It is hard to believe that 2012 is coming to an end. Check out our list of some cool events that will be going down tonight:
- Nothing tops the excitement, the reverie and the energy of New Year's Eve in Times Square. And nothing tops the view of the famous Times Square ball drop from R Lounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Experience one of the best views in the city (USA Today listed it as one of the top 50 restaurants with the best view) while celebrating in an upscale lounge featuring delicious Blue Ribbon food, live entertainment and so much more. With a direct view of the ball drop in Times Square, R Lounge has an almost 360 degree panoramic of the memorable New Year’s Eve celebration that takes place throughout the evening. Event hours are from 8PM-1AM. For more information, please click here: http://www.rloungetimessquare. R Lounge, 2 Times Square (47th St. and 7th Ave).
- This New Year’s Eve, dance the night away at LAVO New York in the restaurant and/or nightclub, a favorite of many celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Gerard Butler, Kristin Cavallari and Kim Kardashian. Restaurant: Enjoy either an a la carte or pre-fixe dinner at the restaurant upstairs with signature dishes such as the 1 lb Kobe Meatball with Whipped Fresh Ricotta, Rack Veal Chop and Spinach and Artichoke Brick Oven Pizza. A midnight champagne toast and live entertainment by DJ Sierra will keep you dancing in (or out of) your seat. Nightclub: With an open bar from 9PM-1AM and passed hors d’oeurves, celebrate midnight by dancing to the beats of Jeffrey Tonnesen. Table reservations are available at 212-584-2700. LAVO New York is located at 39 East 58th Street (at Madison Avenue)
Dream Downtown will be hosting four simultaneous New Year’s Eve parties in the hotel. Enjoy an elegantly inspired evening at Marble Lane, the Modern American restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Manuel Trevino, or watch the ball drop among panoramic views from the penthouse lounge, PH-D. The Gallery, the Dream’s private event space, will also open its doors for an exclusive New Year’s Eve soiree and Electric Room will be pulsing all night with beats and champagne. Last year’s event featured music by Questlove & DJ Reach, along with an appearance from Drake. Reservations/ tables required. Tickets start at $150: www.dreamdowntownnye.com
- Following both the release of his best-selling #1 new album Life Is Good and four GRAMMY nominations, hip-hop’s most influential MC Nas will be performing an exclusive show at the famed Radio City Music Hall this New Year’s Eve. Elle Varner has been confirmed as support. Nas’ new album Life Is Good debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this past summer, marking the artist’s 6th #1 collection overall. The release was also just named one of Rolling Stone’s 2012 ‘Albums of the Year,’ and Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Life Is Good one of the Top 10 Albums of 2012. For more info please visit www.nasirjones.com.
Following a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Rap Album for the 2011 release of undun, The Legendary Roots Crew will be heading to Maryland for New Year’s Eve this year. Considered to be Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group by fans and critics alike, The Roots will take a break from their role as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to ring in the new year with their fans. For more info please visit http://theroots.wpengine.com/
Cure your NYE drinking woes with Marble Lane’s special Hangover Menu, available only on New Year’s Day. Start off with Mac n Cheese Soup, made with Pale Ale, Garlic Croutons and Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes ($11), followed by Sake Steamed Mussels, with fresh ginger, white miso and grilled homemade bread ($17), and the Hanger “Over” Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, topped with onions and both provolone and cheese wiz ($24). For extreme cases, try “The Resolution”, a headache curing cocktail made with Johnny Walker Black, Kahlua and milk ($14). Available at Marble Lane at Dream Downtown Hotel, 355 West 16th Street (at 9th Avenue).