On-Strip Party Dinners

Chef André Rochat crafts a five-course meal, including sea scallops, veal and lobster done to its finest at Andrés at Monte Carlo. 5:30 p.m., $175 per person, 798-7151.

Obey the restaurant rules of “Sushi, Sake, Socialize” at the glamorous, pan-Asian Social House with a seven-course meal and unlimited champagne and sake for $125 per person. In Crystals, 6 p.m., 736-1122.

Rí Rá hosts a Titanic-themed party in which guests are encouraged to dress in passenger attire with the best costume winning prizes. Indulge in a special menu inspired by one from that fateful maiden voyage 100 years ago. Along with a midnight toast, the pub will ring in the New Year in Irish fashion at 4 p.m. In the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 4 p.m., free, RiRa.com.

The Sugar Factory offers sugar and spice and everything nice with a four-course New Year’s Eve meal; $125 per person inside, $250 per person outside. In Paris, 10 p.m., 797-7777.

See and be seen at the Light Group’s finest steak houses, which have arranged unique, mouth-watering menus: Brand ($125, in Monte Carlo), Stack ($150, in The Mirage), Union ($150, in Aria), and Fix ($150, in Bellagio). 693-8300, LightGroup.com.

Satisfy your taste buds with a memorable seven-course Omakase menu for $350 per person at the alluring and seductive Yellowtail. In Bellagio, 5 p.m., 730-3900.

Celebrate at one of the Strip’s sexiest spots, STK, with a prix-fixe menu of caviar, lobster and a la carte menu items, as well as a champagne pairing, party favors and music by DJ Roger Gangi; 5 p.m., $100 per person; 9 p.m., $250 per person. In the Cosmopolitan, 693-7000.

Toast in exquisite elegance at modern French brasserie Comme Ça with a five-course dinner at 5 p.m. for $125 per person, or seven courses at 8 p.m. for $195 per person. In the Cosmopolitan, 693-7000.

Indulge in three courses of gourmet Mexican food at Border Grill for $49 per person, or choose from the famed restaurant’s a la carte menu. In Mandalay Bay, 632-7403.

Ride into the New Year as Drive This! Entertainment leads bikers to fill up on tacos and Patrón at Luxor’s T&T Tacos & Tequilas. Then hit Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer in Excalibur for a rockin’ time. And, finally, countdown to 2012 at Rhumbar in The Mirage. 6 p.m., DriveThisEntertainment.com.

Spend the night getting fresh at Joe’s Stone Crab, where seafood such as jumbo Alaskan king crab legs, glazed salmon and bone-in rib-eye rule the menu. In the Forum Shops at Caesars, 5 p.m., 792-9222.

Dine in style at the Royal House’s chic, Old Vegas-style restaurant the Barrymore with a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $59 and the option of wine pairing for $26. 99 Convention Center Drive, 5 p.m., 407-5303.

Let l’amour ravish your senses with the lusty combination of wine, ambience and a four-course prix-fixe menu at Mon Ami Gabi for $110 per person. In Paris, 4 p.m., 944-4224.

PBR Rock Bar throws a classically rowdy rager, where partiers can “Buck 2011” and party on the patio for $150 or celebrate indoors for $75. Delight in a comfort-food buffet for $25 more. In Planet Hollywood, 6 p.m., 750-1685.

Perch yourself 56 floors up at Alizé for fantastic views and an exquisite menu, with the choice of two seatings: 6 p.m. for $150 per person or 9:30 p.m. for $295 per person. In the Palms, 951-7000.

Conclude the year by enjoying a four-course dinner and a glass of champagne at the fun-filled Artisan Boutique Hotel. 8:30 p.m., $100 per person or $30 for men and $20 for ladies for just the champagne toast, ArtisanHotel.com.

Toast the year away at Rumor Boutique Hotel with a $650 New Year’s Eve Package for two including a two-night stay in a junior skyline king suite, a cocktail party to greet 2012 and the Lingerie and Smoking Jacket Brunch on Jan. 1. RumorVegas.com.

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