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Ringing in the New Year, options for everyone

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New Year’s Eve in New York is a unique experience. While many flock to Times Square to partake in the arrival of the New Year at “The Crossroads of the World,” others seek the ultimate in food, drink, and partying into the wee hours of the morning. Venues all over the city aim to please with special menus, drink specials, and entertainment. Here are some options that offer something for everyone.

BUTTER

Foodies will want to consider reserving a table at BUTTER, where chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef) is offering a prix-fix menu ($150 per person) that will set off your senses and satisfy your taste buds.

After sampling Washburn Island oysters and American caviar, diners will experience a choice of oxtail and Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, Hawaiian yellowtail, or endive and radicchio salad. The third course features a choice of braised heritage pork belly, Jerusalem artichoke soup, or seared dry diver scallops. For your main course, feast on your choice of Hokkaido squash ravioli with aged pecorino and grilled shiitake mushrooms, prime Creekstone Farms ribeye steak served with red thumb potatoes and torpedo shallots, or Hudson Valley duck served with Italian plum jam and charred dandelion greens.

Cap off your meal with the flourless chocolate and ennis hazelnut torte or the baked Alaska while enjoying live jazz with vocals. For reservations call 212-253-2828 or email: reservations@butterrestaurant.com.

BUTTER
70 West 45th Street
New York, New York 10036
212-253-2828
www.butterrestaurant.com

The Lambs Club

If you are looking for options close to Times Square, head over to The Lambs Club for a special bar package ($200 per person) featuring an open bar (of course) and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres—including beef tartare tarts, maccherroni al Bolognese, and turbot fish tacos—and desserts, including milk chocolate hazelnut gateaux and passion fruit semifreddo.

The Lambs Club is offering an exclusive opportunity to toast the New Year under the ticker tape in Times Square at 44th Street and Broadway, which happens to be closed to the public. After watching the ball drop, head back inside for some dancing. DJs Andrew & Andrew will be spinning your favorite tunes until 2 am. Click here for more information.

The Lambs Club
132 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
212-997-5262
www.thelambsclub.com

Loreley

If you are looking for a great open bar option, check out Loreley’s all-night New Year’s Eve bash featuring a free keg, a three-hour open bar (optional), and a Champagne toast at midnight while DJ Evolution spins dance hits throughout the night. Starting at 8 PM, guests will be able to enjoy free Schneider Aventinus Doppelbock beer until the keg is gone. Consider opting for food and drink specials or purchasing a ticket for the three-hour open bar including beer, wine, and well liquor (10 PM- 1 AM). Open bar tickets are $65 in advance and $70 at the door.

Continue celebrating on New Year’s Day with brunch featuring German-style eggs benedict with black forest ham and mustard hollandaise, bacon scrambled eggs with schnitzel served with potato pancakes, and a sausage platter with three sausages (smoked, weisswurst, weiner), house made sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. Loreley is offering a 15% discount on entrées, and diners can also enjoy unlimited bloody Marys and mimosas for two hours ($20). Brunch is available from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Loreley
7 Rivington Street
New York, New York 10002
212-253-7077
www.loreleynyc.com

SideBAR and Little Town NYC

If you want to avoid the crowds around Time Square but don’t want to miss watching the ball drop, head down to Union Square where Little Town NYC and SideBAR will have all 20 HD big screens broadcasting the event live. Guests can enjoy a six-hour premium open bar starting at 8 PM ($110 per person). Upgrade to VIP status and you will get exclusive seating, a bottle of champagne, and a bottle of liquor along with a nice selection of appetizers. A minimum of 4 people is required for VIP admission.

Little Town NYC
118 East 15th Street
New York, New York 10003
212-677-2300
www.littletown.com

SideBAR
120 East 15th Street
New York, New York 10003
212-677-2900
www.sidebarny.com

Tribeca Grill

If live music is your cup of tea, head downtown to Tribeca Grill. Along with a decadent five-course meal ($195 per person), dance the night away with music from the Ron Sunshine band with special guest Junior Mack.

Dinner starts off with a Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab cocktail and fusilli Genovese. For the main course, diners will enjoy a choice of grilled filet of beef and red wine braised short rib served with maitake mushrooms and celery root puree or a black truffle crusted swordfish served with French lentils and pancetta. For dessert, indulge with a taste of Tribeca Grill’s ‘Reveillon’ of chocolate.

Tribeca Grill
Greenwich Street
New York, New York 10013
212-941-3900
http://www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com/tribeca_grill.php

Louro

For a touch of elegance consider reserving a table at Louro. Chef David Santos has created an exciting seven-course menu ($125 per person) featuring oyster with venison tartare, sous vide duck egg with shaved black truffles, pumpkin agnolotti, and 28-day dry-aged beef. The menu also includes a champagne toast at midnight. Seatings are available from 9 PM through 11 PM.

If you would prefer to dine earlier and avoid the crowds, Louro is offering a three-course prix five menu ($55 per person) for seatings from 5:30 PM through 8 PM. Start your meal with one of several appetizers including the pumpkin salad—blueberries, mizuna, and pepitas tossed in a pumpkin vinaigrette—lobster larb salad featuring chopped lobster, Bibb lettuce, and peanuts tossed in a Thai dressing—and gnocchi parisenne featuring cipollinis, wild mushrooms, and parmesan cheese. For the main course, choose from several options including roasted chicken served with red cabbage and juniper pears and kimchi prawn hot pot—bok choy, tofu, rice, and bean sprouts.

Save room for dessert because your choices include the Hemingway—key lime curd, gingersnap crumble, and toasted meringue complemented by vanilla ice cream—a walk in the woods—pine needle and porcini ice creams served with maple “dirt” preserved Maine blueberries—and chocolate dreams—dark chocolate fudge brownie served with spiced nib crumble, white chocolate ice cream, and complemented by a salted milk chocolate sauce.

Louro
142 West 10th Street
New York, New York 1014
212-206-0606
www.louronyc.com

Wildwood Barbecue

Beer lovers will want to consider Wildwood Barbecue’s backyard beer garden party ($85 per person) starting at 8 PM.

Parents, if you want to celebrate with the kids and don’t want them up past their bedtime, consider heading to Wildwood Barbecue. From 12 PM to 4 PM, kids can ring in the New Year with apple cider toasts, face painting, and some scrumptious goodies. Similar parties will be happening at sister restaurants—Atlantic Grill, Bill’s Bar and Burger, and Isabella’s.

Wildwood Barbecue
225 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10003
212-533-2500
www.wildwoodbbq.com

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