25 Ways to Spend New Year's Eve
Posh parties, cheap cheer...
   
Where to Dine on Dec. 31
Tables worth clinking fizz over.
   
New Year's Eve Party List
Plenty of fizzy, tizzy times at clubs all over the city.
   
New Year's Day Brunch
Greet 2005 with a peaceful brunch and a hangover tonic.
   
New Year's Day Poetry
Two enormous poetry slams compete for your attention.
   
Museum Cheat Sheet
When are the big museums open that weekend?
   
The Best Champagne
A blind-test of six brands in three separate “flights.”
   
   
 
The Everything Guide to Holiday Parties
How to throw one, behave at one, and survive the aftermath.
 
   
Celebrate Over Drinks
Cocktails Under Lights
Cozy Bars
with Fireplaces

Meeting the Gang?
The Season's Hot Drinks
 
   
   
 
Concerts
From classical riffs on Handel and Bach to pop extravaganzas.
   
Trees & Lights
The most dazzling light displays this town has to offer.
   
Holiday Shows
The Rockettes, the Nutcracker suites and more.
   
The Season's Best Displays
Don't miss the gingerbread houses, train shows, and tours.
 
   
Holiday Markets & Fairs
From Grand Central to Union Square to the Bluefly Outlet.
 
   
Children's Events
Blooming Babies, American Girls, and a Three Little Pigs White Christmas.
 
   
Santas in Town
Where to bring the kids (or the pooch) to see St. Nick.
 
   
What to Give Everyone
Picks for the artsy aunt, 5-year-old, dad and more. Plus, one-stop shopping maps.
 
 
   
 
   
Holiday Recipes
The city’s top chefs dreamed up the recipes. The city’s finest sommeliers chose the wines.
 
   
Pie Time
Here are nine of the best, whipped cream not included.
 
   
Rockefeller Center Restaurants
If you’re daring (or foolhardy) enough to brave the gawkers and visit the Rockefeller Center tree, you’ll need to refuel soon after.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 


BY GILLIAN DUFFY
TEXT BY ROBIN RAISFELD

Honestly? We're deeply into comfort food. But when it's time to celebrate, we want our retro fix with a little more sophistication, please. We're thinking coq au vin steeped in demi-glace and Zinfandel. Impossibly rich chateaubriand dressed to kill in portobello mushrooms and bacon. Crêpes Suzette sizzling in the pan. You're thinking: Who has the time? We do, because Washington Park wizard Jonathan Waxman showed us how to make Thanksgiving dinner -- with all the trimmings -- in two hours flat. A good thing, too, because there are several stunning champagne cocktails we're planning to raise in our annual toast to the holiday season, 2002.

 

Michael Sulllivan's meringue-topped baked Alaska. Photograph by William Meppem
Food styling by Alison Attenborough; prop styling by Philippa Brathwaite. Tablecloth from the Terence Conran Shop, cake stand from Dean & DeLuca.
 
 
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