New Year's Eve Event Guide


MTV crashes a former church (remember Limelight?) for its holiday party. Admission to this break-of-dawn jam includes a four-hour champagne open bar and a continental breakfast. There are four different floors and 35,000 square feet to explore, V.I.P. balconies, hors d'oeuvres, and a surprise performance. Dance the night away to rock, reggae, and reggaetón. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 9 a.m., 47 West 20th Street, 866-824-8212, $99, V.I.P. group specials $1,000–$10,000. Ariel Brewster

The weekly Great British House Sunday-Afternoon Party stretches into the new year at the roof deck–sporting and bed-bedecked Bed. Angola, Tabu, Other People, and additional DJs spin the house music that's made the GBH parties a long-running success, while the Bed folks offer a five-hour open bar and something called "exotic French American hors d'oeuvres." Doors open at 9 p.m., through 2 a.m., 530 West 27th Street, $150 and up.Krystal Hawkins

photo: Staci Schwartz


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  • Canal Room
    The swank Soho joint better known for underground DJs and industry parties goes glitzy for the holiday. A "world-renowned surprise" DJ brings the hip-hop, rock, and always pervasive '80s music to the Room; the entry fee includes free booze from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. If you shell out for one of the V.I.P. packages, the event's website says, you'll also be entitled to "friendly service from the bartenders and cocktail staff." Doors open at 9, 285 West Broadway, 212-675-8445, $95, V.I.P. $175–$400. K.H.

    This nightspot might be in the heart of Chinatown, but its fourth annual New Year's Eve gala promises elegant festivities in a strikingly glamorous space: the Bowery Savings Bank. You'll feel like you've traveled back in time to old New York in this cavernous, gilded ballroom complete with skylights and Corinthian columns. A semi-formal dress code will be imposed, so get gussied up in a cocktail dress or suit. There's an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner (including tapas, crab cakes, flatbreads and empanadas), dessert, a champagne toast, party favors, and a live broadcast of the festivities at Times Square. DJ Baby Blu and DJ Alex Romero will spin house music and classics at the after-party. Doors open at 7 p.m., through 6 a.m., 228 Grand Street, 212-334-5500,, $150, V.I.P. tables $275. A.B.

    Chinatown Brasserie
    This isn't your mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant—anything but. Yes, they serve Cantonese specialties, and the decor features Chinese cork sculptures, bamboo, lily pads, a koi pond, and Chinese-silk curtains, but this downtown lounge and restaurant has a nightclub feel. (It's been described in the press as the "Chinese answer to Balthazar.") You'll get Peking duck, dumplings, and dim sum by chefs Tyson Wong Ophaso and Joe Ng, but you'll also get the ambience partners John McDonald and Josh Pickard have established at Lever House and Lure, their other upscale-restaurant projects. Admission includes a five-hour open bar and a buffet to feast on until midnight; the party's promoters also promise a DJ "pumping dance hits" and a "fierce party vibe." Patrons can use their ticket stubs for access to the after-hours parties at Home, Guest House, and Snitch. At 8, 380 Lafayette Street, 212-201-1317 for tickets, $100 general admission, $200 for V.I.P., $60 after 12:30 a.m. A.B.

    Cipriani downtown
    You'll feel gala-glamorous in this art deco grand ballroom, which features a mezzanine overlooking the dancefloor, several private and V.I.P. rooms, and two big-screen TVs that will broadcast other New Year's activities as guests enjoy a buffet dinner; sample the "antipasto station" and visit the seven-hour open bar. The Oak Room offers a private buffet and bar to get away from the larger crowd. Hold on to that ticket stub; it will get you in the after-hours parties at Home, Guest House, and Snitch. Doors open at 8 p.m., through 4 a.m., 200 Fifth Avenue, 212-843-2400, $115, $60 after 12:30 a.m., V.I.P. packages and suites are $195–$7,500. A.B.

    Cipriani @ 42nd
    Leave it to this infamous haunt to package an archetypal Times Square New Year's Eve. This branch of the chain, founded by legendary waiter, restaurateur, and bellini inventor Giuseppe Cipriani, occupies the luxe and landmarked Bowery Savings building—if the imposing room isn't festive enough, tonight's light show should pretty things up. Your guides for the night are five-octave pop star and drama queen Mariah Carey and mega-host and the new Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast and complimentary 3 a.m. breakfast. Doors open at 8 p.m., through 4 a.m., 110 East 42nd Street, 212-201-1317 for tickets, $200 and up.K.H.

    The megaclub hosts a 24-hour New Year's Eve party that's as big as the sprawling venue. Stereo Production founders Chus and Ceballos anchor the night with what they call "Iberican" music, but you probably know it as Ibiza's Balearic and tribal house. Mudd Club, Danceteria, and Jackie 60 veteran Johnny Dynell contribute Chicago house and electro during the prime-time slot. In-demand remixer and former Life and Limelight fixture Victor Calderone takes over during the breakfast shift. Admission includes an open bar from 8:30 p.m. until midnight and a champagne toast. At 8:30, 530 West 28th Street, 917-339-1825, $150. K.H.

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