Given the following qualifications, I'll be thrilled if I get some suggestions. We're looking for a New Years Eve dining place WITHOUT all the "luxury" ingredients -- whose presence is designed to beef up the bill -- but with excellent food. No champagne and party favors or the other stuff, since we won't stick around until midnight. In the past, we've gone to Lure (too bad it's been closed for awhile) and Tamarine, which will be our fallback again if nothing else pops up. As you can see, we gravitate toward lighter food. Ideally, near Palo Alto but we'll travel a ways for something really good. SF and the East Bay are too far, however.