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.