So you procrastinated on booking a table for New Year’s Eve. Or worse, your plans fell through and now you’re in a scramble to ensure your 2019 is not off to a bad start
Luckily, you’re among the countless New Yorkers who also have yet to secure a celebration on December 31, but plenty of options are still available. Ring in 2019 at one of these New York City restaurants and come midnight on January 1, you’ll forget that just a few days ago you had no idea what you were supposed to be doing on New Year’s.
If free-flowing Champagne and dim sum is your thing, head to this SoHo restaurant where an open bar with bubbly, plus passed hors d’oeuvres (like soup dumplings!) will run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A DJ will spin 2018’s greatest hits (and more) and diners can arrive earlier for an ala carte dinner if they’re feeling hungry. $100, PinchChinese.com
Tavern on the Green
Skip Times Square and opt for Central Park, where thousands cluster in the cold to watch the midnight fireworks boom behind midtown’s skyscrapers. Tavern on the Green’s annual black-tie gala includes a seated three-course dinner, live music, premium open bar, passed desserts, midnight toast under the fireworks and late night snacks to fuel an evening full of dancing. $325, tavernonthegreen.com
This New Year’s Eve, Chef Thomas Chen is offering a prix-fixe menu including fluke with basil, coconut vinaigrette and black sesame crisp; Brussels Sprouts with miso blue cheese, bulgur, and jambon de bayonne; Snow Crab with noodles, squash, and dashi butte; beef with sunchoke, herbs, and bone marrow jus; and a chocolate Tart with almond and quince. $125, tuomenyc.com
Red Rooster Harlem & Ginny’s Supper Club
At Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem and its underground speakeasy Ginny’s Supper Club, dining and partying will seamlessly combine. Guests will enjoy entertainment from Rakeim Walker Project, DJ Kamala, and DJ Jahi Sundance while eating from the a la carte menu or New Year’s Eve tasting menu. Special dishes will include roasted scallops with parsnip puree, caviar beurre blanc, blood orange; jerk Branzino with littleneck clams, grilled leeks, pickled pineapple dashi; and a Gold-White Chocolate Sphere with vanilla sponge coconut mousse, roasted pineapple and champagne gelee. $75-95, redroosterharlem.com
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The Plaza Hotel
Eager to go all-out to wrap up 2018? look no further than the Masquerade Ball at The Palm Court which will feature aerialists, dancers, free-flowing Krug champagne, a live band and DJ. This black tie affair will be lush with specialty crafted cocktails, a raw bar, dancing, and a carefully crafted menu of “elegant proportions.” $850, ThePlazaNY.com
This understated but effortlessly cool Greenpoint bar and restaurant will offer unlimited draft beers and wine — including special kegs and bottles — along with “extra fancy” food (including oyster service and items off a new menu by Chef Jared Ferguson) before a midnight toast and more partying. Guests are all promised a goody bag, which should make New Year’s morning a little easier. $125,Eventbrite.com
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