Get ready for the most anxiety-inducing holiday of them all: New Year’s Eve. Replete with already failed resolutions, Uber surge prices, and knockoff champagne, New York is undeniably both the greatest and the worst place to start out 2018. Still, we think you should stick around. Crowded, expensive, and cold, this city is nonetheless also home to some of the most strange, elegant, and elaborate parties out there.
Those of you who want to watch the ball drop in Times Square -- I fear for your sanity. For everyone else, we’ve compiled a list of all the most inspiring places to go that do not involve watching Phish perform beside a giant Olive Garden. Here are all of the best venues in New York to eat, drink, dance, and try to forget that 2017 ever happened.