New Year's Eve Eats + Drinks Guide

Dishes and spirits to celebrate



Spend New Year's Eve in Eastern Europe by way of the N/Q line at Queens's iconic Czech tavern, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, where free booze flows from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. The $80-per-person ($150-per-couple) entrance fee also gets you a dinner buffet of proficient Czech specialties like beef goulash, roast pork with dumplings, and langos, a deep-fried flatbread topped with a choice of cheese, garlic, sour cream, or even ketchup (owing to the potatoes used in the dough). With a guest DJ spinning tunes, cross that secret New Year's resolution off the list and learn some traditional Czech dances from celebrating locals. Business attire is requested for the fellas, cocktail attire for the ladies, and a severe no jeans policy will be enforced — there's a champagne toast at midnight, after all. 29-19 24th Avenue, Queens, 718-274-4925, Zachary Feldman

Fizzy lifting drink: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
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Fizzy lifting drink: Corkbuzz Wine Studio


Cobble Hill mixology mecca Clover Club finds cause for celebration throughout the year — from the Kentucky Derby to Mad Men premieres — so it's no wonder New Year's Eve has regulars and first-timers alike looking forward to partying like it's Repeal Day 1933. Live music from the Jessicats and an open bar mark the occasion, complete with club favorites and a mandatory NYE Royale selection to sample throughout the night ($100 excluding tax and tip, 9 p.m. until midnight). Before 12, guests will be supplied with party favors and a rotating series of hors d'oeuvres, with additional menu items available to order throughout the evening (additional cost applies). 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7939, Nicole Schnitzler


The term "studio" can be frightening in a city like New York, but here, we're talking about a wine studio — a place to congregate and cultivate that long-running interest of yours in grapes. Such is the case with Union Square dining savior Corkbuzz, which hosts weekly classes and maintains a thoughtful list of 50 options by the glass (and 200 by the bottle) to pair with chef Phil Conlon's seasonally driven menu. On December 31, the studio puts that wine knowledge to use when La Belle Époque makes a lavish comeback in the form of five Escoffier-inspired courses with wine pairings by master sommelier Laura Maniec ($120, 8 to 10 p.m.). Those looking for more of a dusk-to-dawn celebration can swing by for the afterparty, five hours of passed canapés, absinthe, and Ruinart Champagne ($120 separately, $200 with dinner, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). Fancy dress required. 13 East 13th Street, 646-873-6071, Nicole Schnitzler


If donning black tie and shelling out for a fancy feast sounds like a nightmare, consider toasting 2014 with a craft beer or five at Jimmy Carbone's underground brew sanctuary, Jimmy's No. 43, where you'll find a three-hour open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, capped off by a Champagne toast when the ball drops ($60, gratuity not included). Your ticket price includes light snacks, but if you're after a more substantial meal, spring for the early bird dinner: Jimmy's offers a three-course $50 prix fixe meal with seatings between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. 43 East 7th Street, 212-982-3006, Billy Lyons


Keep things casually classy at Maison Premiere, a New Orleans–inspired cocktail and raw bar in Williamsburg, where the celebration starts at 4 p.m. and lasts for 12 hours with no cover charge (walk-ins welcome). The fresh seafood and expertly crafted cocktails from chef Lisa Giffen and head bartender Maxwell Britten are enough to make professional hedonists jealous, but high-rolling revelers would do well to book a seat for a special four-course NYE prix fixe ($95 for the 6 p.m. seating; $125 for 9 p.m.), which includes luxurious plates like raw scallop and shrimp with horseradish ice and a retro beef tenderloin rossini topped with melting foie gras. Should you somehow still not feel festive enough, head to the champagne bar on the heated outdoor patio for glasses of bubbly. 298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-335-0446, Zachary Feldman


If you believe in Italian tradition, you'll want to find a plate of lentils and cotechino (salami-like pork sausage) to ring in 2014: The hearty combination, legend goes, brings good luck. Head to Marco's, the grown-up pan-Italian restaurant Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg opened earlier this year when they moved Franny's down the street into a bigger space. Cotechino and lentils is part of the New Year's Eve seven-course tasting menu, which blends old-school tradition with offerings like tagliatelle with black truffle and spit-roasted ribeye. Wine pairings include bubbles, Barbaresco, and Barolo, and end with Moscato. (Dinner $125; pairings $70.) 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0427, Hannah Palmer Egan


Come dressed in black and white and listen for the chimes of midnight at the King's Winter Masquerade, hosted by the McKittrick Hotel. The Chelsea performance space presents an evening that includes a sumptuous feast, performances of its interactive Macbeth-inspired drama, Sleep No More, and a masquerade party that lasts through the evening and features a DJ and complimentary cocktails. Attend all three events or pick and choose: Sleep No More and party, supper and party, or just the King's party are also options ($125–$350). 530 West 27th Street, 866-811-4111, Eve Turow

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