This New Year’s Eve, you can take your pick from gourmet dinners to comedy clubs to live theater, dinner theater, folk dancing, film, a light show in New Hope — even a Trenton Titans ice hockey game.
To whet your whistle, here are four ideas we think sound particularly fun. (See listings for details, phone numbers, and websites.)
Spigola Ristorante, 3817 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road, Hamilton, is offering eight early a la carte menu seatings from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A late prix-fixe menu begins at 9 p.m. Dance music from the 1970s and ’80s featuring Back in the Day DJ Anthony Bradley. $15 cover. Register.
For a truly authentic Spanish dining experience, plan to spend New Year’s Eve at Malaga Restaurant, 511 Lalor Street, Hamilton. The restaurant will be open noon to 11 p.m., offering its regular food and bar menu. Reservations suggested.
Nothing beats a classic comedy. On New Year’s Eve, you can catch “Broadway Bound,” the third play of Neil Simon’s autobiographical comedies recalls growing up in New York, at the intimate Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. $45 includes dessert (and Off-Broadstreet is known for its fabulous desserts) and a champagne toast.
If you prefer your comedy as standup, you need go no further than Catch a Rising Star at the Hyatt, 102 Carnegie Center, in West Windsor to see RC Smith and Adam Kerry. There are three shows, at 8. 9, and 10 p.m. Register. New Year’s Eve specials include dinner, dancing, an overnight stay, and champagne brunch. Call 609-734-4053 for packages.
Other events on New Year’s Eve include:
Restaurants * Music
Blue Rooster Cafe, 17 North Main Street, Cranbury. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Jazz supper with Doug Miller and Bernhard Geiger, piano and acoustic bass. 609-235-7539. www.blueroosterbakery.com.
Brothers Moon, 7 West Broad Street, Hopewell. 5 p.m. Prix fixe menu. Register. 609-333-1330. www.brothersMoon.com
Havana, 105 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve celebration with the Seven Band, a party band and dinner specials. Register. $10. 215-862-9897. havananewhope.com.
KatManDu, Waterfront Park, Route 29, Trenton. Open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., dinner buffet begins at 8:30 p.m., party favors, and champagne toast at midnight. DJ Jeff Scott. 21 plus. $50 to $60. Register. 609-393-7300. www.katmandutrenton.com.
Malaga Restaurant, 511 Lalor Street, Hamilton. Noon to 11 p.m. Regular food and bar menu. Reservations suggested. 609-396-8878. www.malagarestaurant.com.
Princeton Elks, 354 Route 518, Blawenburg. 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and buffet dinner with a 1970s theme, DJ, contests. prizes. Register. $50 and $60. 609-240-9694.
Party, Pure Restaurant and Lounge, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor. 9 p.m. DJs Dennis and Neils, five hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne toast at midnight. $125; $225 per couple; $299 with a room. 609-919-0770. www.charleslaurita.com.
Rat’s Restaurant, 126 Sculptor’s Way, Hamilton. Choose dinner from regular menu, or a five-course tasting menu with wine ($150) or without wine ($95). Champagne toast at midnight. Dance music begins at 8 p.m. Register. 609-584-7800. www.groundsforsculpture.org.
Rocky Hill Inn, 137 Washington Street, Rocky Hill. 6 to 9 p.m. Holiday opera nights presented by Liana Brooke Guberman, the soprano from Hillsborough. Reservations suggested. 609-683-8930. www.rockyhilltavern.com.
Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. 9 p.m. Open bar cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres,followed by carving stations, pasta bar, and desserts. Live music, dancing, and a countdown celebration with 3D. Register. $99. (Dinner from a la carte menu available from 4 to 6:30 p.m.) 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com.
Santino’s Ristorante, 1240 Route 130 South, Robbinsville. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Piano music. BYOB. Register. 609-443-5600. www.santinosristorante.com.
Spigola Ristorante, 3817 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road, Hamilton. Eight early a la carte menu seatings from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A late prix-fixe menu begins at 9 p.m. Dance music from the 1970s and ’80s featuring Back in the Day DJ Anthony Bradley. $15 cover. Register. 609-585-5255. www.spigola.net.
Trenton Social, 449 South Broad Street, Trenton. 9 p.m. Soul music by MC Pollack. $45 for open bar. 609-954-4080.
Tre Piani, 120 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. 9 p.m. Buffet dinner, dancing, and champagne feast. Register. $79. (Dining from regular menu from 5 to 7 p.m.). 609-452-1515. www.trepiani.com.
Villa Rosa Restaurant, Suburban Square Center, 41 Scotch Road, Ewing. 5:30 p.m. Carole Lynne performs with Nick Palmer on Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, New Year’s Eve, December 31. Villa Rosa has an Italian menu. BYOB. Call ahead for a reservation to sit near the duo. 5:30 p.m. 609-882-6842. www.villarosanj.com.
State Theater, Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick. 6 p.m. Food, dancing, open bar, live band, champagne toast, live and silent auctions, and fireworks at midnight. Register. $175 ($65 benefits the theater). Performance by the Strauss Symphony of America and dancers from Ballet St. Polten. $47 to $107. Packages available include tickets plus with two mid-orchestra tickets, two glasses of wine, and a box of chocolate for $164. VIP tickets include two tickets in a VIP box with drinks and refreshments in the donor lounge for $404. Packages including a room at the Heldrich Hotel range from $325 to $547. Dinner packages with Catherine Lombardi, Christopher’s Restaurant, Clydz, and Due Mari Restaurant are also available. 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
The Nutcracker and I, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. 2 and 8 p.m. Holiday musical comedy for the family about backstage happenings during a dance company’s annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Written by Gerard Alessandrini of “Forbidden Broadway” fame and Peter Brash, known for “Inspecting Carol.” $25 to $62. Champagne and the show, $149 per couple. Dinner and show begins at 5 p.m. at Christopher’s Restaurant, $99 per person. Show followed by New Year’s Eve party at Christopher’s, $99 per person. 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org.
Broadway Bound, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. 7 p.m. The third play of Neil Simon’s autobiographical comedies recalls growing up in New York. $45 includes dessert and a champagne toast. 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com.
Who Killed the King of Rock and Roll, Without a Cue Productions, Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA. 8 p.m. Murder mystery where audience members are back-up dancers and fan club members, Dinner and a champagne toast. Register. $95 includes gratuity. 215-794-4051. www.withoutacue.com.
Dead Men Don’t Speakeasy, Maggiano’s Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bridgewater. 8:30 p.m. Murder mystery set in the 1920s. For ages 18 and older. Open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, appetizer buffet, family style menu, dessert reception, and champagne toast. Register. $125. 908-547-6050. www.maggianos.com.
RC Smith and Adam Kerry, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor. 8. 9, and 10 p.m. Three shows to chose from. Register. New Year’s Eve specials include dinner, dancing, an overnight stay, and champagne brunch. Call 609-734-4053 for packages. 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com.
Extravaganza, The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick. Actor comedian Robert Kelly presents two shows. Buffet dinner and 8 p.m. show is $49. Buffet dinner for second show begins at 10 p.m. It also features an open bar, champagne toast, and dancing until 3 a.m. for $99. 732-545-4242. www.stressfactory.com.
Swingin’ Tern Dance, Folk Project, First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. 7 p.m. Contra music and squares with Janine Smith. Last Exit features Chris Jacoby on guitar, mandolin, and accordion; Ross Harriss on alto and soprano sax and guitar; Laurie Tupper on flute; and Doug Healy on bass, guitar, and djembe. Bring an entree or side dish for eight to pot luck supper or a dessert for later. Register. $25. 973-335-9489. www.folkproject.org.
Semi-Formal Dance, Central Jersey Dance Society, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. 8:45 p.m. Dance showcase by Janie Zittomer and Michael Graham, a holiday buffet, and dancing to a mix of salsa, swing, tango, ballroom, and West coast swing. No partner needed. $20. 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org.
Holiday Light Show, New Hope Chamber of Commerce, New Hope, PA. The light show takes place at 5, 7, and 9 p.m. 215-862-9990. www.newhopechamber.com.
Trenton Titans, Sun National Bank Center, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton. 5 p.m. Hockey vs. Elmira. $11 and up. 609-341-1100. www.trentontitanshockey.com.
Hogmanay Bonfire, Lawrence Historical Society, Brearley House, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville. 6 p.m. 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. 609-895-1728. www.thelhs.org.
Acme Screening Room, Lambertville Public Library, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville. 7 p.m. Screening of “Giselle” by Royal Ballet from the Royal Opera House. $15. 609-397-0275. acmescreeningroom.ticketleap.com.
Diamonds and Ice Ball, Friends of Ely Park, Rago Art and Auction Center, 333 North Main Street, Lambertville. 9 p.m. Gala for the next phase in redesigning and revitalizing Ely Park, Lambertville’ community-shared green space. Six-piece dance band, foods from area restaurants, champagne toast, and brunch at 1 a.m. Silent auction items include an oil painting by Bob Beck, dinner at Rune restaurant, tickets to a Broadway show, a case of rare vintage wines, and a wine tasting tour of Italy. The “Ice Palace” theme was created by Jim Hamilton, a former Broadway set designer. Register. $100. 609-397-8285. www.friendsofelypark.org.