Watching the ball drop at Times Square is extremely overrated and there so much more to do in the city on New Year’s Eve. Here are some great ideas to ring in the New Year for those who want to avoid the massive crowd…or freezing.
Tender (130 W 47th St) inside the Sanctuary Hotel is hosting a NYE celebration with seatings from 7pm & 9:30pm. In addition to a 3-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person, there will also be a dance and after-party to liven up the celebration while you’re immersed in the lively energy between the heart of Times Square and the hustle and bustle of Rockefeller Center. Reserve your spot by emailing: email@example.com
Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining in the heart of the city. To celebrate NYE with an elegant seated dinner, Nerai will offer an epicurean meal with the choice between a four-course prix fixe menu at $115 per person, or Executive Chef Moshe Grundman’s 7-course tasting menu at $145 per person. The four-course menu includes a Winter Salad, Tuna, or Artichokes as starters. Then choose between a Lobster Pasta with squid ink linguine in a metaxa bisque or a Black Truffle Spaghettoni with creamy truffle sauce, kefalotiri espuma with fresh shaved black truffles. Main dishes include Lavraki, a pan-seared mediterranean sea bass with wild mushroom farro, horta and pomegranate reduction, and Lamb Loin with lemon potato gnocchi, honey glazed carrots and roasted Brussel sprouts. And cap off the epic meal with dessert in the form of Saragli or Karidopita. The tasting menu can be found here. Make reservations by visiting: nerainyc.com
Brooklyn Chop House
Brooklyn Chop House (150 Nassau St.) offers up Dim Sum & Chops giving diners everything from homemade dumplings and oodles to their 30-35 day dry-aged Pat LaFrieda Prime Steaks. Specialties include the 7lb LI Peking Duck, the Surf & Turf with 2 – 8oz South African Lobster Tails and a crispy 16oz Filet Mignon for two, and the Alaskan King Crab Legs for two with garlic and ginger. With the crave-worthy food being served, it’s the perfect spot to dine in on NYE. A price fix menu will also be available for groups of 8 or more, starting at $125 per person. For reservations, visit brooklynchophouse.com
For a Vegan Night Out – Beyond Sushi
Beyond Sushi will offer a 5-course tasting menu for $95 per person at their flagship location (134 W. 37th St.). Vegan specialties including black sesame bellinis, seaweed caviar, smoked cashew cheese, mousse lemon zest and chervil. Entrees include white winter truffles with Arborio Italian rice risotto, topped with seared chanterelle mushroom truffle foam and nasturtium leaves, and Hot Impossible Pate on whipped potatoes, with caramelized cipollini port wine reduction sauce. Cap off the year with a chocolate lava cake. Reserve your spot by visiting: beyondsushi.com
End the year the right way as you say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 at one of Clinton Hall‘s locations in FiDi, E. 51st Street or Williamsburg. Grab your friends and watch the ball drop while enjoying a 4-hour open bar, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight in addition to pass hor d’oeuvres. Tickets begin at $50 and can be purchased here.
Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop’s NYE Bash Hosted by Joonbug
Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop (37 W. 24th St.) will host a Joonbug NYE bash from 8pm – 4am complete with a 5-hour premium open bar. One of New York City’s top DJ’s will provide a lively soundtrack as guests dance nonstop to their favorite Top 40, Hip Hop, House, Dance, and Mash Up hits. As midnight approaches, get ready to raise your glass in a complimentary champagne toast and count down live with the whole room as you ring in the New Year. General admission tickets begin at $80 and can be purchased here.
Bob Moses Headlines at Schimanski in Williamsburg
Bob Moses, the Vancouver-bred, Brooklyn based deep house duo Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance will cap off the year with an epic New Year’s Eve club set at Schimanski (54 N. 11th St.) in Williamsburg on Tuesday, December 31st. The Grammy-winning duo came to life in the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012. In May 2018 they announced their headlining US tour in addition to the release of track “Heaven Only Knows”, which was quickly followed by news of the duo’s second full-length album Battle Lines and first single “Back Down”. Tickets begin at $59 and can be purchased here.
DEG Presents Above & Beyond at New York Expo Center
There is no place on the planet as exciting to spend NYE as New York City. On Tuesday, December 31, titans of the electronic music genre ABOVE & BEYOND will ring in 2020 with a special headline show at an incredible cavernous location in the Bronx–the 60,000 sq foot New York Expo Center. Presented by Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label and New York nightlife impresario DEG Presents (formerly RPM Presents), Jono, Tony and Paavo return to one of their favorite cities for the biggest party of the year. Watch for news regarding friends who will support in the festivities. Tickets begin at $79 and can be purchased here.
Ten Hope in Williamsburg
Ten Hope (10 Hope St) is offering up a 3-course price fix menu with early seatings from 6pm – 7:30pm at $55 and late seatings between 9pm – 10:30pm for $75. Leek soup will be featured for the amuse-bouche. Starters offer a choice between Scallops with chickpea mash, dill oil, and romesco, and Crispy Octopus with Israeli salad, and nigella aioli. Entree courses include Wild Mushroom pasta with truffle butter and breadcrumbs, as well as Poached Halibut with parsnip purée and braised leeks. For dessert enjoy gooseberry marmalade Creme brûlée. Make reservations by visiting: tenhopebk.com
Zeppelin Hall’s NYE 2020 Party
Come as you are to Zeppelin Hall’s (88 Liberty View Dr.) New Year’s Eve party with absolutely no cover in addition to free hats and noisemakers for all. Watch the ball drop on one of their many Hi-Def Screens while you dance the night away to a live DJ and ring in the New Year without spending your life savings. For more information visit zeppelinhall.com
Ring in 2020 at Molos
Ring in the New Year at Molos (1 Pershing Rd) in Weehawken with a live DJ, party favors, and dancing – all the necessities to kick off the new decade. There will also be a 4-course dinner for $125 per person. Enjoy Greek and Mediterranean inspired seafood dishes with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.