The Gilt Club, 306 NW Broadway, 222-4458, $50 per person

We all know the holidays are all about decadent decadence, so it's a must to end the holiday season with a great big yummy bang. On New Year's Eve the Gilt Club is having a special four-course dinner by Chef Paul Iwing, complete with champagne. For starters, enjoy a trio of hors d'oeuvres that includes fois gras torchon (!!), then cauliflower vichyssoise (a cold soup) or a pear and Oregon blue cheese salad. From there, the four tantalizing entrees include duck leg over country cassoulet, pork roast with warm quince and apple compote, shellfish risotto, or mushroom risotto with grana padano. Top off this amazing feast with a choice of desserts that includes pumpkin crème brulee. Whew! CSB

Dots Café, 2521 SE Clinton, 235-0203, 9 pm, free

Does the indulgence of the Gilt Club make you feel guilty? Then mellow out your New Year's consumption a bit at always-reliable Dots, which is holding a "Jewel and Mule" party ("mules" is another term for "fancy, closed-toe spiked heels"; who knew?). Dress up and enjoy cocktail music spun by DJ T-1-11. Music starts at 9, but show up early for some bites to eat if you're hankering for some good old-fashioned cheese fries and burgers. There will be free champagne at midnight and plenty of party favors abound. CSB

Bold-Sky Café, 3943 N. Mississippi, 287-0154, 10 am-2 pm

Eat off the New Year's Eve hangover and start off 2006 with a dollop of Bold Sky's locally grown comfort food. From Pearl Bakery brioche French toast to chicken and dumplings, their brunch menu includes something for everyone. And as a special New Year's Day treat, Portland's very own Barbara Lusch (formally of Pepe and the Bottle Blondes) will be there to sing her sweet, jazzy pop tunes. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to not make your headache any worse. CSB