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.
 
   
 
 
Jonathan Waxman's step-by-step guide to the compleat Thanksgiving dinner -- turkey and stuffing and all the sides -- in just two hours. Now, that's pilgrims' progress.
 
Many things in life can be done in a couple of hours. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn't one of them -- or so we thought until Washington Park chef Jonathan Waxman generously divulged the foolproof 120-minute technique he developed on a dare seventeen years ago and has been perfecting ever since. The avatar of California-casual cooking keeps things predictably simple with a fourteen-ingredient shopping list, and in his opinion, bigger is decidedly not better: "No one in New York has a huge kitchen," he says. "No one wants a huge turkey." The twelve-pounder his recipe calls for cooks in under an hour and a half. Which still leaves plenty of time to whip up oyster-and-apple stuffing, rich giblet gravy, crunchy Brussels sprouts and bacon, earthy roasted-carrot-and-endive salad, and homemade cranberry sauce, not to mention two kinds of potatoes, and spaghetti squash. Okay, so it doesn't include dessert. Isn't that what guests are for?
Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner in 2 Hours>>>
 
The Menu
Buffet-style Thanksgiving
Serves 6 to 10.
Roast turkey and gravy
Oyster-apple stuffing
Brussels sprouts with bacon
Sweet potatoes
Spaghetti squash
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Roasted-carrot-and-endive salad
  The Wines
Roero Arneis, Bruno Giacosa; 2001 ($21.95)
Chinon, Les Roches Cachées; 2000 ($9.95)

Available at Sherry-Lehmann
679 Madison Avenue, near 61st Street
212-838-7500)
         
         
 
 
 
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