Deciding on New Year’s Eve plans can be a daunting task. Your search for the best New Year’s Eve event stops here. Whether you prefer swinging from chandeliers or getting your group together for an elegant dinner, we have you covered. We compiled some of the best dinners, parties and brunches in town to help you start the new year on the right foot. 

For Americans, New Year’s Eve is synonymous with Times Square. For a truly extravagant experience that will not have you standing in the street for hours head to the Edition Hotel. The Times Square Edition Hotel will provide you with exclusive views of the Ball Drop with two unforgettable VIP experiences. 

Ring in the new year in style at the hotel’s hidden jewel, 701 West. The night will be centered around a 7-course tasting menu by Chef John Fraser and premium wine pairing, curated by Amy Racine, 2021’s Esquire Beverage Director of the Year. The highlight of the night will be your VIP access to a live viewing of the Ball Drop. You will be escorted by private security and taken back to the hotel for live music entertainment and a champagne toast. 

For the hotel’s second experience consider the The Garden Party at The Terrace restaurant. Positioned at the center of the Edition Hotel, The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens features lush foliage inspired by Jardin des Tuileries. The all-season garden will feel like an oasis away from the Times Square crowds. This experience will help you celebrate with signature cocktails and canapés by Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser. Afterwards you will be whisked away to the live viewing of the Ball Drop, with VIP access and a security escort. End your celebration with an open bar after-party experience that will last until 2am. Secure your space via RESY.

The Times Square EDITION, 701 7th Ave (betw 47th / 48th St), Midtown

The PUBLIC Hotel by Ian Schrager continues to be one of the top places to party. This year they offer multiple options for your ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. For dinner the hotel’s restaurant, Popular, presents two seatings with a four course pre-fixe menu by Chef Diego Muñoz and optional wine pairings. Popular serves a healthy and globally-inspired Peruvian cuisine. Expect seafood dishes like an Arctic Char Filet and Lobster Tail, a 40-hour Short Rib, and finish things off with a champagne toast. 

Dress up for an evening of hot jazz, burlesque, dancing and debauchery! In collaboration with Shanghai Mermaid, Bar Chrystie at The Public will be hosting A Jazz Age Masquerade NYE Celebration. The glamorous evening promises plenty of bubbly, performances throughout the evening, and a midnight toast. When it comes to a masquerade party there is no such thing as too dressed up. The decadent New Year’s Eve event offers various ticket options. No matter which one you choose, bring out your finery. This is a night you won’t forget.  

Dance the night away with Amaya Disco’ish New Year’s Eve party at Public’s Artspace. This party is not to be missed. Artspace at The Public Hotel is where you can dance until dawn as you enjoy an open bar. For even more options consider The Public’s Microclub. The Microclub promises an enthralling experience that includes dancing in the sky with spectacular views of the city. Opt for a 4-hour open bar ticket, or come after midnight. Explore your ticket options here

For a more laid-back atmosphere that is in close proximity to the party, opt for a heated igloo. The Public hotel’s THE ROOF is where you can reserve a private space that feels cozy, and features some of the best views of the city. You get to pick from a special curated menu and bespoke cocktails. The Roof is one of our favorite rooftops. Spending your New Year’s Eve here will be a special experience. 

PUBLIC Hotel, 215 Chrystie St (betw E Houston/Stanton St), Lower East Side

Welcome the new year in the sky with Manhatta. The impressive restaurant and bar is 60 floors up and includes sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. They will be open for the usual lunch, and offer two seatings for dinner. The late dinner seating promises a jubilant evening that includes a six-course tasting menu, champagne toast, and a DJ afterparty with an open bar. There might be some welcomed surprises along the way. If you seek an elegant New Year’s Eve, you cannot beat Manhatta’s panoramic skyscraper views and a menu that include Kristal Caviar. 

Manhatta, 28 Liberty St (betw William/Broad St), Financial District

Have an opulent New Year with a sumptuous gala dinner or brunch at La Marchande by Michelin-starred Chef, John Fraser. The restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Wall Street Hotel, offers two seatings with the second presenting a 5-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairing, live music and a champagne toast. The menu will feature items like East Coast Oysters and Torchon of Foie Gras. La Marchande is not your typical French restaurant. Chef John Fraser has a distinct style of presenting your typical French cuisine, and it is never disappointing. 

For those who prefer to celebrate New Year’s Day, the celebrated chef also offers a New Year’s day brunch that includes seafood towers, house made pastries and live entertainment. If you seek a foodie kind of New Year celebration you truly cannot go wrong with La Marchande. 

La Marchande at the Wall Street Hotel, 88 Wall St (betw Pearl and Water St), Financial District

When it comes to room amenities, exciting events, and a location in the center of it all, The Hard Rock Hotel delivers on all fronts. This year the Midtown hotel in the heart of Times Square offers a New Year’s Eve Dinner at Sessions. From 4pm guests can indulge in a raw bar that features caviar and a champagne toast. To help you recover, The Sessions New Year’s Day brunch includes a buffet, classic breakfast stations, and B12 shots provided by IV Drips. They truly thought of everything. 

For an event that feels like you are part of the excitement of Times Square, Hard Rock hotel’s rooftop, RT60, will be hosting one of the best parties of the year! The event includes a DJ, light bites, an open bar from 9pm-2am, and VIP ticket options. The menu offerings include lobster rolls, short rib sliders, oyster champagne, assorted pastries and more. Spanning the entire 33rd floor of the hotel, RT60 is an upscale rooftop that provides an extensive space and lounge seating. There are two terraces with north and south facing views of the city. This will be a night to remember. 

Hard Rock Hotel New York, 159 W 48th St (betw 6th / 7th Ave), Midtown

For downtown debauchery that offers early and late dance parties head to Joyface. Joyface is 70s style bar and an East Village staple for anyone who just wants to dance and have a good time. As a tip of a hat to older millennials who enjoy an early night Joyface is presenting tickets to an early Ball Drop. In collaboration with Matinee NYC, this dance party starts at 5pm and ends at 10pm. If you prefer a late night, join Joyface for their Black Tie Disco. Your ticket will include a 4 hour open bar, champagne toast, and bagels and schmear at closing. Get your tickets here

Joyface, 104 Loisaida Ave (betw 6th and 7th St), East Village

For a New Year’s Eve dinner that is anything but boring, head to Vestry in Soho. Marrying American and Asian cuisines Michelin-starred Chef Shaun Hergatt is presenting a New Year’s Eve Special that consists of a five-course menu. The special menu features Smoked Trout with butternut squash and maple, Beef Tartare with truffle and horseradish, Foie Gras with Ripe Cherry and Hokkaido Sea Urchin with egg yolk custard. Guests will aslo be offered Maine Lobster with sweet potato followed by a choice between Colorado Lamb Belly with winter truffles or Cervena Venison with huckleberries. The restaurant, located inside the Dominick Hotel, is known for its creative dishes and spending your New Year here will be a culinary treat. 

Vestry at the Dominick Hotel , 246 Spring St (betw Varick St / 6th Ave), Soho