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Where to Book Your New Year’s Eve Celebration in New York City

Las Vegas claims to have the best fireworks display this year on New Year’s and some pretty solid parties as well, but New York City is the place to be to ring in 2019.  From restaurants to hotels, the parties in the Big Apple will rock until the wee hours of the New Year.

A recent study by Lyft stated that on New Year’s Eve they have the most pickups and drop-offs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And we can see why – Brooklyn is synonymous with celebrations.

Welcome 2019 at Westlight, located in The William Vale hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, for a true Brooklyn-style party. Revelers can enjoy festive party favors, premium open bar from 9pm-1am, specialty cocktails, passed canapés, live music and more. When midnight hits, toast with a glass of Champagne over sweeping views of the city skyline. If you don’t feel like calling a Lyft and waiting forever for your car, The William Vale has a ‘Celebrate and Sleep’ package that gives you overnight accommodations and 10% off two party tickets.

If you’re a real party animal, you could split your time between the William Vale and The Williamsburg Hotel where a Gatsby-themed party will be shaking things up. Ring in the New Year celebrating at The Williamsburg Hotel’s lavish Gatsby-themed soiree, taking place in the hotel’s elegant ballroom. Wear your Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan finest and imbibe in a one-hour vodka open bar from 9-10pm followed by live music performances throughout the evening and top-shelf bottle service. As with the Wiliam Vale, the Williamsburg Hotel has skyline-view rooms available so you can stumble up to your room at the end of the party at 4am.

A third option in Williamsburg is The Hoxton, Williamsburg, the new hotel from UK’s creative boutique hotel brand, The Hoxton. For New Year’s Eve, say hello to 2019 with dinner at Klein’s followed by a “No Sleep ’til 2019 Pajama Party” on the hotel’s Summerly rooftop, which has been enclosed for the winter. Guests are invited to don their chicest PJs, watch the sky light up at midnight, dance the night away, and drink some wonderful Champagne. Also included are an open bar, light bites, plus various surprises. Brooklyn’s all about encouraging you to stay over and stay safe, so the hotel is offering a one-night stay as well.

If you’re sticking to Manhattan, there’s no shortage of parties happening at some of the borough’s top hotels.

You’re guaranteed a swanky fireworks-filled evening at the JW Marriott Essex House New York on Central Park South. From 8pm until 1am at the hotel’s restaurant SOUTHGATE you’ll enjoy a buffet dinner, open bar with specialty cocktails and Champagne, and dancing to the tunes of a top DJ.  Plus you’ll have a view of the midnight fireworks in Central Park without dealing with the crowds and the newly installed cordoned off lanes (fun, but a bit trying at times, and claustrophobic).

Around the corner, and equally classy, The Two E Lounge At The Pierre offers an intimate and glamorous way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  The iconic lounge turns into a speakeasy for the holiday with four hours of live music, dancing, Champagne and festive hors d’oeuvres and raw bar.

Closer to Times Square, Sofitel New York is hosting two separate New Year’s Eve parties, starting with an early event for kids 12 and under who dine free or at a reduced rate depending on which kid-friendly favorites they choose (adults get their own appropriate meal with Champagne, an antipasti buffet and a three-course meal, no worries), then gather in the private dining room for holiday movies, a candy and popcorn bar, and an early New Year’s countdown at 7:30pm. And everyone gets a goody bag. No kids? That’s even better although older kids are welcome at the hotel’s second soiree. For this round, Sofitel’s New Year’s Eve affair pairs the same elegant prix fixe menu as the early seating with a DJ starting at 10pm and screens the Times Square ball drop live starting just before midnight. After ringing in the New Year, dancing continues until 2am.

Further downtown, Arlo NoMad is holding an exclusive “Arlo Arctica” pop up party. On their 31st-story rooftop, in a heated ice hut, you’ll drink a magnum bottle of vintage Dom Perignon, enjoy caviar served in an ice sculpture from Okamoto Studios, and dine on mushroom and truffle pizza, truffle fondue while imbibing from a premium bar. Each hut can hold a maximum of eight people.

Hotel 50 Bowery is the place to ring in 2019 with panache. At this rooftop bar locale on the 21st floor, with views of the Midtown as well as Downtown, the party swings with a four-hour premium open bar and dancing with multiple live DJs. Times Squares’ fireworks will be completely visible from the rooftop’s 360-degree panorama roof. You’ll also get party favors and be able to watch the ball drop up close on a huge screen.

Now to the bars and restaurants:

Toast to the New Year with your closest friends and family at the Seaport District’s only rooftop cocktail bar, R17. The evening will feature a selection of savory dishes and specialty drinks. Craft cocktails and lush fur throws will keep you toasty outdoors around the hearths. R17 will be open from 4pm-1am

The Polynesian, the city’s ultimate Tiki bar, is offering an escape to Paradise in Times Square, with a Luau-themed bash from 9pm-1am. If you have any Hawaiian shirts or skirts, this is the time to dig them out of your closet.  The Polynesian’s New Year’s Eve Luau will keep you satisfied with a buffet reminiscent of Trader Vic’s past which includes an actual pig roast and throwback dishes like coconut shrimp and crab Rangoon, passed hors d’oeuvres, hip-swinging hula dancing and festive Hawaiian leis. The four-hour premium open bar includes specially curated Tiki cocktails from mixologist Brian Miller. Music is both live and DJ. At midnight, there will be a celebratory Champagne toast.

Ring in the New Year with a night of Italian food, drinks, and sultry entertainment at new hot spot Dia in the East Village. A four-course prix fixe menu includes the likes of pasta, branzino, and butterscotch budino. But the highlight is the three burlesque performances by Rox Republic scheduled throughout the evening. That’s definitely something to toast to!

From funky luau and trashy burlesque to black tie, New York City has it all.  Tavern on the Green in the middle of Central Park gives you prime fireworks viewing rights at their black tie gala.  In addition to the evening light show, you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner, live music, a premium open bar, passed desserts, a midnight toast under the fireworks, late night snacks and all-night dancing. The restaurant’s glass-enclosed Central Park Room guarantees a great view even in the coldest conditions, and the park-facing courtyard gives a front row seat to the action.

Back in Brooklyn, the hidden restaurant Blanca behind Bushwick’s acclaimed pizzeria Roberta’s is throwing two New Year’s parties for just a chosen few. Chef Carlo Mirarchi will be serving a celebratory New Year’s Eve tasting menu, which will include a special wine pairing and culinary surprises throughout the evening. The tasting menu is served at 5pm and 8pm.

Still out of ideas? Here are five more restaurants with party favors, Champagne (or tequila), music and special menus

BUDDAKAN – 75 9th Avenue

Over-the-top DJ music, Asian food, and Champagne are guaranteed at this Meatpacking District hot spot.

MORIMOTO – 88 10th Avenue

Ring in the New Year with a special seven-course omakase menu with pairings or order a la carte from Iron Chef Morimoto’s contemporary Japanese menu in the Meatpacking District. Champagne toast at midnight.

EL VEZ – 259 Vesey Street

You can pretend you’re having a fiesta Mexicana at El Vez, celebrating with Mexican food, margaritas and mariachis. Party in Battery Park with a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty with a tequila toast at midnight.

UPLAND – 345 Park Avenue South

The ever-popular Upland near the Flatiron District will be offering a special California-inspired a la carte menu along with a live performance from Antibalas, the eclectic Afro-pop collective from Brooklyn. You’ll celebrate with a Champagne toast at midnight.

THE CLOCKTOWER – 5 Madison Avenue

At the Edition Hotel on lower Madison Avenue, treat yourself to a tasting menu, along with music by Brooklyn Caravan, t in the Edition hotel between 5:30-7pm for a $155 tasting menu or from 8-10pm for a $185 tasting menu, featuring performances by Brooklyn Caravan who will serenade you with their gypsy jazz tunes.

LE COUCOU – 138 Lafayette Street

Ring in the New Year with a cocktail reception and seated six-course dinner menu from Chef Daniel Rose. Le Coucou has acquired a very special 30L bottle of Drappier champagne just for the occasion – it’s yours to enjoy the entire night.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City

Everyone needs some laughs this year and starting off the New Year with a smile sounds like a very good thing.

The place to be in NYC is Caroline’s, where headliners routinely let their comic superpower loose, and on New Year’s Eve, it’s one big laughfest. The late show at 10pm carries into the wee hours after you watch the Ball Drop live on their TVs and 10-foot screen.  It’s close enough to Times Square to let you sense the excitement without being in the middle of the crowds, a nice benefit. 1626 Broadway.

Near enough to view the light show and the Ball Drop if you choose to head outside, two restaurants offer special evening meals.

A favorite of the Broadway community, Bond 45 New York Italian Kitchen and Barin its new 46th Street location — invites guests to ring in 2018 with a seven-course prix fixe menu, live music, Champagne toast and party favors. Or celebrate like a Tony Award winner with a seven-course dinner, a bottle of Champagne and a private escort to view the LIVE Ball Drop from the heart of Times Square.  221 West 46th Street.

In the mood for a Chinese feast instead? Hakkasan New York also sits to the west of Times Square and is offering  a six-course festive meal with luxurious twists on Cantonese favorites such as scallop shumai, roasted duck with truffle dumpling, braised abalone salad and stir-fry Boston lobster with black pepper and honey. 311 West 43rd Street.

Tradition and nostalgia rule on New Year’s Eve at several beloved locations.

The Palm Court’s Black Tie affair is an annual glamour-fest in the iconic restaurant at The Plaza with dancing, raw bar, dinner buffet and craft cocktails recalling days of Trader Vic’s. Black tie required. Fifth Avenue at Central Park South.

Perrine at the Taj Pierre is equally glamorous with a balloon drop and a Champagne aerialist highlighting the New Year’s celebration. The restaurant will serve a five-course menu, with a musical trio accompaniment. Dancing follows in The Rotunda into the New Year with the Antonio Ciacca Orchestra playing Big Band standards as well as contemporary favorites. 2 East 61st Street.

Located in the middle of Times Square, The Edison Ballroom revisits the days of the Fitzgerald’s, flappers and the heyday of jazz with a gala night of dinner and dancing. Show off your jitterbug and foxtrot moves surrounded by New York opulence and musical stylings provided by Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band. 240 West 47th Street.

New York City also offers a choice of parties so you can bring out your inner actor and enjoy some crazy entertainment at a range of prices.

Dinner runs into the party at Bedford & Co in the Renwick Hotel with a special prix fixe menu and a Masquerade Ball. Late night festivities also include passed canapes, specialty cocktails and dancing to DJ tunes. Various packages and prices are available. 118 East 40th Street. Masquerade Ball tickets at

Modern Mediterranean restaurant Green Fig will ring in the New Year with The Brothel Carnivale, a lavish party with a five-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and open bar. Entertainment is non-stop with Burlesque performers, sword swallowers and giant boa constrictors. 570 10th Avenue.

Befitting the melting pot that is New York City, several restaurants show off New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world.

Socarrat is offering a special tasting menu for the evening, featuring their acclaimed paella and tapas, with sangria, beer and an open bar. Guests will celebrate New Year’s in the Spanish tradition with a Cava toast and the eating of 12 Lucky Grapes. At midnight, each guest will receive 12 grapes, one for every month. At each clock stroke, celebrants eat the grapes which are said to bring good fortune throughout the new year. 259 West 19th Street, 284 Mulberry Street, 953 Second Avenue.

Greek steakhouse Merakia rings in the New Year with a prix fixe dinner and a Greek ceremony of the cutting of the cake at midnight. On New Year’s Eve, families cut the Vasilopita (bread or cake), hoping to find the hidden coin inside to bless the house and bring good luck. If you’re the lucky person who orders the chocolate lava cake and finds the lucky coin, your meal is free. 5 West 21st Street.

At recently opened Shuka, it’s a Night in Marrakech with a Feast Menu of mezze plates, dips and kebabs. To welcome the New Year, entertainment will be provided a la Mediterranean  including Glenda’s Gypsy Palm Readings (from Employees Only) and Salit the Belly Dancer.  38 MacDougal Street.

And what would New Year’s Eve in a city of skyscrapers be if it didn’t offer the chance to view the celebration from high above.

Rooftop lounge Bar 54 hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration with an exclusive live viewing of the world famous Ball Drop. Located on the 54th floor of Hyatt Centric Times Square, Bar 54 kicks off the evening with an indoor party with open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, with guests moving outdoors to view the Ball Drop on the bar’s terrace with a Champagne toast in hand. 135 West 45th Street. Tickets at .

Right in the heart of Times Square, the New York Marriott Marquis lets guests take advantage of its premier location with a five-course dinner, unlimited premium open bar and entertainment at The View Restaurant & Lounge on the 47th and 48th floors, with 360-degree views revolving completely every hour and overlooking Times Square.  1535 Broadway.

How about a view of the Statue of Liberty and the fireworks downtown instead of the Ball Drop at Times Square?

Conrad New York invites you to a downtown celebration with a view. Begin the celebration with open bar and canapes at ATRIO Wine Bar and Restaurant, followed by a four-course prix fixe dinner accompanied by tunes by a live DJ. Just before the end of 2017, guests will head to Loopy Doopy, the 16th-story rooftop bar, for a Champagne toast with views of the Statue of Liberty and fireworks along the Hudson River. 102 North End Avenue.

Cruise into the New Year on board Hudson’s at Pier 81 for a music-filled, open-bar celebration in the middle of the Manhattan Harbor under the fireworks in the presence of the Statue of Liberty. Pier 81, 12th Avenue and West 41st Street.

New York City Fireworks for New Year’s Eve (not Times Square)

Times Square isn’t the only place to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. If you’re in Brooklyn, you might want to head to Prospect Park. Live entertainment, hot chocolate, and fireworks at Grand Army Plaza set the stage for a fun night, sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

In Manhattan Cherry Hill in Central Park is the place to be…. without the crowds.  It’s a fun party, with music, cider toasts, fireworks and, of course, the annual Midnight Run. This year’s pre- and post-race festival takes place from 10pm until 1am with a dance party featuring a DJ and live performers at Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell. Runners and spectators alike can take a stroll down NYRR’s special blue carpet and commemorate their experience at the end of the runway at the Resolution Photobooth. The pre- and post-race festival is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to view the fireworks display just south of the 72nd Street Transverse.

As 2014 comes to a close, thousands of New Yorkers and runners from across the country will dash into 2015 at the stroke of midnight at the 36th annual NYRR Midnight Run in Central Park on New Year’s Eve, sponsored by New York Road Runners, American road-racing power couple Cole Atkins, the defending champion, and Esther Erb, the 2014 USA Marathon champion representing the local New York Athletic Club team, lead the pack of runners.  A new addition to this year’s race is the New Year’s Resolution Bib, a back bib for runners to write what they will be running for in 2015.

Staten Island – Free Concerts and Events in August

Start your day or evening with a wonderful (and free) ride across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry, and catch a bus or train to these freebies happening in various parts of Staten Island.

August 1: Noted percussionist Johnny Ray plays salsa at Tappen Park from 7-9pm. Stapleton, Canal Street, Water Street, Bay Street, Staten Island, 212-639-9675,

August 2: It’s a night of Beatles music at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark starting at 7pm.  This annual event, with tunes performed by local musicians, is a benefit to raise awareness of autism. The park is the home of the Staten Island Yankees and is just a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry. St. George, 75 Richmond Terrace at Wall Street, Staten Island, 718-720-9265

August 3: St. George is also the site for the next evening’s Waterfront Festival, happening from 1-9pm along St. George Promenade, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry. There will be entertainment, local artists, food, and shopping, with fireworks sponsored by Macy’s set for 9pm. Rain date is August 4.  St. George, 1 Bay Street (at Borough Pl), Staten Island.

August 8: The third event from the Starlight Concert series showcases Billy Joel cover band 52nd Street and Witness at the Conference House Park. Pittsville Street, Hyland Boulevard, Richmond Avenue, Tottenville, 212-639-9675,

August 12: A morning family-friendly program by Disney-sponsored SummerStage Kids will bring jazz to Willowbrook Park from 10:30-11:30am.  The band Robbi K & Friends plays improvisations of original compositions and jazz favorites. , Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, 718-698-2186,

August 14: Also for the entire family, an especially the littlest kids, a dance party created by DJ Little Club Heads spins both current dance tunes and original music at Faber Park from 10:30-11:30am. Richmond Terrace, 718-816-5558,

August 15: Westerleigh Park is the site for the fifth concert from the Starlight Concerts series, with performances by Due South and Fireflies.  Willard Avenue, Springfield Avenue, Maine Avenue, Neal Dow Avenue, Staten Island.

August 17-18: It’s an evening of fireworks and music at the annual August Back to the Beach celebrations at Midland Beach (and South Beach).  Now in its 18th year, the program includes performances by Brooklyn Keys, Parkway Soul (Motown) and Function 11.  The following evening’s line-up is Reminisce, Rave On, Disco Unlimited and New York Minute. Fireworks are scheduled for 9pm on both evenings. Midland and South Beach boardwalks, Midland Beach, Father Capodanno Boulevard (between Miller Field and Seaview Avenue), Staten Island,

August 21: Disney-sponsored SummerStage Kids returns to Staten Island Faber Park from 10:30-11:30am for the final event on Staten Island with The Ohmies for a morning of interactive story with singing and dancing. Richmond Terrace, 718-816-5558,

August 22: The final event of The Starlight Concerts series comes to Clove Lakes Park with music by De’ja Vu and Alive n’ Kickin’.1150 Clove Road, Sunnyside, Staten Island, 718-398-8000,

August 30: Closing out the summer of free music and events is the End of the Summer Doo-Wop Concert, a Borough President James P. Molinaro presentation, at Wolfes Pond Park. Music, starting at 6:30pm, it features a concert by Cameos and Manhattan Skyline, to be followed by fireworks at 9pm. Rain date is August 31. Cornelia Avenue, Staten Island, 718-390-8000,

Best Rooftop Lounges to Watch the Fireworks from in NYC

Celebrate Independence Day in style this year while watching the famous Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks atop some of NYC’s hottest rooftop lounges. The 35th annual extravaganza returns to the Hudson River this year, where 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky in this magnificent 25-minute show starting at 9:20pm. Macy’s recommends spots with unobstructed views of the sky above the river, with best views located below 59th Street closest to 11th and 12th avenues. We invite you to join us on our favorite west side rooftop spots as we seek a view of the fireworks with a side of glamour.

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