Ring In 2019 At These 13 Haute Hangouts

There is truly no city to ring in the New Year quite like New York City. Home to the famous Times Square Ball Drop, all eyes will be on the Big Apple come December 31. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in the iconic city, check out these haute hangouts.

The William Vale

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Welcome 2019 at Westlight, located in The William Vale hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can enjoy festive party favors, premium open bar (from 9PM – 1AM), specialty cocktails, passed canapés, live music and more. General admission is available at $250/person. When midnight hits, toast with a glass of champagne over sweeping views of the city skyline. For those seeking a sound slumber, The William Vale will be offering a ‘Celebrate and Sleep’ package when booking a room, which allows 10% off two general admission tickets ideal for those looking to take on the New Year.

Brooklyn Chop House

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Brooklyn Chop House will offer a New Year’s Eve special for a minimum of eight guests featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu for $175 per person and one bottle of Veuve Clicquot for every four guests. To start, guests can choose from appetizers like Chicken Satays, Bacon Cheeseburger Dumplings, and Pac Man Seafood Dumplings. Entrée options include the 48-ounce Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Salt and Pepper Lobster, Drunken Branzino, and Peking Duck, all of which can be paired with a choice of Lobster or Soft Shell Crab Fried Rice, French Fries, Tempura Battered Onion Rings, or Bok Choy. A chef’s selection of desserts and ice cream will also be available.

Elsie Rooftop

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Instead of fighting the crowds and the cold from the street, Elsie Rooftop has the perfect view to watch the famous ball drop as you count down to 2019. Located  in the heart of Times Square, the sparkling ball will be in direct view from the rooftop’s 25th floor enclosed/heated terrace. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with delectable hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, premium open bar, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. With three VIP Packages available, guests can choose between VIP All Access Admission, the Gold VIP Table Package, or the Platinum VIP Table Package, all with live ball drop views.

Playboy Club New York

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Playboy Club New York invites you to kick off 2019 with a fine dining experience, followed by a grand party to ring in the New Year. Kicking-off the night, Executive Chef Yeh will offer a 6-course tasting menu, paired with a bottle of champagne, featuring dishes such as Kaluga Caviar, Foie Gras Nigiri, Hokkaido Scallops, A5 Wagyu and White Alba Truffles

Following the lavish dinner, guests will make their way to the large adjoining event space, the Black Box where to enjoy cocktails as they watch the ball drop. With the club’s bunnies adorned in customized champagne colored costumes, guests can expect to ring in the new year with an iconic experience, emphasized by the bunnies timeless elegance. Bar reservations begin at 10:30PM for $150pp and bottle service begins at 10PM for up to 6 people with a minimum of $1,500 available.


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On December 31st, LDV Hospitality’s Scarpetta will celebrate their first New Year’s Eve at their new flagship location, with three separate seatings. The first seating is at 5:00PM with an À la carte menu, followed by a 7:00PM seating with a prix fixe menu, which includes favorites such as their Creamy Polenta with Fricassée of Truffled Mushrooms, Spaghetti Tomato & Basil and Halibut with Leeks, Bluefoot Mushrooms, Asparagus and Artichoke, for $125 per person. The last seating at 9:30PM includes live music, champagne toast at midnight and a five-course prix fixe menu for $195 per person. Menu selections for the 9:30PM seating include Raw Yellowtail & Tuna Susci, Short Rib & Bone Marrow Agnolotti with Garlic Chip & Horseradish, and Akaushi Wagyu Strip with Truffled Spinach, Marble Potatoes, and Beef Jus, among many other dishes, and finishes off with the pastry chef’s selection of desserts.

Armani Ristorante

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This NYE, Armani/Ristorante 5th Avenue, the acclaimed Italian fine dining destination by Giorgio Armani, offers an exclusive prix-fixe menu ($350 per person) complete with caviar and truffle-accented courses as well as dishes that traditionally bring good luck for the New Year. Guests will enjoy dish highlights like Raviolo  with mushrooms, robiola cheese ravioli, buffalo burrata, and white truffle; Storione with pan-seared sturgeon with thyme, artichokes foam and osietra caviar; Manzo with black Angus tenderloin, seared foie gras and black truffle reduction; and Nocciola e Pera, a dulcey chocolate, hazelnut crunch, pear sorbet, toffee, and bergamot; to the soothing sounds of a live jazz band.


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Extravagant and beloved New York restaurants THE GRILL and THE POOL will be joining forces again for the end-of-year festivities to serve a decadent 4 course prix-fixe menu ($195 per person for first seating, $295 per person for second seating). Highlights include a variety of Chilled Crustaceans (Oysters, Nantucket Bay scallops, shrimp), Ricotta Gnudi with Siberian Caviar, Filet Mignon with black truffle, Dover Sole, and an assortment of cakes and pastries. Live music by the Chino Pons band will be hear from THE POOL Lounge, perfect for those looking to ring in the new year with opulent style.


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On New Year’s Eve, CATCH will kick off celebrations with Great Gatsby themed décor and decadent dinner specials. Offerings will include Scallops on the Half Shell, Whole Roast Duck for Two, and Flambé White Chocolate Dome. The full a la carte menu will also be available. There will be two seating times with the early seating taking place from 5:30–9:00PM. The late seating will begin at 9:00PM and will have a $200/person minimum that will include automatic entrance to CATCH Roof after midnight.

CATCH Roof will host a CATCH Gatsby New Year’s Eve soiree that will feature burlesque dancers, 20’s themed props and live music from a violinist performer and DJ. Guests are invited to dress in 1920’s cocktail attire and celebrate the New Year surrounded by Gatsby glamour including over 1,500 balloons. Tickets start at $125  and include entrance, passed food and open bar from 9:00PM–midnight. Table service is also available.

Temple Court at The Beekman

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Immerse yourself in New York elegance while you enjoy Temple Court’s New Year experience and midnight toast. Two dinner reservations are available with the first seating at 6PM that includes a variety of food menu offerings for $125/person and a second seating at 9PM that includes both food and beverage offerings, plus general admission to The Bar Room for $325/person. Bar Room general admission for $175/ person is also available which includes beverage offerings, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight toast starting at 9PM.

PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown

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Ring in 2019 at posh cocktail lounge,PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown, surrounded by panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Doors open at 8Pm but the party won’t stop until 4AM, with an open bar from 8:30PM-12AM and a champagne toast at midnight.


IMG_0544 copyPhoto Credit: ACMETo ring in the New Year in true NYC fashion, the trendy American Bistro will be showcasing a variety of it’s European flavors and techniques by offering two, pre-fix dinner seatings on the main floor. After dinner, guests can toast to 2019 in the renovated, rock n’ roll inspired, cocktail bar downstairs.

Loews Regency

exteriorPhoto Credit: Loews Regency New York HotelRing in the New Year amongst your closest friends with a Party on Park Avenue at the Loews Regency New York Hotel. On December 31, enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour in one of the hotel’s Signature Residences, paired with great food and friends. Party on Park Avenue includes New Year’s Eve night in a stylish suite residences on Manhattan’s famed Upper East Side, cocktail hour complete with open bar and champagne toast at midnight, seated dinner courtesy of The Regency Bar & Grill.

STK Downtown

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There is no place like downtown New York when you’re counting down to midnight. Enjoy open bar and multiple dinner reservation options at STK Downtown. The first seating, from 5:00PM-8:30PM, includes a 3-course prix fixe menu for $150/person and the second seating, from 8:30PM-11:00PM, includes a 4-course prix fixe menu for $250/person. Located on the roof, The Lodge by STK is offering an open bar from 9:00PM-1:00AM, light bite food stations, and a midnight champagne toast for $125/person.