Tonight. Tonight’s the night. It’s gonna be a good night, bro. And everything’s gonna happen, bro. And you take her in your arms. And you plant a good one on her, bro. Tonight’s the night. Tonight. Tonight. Tonight is your night, bro.
If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York City this year, here’s what you’re doing, in roughly north to south order:
Regency Bar & Grill
If you’re putting on your fancy shoes on 12/31, here’s the place to do it. The massively underrated restaurant at one of Uptown’s most iconic hotels will do prix fixe starting at 5:30, for pre theatre. Primetime is a 6-course menu with seatings available from 8:30 to 10.
Union Square Hospitality Group’s first pure bar concept will be a rock solid choice. Their NYE theme is a salute to the Big Easy, which, yes. You love their ‘no black tie’ dress code. You love their Nola cocktails open bar, suckling pig and live music even more.
Every critic’s restaurant of the year for 2015 was this guy, the modern Spanish restaurant in the Flatiron.
Availability is quite limited, as you might imagine. But you’re good early or late if you act fast. Either way the menu will be a ‘Best of 2015.’
Trestle on Tenth
Along with their regular menu, the Chelsea mainstay will be offering a 4-course prix fixe tasting menu, which kicks off with a glass of Diebolt-Vallois champagne with hors d’oeuvres. There’s another bubbly toast at midnight, natch.
Masquerade party on New Year’s Eve? That sounds right, actually. Join these straight-pros in the Meatpacking District for the Spanish tradition of Nochevieja. This party features a DJ, dancing, raw bar, pinchos, and an open bar.
2015’s best, and buzziest, pizza joint is presenting a 5-course tasting menu dinner that includes a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Three words: special edition pizzas.
You’re one of the food kids. You get 400 Instagram likes for your overheads of avocado toast. Brand new Alphabet City entry Kingsley is the one for you. The 7-course tasting menu has several selections (as well as a vegetarian option) and features a champagne toast at midnight. Caviar, foie gras, scallops: check, check and check.
The Spanish restaurant that didn’t need to be named Cosme to pop in 2015 might just be exactly the right place on the 31st. 4-course menu with pairings right there on E6th Street. Vamos a huertas!.
Your friends at Charlie Bird, in Soho, are offering a 4-course a la carte menu for $75 per person in the first seating, until 8pm, and a 5-course a la carte menu for $125 per person for the later seatings, after 8pm. Like any other night of the week, it will be Italian, it will be chic, it will be a tiny bit hip hop. It will be right.
Chalk Point Kitchen
Or, ring in 2016 with Chalk Point Kitchen. Enjoy a 5-course prix fixe menu, with goods like seafood royale, spicy vietnamese steak salad and lobster Indochine. There’s an optional open bar package, live music and a live feed of Times Square including ball drop at midnight. Complimentary glass of Champagne included, too.
Meanwhile at Freemans, a perennial great choice for a night on the downtown, dress your holiday best, they advise. Open bar, dancing, oyster bar, charcuterie and bubbly awaits.
Roebling Tea Room
In Brooklyn on Metropolitan, RTR is offering New Year’s any which way you want it. A la carte, pre-paid and prix fixe dinner, or general admission entry for drinks after 10 PM. If you are dining, you’ll have celery root & apple soup, roasted scallop crudo with chilled udon ‘salad,’ and more. For all, there will be a disco ball.
There is so much goodness on this Tribeca restaurant’s NYE Laotian Shared New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu that it disorients the mind. Lobster spring rolls, Jieun-Ba whole crispy porgy with caramel fish sauce, Ka-Poon nam-kati berkshire pork curry noodles, oh my.