We tried for a top 10, but settled for 5. After all, we are in recession, people. If Cup O’ Noodle and sparkling cider is on your New Year’s Eve menu, may we suggest rolling out a blanket on Ocean Drive and 8th Street for some free-of-charge fireworks viewing. If, however you wanna be a baller, consider the following. 1. The Mondrian Miami hotel is teaming up with Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth to ring in “Recessison,” a.k.a. NYE 2009. Two hundred bucks will buy you an entry into the Sunset Lounge, where a 20-piece orchestra will mix with tunes spun by DJ Tavin. Resident eatery Asia de Cuba offers a range of packages depending on your wallet and/or appetite. 2. If you’re a reality TV junky, head on up to the Shore Club, where Kristin Cavallari is set to make an appearance. Organized by Skybar and New York’s Tenjune, live performances will include Busta Rhymes, Ron Brownz, and Pras. Mos Def spins while you pay — $275 to be exact.
3. The Fontainebleau’s New Year’s Eve approach is diversification. Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are set to entertain the masses poolside, while Diddy, in his usual style, is king at LIV, the hotel’s nightclub. 4. The Delano’s evening agenda is equally impressive. $350 will put you front and center at the Florida Room for an exclusive performance by the Roots. Janelle Monae will perform poolside. 5. If you follow T.I.’s criminal drama, then Gansevoort South Hotel is where it’s at. Watch him perform “Whatever You Like” flanked by federal security guards. Yeah, that is how T.I. rolls these days. Chloe Sevigny should do a fine job hosting, while Wilhelmina Models, celebrating their official New Year’s Eve party, will collectively try to figure out how to pop a champagne bottle. That alone is worth the $400 ticket.