New Year's Eve Parties Around Town

Where to Ring in 2012

new year's eve parties!

A dance card stuffed with Yankee swaps and ugly-sweater smackdowns pushed New Year’s planning to the “deal later” column. Before the clock runs out, book your final-countdown carousing at one of these new-in-2011 spots.

Casa B
The scoop: Spanish-Caribbean tapas to usher in 2012? Si, por favor. The just-opened Union Square restaurant toasts its two weeks of existence with three-fish ceviche, Colombian cheese fritters, and grilled chorizo in coconut sauce.
The midnight bounty: Raise your glass of picante y cilantro (tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, jalapeno, cilantro, agave).
The details: A la carte; call 617-764-2180 to reserve.

Legal Harborside Roof Deck
The scoop: Shrimp- and oyster-laden raw bar, check. Roaring copper fireplace, check. Unparalleled view of harbor fireworks, check. Double-quick reservations, check.
The midnight bounty: Champagne, cupcakes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries in a winter wonderland setting.
The details: $80 per person; reserve online.

Area Four
The scoop: Afternoon buck-a-shucks give way to roasted heritage pig by the pile and pizzas inspired by famous chefs (e.g., the Wolfgang Puck smoked salmon and caviar pie).
The midnight bounty: Prosecco and dueling toasts from the co-owning Michaels (Leviton and Krupp).
The details: A la carte; reservations recommended.

Local 149
The scoop: Grab a fireside perch for off-menu specials like lobster cocktail, venison carpaccio, and barbecue Cornish hen; the regular wine menu gets padded with bubbles for the night.
The midnight bounty: Passed champagne and party favors.
The details: A la carte; call 617-269-0900 to reserve.

Blue Inc.
The scoop: Chef Jason Santos goes global with an eclectic three-course feast of Hawaiian-style tuna poke, Kurobuta pork Wellington, and goat cheese-stuffed chiles rellenos. Guests can customize their menus with foie gras and wine pairings.
The midnight bounty: Champagne toast amid over-the-top blue and silver decor.
The details: $60-$90 per person; call 617-261-5353 to reserve.

Tres Gatos
The scoop: Low-key celebrants unite for a three-course Spanish menu of roasted bone marrow, saffron seafood soup, and cream catalana, all chased with a glass of cava.
The midnight bounty: Vuvuzelas and a deejayed dance party.
The details: $50 per person; call 617-477-4851 to reserve.

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Casa B
253 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
131 Broad St
Boston, MA 02110
500 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
270 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
470 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
149 P St
Boston, MA 02127