From Wild Parties to Swanky Dinners, New Year’s Eve in NYC Is Unparalleled

Bid adieu to 2023.

New Year's Eve at Georgia Room
New Year's Eve at Georgia Room | Photo courtesy of Georgia Room
New Year's Eve at Georgia Room | Photo courtesy of Georgia Room

New Year’s Eve in NYC (like most things in the city) is an unparalleled experience. While tourists and a select few locals invariably flock to Times Square to watch the ball drop, our curiosities are piqued by the tantalizing spread of celebrations thrown by some of the hottest venues across the boroughs. From dazzling cocktail soirees to multi-course dinner parties and all-nighters on the dance floor, there’s truly something for every type of reveler. Here’s how to have the coolest New Year’s Eve in NYC this year.

New Year's Eve at Georgia Room
New Year's Eve at Georgia Room | Photo courtesy of Georgia Room

New Year’s Eve Events in NYC

Georgia Room, Bar Calico, and the Studio Lounge

December 31, 9 pm–4 am
Kips Bay, tickets from $225
The Freehand New York is taking their New Year’s Eve celebrations up a notch this year with a revelrous party dubbed the Midnight Train to Georgia ball. The event—spread across the hotel’s three nightlife venues—channels inspiration from the incredibly opulent balls once thrown by the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Truman Capote, with a little rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic thrown in. Admission includes an open bar from 9 pm–1 am, passed hors d'oeuvres, midnight countdown plus champagne toast, DJ sets, and coat check. If you’re looking to hang around after 1 am, just know that the bar will switch over to a cash bar.

December 31, 9 pm–5 am
Bushwick, tickets from $70
The theme for this year’s House of Yes New Year’s Eve blowout falls somewhere between glamour and mayhem. At the Gala Galactica expect over-the-top celestial decorations, deep house and techno DJ sets, dance performances, body painting, star chart reading, and more. Also, themed fits (inspo can be found here) are an absolute must; the costume winner will receive a bottle of champagne and free entry to House of Yes all of 2024.

December 31, 8:30 pm–12:30 am
NoHo, tickets from $275
A fictional love story (one in which two New Yorkers briefly meet then decide to meet up at 26 Bond Street on NYE) is the creative inspiration behind the upcoming holiday party at Jac’s on Bond. With the space divided into different menus, guests can order signature cocktails from the front room, champagne from the downstairs lounge, and martinis from the back room, all the while bopping around to classic hit songs. Dress code is described as “elegant, fun, New York.”

December 31, 9 pm–late
NoHo, tickets for $375
Since opening its Italian and French bakery/restaurant concept earlier this year, Raf’s has been abuzz with positive reviews and celebrity sightings. Ring in 2024 at the swanky, yet intimate spot with an a la carte dinner followed by a festive party that includes a disco ball, champagne tower, negroni fountain, oysters, burgers, and more.

December 31, 8 pm–12:30 am
Rockaway Beach, tickets for $100
It’s never a bad time to escape the city madness for some much-needed seaside relaxation. This New Year’s Eve, opt for a trip out to The Rockaway Hotel for a cocktail party with an open bar, live music, and dancing. If you’re pulling up with a squad, table reservations for four guests are $600. Stay overnight and start off 2024 with the hotel’s 3rd Annual Polar Plunge—which is frigid enough that it could potentially heal any level of hangover.

December 31, 10 pm–2 am
Midtown East, tickets at $300
Celebrate the coming year from 1,000 feet in the air when you book a ticket to this party at one of NYC’s most popular high-altitude attractions. Partygoers will be treated to a live set by DJ Kristaval, two signature cocktails, and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus, guests can explore all three levels of the trippy immersive experience and catch the city’s firework show during the event.

Teksupport

December 31, 8 pm–late
Brooklyn Navy Yard, tickets from $52
Music collective Teksupport is hosting a highly anticipated, week-long DJ series this month. If you’re looking for a show to hit on New Year’s Eve, talent like Adam Beyer, the Mind Against duo, and HoneyLuv will be posted up at a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse until late into the night (aka morning).

Fireworks show on New Year's Eve
Fireworks show on New Year's Eve | Photo courtesy of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

NYC New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31, 10 pm–2 am
Pier 81, tickets at $369
Hop aboard the tri-level, floating restaurant/bar La Barca Cantina for an evening of offshore fun and waterfront views of the fireworks at the New Year’s Eve Bash. With the purchase of a ticket, guests will embark on a four-hour cruise along the Hudson River that includes an open bar, Mexican fare buffet, live music, and more.

December 31, 9 pm–1 am
Central Park South, tickets from $250
Sweeping views of Central Park South and the city skyline are reason enough to visit the famed Park Lane New York hotel’s rooftop bar, Darling. The 47th floor’s over-the-top NYE event will offer an open bar, snacks like sliders and caviar blinis, and plenty of champagne. Added bonus is the unparalleled views of the Central Park firework show.

December 31, 8 pm–4 am
Lower East Side, tickets from $195
Known for its wild weekend parties and expansive terrace, Highlight Room is living up to its lively reputation with a sky-high fête to ring in 2024. The rooftop bar will offer plenty of photo opps with the skyline or the interior’s massive olive tree as a background, a four-hour complimentary bar (from 9 pm–1 am), passed light bites, and a midnight toast. While dancing along to top hits spun by the DJ, partiers can also catch glimpses of fireworks lighting up the sky.

December 31, 9 pm–2 am
Williamsburg, tickets from $275
Westlight is one of those indisputably beloved NYC destinations because the view is near impossible to beat. Roll into 2024 with a bird’s-eye panorama of all five boroughs at the 22nd-floor bar (general admission tickets or table reservations available). The price of your ticket comes with an open bar, a champagne tower, and live music courtesy of the high-energy Silver Arrow Band.

Koloman
Koloman | Photo courtesy of Koloman

New Year’s Eve Dinners in NYC

December 31, 7 pm–10 pm
Midtown East, prix fixe from $290
Part of the semi-recent renovation and redesign of Park Avenue’s Four Seasons is the chic, Northern Italian-influenced restaurant Fasano. Snag a reservation at the fancy eatery and treat yourself to a five-course prix-fixe meal that includes plates like Veal Ravioli and Wagyu Filet. After dinner wraps up at 10 pm, head upstairs to Baretto for live music until 2 am.

December 31, 5 pm–10:30 pm
Meatpacking District, prix fixe from $225
Doubling as a sleek car showroom and a fine dining restaurant plus tea room is the Meatpacking District’s Genesis House. After passing an impressive array of the latest vehicle creations from Genesis, head upstairs for a special New Year’s Eve dinner that channels inspiration from Korea’s rich culinary traditions. On the seven-course prix fixe expect dishes like Suranchae (chilled abalone, snow crab, poached egg, pine nut sauce) and Eundaegu Chapssal Gui (black cod, seasonal salad, moo radish). Before you head home (or continue the holiday celebrations late into the night), check out the new robotics installation, crew of designer-wrapped cars, and winter light display.

December 31, 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
NoMad, prix fixe from $175
A showcase of chef Markus Glocker’s affinity for French cuisine, Koloman has garnered a favorable reputation within the Manhattan food scene. Pull up to the Ace Hotel New York’s restaurant this year for a three- or four-course holiday meal. Courses include dishes like Foie Gras with toasted brioche, Beef Tartare, and Oxtail Tortellini. For an extra $65 tack on a bespoke wine pairing. If you’re feeling extra bougie, you can inquire after the NYE Mezzanine Bar Experience, which comes with a private bartender, magnum bottle of champagne, and specialty desserts at a whopping $2,500.

December 31, 5:30 pm and 8 pm
Midtown East, prix fixe from $175
At Le Jardinier, the focus is on creating inventive plates using hyper-seasonal ingredients. Pull up to the sleek restaurant for the 5:30 pm or 8 pm seating for a prix fixe menu with highlights like Winter Citrus and Royal Kaluga Caviar, Ricotta Agnolotti, and Main Lobster served with Bread Sauce. If you opt for the second seating, there will also be a champagne toast at midnight. After your meal, make your way upstairs to Bar Bastion for music and cocktails.

December 31, 5:30 pm and 9 pm
Koreatown, prix fixe from $395
Spending your New Year’s Eve at a subway station takes on a whole new meaning this year. Located inside the Herald Square subway station is the Korean fine dining restaurant Nōksu. Led by chef Dae Kim, a special fifteen-course tasting menu will be available for the holiday evening, alongside the regular twelve-course menu. Courses include preparations of eel and baby sea bream, plus optional beverage pairings.

December 31, 5 pm and 8 pm
Flatiron District, prix fixe from $245
After the resounding success of the now-shuttered Oiji—a contemporary Korean restaurant in the East Village that launched a fervor with its Honey Butter Chips—chef and owner Brian Kim cemented his expertise in the category of refined Korean cuisine with Oiji Mi. Treat yourself to an upscale, seven-course dining experience on New Year’s Eve with a 5 pm seating or a 8 pm seating, both of which will include optional wine and truffle pairings. Oh, and yes, the aforementioned Honey Butter Chips will be making a momentary return as a special New Year’s Eve treat.

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Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.