This New Year’s Eve you can take your pick: Be an armchair traveler at the State Theater’s “Salute to Vienna”; get soaked (in a Japanese hot tub) at Onsen for All in Kingston; drink champagne and watch fireworks at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick; or, if you’re single, you can be princess for the night at the Professional and Business Singles Network party at the Holiday Inn in Monmouth Junction, where they’re handing out tiaras. No matter what you do, drink responsibly and choose a designated driver.
Joe DeVito, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. $35 to $50 (late show). 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Salute to Vienna, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Musicians, singers, and dancers from the Strauss Symphony of America, Vienna Dance Project, and soloists Akiki Nakajima, soprano; and Karl Michael Ebner, tenor. $47 to $97. Optional New Year’s Eve party at the Heldrich Hotel across the street, $175. 6 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Concert, Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522. trentonsymphony.org. $25 to $65. 8 p.m.
Jolson & Company, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Musical featuring Robert Thick as Al Jolson and Peter Wright on keyboard. $35 includes dessert, a split of champagne, and show. Dinner package available. 7 p.m.
Princeton Country Dancers, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609-924-6763. www.princetoncountrydancers.org. English country dance and contra.Introduction to basics at 7:30 p.m. Pot luck buffet at 11:30 p.m. Welcome to 2010. Dancing to 12:30 a.m. No partner required. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in. $20. 7 p.m.
Ballroom Blitz, Central Jersey Dance Society, Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Basic swing lesson with Janie Zitomer at 8:30 p.m. Party hats, favors, dance mixers, non-alcoholic beverages, and refreshments. Music by DJ Phil Chan. Semi-formal dress. $10. 8 p.m.
Lawrence Historical Society, Brearley House, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-895-1728. www.thelhs.org. Revelers of all ages gather in the Maidenhead Great Meadow to light up the night with a traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve bonfire. The ancient tradition celebrates a clean break from all that had been bad in the old year. Hot cocoa, cake, and music follow indoors at the Brearley House. Free. 6 p.m.
Food & Dining
Daryl Wine Bar, 302 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-253-7780. www.darylwinebar.com. Three-course dinner, $55; with wine, $75. Five-course dinner, $55; with wine pairings, $105. Live music after 8 p.m . 5 to 10 p.m.
Marcello’s, 200 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-298-8360. www.ilovemarcellos.com. Four-course dinner with a bottle of Moet. Register. $65. 5 p.m.
Rocky Hill Inn, 137 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, 609-683-8930. Three-course dinner with champagne toast. Opera singer Liana Guberman performs. Register. $60. 5 to 10 p.m.
Vidalia, 21 Phillips Avenue, Lawrenceville, 609-896-4444. www.eatatvidalia.com. Four-course meal with a champagne split. Register. $65. BYOB. 5 p.m.
Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. The grounds are open exclusively to Rat’s Restaurant’s dinner guests. Five-course tasting menu and live jazz. $80 (plus tax and gratuity); $125 with wine. 6 p.m.
Tre Piani, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-452-1515. www.trepiani.com. One-hour open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, four-course dinner with cash bar, dancing all night, $95. Tre Bar offers open bar and tapas. $95. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Also, Tre Bar. Open bar and endless tapas. Register. $95. 8 p.m.
State Theater’s New Year’s Eve Party, Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Food, dancing, open bar, live band, champagne toast, live and silent auctions, and fireworks at midnight. Register. $175. 6 p.m.
Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-828-4444. www.stageleft.com. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and wine. Register. $159. 8:30 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club, Forsgate Drive, Monroe, 732-656-8924. www.forsgatecc.com. Open bar, cocktail reception, four-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, dancing to the Jonathan Ashe Band. $199 per couple. 8:30 p.m.
Grand Cocktail Reception, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Open bar, food stations, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and live music by 3D. Register. $99. 9 p.m.
Mediterra, 29 Hulfish Street, Palmer Square, 60-9-252-9680. www.terramomo.com. Passed tapas, stations, dessert table, party favors, and cava toast. Patty Cronheim band until 1 a.m. $45 plus alcohol. 10 p.m.
Health & Wellness
Blue Moon New Year’s Eve, Onsen For All, 4451 Route 27, Princeton, 609-924-4800. www.onsenforall.com. Yoga, kirtan, meditation, art making, trance drumming, teas, snacks, hot tubs and saunas. Suzin Green leads chanting and meditation accompanied by Daniel Johnson on tabla. Register. $55. 9 p.m.
Bob Egan, Bowman’s Tavern, 1600 River Road, New Hope, PA, 215-862-2972. www.bowmanstavernrestaurant.com. Open mic and piano. 8 p.m.
Winter Wonderland, KatManDu, Waterfront Park, Route 29, Trenton, 609-393-7300. katmandutrenton.com. Dinner buffet, open bar, DJ Joel Furness, and party favors. Register. $60. 8:30 p.m.
Mug & Muffin, 210 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-372-4081. Music and dancing with DJ Randy Now. Special menu with breakfast available at 1 a.m. Party hats, noisemakers, and television to watch Times Square. $5. 9 p.m.
Sotto 128 Restaurant and Lounge, 128 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-7555. www.sotto128.com. Dance music from the 1980s with DJ Darius. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Scott Rednor Band, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981.9:30 p.m.
Princeton Singles, Princeton Elks, Route 518, Blawenberg, 908-874-6539. Party. For ages 55-plus. Register. 7 p.m.
Dance Party, Professional and Business Singles Network, Holiday Inn, 100 Independence Way, Monmouth Junction, 888-348-5544. www.PBSNinfo.com. DJ with music from the 1960s to the present. Noisemakers, hats, and tiaras. Dressy attire. Cash bar. Ages 35 to 65. $35. 9 p.m.
Steppin’ Out Singles, Days Hotel, 195 Route 18, East Brunswick, 732-656-1801. www.steppinoutsingles.com. Dance, mix, and mingle. Hats, noisemakers, cake. Ages 40 plus. $35. 9 p.m.