New York City

All eyes are on NYC on New Year’s Eve—thanks to a ball and some place called Times Square.  But what do you do when you’re actually in the city to ring in 2014? Here are some of the top New Year’s Eve events taking place across New York, along with some restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve menus with late seatings.

Cue “Auld Lang Syne”…

The Times Square Ball Drop, Broadway between 40th and 53rd Streets. We like to say it’s worth being there at least once in your life. But be prepared for a long wait (streets start filling up right after noon), possible chilly weather, no alcohol or food vendors and no bathrooms. Performers for this year’s ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ telecast include Blondie and Miley Cyrus.

Jill Scott at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue. The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter brings her poetic brand of soul music to the iconic venue from 9pm. (Tickets required)

Ring in the Swing at The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle. This dance party combines live jazz, a southern-style buffet and gorgeous views of Central Park. The music starts at 9pm and doesn’t stop until past midnight. (Tickets required)

Masquerade Ball at Lavo, 39 East 58th Street. This lavish lounge will do 10pm seatings with midnight toasts in the restaurant (reservations required) and an open bar with hors d’oeuvres and a midnight toast in the nightclub. (Tickets required)

Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park, starting at the Bandshell. This annual New York Road Runners event is more festive than fit-oriented. Warm up with dancing, snacks and cider before the 11:59pm race time. (Registration required)

Bars & Restaurants

Alloro, 307 East 77th Street. This neighborhood Italian restaurant is serving a (count ‘em) 7-course menu on New Year’s Eve, with a 6pm seating and a 9pm seating that includes a DJ Dance Party, and Champagne toast at midnight. (Reservations required)

Café Boulud, 20 East 76th Street. The 5-course tasting menu with Champagne toast at midnight is the real star (canapés include black truffle arancini, foie gras torchon and oestra caviar), and comes with a live DJ and dancing until 1am at Bar Pleiades. But you can also opt for a pre-gala 3-course menu, from 5:30–7pm, that takes the extravagance down a notch without losing any of Boulud’s quintessential French-American flavors. (Reservations required)

Má Pêche, 15 West 56th Street. The only Momofuku restaurant in Midtown is hosting a 4-course New Year’s Eve dinner with fried chicken or short rib at 10pm, and a Champagne toast at midnight. (Reservations required)

The Bar Room, 117 East 60th Street. Opt for a 3-course prix fixe with glass of sparkling wine—between 5:30 and 9:30pm (reservations required)—or try your luck at the bar, where there is no cover.

 

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Rebecca