The 9 Best Places To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Over a billion people worldwide are estimated to watch the 2017 New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square. One million of them are expected to actually be there. For the most dedicated, that means early arrivals (12+ hours in advance), frozen extremities (11 degree forecast), and "creative" bathroom breaks (if you leave your spot, you're not getting it back). And for what? To maybe catch a glimpse of Ryan Seacrest? There's a better way.

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If you're ending 2017 in the Big Apple, here are 15 places to spend your time (and your money) that will help you eat, drink, and ring in the New Year in style.


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For Fried Chicken Paradise

Harold's Meat + Three, 2 Renwick St, New York, NY

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Chef Harold Moore's approach to food has always been to "cook what people want to eat." And what could be a more perfect way to kiss 2017 goodbye than with an endless bounty of fried chicken and Veuve Clicquot champagne? Yeah, we thought so. See you there.

Details: Bottomless Chicken + Champagne, $175; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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For the Francophile

Le District, 225 Liberty St, New York, NY

If you're the Joie de Vivre type, brush up on those French 101 skills and make your way to Le District. With views of the Hudson river, celebrate like a Parisian by way of an extended happy hour at Le Bar, followed by a full night of à la carte favorites, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight at Beaubourg.

Details: Extended happy hour at Le Bar, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; à la carte and drinks all night at Beaubourg

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For a Sustainable Celebration

Otway, 930 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Samantha Safer and Claire Welle are bringing their no-waste culinary approach to the holiday and opening Otway’s doors for a year-end feast, featuring ocean trout with beets and yogurt, duck breast with cranberry and chestnut, and grass-fed hanger steak with horseradish. And if you're just in the mood for drinks, walk on in. The bar (which also is home to some spectacular natural wine options) will be open until 2 a.m. with champagne magnums and canapés to pass around.

Details: 4 course prix fixe, $70, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m; 5 course prix fixe, $85, 9 p.m. to midnight (includes glass of champagne)

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For an Escape from New York

DiWine, 41-15 31st Ave, Astoria, NY

Looking to get as far from the festivities as possible, but still be able say you rang in 2018 in New York? Head to DiWine in Astoria. With à la carte menu options and a midnight champagne toast, that crystal ball (and all of those tourists) will be out of sight, out of mind.

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Details: À la carte dishes + champagne toast at midnight

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For Sushi Lovers

O Ya, 120 E 28th St, New York, NY

Oshogatsu is the traditional Japanese new year, and Flatiron sushi destination O Ya is marking the occasion with a special omakase and curated à la carte menu. Seatings start at 5:30 p.m. with last seating at 11 p.m., and dinner comes with a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the year ahead.

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Details: Omakase tasting menu, $295; Seatings start at 5:30 p.m., last seating at 11 p.m.

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For Upscale Revelry

Flora Bar, 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY

A familiar name from Esquire's Best New Restaurants 2017, Flora Bar's Chef Ignacio Mattos and pastry chef Natasha Picowicz crafted two seatings of prix fixe perfection. Duck breast, sea urchin, frog legs—the list goes on. And yes, we recommend springing for the caviar.

Details: Seating #1: 6 course prix fixe, $175, 5:30 p.m.; Seating #2: 7 course prix fixe, $275 (with additional caviar course), 8:30 p.m.

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For the Shakespeare Quoter

The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St, New York, NY

The McKittrick is year-round one of New York’s most unique destinations, and the way it ends the year is no exception. Kick off the evening by experiencing the multi-room, multi-level Sleep No More show, followed by drinks and dancing long into the night. It’s a celebration unlike anything else.

Details: Sleep No More/King's Feast, starting at $385; 6 p.m.

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For a Little Southern Comfort

Porchlight, 271 11th Ave, New York, NY

Music options on New Years Eve usually range from Pitbull (dalé) to Auld Lang Syne. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But for something completely different, make your way to Danny Meyer’s Porchlight, which is hosting live bluegrass from Boo Reiners and Elena Skye alongside a banquet of southern delights (hush puppies, braised short ribs) until long after the clock strikes midnight. And the dress code? Cozy winter casual. Easy.

Details: All food and drinks, $175; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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For a Good Cocktail (or Ten)

Library of Distilled Spirits, 80 E 13th St, New York, NY

Maybe you just want a good drink? Just south of Union Square, the Library is home to over 1,200 (1,200!) different bottles of booze, each guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Overwhelmed by choices? Beverage director Kyle Tran and his staff will come up with the perfect cocktail for you and your guests. With a four-hour open bar, we recommend spending the extra $20 and grabbing a table while you can.

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Details: Open bar: $75, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Reserved seating: $95, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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For the Person Who Can Never Have Too Much Sauce

Pig Beach, 480 Union St, Brooklyn, NY

This might be the best deal you'll find all year, let alone on December 31. Just $25 gets you into Pig Beach's whole hog buffet, with sides like baked beans, Brunswick stew, and wings to last you through night. It's a cash bar, but dinner is well worth the price of admission.

Details: Whole hog buffet, $25; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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For the Y2K Prepper

Union Hall, 702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY

"Shape of My Heart." "The Real Slim Shady." "Get It on Tonite." You know, oldies music. Cue millennial anguish. If you opted for an early dinner and you just want to dance your way into the new year, head to Union Hall in Brooklyn for the Awesome Aughts New Year's Eve Party—a celebration of early 2000s slappers with DJ Steve Reynolds. We know, you don't go out anymore, but when was the last time you raged along to "Can't Fight the Moonlight" surrounded by people who remember Napster and Pepsi One? Happy New Year. Yeah, they just keep coming.

Details: $5; 10pm to whenever you have to call it a night because you've got a big day tomorrow

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For the Exhibitionist

5th & Mad, 7 E 36th St, New York, NY

Okay look, here's where the list gets a little weird. But different strokes, right? 5th & Mad in Midtown is your standard two-story Irish pub, but on New Year's Eve, they're changing things up a bit and enforcing a strict underwear-only dress code. Celebrating gluttony, lust, and greed (amongst others), the Seven Deadly Sins party should have something for everybody. You already spend every weekend eating chicken wings in your underwear, so this should be familiar territory. Why not make a new friend (or two) while you're at it?

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Details: Tickets start at $30; 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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For the Netflix Password-Sharer

Cienfuegos / Mother of Pearl, 95 Avenue A, New York, NY

Alphabet City sister bars Cienfuegos and Mother of Pearl are paying tribute to the success of Netflix's 80s baby fan service hit Stranger Things with their own "Stranger Drinks" bash. Both bars are known for some of the best cocktails in the city, so pace yourself—no one wants to start the New Year upside down.

Details: Open bar, appetizers, and champagne toast, $100; 9 p.m. to slain Demogorgon

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For the Film Buff

Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Of all the New Years Eve parties in all the towns in all the world, you could walk into this one. Videology's rental-store-slash-saloon is pairing your bubbly with a little Bogart and Bergman by way of screening the 1942 classic, Casablanca. Stick around after for hats, streamers, confetti, and of course, your ticket-included champagne toast.

Details: Screening and midnight champagne toast, $20; 8:15 p.m.

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For People Who Are a Little Too Into Running

Central Park Entrance, 72nd and Central Park West or 72nd and 5th, New York, NY

Some people claim to love running. And the ones who really mean it? They'll be here. Kick off the New Year like a crazy person by running four miles at the stroke of midnight through Central Park with fellow New York Road Runners. Reservations are filling up so register now—only runners and their guests will be allowed entry.

Details: Pre-party and midnight run, prices vary; 10 p.m. to whenever you cross the finish line

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Source : http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/a14499024/nyc-new-years-eve-not-times-square/

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