December 31 2008, 9:53 AM
If budgets and cab rides were inexhaustible, these are the five joints we'd be sure to hit up in celebration of 2009. â€¢ Tamayo Mariachi music, tequila shots, and a three-course dinner ($69) wash down 2008 at this modern Mexican restaurant. â€¢ Parallel Seventeen Part party, part dinner, this celebration serves its four-course dinner (braised pork belly and pan-seared striped sea bass, $65â€“$95) to the beats of local DJs. Plus, a driver offers free rides home. â€¢ Vesta Dipping Grill Avoid the celebratory (and expensive) mayhem by dining at this downtown favorite. Vesta serves its regular menu (at regular prices). We recommend the three-pepper flatiron steak and smoked habanero salsa. â€¢ Il Posto The countdown begins at 5 p.m. with a three-course Italian dinner ($45), and continues with a four-course seating at 7 p.m. ($65) and a five-course meal at 9:30 p.m. ($85). â€¢ The Kitchen On New Year's Day, head to Boulder for a farm-fresh breakfast and bit of good luck in the form of a traditional black-eyed-pea dish.