. Boston, 617-482-8868, www.oishiiboston.com


Dante Those feeling naughty this New Year’s should check out Sin, the anti-resolutions cocktail party featuring the seven deadly sins. The $80 general admission (from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.) includes passed appetizers, as well as gluttonous food stations. Enjoy the DJ, dancing, and a bubbly toast at midnight. 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-497-4200, www.restaurantdante.com

For lovebirds

Hamersley’s Bistro The South End favorite will be offering a four-course prix fixe that begins with decadent choices like a New England shellfish platter or seared foie gras with a poached quail egg, frisée and black truffle vinaigrette. Move on to mains like skillet-cooked Eastern halibut with chanterelles and toasted hazelnuts, or grilled veal chop with golden brown Brussels sprouts and gorgonzola polenta. $125 per person with a champagne toast. 553 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-2700, www.hamersleysbistro.com


Orinoco: A Latin Kitchen Orinoco’s dim lighting and cozy corners give it a romantic feel, and a reasonably priced prix fixe will please those on a budget. The four-course menu includes dishes like pan-seared scallops with Cantimpalo chorizo and plantains with crispy sage, and spice-rubbed lamb tenderloin with picadillo, yuca crisps, mint geleé, and opal basil chimichurri. $37 per person with complimentary champagne. Reservations at 6, 7:30, 9, and 10:30 p.m. 477 Shawmut Ave., Boston. 617-369-7075. (Menu also available at the Brookline location, 22 Harvard St., 617-232-9505.) www.orinocokitchen.com

Rialto In addition to its regular menu, Rialto will be offering a festive four-course prixe fixe for $95. Dishes are also offered à la carte, and include bay scallop crudo, truffle risotto, and beef rib-eye with foie gras. Reservations available from 5:30-10 p.m. with music, dancing, and favors. 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-661-5050, www.rialto-restaurant.com

Friends and family

Bergamot Bergamot offers an elegant setting and impeccable service that is surprisingly family friendly. The early evening seating offers good value for those looking to celebrate before the ball drops; five courses for $75 between 5:30 and 7 p.m., and seven courses for $95 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Expect luxurious classics like Oysters Rockefeller and foie gras terrine. Wine pairings are also available, $45 for five-course, $60 for seven-course. 118 Beacon St., Somerville. 617-576-7700, www.bergamotrestaurant.com


Sel de la Terre For those looking to eat well and include little ones in the celebration, Sel de la Terre may be your best bet. Its prix fixe menu - which includes dishes like house dry-aged beef sirloin with crispy sweetbreads, maple-glazed Brussels sprouts and mousse of pommes purée, and roasted skate wing with preserved lemon crab cakes and haricot verts - is available in half portions for young gastronomes. For less adventurous eaters, the kids’ menu is available. $85 for an amuse bouche, choice of appetizer and main course, also a cheese tasting and dessert; $42 for kids’ half portion. (Sel de la Terre’s Long Wharf location is also offering a prix fixe for $95, or $42.50 for kid’s half portion. See website for details.) 774 Boylston St. Boston, 617-266-8800; 255 State St. Boston, 617-720-1300, www.seldelaterre.com

Hotel Commonwealth At Hotel Commonwealth you can party hop without ever hailing a cab, or even putting on your coat. In addition to its regular menu, Eastern Standard will be offering New Year’s specials and a sparkling beverage menu. After dinner, head downstairs to the Hawthorne Bar, a newly opened hangout for cocktail connoisseurs. And if the revelry continues past midnight, there is always the late-night menu at Island Creek Oyster Bar, where you can grab fried oyster sliders and honey drizzled buttermilk biscuits till 1 a.m. 500 Commonwealth Ave. Boston. 617-933-5000, www.hotelcommonwealth.com


Catherine Smart can be reached at cathjsmart@gmail.com.