The thought of being stuck in Times Square in the freezing cold – among crazed tourists and without a bathroom in sight– is, well, scary. You know better than that. Here’s how to celebrate New Year’s Eve the right way in New York City. Check out these ticketed events, fancy prix-fixe dinners and open-bar soirees. By Sarah Shaker.
The Sanctuary Hotel is ringing in the New Year high in the sky at Haven Rooftop, recently transformed into a fully enclosed and heated intimate ski chalet. Guests will get a warm and welcoming refuge from the busy streets below in Midtown. Tickets include DJs spinning all night, a premium open bar and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres.
From 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., Dale Talde’s Brooklyn bar will be offering an all-you-can-eat-and-drink special for only $60 per person, which will include canned beers, tap beers, well liquor and signature cocktails. No reservations are required, but arrive early to take advantage of this deal fit for a little piggy.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
Sail into 2013 with a bang on the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise with Circle Line. Watch the display at the Statue Of Liberty and dance the night away with a full open bar, hors d’ oeuvres, DJ, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Purchase all-inclusive tickets for $149.00 per guest.
Long Island City’s RiverView is offering an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration at $125 per guest. Dine on a buffet dinner and spend four hours sipping drinks from a top-shelf open bar to the tunes of a DJ and there’s even samba and belly dancers to steal the show.
This popular hipster hangout will feature a five-hour open bar with a live feed of the Times Square ball drop. With five DJ’s spinning, you can’t help but dance the night away to different beats well into 2013 with all of the cool kids downtown.
Soho Grand Hotel
Soho Grand will be throwing its Annual Black & White Masquerade Ball hosted by Tommy Saleh and Steven Rojas to ring in the New Year. General Admission tickets are available for $175 including a four hour Premium Open Bar from 10 pm – 2 am. Black tie attire and masks are required at this hip downtown soiree.
For a glitzy party in Meatpacking, slip in your heels and head to the Dream Downtown for New Year’s Eve. General Admission costs $150 per person, including a premium open bar for five hours, passed hors d’oeuvres, three rooms with five bars and four DJ’s to keep the party going past the strike of midnight. Enjoy a Champagne toast as the ball drops on the live tv feed of Times Square.
This 1850’s watering hole has old New York charm with a modern twist. Dress in your best for their Bohemian Ball boasting a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ at The Vault at Pfaff’s for $135 per guest. There’s an Ayala Champagne Toast to ring in the New Year and fun party favors for all at this party under Broadway and Bleecker in the West Village.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.