PABU, the new culinary crown jewel of the new Millennium Tower, will offer a tasting menu featuring Chef Benjamin Steigers’ most indulgent dishes — including the “Happy Spoon” oyster, Foie Gras Gyoza, Japanese A5 Wagyu and O Toro with caviar. There will be two seatings (5:30 to 6:45 p.m. for $95 and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. for $135) with the option for beverage pairings. Three Franklin St., Floor Two, reservations recommended, 857-327-7228.
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The Boston Ballet will present closing night of “The Nutcracker” with a special New Year’s Eve twist. The company’s annual extravaganza will incorporate guest stars, unique props and costume surprises into the one-night-only performance of Mikko Nissinen’s show, for an artsy pre-party indulgence that sends out the door well before midnight. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 538 Washington St., tickets start at $45, bostonballet.org
The Sinclair is offering a down-home Nashville-inspired four-course meal with hot chicken, Tasso ham and battered and fried locally grown dill. (Don’t know it, til you try it.) The $60 per head ticket will also grant you a boozy dessert and drink, like the Bushwhacker De Lynchie, which they describe as a “Wendy’s Frosty, but of the alcohol variety.” Nashvillians (and unfortunately named) Diarrhea Planet will perform at the venue later that night and tickets are available for an additional fee. 52 Church St., Cambridge, tickets required, sinclaircambridge.com.
DROP THE BEAT
Tiger Mama will host New York’s Beatbox House collective for a night of live beatbox performances, passed hors d’oeuvres and tiki cocktails a la cart. A $50 ticket gets you nosh, a welcome cocktail, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Oh, and dancing, obviously. But you need to bring that boogie yourself. 10 p.m., 1363 Boylston St., tickets required, tigermamaboston.com
A FANCIFUL AFFAIR
Juliet in Union Square will transform their dining space into the decadent Eastern-inspired nightclub from “The Thin Man,” a favorite of co-owner Katrina Jazayeri. The film will be projected as a backdrop for the party, as your $50 ticket buys you light snacks, two drinks, a champagne toast and all-night access to the most Instagrammable spot in town. 10:30 p.m., 257 Washington St., Somerville, tickets required, julietsomerville.com
POUR IT UP
Back Bay Harry’s wins New Year’s Eve because they’ll be hosting a toast to Rihanna and Drake and the couple that nearly was all night long. Chef Jason Santos’ pun-ified three-course prix fixe features Pon De Replay Papusa, Disturbia Striped Bass and Hot Line Bling Beignets, with Champagne Papi cocktails available a la cart. And, of course, they recommend you come dressed to “work, work, work, work, work.” $75, starting at 6 p.m., 142 Berkley St., reservations recommended, backbayharrys.com