Filet mignon on menu at Google's NYC holiday party

Google is throwing not one, not two, but three holiday parties for its New York employees this year. Such is the cash-flush search engine's definition of austerity.

ChiChi212 attended one of the three, a party for engineers at Penthouse 15 on West 37th Street in midtown Manhattan. The scene: filet mignon, top-shelf liquor, and "tons of technies dancing to Soulja Boy," blogger Brittany Mendenhall writes. Another party is planned for engineers at the Westside Loft, and salespeople get a party at the Central Park Boathouse. Deborah Schoeneman estimated that this year's parties will cost half of 2007's bash at the Rainbow Room, which ran $300 a head.