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New Year’s resolution: make celebration plans early in ‘09. This year, a sluggish economy may mean that one of the following still has room for you on New Year’s Eve. A-B makes no promises. 

In Zinc’s wine cellar, $100/person will get you duck confit, sturgeon caviar … rack of lamb, baked Alaska for two (flamed tableside) and a dandy selection of wines and Champagnes. (210) 224-1313. 

Always to be counted on for celebrations, Biga will offer two seatings, one from 5:30-7 p.m. and another, including live music and silly hats, after 7:30 p.m. The former is $65, the latter (and later) is $109.09. Menu items include miso-baked striped bass and rosemary-braised veal cheeks.
(210) 225-0722. 

Feeling Italianate? Luce Ristorante e Enoteca begins seating at 5:30 p.m. with an ambitious menu, including truffled, pan-seared diver scallops and lobster-filled ravioli, all for $45.
(210) 561-9700. And we seem to remember that Doug and Lori at Dough were also contemplating
una festa napoletana with two seatings. (210) 979-6565. 

Or simply stay home and suck down a little Champagne. A-B is liking Montaudon, Heidsieck Monopole and, of course, the winners in Omniboire’s rosé sparkler tasting `see this page`. Bonne Année!


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