What's On In New York On New Year's Eve


No New Year’s plans? No problem. Our guide to the best things on in New York has you covered

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Kick-start the celebration with a dinner at Sunday In Brooklyn

If you want to get a hearty meal in ahead of a boozy party or you’re after a more relaxed, laid-back New Year’s celebration, the three-storey market, bar and dining room Sunday In Brooklyn is worth a visit. Home to exposed beams, natural lighting, white marble tops and a wood burning oven, this all-day restaurant will be offering food and drink specials for New Year's alongside their usual much-hyped a la carte menu. For those who stay until the countdown, complimentary champagne will be offered at midnight to toast in the New Year as well as party hats and streamers.

348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For the fitness fanatics, take part in a midnight run

Want to make a really early start on those New Year’s resolutions? Come the stroke of midnight on the 31st December, more than 5,000 people will kick-off 2018 with a four-mile run in Central Park. NYRR’s annual Midnight Run isn’t so much exercise as it is an opportunity to dress up in glittery attire with family and friends and accomplish those all-important fitness goals against a backdrop of the fireworks display lighting up New York. Arrive early for a warm-up – which in this case is dancing – and there’ll be drinks provided at the half-way point. Well, it is a celebration after all.

Between 59th and 110th Streets, New York 10023

Eat and drink your way into 2018 at Massoni

If you’re the type of person who fancies a no-fuss New Year’s, the “Italian-ish” restaurant Massoni will be hosting a four-course dinner followed by a five-hour open bar to herald the arrival of 2018. The NYE-specific menu boasts king crab and lobster raviolo, dry aged Kansas City steak and whipped coconut panna cotta, all served inside the establishment’s graffiti-tagged interior. Once the countdown draws near, guests will be brought to the rooftop for a champagne toast, a rooftop which also boasts views of the Empire State Building’s New Year’s Eve light show. In essence, Massoni has your celebration wrapped up in one pretty package. Space is limited so get booking.

11 E 31st Street, New York, NY 10016

make it a swanky affair atop the standard hotel

For those after a more exclusive and hip New Year’s celebration, the penthouse lounge at the top of The Standard is the place to go (and be seen). A black-tie blowout featuring a live performance from disco legend Gloria Gaynor, this is a swanky affair that offers endless entertainment, from the Instagram-ready décor and the stunning city views to the people watching. If you’re after the kind of celebration that will be talked about for years to come, this one’s for you. Just make sure to get tickets as soon as possible as sell-out is inevitable.  

848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

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Go full-throttle and drop by Times Square’s New Year’s Eve party

A crowd of an estimated one million people, Ryan Seacrest and a much-cherished ball drop… it can only mean one thing: New Year’s Eve at Times Square. Yes, it may be chaotic, but there’s no denying the dazzling excitement and vibrant atmosphere that electrifies the symbolic centre of New York City. By now a global tradition, for those in attendance there will be performances from some of the biggest music acts in the world as well as balloons, confetti and an awe-inspiring pyrotechnic display. A few tips: go early as NYPD will close off blocks as soon as they fill up; don’t take the subway as it will be extremely crowded; and bring food and water/drink, but sip as the lack of toilets… well, you know the rest.

Times Square, New York

Witness the show-stopping fireworks on a river cruise

If Times Square doesn’t tickle your fancy but you still want to take in the fireworks, take yourself to Pier 78 at 9pm to board a 150-passenger boat heading out on the Hudson. Aside from the opportunity to witness landmarks such as the Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge et al all lit up at night, there will be a live DJ, food and an open bar. Yes, you read that correctly, an open bar. Come midnight, grab a glass of champagne and get your phone ready to witness the spectacular fireworks illuminating the night sky and toast in 2018.

455 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

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