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Glam it up and celebrate with a celeb: The Colony

Entertainer and Tony Award winner Tommy Tune rings in the New Year at the plush Colony Hotel on Palm Beach (155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5430), with a four-course dinner and a show. The cost is $500 per person, which includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment by Jill and Rich Switzer, then Tommy’s show, dancing and a champagne toast. In the newly minted, Carlton Varney-decorated Colony Hotel, this is the ultimate New Year’s Eve excitement.

Some more highlights for Palm Beach County New Year’s Eve

Try a French twist to your New Year’s Eve, with Pistache (101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090), which has two seatings—early seating: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 3-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person; late seating: starting at 9 p.m., five-course prix-fixe menu for $175 per person. The late seating includes bottle of champagne per couple, party favors and fireworks, and there’s a vegetarian option for the menu.

Head to the Waterstone Resort & Marina (999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500) on Dec. 31 for a dine-and-dance event. Boca Landing has dinner seatings from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., featuring a five-course prix-fixe menu at $195 per adult and $99 per child. It includes two complimentary cocktails and a bottle of Champagne per couple. An “after party” will happen from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Moulin Rouge in the Atlantic Ballroom (separate cost for that).

A special a la carte menu is promised at Apeiro Kitchen & Bar Delray Beach (14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443) on New Year’s Eve with half-priced drink specials at the bar with any entrée purchase.

Music and celebrating are on the menu, along with special tasting dishes, at EmKo (2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/227-3511) on New Year’s Eve.The doors open at normal hours and will stay open until 1 a.m., with a midnight champagne toast. Outdoors, enjoy a DJ and dancing, or listen to jazz in the dining room.

Enjoy live music in the lounge and a complimentary champagne toast at Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060). Also offered is a pre-gala four-course prix-fixe menu for $95 per person on New Year’s Eve, as well as the gala seating menu, which is five courses and costs $350 per person. The pre-gala dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the gala seating is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Try for something a bit different on New Year’s Eve that still includes food—a movie and dinner at Bogart’s Bar & Grille (Palace Centre, 3200 Airport Road, 561/544-3044). There will be a special menu that includes a lump crab cake, braised short rib and pan-seared sea bass—all in addition to the regular menu.

There’s a New Year’s Eve party just for kids at Eau Palm Beach (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000), and one for adults, too. The Kids’ Carnival with bounce houses, a Velcro wall, snow cones and a buffet goes from 8 p.m. to midnight and costs $80 per child. Then start the adult evening at Stir Bar with a special “Passionate Kiss” cocktail (pictured). Followed by dinner at Angle, five courses for $90 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The cost for the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings is $175 per person (wine pairings, party favors and Champagne toast included). Or you can have dinner at Temple Orange with a midnight buffet from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at $20.16 per person.

Henry’s (16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 561/638-1949) will have special dishes for New Year’s Eve that include a veal chop, sea bass, osso bucco, a filet, lobster ravioli and grilled swordfish.

A waterfront New Year’s Eve is the special at Deck 84 (840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-8484), along with a holiday menu featuring dishes such as lobster bisque, blue crab-crusted black grouper, scallops and more.

An herb-garlic prime rib or Moroccan braised lamb shanks will head the New Year’s Eve menu at Burt & Max’s (9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/638-6380). This is in addition to the regular menu, plus half-price drinks at the bar all night with an entrée purchase.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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