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All About Eve 

For a place that's called 'The City That Care Forgot,' New Orleans sure takes great care in serving up a wide range of fun options for New Year's Eve. Here's a look at some of the best of the bunch.

124 RESTAURANT AND SPIRITS. 124 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 727-7995. Five-course dinner includes entree choices of grilled ahi tuna, pan-seared filet, hickory-smoked pork loin or grilled salmon. $70 per person, includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.

360º. 2 Canal St., World Trade Building, 33rd floor, 595-8900. Celebration features champagne toast, buffet, cash bar and complimentary party favors and champagne from 11 p.m. until midnight. Drink and VIP packages available. Music provided by DJ. $125 per person. 9 p.m.-until.

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT. 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583. Two dinner seatings available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. until. Five-course gala menu begins at 8 p.m. Dancing and live music with Benny Grunch and the Bunch from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.

BELLE FORCHE. 1407 Decatur St., 940-0722. Prix fixe special menu offered. Seating until midnight; reservations recommended.

BLUE ROOM. Fairmont Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 529-7111. Fairmont Hotel's historic venue features entertainment by Al Belletto's Big Jazz Band with vocalist Leif Pederson. Four-course dinner, continuous dancing, open bar, party favors, midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Doors open 8:30 p.m., dinner 9:30 p.m. $110 per person, all-inclusive.

BOMBAY CLUB. 830 Conti St., 586-0972. Party begins at 8:30 p.m. with passed hor d'oeuvres; five-course dinner at 9 p.m. Five-piece band for dancing, hats, noisemakers and champagne toast at midnight. $125 per person. Reservations required.

BOURBON VIEUX. 501 Bourbon St., 586-1155. Party features buffet and open bar with entertainment by DJ Gus Ramirez. $125 per person all-inclusive, $115 per person for parties of four or more. Cocktail attire. Reservations required.

CAFE DEGAS. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635. Seven-course dinner with wine options. First seating at 6:30 p.m. is $58. Second seating at 9 p.m. is $65 and includes party favors and champagne at midnight. Festive dress. Reservations required.

CAFE GIOVANNI. 117 Decatur St., 529-2154. Special menu created by Chef Duke includes smoked salmon with caviar, seafood martini, veal quattro fromaggio, shrimp Italiano and filet. Opera singers and party favors also featured. Valet or validated parking at the Marriott available. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

CAFE VOLAGE. 720 Dublin St., 861-4227. Two seatings for a six-course dinner at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. $38.50 per person. Reservations required.

CHARLEY G'S. 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6408. Two dinner seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. with three-course menu priced between $28 to $38, depending on entree selected. Event features live music, party favors and complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

CHATEAUBRIAND STEAKHOUSE. 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 207-0016. Evening features regular menu along with specials of salmon Napoleon, surf-and-turf of crabcakes, lobster and filet mignon, Yule log or chestnut vacherin. Reservations recommended.

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE. 5701 Magazine St., 899-7303. A la carte items to take home include turtle soup, grillades and cheese grits and black-eyed peas.

DANTE'S KITCHEN. 736 Dante St., 861-3121. Four-course special menu featuring entrees of roasted duck, seared grouper, grilled filet of beef, or bourbon- and cranberry-glazed pork loin. $60 per person, includes champagne toast. Call for reservations.

FIREWORKS AND BALL DROP. Riverwalk. Annual tradition with fireworks show and ball drop from Jax Brewery at midnight.

HOUSE OF BLUES. 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE (2583). Live music with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Gate's Express in main venue. $60 admission with 9 p.m. start. In the Parish, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers. Parish admission $25, 10 p.m. start.

HYATT REGENCY. Poydras Street at Loyola Avenue, 561-1234. The Hyatt's revolving Top of the Dome Steakhouse offers a four-course dinner with a bottle of wine for $80 or a five-course dinner with wine and champagne for $100. Dressy casual. Reservations required.

INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT. 3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 889-2436. Special items added to menu. Reservations recommended.

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE. 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565. Live music with Sonny Landreth and party featuring open bar, hors d'oeuvres and party favors. $65 per person, all-inclusive. 10 p.m.

KELSEY'S RESTAURANT. 3923 Magazine St., 897-6722. Five-course dinner featuring champagne and party favors. Two seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $65 per person.

LUCKY CHANCE. 301 Decatur St., 529-2045. Three separate seatings for prix fixe menu. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings are $50; 10 p.m. seating with champagne included $100.

MARIGNY BRASSERIE. 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472. Special four-course menu features entrees of grilled venison, filet of sole or prime filet mignon. $49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL. 1117 Decatur St., 586-8883. Five-course menu with three entree choices. $85 per person. Reservations recommended.

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133. Zydeco Joe performs upstairs from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and second set downstairs 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Snooks Eaglin performs 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. upstairs. Reservations needed for lanes only. Dressy casual. Admission $10.

MR. GYROS. 3923 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-6833. Regular menu offered. Casual dress, no reservations required.

MO'S CHALET. 3201 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-2961. Party featuring two live bands, Heart & Soul (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and Sudden Impact (1 a.m. to 4 a.m.), and one free glass of champagne at midnight. No cover charge.

MONAGHAN'S ERIN ROSE AND UNCLE BUCK'S CAJUN & CREOLE GRILL. 811 Conti St., 523-8619. Party features $10 bottles of champagne, lobster specials for $10 and prize giveaways throughout the night.

NEW ORLEANS HORNETS. New Orleans Arena, 525-HOOP (4667). Hornets ring in the new year against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. Tickets $7-$265. 7:30 p.m.

PAT O'S ON THE RIVER. Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., 561-1200. Event features open bar (including hurricanes), food, music with DJs Rod Nunez and Pat Barbaro, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Cocktail attire. $100 per person, all inclusive. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

RENE BISTROT. 817 Common St., 412-2580. Special menu features vodka-cured smoked salmon lollipop in addition to six-course dinner that includes a crab cake and grilled filet of beef as entrees. Early seating $55 with later seating $85.

RISTORANTE FILIPPO. 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008. Five-course dinner with champagne toast by Piper Heidseick. Two seatings, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $75 per person.

RIVERVIEW ROOM. Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., fourth floor, 525-3000. Event features buffet dinner, open bar, live music with the Topcats, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, balcony view of fireworks. Cocktail attire, black tie encouraged. $150 per person, all-inclusive. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

SAKE CAFE. 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033. Restaurant offers sushi and other Japanese fare New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

SHERATON HOTEL. 500 Canal St., 525-2500. Renaissance World Entertainment presents the Tronix Annual New Year's Eve Bash 2003 with live performances by the Radiators, Bag of Donuts, Treme Brass Band featuring Lionel Batiste, Metal Rose, DJ Dr. Souss and more. Two grand ballrooms, seven open double bars, champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $100 per person. 9 p.m.

SHIM SHAM CLUB. 615 Toulouse St., 565-5400. Punk rock/heavy metal karaoke hosted by Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). 10 p.m. Admission $5.

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO. 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696. Traditional two performances by Astral Project at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Complimentary party favors and champagne at midnight. Casual dress. Early set $35 admission, late set $40 admission.

STATIONHOUSE GRILLE. 329 Decatur St., 587-0079. Party features drink specials and party favors with free fireworks display. Grill remains open until 3 a.m. 8 p.m.-until.

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ. Departs Toulouse Street Wharf, riverside of Jax Brewery, 586-8777. River cruise to take in fireworks and ball drop featuring live music with band Ivy, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and party favors. Private rooms available. $150 per person. Boarding begins at 9:30 p.m., docks at 12:30 p.m.

SUGAR MAGNOLIA. 1910 Magazine St., 529-1110. Four-course menu includes entree choices of hickory-grilled double-cut pork chops, sauteed soft shell crabs, pecan-crusted sea bass or chicken rochambeau. $34.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

THEATRE FLEUR DE LIS. 317 Bourbon St., 529-SHOW (7469). Sensual cabaret show La Revue. Admission $35.95 to $59.95, with buy one ticket, get second ticket free promotion through Jan. 1.

TIPITINA'S. 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS. Four sets of music featuring two sets each by John Mooney & Bluesiana and headliner Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Tickets $45. Doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m.

VICTOR'S. Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., 524-1331. Two seatings for dinner at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with price $125 without wine pairings and $195 per person with wine pairings. Champagne toast at midnight and "live" dessert in the hotel's Lobby Lounge. Jackets required for men. Reservations required.

WHISKEY BLUE. W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5016. Entertainment with DJ Psycho; table reservations available. Admission $15. 9 p.m.-until.


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