The Coolest Ways to Ring in 2023 on New Year’s Eve in NYC
Bid the year adieu with the hottest soirees, dance parties, and chef-driven dinners.
As New Yorkers, we’re not ones to miss an opportunity to ball out on New Year’s Eve. So while visitors flock to Times Square to watch the ball drop, we’re choosing from the many dazzling soirees, dinner parties, and dance floor hangs hosted by some of our city’s hottest venues.
Whether it be a multi-course prix fixe experience led by an acclaimed chef, a swanky black tie gathering with a confetti champagne toast, live DJ sets on thumping dance floors, or a river cruise with stellar firework views, we’ve found a party for every type of reveler. Here are some of the coolest events for ringing in 2023 in NYC this year.
Georgia Room and Bar Calico
9 pm–4 am
The Freehand New York hotel is taking their New Year’s Eve celebrations up a notch this year with a revelrous party dubbed Warhol Ball. Channeling the decadence and free-spirited energy of Andy Warhol’s famous art studio and party pad, The Factory, the hotel’s three event venues will be decked out in tinsel, rhinestones, archival party images, disco balls, and light projections. Dance the night away on the sultry dance floor or kick back with signature cocktails in the adjacent lounge area. With the purchase of a ticket, guests can enjoy complimentary small bites, live DJ sets, an open bar until 1 am, and more.
Cost: Tickets from $225
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
10 pm–1 am
Celebrate the coming year from more than 1,100 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 performance by the famed DJ Kristaval, signature cocktails, and more. Plus, explore SUMMIT at Night, a trippy immersive sound and light display.
Cost: Tickets at $300
The Beatrice Inn at Les Trois Chevaux
Seatings from 4 pm–10 pm
To the disappointment of many avid fans, the famed The Beatrice Inn chophouse surprisingly ended its nearly century-long run in 2020. Now, chef Angie Mar—who was The Beatrice Inn’s proprietor at the time of its closure—is reviving the legendary restaurant with a two-night-only pop-up dining series in collaboration with Resy's Global Dining Access. Known for its exploratory, luxurious, and meat-centric menu items, the prix fixe menu includes offerings like Caviar Service (buttered brioche), Roast Duck Flambé (cherry jus, fingerlings lyonnaise), and the 160-Day Whisky Aged Porterhouse (lobster butter, smoked vanilla). As of right now, there are still reservations open for the New Year's Eve prix fixe and a la carte experiences.
Cost: A la carte tickets from $150, first seating tickets from $250, second seating tickets from $500
Keep it lowkey with a dive bar hang... and get a private show by Usher?
9 pm–2 am
Lower East Side
Channeling the aura of an old-school honky tonk is dive joint Ray's. Since opening in 2019, this spot has maintained popularity thanks to its celebrity owners and no-frills aesthetic with wood paneling, colorful string lights, disco ball, and orange booths. This New Year’s Eve, the bar will have everything from a telecast of the ball drop, a tattoo station helmed by Sophie Bee, bagpipers, and (yes, for real) a special performance by the world-renowned singer Usher. Also, with the cover charge, guests receive a free shot and order of fries upon entry.
Cost: Cover from $40
Talea Beer Co.
9 pm–1 am
Williamsburg and Cobble Hill
Forging an impressive trail as the first and only exclusively women-owned brewery in NYC when they opened Talea in March of 2021, co-owners LeAnn Darland and Tara Hankinson now helm two taprooms in Brooklyn. As we bid farewell to 2022, both of the Talea Beer Co. taprooms are bringing dance party revelry to the table. At the Williamsburg locale, guests can catch DJ Kharisma spinning all night long, receive a tarot card reading from Sabrina The Tarotist, snap cute pictures in the photo booth, and snack on bites provided by Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. In Cobble Hill, alongside the ball drop watch party, performer Cherry Poppins will host 2022 Trivia from 7–9 pm.
Cost: Williamsburg tickets from $50, Trivia RSVP and Cobble Hill watch party is free
The Stinger at InterContinental New York Times Square
9 pm–1 am
Within walking distance of the Times Square ball drop, the InterContinental New York Times Square is once again hosting its popular NYE celebration at its restaurant and cocktail bar, The Stinger. Whether you’d like to just drop by for the evening or snag a room for the weekend, the party offers an open bar, light bites, live DJ sets, themed party favors, and more. Additionally, for a higher cost, you can secure a reserved seat and a bottle of champagne.
Cost: Tickets from $195
9 pm–2 am
Tucked in between the photography museum Fotografiska New York and a 19th-century church, Chapel Bar is an ultra-swanky, well-kept secret of a cocktail destination. Usually only open to members, this New Year's Eve, the doors are also being opened for all folks to party the night away at a “Say Goodbye to Your Sins”-themed gathering. In addition to a required black tie/formal dress code, there will be a confetti midnight toast, surprise entertainment, and an open bar with house specialty cocktails.
Cost: Tickets from $250
La Barca Cantina
9 pm–1 am
Hop aboard the tri-level, floating restaurant/bar La Barca Cantina for an evening of offshore revelry at their 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. If you're part of a duo, there’s a new couples package that includes a bottle of champagne.
Cost: General admission from $379, couples package from $899
If you’re looking for a more indie, dare we say “free-spirited” vibe, Ponyboy is right up your alley. For the holiday, this neighborhood bar will offer its standard drink menu, which touts everything from signature cocktails like To The Moon (turmeric-infused mezcal, aperol, pamplemousse) and The Duefunk (hibiscus gin, campari, sweet vermouth) to breezy canned beers. This NYE, line up early at the doors (cheers to a no-cover night) and get first dibs on dance floor spots, where DJs (like Martín Y Corazón) will be playing everything from current hits to disco classics. If you’d like to reserve a table, email email@example.com.
Cost: Cover is free
Seatings from 6 pm–10 pm
Known for her delectable takes on Mediterranean cuisine, chef Ayesha Nudjaja brings back her annual “A Night In Marrakesh Feast” celebration this New Year’s Eve at her popular eatery Shuka. After filling up on plates like Samboska (spiced lamb, almond), Fluke Piccata, and Cheesecake Baklava, guests can hang around for a midnight champagne toast, as well as performances by belly dancers and temporary body art from henna artists.
Cost: First seating from $75, second seating from $150
Panorama Room at Graduate Roosevelt Island
9 pm–2 am
If you’re on the hunt for a NYE party that’s far from the city chaos, head to this rooftop bar on the 18th floor of Roosevelt’s Island’s Graduate Hotel. Not only does the venue have 360-degree views of Manhattan, the party will feature a five-hour open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live DJ performances, and a champagne toast.
Cost: Tickets from $215