Let’s be honest – For most, New Year’s Eve is usually like prom, all the buildup and preparation overshadows the actual night. But for those of us lucky enough to ring in the New Year in NYC, the night has an incredible array of adventures to offer. Grab a fab getup and head out for a night of partying, culture, fireworks, and style. We’ve rounded up the best New Year’s Eve events NYC has to offer, comfortable shoes recommended!
The Foodie: Dine In Style
Food: a New Yorker’s instant ticket aboard. NYE takes the city’s culinary delights up a few notches, with unique menus and atmospheres unlike any other night of the year. For all of us that can’t spend NYE in some unspoken tropical location, Gardënia is here to whisk us away on a Latin American journey. Practice your Spanish while you spend the evening surrounded by hanging plants while sipping lush cocktails and eating tasty, colorful food.
Or, if you’d like to channel your inner Parisian …
Head to one of 6 of Jean-Georges’ New York City restaurants, where they host phenomenal fixed price menus, a Champaign toast at midnight, and of course, dancing.
The Networking Entrepreneur: Take a Cruise
The perfect venue to practice your foreign language skills, take your NYE experience to new levels of sophistication with a Firework Yacht Cruise. Bypass the crowds altogether; your $346 ticket buys you (& and 39 other badass New Yorkers) a cruise aboard a 1920s style yacht. Upon arrival, enjoy a champagne/sparkling wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres to begin your cruise, plus desserts and an open bar. Sail into the night to enjoy the breathtaking fireworks plus a bisou from your special someone.
The 20 Something’s: Go Out!
One of the most obvious suggestions, sure, but every New Yorker absolutely must indulge in the nightlife on at least one NYE. Our favorite options are sure to give you a taste of true funk & culture, just what the doctor ordered for 2016.
For the Studio 54er at heart, only your most decadent 1970s party outfit will do, and get ready to enjoy a cabaret party unlike any other. Sylvia and Kinky Boots star Annaleigh Ashford will perform alongside her band the Whiskey 5 while guests indulge in three a three-course meal, filled to the brim with bubbly. After the show, the tables disappear to unveil a disco-dance floor inspired by the clubbing roots of Studio 54.
If an upscale, sensual bash is more your style, head to the Down Town Association for the Celestial Ball. It’s filled with it all – seductive performances from fire dancers, puppets, spangled musicians… Opt for lustrous Dionysian feast for a party truly worthy of a Roman.
The Low Key Professionals: Watch the Fireworks
Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve in true tradition. Fireworks at Long Meadow illuminate the sky, with hot cocoa and live music at Grand Army Plaza. For the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Avoid the crowds when you commute by taking the train, and definitely snag a bite beforehand.
The Kid at Heart: Watch the Ball Drop
It can be freezing cold, with a million people packed tighter than a sardine can in Time Square. But to people all over the world, Times Square is New Year’s Eve, the place where the ball drops, the fireworks explode and the streets are bathed in confetti. It’s the queue to celebrate, the ultimate moment of fresh beginnings. Don’t let the touristy trash talk deter you; if you live in NY, you must watch this live in your lifetime.
A New Year is upon us. The opportunity to write your story on a clean page, start fresh as a new person. Filled with resolutions to a better you, the activities that paint your calendar on NYE set you up for the New Year. How will you spend your evening? But more importantly what stories will you tell in 2016?
Bonne chance, mes amis!