The Local’s Guide to New Year’s: Where to Eat, Drink, and Dance the Year Away

New Year’s Eve is the worst night of the year to catch a cab  – reason enough for East Villagers to keep it local. And if you don’t live in the neighborhood? Well, some of these parties are worth crawling to.

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7A Café
Tapas menu, including sea scallops with chorizo ragout and herb polenta, and steamed mussels in a scallion, ginger, curry and coconut sauce. Midnight champagne toast. No reservations required. $6.95 and up, 109 Avenue A, (212) 475-9001.

Back Forty
Devour pigs-in-a-blanket, mini muffulettas, oysters and ceviche while a D.J. spins R&B, soul and funk. The party ticket also includes three drinks. 9:30 p.m., 190 Avenue B, (212) 388-1990; $115.

The Beagle
A four-course dinner that includes confit quail leg in sauerkraut mayo, cured scallop grits with dill and pomegranate, and short ribs. 162 Avenue A, (212) 228-6900; $65 or $85, plus tax.

The Cardinal
“Party for the People”; choice of entree (appetizers and desserts extra) and all-you-can-drink beer and wine. Complete menu available plus seasonal specials. Open late. 235 East Fourth Street, (212) 995-8600; $50.

Champagne toast and four-course dinner including yellowtail tartare with caviar, Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, Maine lobster with parsnip cream and white truffle, and potato-crusted striped bass. 415 Lafayette Street, (212) 253-2828; $150 plus tax and gratuities.

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Club Element
“Celebrity New Year’s Bash.” D.J. Clue spins tunes, live viewing of the ball drop and rosé Champagne toast at midnight. V.I.P. tickets include four-hour premium open bar and buffet. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., 225 East Houston Street, (347) 342-0456. $60 and up. There’s also a New Year’s Day party, ladies enter free.

New Year’s Eve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a la carte or a three-course prix fixe ($27), which includes items like brioche French toast and the DBGB burger. Dinner seating from 5 p.m. with a “celebratory” menu that includes foie gras terrine, house-made tagliolini pasta with black truffles, and a selection of 14 sausages (entrees start at $17). Midnight Champagne toast and a ball-drop broadcast. 299 Bowery, (212) 933-5300.

Chow down on Vietnamese bouillabaisse or glazed duck breast, and drink a martini float with pineapple sorbet. 430 Lafayette Street, (212) 505-5111; $130 plus gratuity.

Jimmy’s No. 43
The early-bird dinner includes a three-course meal and three craft beers or wine. Seating between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., 43 East Seventh Street, (212) 982-3006; $45.

Joe’s Pub
The comedian Sandra Bernhard continues her New Year’s Eve tradition of performing at Joe’s Pub. She’ll be joined by her band, The Rebellious Jezebels. 425 Lafayette Street, (212) 539-8778; $50 and up.

Lucky Cheng’s
The neighborhood’s top drag destination offers dinner and show seatings at 6 p.m. ($45) and 8 p.m. ($60, with Champagne toast). Crab bisque with mint coconut infusion and grilled pork loin medallions with a tequila shiitake mushroom sauce are included in the dinner menu. 24 First Avenue, (212) 995.5500.

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Celebrate with the locals and shoot some pool at the dive bar owned by beloved bartender Lucyna Mickievicius. Champagne toast at midnight. 135 Avenue A, (212) 673-3824.

Nuyorican Poets Café
Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache perform salsa, latin jazz, and merengue. 9 p.m., 236 East Third Street, (212) 505-8183; $30.

Otto’s Shrunken Head
“Battle of the Bands” starts at 7 p.m., followed by “Midnite Monster Hop” with D.J.s spinning “rockabilly voodoo and rhythm ‘n ooze” and performances by “psycho-rock-a-billy” bands. 538 East 14th Street, (212) 228-2240.

Pyramid Club

The weekly “Temptation” INXS-80s dance party will continue on New Year’s Eve. 101 Avenue A, (212) 228-4888.

St. Mark’s Church
On Jan. 1, the “38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit” will feature 140 poets and performers including Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Steve Earle, and Suzanne Vega. 3 p.m., 131 East 10th Street; $20, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members. 131 E. 10th Street, (212) 674-0910.

The Stone
“Annual End of the Year Improv Party” at the non-profit performance space. 8 p.m., East Second Street and Avenue C, (212) 473-0043; $25.

Village Pourhouse
Six-hour open bar that starts at 8 p.m.; complimentary party favors, huge HD TV screens. There’s also a V.I.P. three-course dinner with seven-hour open bar. 64 Third Avenue, (212) 979-2337; $95 and up.

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Webster Hall
“New Year’s Eve Ball 2012,” with aerial acts, fire displays, a 100,000-balloon drop at midnight and a 3:30 a.m. performance by Nero. Continental breakfast to cap off the morning. 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. 125 East 11th Street, (212) 353-1600; $125 and up.

Zum Schneider
New Year’s Eve brunch at 1 p.m. and a party at 8 p.m. with Champagne toast at midnight and a D.J. spinning German and international hits. No cover charge. 107 Avenue C, (212) 598-1098.