Watching the ball drop in Times Square (either in real life or on TV) is not the only game in town (by a long shot). Whether you’re looking for a more relaxed night or a total rager, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, 33 ideas for an epic evening (and maybe even a epic morning after). Happy New Year!
DJ Cedric Gervais is bringing the party to Marquee New York on NYE. The ticket includes a premium four-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a live feed of Times Square. This is sure to be one of the craziest spots in Chelsea.
Marquee New York, 289 10th Avenue (between 26th and 27th Streets); 646-473-0202.
Dream Downtown New Year's Eve Countdown, starting at $185
Celebrity hosts and DJs are still to be announced for the exclusive NYE party, but knowing Dream, which brings out A-Listers like Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Chace Crawford, guests are in for a treat. Enjoy an open bar and Champagne toast at midnight, along with the breathtaking skyline views from the rooftop.
Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th Street (at 9th Avenue); 212-229-2559.
Lavo's New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, $160
Arguably the masquerade ball. Head to Lavo for a four-hour premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight toast. Dinner reservations are first come, first serve. Get on it!
LAVO, 39 E. 58th Street (at Madison Avenue); 212-750-5588.
Gran/Eléctrica Four-Course NYE Dinner, $65
For a New Year's Eve celebration a little off the beaten path, head to DUMBO's delicious Gran/Eléctrica to dine on special holiday-menu items like tacos de rajas, costillas de res, pescado al mojo de ajo, and churros.
Gran/Eléctrica, 5 Front Street (at Old Fulton Street); 718-852-2700.
Chef Richard Kuo's NYE Dinner at Pearl & Ash, starting at $95
With three seatings available at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m., there are plenty of opportunities to sample the tasty offerings at Pearl & Ash, including fried chicken, quail, apple-cilantro sorbet, and more. Book your reservation by email at email@example.com.
Pearl & Ash, 220 Bowery (between Prince and Spring Streets); 212-837-2370.
The Little Owl's West Village NYE Dinner, $125
Join chef Joey Campanaro as he prepares a phenomenal four-course feast at this west side hot spot. Some menu highlights include grilled langoustines with a scampi sauce, basil gnocchi with pork belly tomato gravy, pancetta-wrapped veal tenderloin, soy dijon big eye tuna, and blueberry cheesecake pie for dessert. Yum.
The Little Owl, 90 Bedford Street (between Grove and Barrow Streets); 212-741-4695.
Empire Steak House’s New Year’s Eve Caviar and Champagne Extravaganza, starting at $89.95
Empire Steak House is going all out for the night, offering three celebratory events to help you ring in the 2014 — and 24 hours of continuous Frank Sinatra music. First up is a Twilight Menu special, served from 4 to 9 p.m., followed by a Countdown to the New Year dinner, which comes with a complimentary Champagne toast. But, if you happen to have a spare $10,000 to drop, check out the Emperor's Delight menu which involves a whole pound of caviar per guest. The evening comes to a climax with a rousing rendition of "New York, New York" as the ball drops at midnight. Sounds magical, right?
Empire Steak House, 237 W. 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue); 212-582-6900.
Feliz Año Nuevo at Rosa Mexicano, $55
Have a very guacin' New Year at Rosa Mexicano, with a knockout prix fixe four-course meal. Raise a toast with the evening's signature cocktail, the Un Beso del Año Nuevo (New Year's Kiss), made of Herradura Silver, Cointreau, cava, blood orange, and fresh lemon. Ching, ching.
Rosa Mexicano, 9 E. 18th Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway); 212-533-3350.
Joie de Vivre at The Mark Hotel, starting at $148
Welcome 2014 with a Parisian soiree at The Mark Hotel. Take in a jazz band, a four-course lobster dinner, and a Billecart-Salmon Champagne toast at the stroke of 12.
The Mark Hotel, 25 E. 77th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues); 212-744-4300.
Dine on the Upper East Side at Rouge Tomate, starting at $95
Choose between an early three-course menu or the later five-course tasting at the healthy and sustainable Michelin-starred resto. The menu is packed with delicious options: We'd order the delectable chocolate-banana trio, which features a chocolate-banana Opera cake, caramelized banana, and hot cocoa.
Rouge Tomate, 10 E. 60th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues); 646-237-8977.
Beginning at 9 p.m., Manon is hosting a lovely five-course dinner, complete with a Champagne toast and party favors.
Manon, 407 W. 14th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues); 212-596-7255.
Speakeasy Moderne at STAGE 72, $200
Return to Manhattan's Jazz Age and welcome 2014 with the most elaborate twenties-themed fete in NYC. Starting at 10 p.m., you'll be treated to exciting live performances, lots and lots bubbly, and dancing.
STAGE 72, 158 W. 72nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues); 212-362-2590.
Omar's Special Prix Fix Menus + Party, starting at $125
This newly opened Greenwich Village spot is offering three- and four-course dinner options with special items like braised veal and Champagne cake for the New Year's Eve festivities. Book your reservation via the phone number listed below.
Omar's La Ranita, 21 W. 9th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues); 212-677-5242.
Chef Molly Nickerson's Four-Course Special at Sorella, $65
Dig into delicious plates like mushroom crostini, arugula and roasted seckle pear salad, agnolotti with ricotta, stracci verdi with lamb ragu, grilled sepia with eggplant agrodolce, and gianduja mousse cake at this Lower East Side gem.
Sorella, 95 Allen Street (at Delancey); 212-274-9595.
Achilles Heel New Year's Eve Party, free
Venture over to this Greenpoint establishment for a night of dancing, Champagne, and oysters. And, did we mention no cover?
Achilles Heel, 180 West Street (at Green Street); 347-987-3666.
Ring in 2014 with Marlow & Sons
The South Williamsburg restaurant is whipping up a special menu for New Year's Eve, with tasty offerings like sea scallops and caviar, beef tartare, and brown butter cake. Dinner will be served throughout the night from 5 p.m. to close, so you'll still have plenty of time to do a little bar hopping and house-party raging.
Marlow & Sons, 81 Broadway (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue); 718-384-1441.
Sembrado en Nueva York's Open Taco Bar, $55
Mexican food fiends, get to Sembrado this New Year's Eve for the restaurant's two-hour unlimited tacos and open bar special. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sembrado en Nueva York, 432 E. 13th Street (between Avenue A and First Avenue); 212-729-4206.
Hecho En Dumbo New Year's Eve Special, starting at $75
Feast on an unlimited antojitos dinner featuring a variety of toppings on house-made corn tortillas, sopes, and tostadas. Not to be missed: the mariachi bands and Champagne toast at midnight.
Hecho En Dumbo, 354 Bowery (between E. 4th and Great Jones Streets); 212-937-4245.
Icona Pop at The Top of The Standard, starting at $250
Join the black-tie festivities at The Standard Hotel's rooftop bar, with a musical performance from Swedish duo Icona Pop. The fun kicks off at 10 p.m.
The Standard, 442 W. 13th Street (at Washington Street); 212-645-4646.
NYE Masquerade Ball at The Empire Hotel, starting $150
Ring in the New Year in true Gossip Girl fashion with a masquerade ball at the Empire Hotel's Lobby Bar. Reservations are required for the posh party, which includes hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and dancing until 2 a.m.
Empire Hotel, 44 W. 63rd Street (between Broadway and Columbus Avenue); 646-289-8639.
Hôtel Americano is hosting two NYE parties, the first of which is located on the main floor with a four-course dinner, followed by rooftop entertainment provided by the Scissor Sisters' frontwoman Ana Matronic and Sammy Jo. Did we mention the Champagne toast and open bar until 12:30 a.m.? It all starts at 8 p.m.
Hôtel Americano, 518 W. 27th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues); 212-216-0000.
New Year’s Eve with Spank Rock & Amanda Blank, starting at $35
Hôtel Americano’s Privido will play host to a musical fete, featuring performances from Spank Rock and Amanda Blank, as well as DJ sets by Roxy Cottontail, Tyger James, and Baby Eagle. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and a complimentary Champagne toast is included with ticket purchase.
Hôtel Americano, 518 W. 27th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues); 212-216-0000.
The Mercer Kitchen New Year's Eve 2014, starting at $148
First up for The Mercer Kitchen is a decadent four-course dinner from 8 to 10 p.m. with dancing, balloons, and party favors. The restaurant is also hosting a party from 10 to 2 a.m., with open bar, hors d'oeuvres, Champagne, and entertainment by DJ Marco Peruzzi.
The Mercer Kitchen, 99 Prince Street (at Mercer Street); 212-966-5454.
The Third Man, $20
Alphabet City's Viennese-inspired cocktail bar is kicking the New Year off with DJ Deike, a complimentary glasses of house-made mulled wine and Champagne at midnight. Enjoy a classy and low-key evening at this East Side hot spot.
The Third Man, 116 Avenue C (at 8th Street); 212-598-1040.
Edi and the Wolf, starting at $80
Why not toast to the New Year over rustic Austrian fare at Edi and the Wolf. The East Village restaurant will present a five-course meal for $80 per person at 6:30 p.m. or $98 from 9:30 p.m. Menu items include smoked cadillac oysters, wild mushroom tagliatelle, and Maine poached cod.
Edi and the Wolf, 102 Avenue C (at 7th Street); 212-598-1040.
W New York Times Square Toast 2014 Package, starting at $1018
Get the royal treatment from the W New York this New Year's with an insane package that includes a hotel room, a bottle of bubbly, dinner for two at Blue Fin, and so much more.
W Hotel, 1567 Broadway (at 47th Street); 212-930-7400.
The Beautiful and the Damned New Year's Eve Celebration at No. 8, $150 per person
Head to No. 8 and stay up 'til sunrise at the Jazz Age affair. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., and with music by Albie Alexander, Schuller, and DJ Nicole Leone you'll be happy to dance all night.
No. 8, 357 W. 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues); 212-206-1096.
Joonbug.com Presents NYE at Bowlmor Times Square Hosted by The Bachelor’s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, starting at $85
Feel the love this New Year's Eve with The Bachelor's Sean Lowe and his fiancée Catherine Giudici. Enjoy hours of hip hop, dance, '80s, and classic rock tunes on the dance floor and an open bar and Champagne toast at midnight.
Bowlmor Times Square, 222 W. 44th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues); 212-680-0012.
Joonbug.com Presents exPIERience New Year's Eve 2014 at Pier 36, starting at $155
Take in glittering views of the East River while enjoying insane performances from Cedric Gervais, R3hab, Sander van Doorn, Showtek, and Tommy Trash at Pier 36. If you're looking for a nonstop dance party, this is the NYE spot for you.
Pier 36, 299 South Street (at Montgomery Street).
Joonbug.com Presents NYE Extravaganza hosted by Vinny Guadagnino at AMC 34th Street, starting at $55
Party like you're headed to the Jersey Shore at this midtown blowout. The AMC theater will transform into a club with a five-hour open bar, bottle service, DJs, and of course, lots of fist-pumping.
AMC 34th Street, 312 West 34th Street (between 8th and 9 Avenues); 212-244-4556.
Traditional Mochitsuki at EN Japanese Brasserie, starting at $115
Break open a barrel of sake when the ball drops and gorge on mochi rice all night long. Choose from two menus, both of which include soba, Japanese noodles that are traditionally eaten for a long and strong life. You'll definitely get your carbs in for the day, but you've got to make a reservation first.
EN Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street (at Leroy Street); 212-647-9196.
Dine and Dance at Beauty & Essex, $140
Hit up the Lower East Side for a tasty à la carte menu until 8:45 p.m. Or, wait until 9 p.m., when you can dine in black-tie luxury and dance to mixes from DJ Neil Jackson. Reservations required.
Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets); 212-614-0146.
WestHouse New Year’s Eve Celebration Packages, starting at $755
For a more relaxed and classy New Year's Eve, book a stay at the WestHouse and delight in a luxury suite, a dinner for two at Saju French Bistro with a bottle of Champagne, as well as an up-close-and-personal view of the Times Square ball drop.
WestHouse, 201 W. 55th Street (between 7th Avenue and Broadway); 212-707-4888.