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The clock will strike midnight, the Ball will drop, kisses will be exchanged, and the promise of a New Year will light up the night sky. New Year's is a time to reflect on all that has happened, and set ambitious new goals. Of course, it is also a time let our hair down and celebrate. New York City provides many opportunities for merrymaking on the 31st. Here's where you want to be when the clock strikes 2014.
There is no minute of the year quite as exciting as 11:59 p.m. on December 31st in Times Square. The Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration and Ball Drop is easily the most famous NYE celebration in the world. A million people join together to celebrate this event, and over a billion people will watch it on television (ABC, locally.) If you’re planning to go, dress warmly, bring something to eat, and be sure to get there early (before 5pm).
Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthywill host the festivities in New York City andFergie will be the West Coast hostess of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Performers this year will include Jennifer Hudson, Fall Out Boy, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo. The Ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere, weighing 11,875 pounds, covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights and capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors.
Abboccato Ristorantewill be serving breakfast on New Year's Eve from 7:30-10:30am, with their a la carte menu available from 5 to 7pm, and a Chef's Four-Course New Year's Eve menu ($85/$115 with select Italian wine pairing) from 8 to 11pm. Click here for the full menu; clickherefor reservations.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is set to ring in the new year with a bash that will include a five hour premium bar (9pm-2am), DJ spinning on an incomparable sound system, festive party favors and more. For details, click here.
Benjamin Steakhouse will be offering a special menu for New Year's Eve. Seatings begin at 9pm, and the evening includes a lavish, three-course dinner with sides, full open bar from 9pm to 2am, and a champagne toast at midnight. Entree options include Rack of Lamb, USDA Prime Filet Mignon, Dry-Aged USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak, Twin Lobster Tails, Filet of Norwegian Salmon, and Filet of Chilean Sea Bass. $295.95/person. For the full menu and more details, click here.
Bowlmor Lanes Times Square will be hosting a five hour, fun-filled New Year's party at the sprawling 90,000-square-foot venue from 9pm-2am. Admission will include a 5-hour premium open bar, a world-renowned DJ spinning sets of hip-hop, dance, 80's and rock through a state-of-the-art sound system, festive NYE party favors, champagne toast at midnigh, live NYE 2014 countdown, and more.
On New Year's Eve, the historic Bull & Bear steakhouse will offer a Dinner & Dancing prix-fixe dinner menu ($345; $170, children 12 & under) with an Open Bar package available for $125/adult. Early-seating, dinner-only reservations are also available from 5 to 7pm ($140). For reservations, click here.
In upscale setting reminiscent of old-style European circus tents, Circo on West 55th Street will offer a special 4-course New Year's Eve Menu with champagne toast ($160/person). Click here for the full menu. Call 212-265-3636 for reservations, or click here. (Circo will be closed on New Year's Day.)
Celebrate New Year's Eve atDel Frisco's Steak House, located near Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan. The expansive setting reflects the rhythm and energy of midtown, and the menu features fresh, aged prime beef shipped from the Midwest twice a week, and lobster, fish, lamb, and more. Del Frisco's is the perfect place to bring her to enjoy her day with impeccable chef-driven cuisine and world-class hospitality. Clickherefor reservations or call212-575-5129.
Faces & Names, one of Midtown Manhattan's most popular lounges, will be celebrating the new year with all-inclusive packages. Running from 9pm until 2am, the evening includes a top-shelf open bar, champagne toast at midnight, live DJ, hors d'oeuvres, and more. For general admission tickets ($90) and VIP guaranteed seating tickets ($120), click here.
Grand Central Oyster Bar will be continuing their tradition of offering their dessert menu from 11:30am-10pm on New Year's Eve. To see the complete list of offerings, which range in price from $5 to $8.50, click here.
OnNew Year's Eve, Garage Restaurant & Cafewill be offering a brunch from 11am-4pm, dinner from 5-9pm, and5-Course Prix Fixe NYE Gala Dinnerfrom 10pm-1am with VIP bar seating, 3-hour open bar, unlimited gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live jazz, live dancing, and much more. Clickherefor the menu. OnNew Year's Day, they will be offering a special four-courseNew Year's Day Brunch(menu) from 11am-4pm and aNew Year's Day Dinner(menu) in addition to their regular dinner menu from 5pm until close. Call212-645-0600for more information and reservations.
NYC's Guantanamera Cuban restaurant, located near Times Square and the Theater District, will be hosting a New Year's Eve party complete with mojitos, great food, live music, and more. There are two options for their 3-course dinner: For $150, enjoy the menu, 1 drink, and a champagne toast; for $175, it's all-you-can-drink including mojitos, sangria, beer, wine, and champagne. Call 212-262-5354 for reservations.
Looking for something more casual, fun, and family-friendly? Guy's American Kitchen Bar, located in Times Square, will be hosting a special NYE party, with a live DJ spinning music all night, open bar, appetizers, and more from 8pm-1am. VIP table packages are also available.
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Hakkasan New Yorkwill ring in 2014 with an exclusive seven-course tasting menu created by Chef Ho Chee Boon onNew Year's Eve, with optional wine pairings and a champagne toast at midnight. For more info and to make reservations, emailhakkasanNYE@hakkasannyc.com or click here.
Heartland Brewery's Times Square location (127 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves., 646-366-0235), along with their neighbor, HB Burger, will also be hosting an all-ages New Year's celebration with an open bar, signature appetizers, table packages, and more. Click here for more information.
The Heartland Brewery locations at the Empire State Building (pictured above; 350 Fifth Ave. at 34th St., 212-563-3433) and Midtown West (pictured below; 625 Eighth Ave. at 41st St., 646-366-0235) will be open regular hours on New Year's Eve. All Heartland Brewery locations will be open during regular hours on New Year's Day.
Houston Hall in Soho (222 W. Houston St., 212-675-9323) will be hosting a special New Year's Eve party from 9pm-1am ($125/person, inclusive of tax and tip). The evening includes an open bar & live DJ, champagne toast, and hors d'oeuvres. A limited number of table reservations are also available (10 person minimum), which include a bottle of premium vodka, bottle of champagne, and platter of food. Click here for details and to purchase tickets. Houston Hall will be open on New Year's Day from noon to 8pm.
Looking for a unique way to ring in the new year? The Jekyll and Hyde Club in Times Square promises a zany, memorable NYE bash, 8pm-4am (bar, 9pm-2am). VIP packages are available.
“A farmhouse in the middle of Manhattan,”La Masseriaoffers classic cuisine from the Puglia region of Italy, utilizing fresh, natural ingredients for simple and authentic pastas, risottos, and meat and fish dishes that evoke the flavors and aromas of the Italian farmhouse culture. TheirNew Year's Eve dinner(beginning at 9pm; $150 per person) features four courses, including choices of appetizer, pastas, entrées, and dessert. Entrée options include Spicy Young Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs, Roast Loin of Veal with Black Truffle Sauce, Venison with Chestnut Sauce, and Italian Sea Bass with Clams and Arugula Sauce. Clickhereto view the full menu andherefor reservations.
For New Year's Eve, Le Cirque will offer a Chef's Classics 4-course menu ($125) from 5:30 to 9pm as well as a Celebration four-course menu ($375) beginning at 9pm, which includes champagne, live entertainment, and dancing. Click here to view the full menus; click here for reservations. (Le Cirque will be closed New Year's Day.)
Long regarded as one of New York's superb classic French dining rooms,Le Perigord will be offering their full a la carte menu and $68 pre-fixe menu on New Year's Eve (5:30-11pm). Planned specials include game dishes such as venison and quail. Call 212-755-6244 or click here for reservations.
Celebrate with the stars! Madame Tussauds New York is hosting a special New Year's Eve Party. Enjoy multiple floors of music, drinks, and NYE festivities. Snap your pic alongside your favorite celebrity and experience this once in a lifetime evening! For more information, click here.
In Hell's Kitchen, New American restaurant The Marshal will be offering a special New Year's Eve dinner ($99) with seating beginning at 10pm. The evening includes a four-course menu, their wood-fired-oven bread, dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight. Click here to view the full menu; seating is limited, so call 212-582-6300 to make reservations.
Located in the Waldorf Astoria lobby, Peacock Alley will be ringing in 2014 with with a grand buffet (featuring a whole suckling pig and traditional dinner stations with items such as duck leg confit, lemon sole, Cajun-style prawns, and house-cured pork belly alongside a raw bar of fresh lobster, oysters, and a selection of caviars). The meal can be followed by festivities consisting of a live band and evening celebration with premium open bar service, unlimited photo booth, and more culinary delights. For reservations and information on all the available packages, click here.
They will also be hosting their famous Grand Buffet Brunch (complete with a chocolate fountain!) on New Year's Day from 10am-2pm ($98; $65, children 12 & under). For reservations, click here or call 212-872-1275.
Get the Hollywood VIP treatment, at Planet Hollywood Times Square. They will be hosting a NYE bash, with a variety of tempting packages available, one including dinner at next door's Buca di Beppo.
On New Year's Eve,Sirio Ristorante, located in the Pierre, a Taj Hotel New York near Central Park, will offer an early four-course menu ($115/person; 6-9pm) as well as a Celebration four-course menu ($350) beginning at 9pm, which includes champagne, live entertainment, and dancing. Click here to view the full menu. Call 212-940-8195 or click here for reservations.
The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club will be hosting two New Year's Eve comedy shows (8:30 & 10:30pm), hosted by The Artie Lange Show's Paul Virzi and featuring Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac, and many other big-name stand-ups. Both shows include free champagne at midnight, and the ball drop will be broadcast live.
They will be offering a 4-hour open bar from 8pm to midnight ($55; $85 for premium drinks). A prix-fixe menu ($65) will also be available throughout the evening, with entrées that include herb-roasted chicken, filet mignon, and pan-roasted wild salmon. For more information and to make reservations, click here.
T.G.I. Friday'swill be hosting a special 2014 New Year's Celebration at their location in Times Square. The evening includes a dinner buffet, champagne toast, live DJ, premium open bar, and more all just feet from the Times Square ball drop. Clickherefor more information and to make your reservations.
Tio Pepe in Greenwich Village will celebrate New Year's Eve with the traditional Spanish Champagne & 12 Grapes at Midnight, live DJ, champagne, party favors, and special dinner menu ($65); click here for details. A New Year's Day menu will also be available ($50).
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square will be hosting a New Year's Eve party that the whole family can enjoy, filled with endless entertainment. Kicking off with a fire-breathing act, the evening includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres from 8pm to 1am, a DJ dance party, champagne toast at midnight, and a great view of the live ball drop. For the kids, there will be NYC's only Mission Impossible LaseRace, scavenger hunts, cotton candy, popcorn, and more. The party begins at 8pm and ends at 1am Sunday, January 1. All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 21). For tickets and more info, click here.
CitySightseeing Cruises' annual New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise will sail the New York Harbor, featuring views of the famous New Year's fireworks, the New York City sky-line, Empire State Building, The Intrepid, Ellis Island, United Nations, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. Your ticket includes: 3-hour cruise; open bar; live DJ entertainment & dancing; champagne toast at midnight; desserts and coffee; and light meal options available for purchase. Must be 21 years old to board the cruise. Boarding at 9PM, cruise will sail from 10pm-1am. Click here for tickets and more information.
New York Water Taxi's New Year's Eve Family Cruise offers another great option for families, with Wii games, party favors, and noise makers – while the grown-ups will be enchanted by spectacular views of the glittering Manhattan skyline and fireworks celebration. Click here for more information. NYWT/Circle Line Downtown also hosts a separate fireworks New Year's cruise for couples on the Zephyr, for more information on that, click here.
Hornblower Cruises is hosting a Nautical New Year's Celebration, for details, click here.
Broadway legendChita Riverawill ring in 2014 at54 Below, "Broadway's Supper Club," for a specialNew Year's Eve engagementon December 31 at 7 and 11pm. The evening includes a 4-course dinner courtesy of Chef André J. Marrero (see the menuhere) and a "toast to the future" with one of Broadway's most beloved stars. For tickets and more information, call 866-468-7619 or clickhere.
If you want to add a little laughter to your New Year's festivities, Gotham Comedy Club has a special evening planned with Roy Wood, Jr, showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm. For more details, clickhere.
Enjoy good times and giggles with friends at The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club, where you can see Wyatt Cenac, Sherrod Small, Judah Friedlander, Dan St. Germaine and others with special performances at8:30pm & 10:30pm. 8:30pm show, $40, includes champagne. 10:30pm, $80, includes champagne. The Stand will kick off the festivities and laughs with with Pete Davidson and Friends at 7pm, $20.
There is a New Years Eve Prix Fixe dinner, as well as two separate 4 hour open bar packages that include passed appetizers. The standard open bar is $55 and the premium open bar is $85, both last all night.
Be on the lookout for special surprise guests!
Late night revelers in the mood to dance should reserve their tickets now for Highline Ballroom's New Year's Eve festivities, featuring SHOWTEK, beginning at 9pm. A wide variety of packages are available. For details, click here.