Whether the final day of 2015 is used for remembering the good times or a tasty way to forget the bad, there’s plenty of reasons to consider checking out what the city has to offer. Here are 10 great excuses to get out of singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the in-laws:
For the Person Who Couldn’t Make it to New Orleans: Porchlight, 271 Eleventh Avenue
Starting at 9 p.m., guests can enjoy an open bar and Big Easy plates while watching various street performers and their entertaining moves – think tarot card readers and acrobats instead of “showtime”. Special cocktails, wine, and beer will be available to pair with frog legs, crawfish pies, and beignets. Tickets are $175 per person and are all-inclusive of all food and drink; secure them here.
Dine on hot pepper lobster and jerk chicken at either of these Jamaican-inspired restaurants, which are offering a four-course prix fixe complete with champagne toast for $75 starting at 9 p.m. Executive chef Adam Schop is also offering his regular a la carte menu earlier in the evening as well as a $15 per hour unlimited cocktail brunch on New Year’s Day.
For the Person Who Forgets to Make Reservations: Maiden Lane, 162 Avenue B
Starting at 8 p.m., DJ duo “Call the Doctor” will begin their set to welcome in 2016 while the bar mixes up gin martinis and mezcal with sangria. Maiden Lane’s seafood focused menu featuring fish sandwiches and hot crab dip will also be available until late. Walk-ins are welcome — there’s no cover charge or reservations required.
For the Person Who Wants a Tasting Menu Followed by Tassles: Piora, 430 Hudson Street
Looking for dinner and a show all in one place? Piora is offering its tasting menu for $225 per person, followed by a blanc de blancs party starting at 10 p.m., when jazz and burlesque performers will invade the dining room to ensure the ball drops in style. The party includes large format bottles of champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres of oysters and truffles, and cocktails. Tickets for the blanc de blanc party – where guests are encouraged to don all white and black dress attire – are $175 and can be secured here.
For the Person Who Wants to Start Off 2016 With Whoo! Bottomless Brunch: Maya, 1191 First Avenue
Instead of spending New Year’s Day hungover, enjoy your first opportunity for day drinking at this $45 all you eat and drink Mexican themed brunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., guests can enjoy an assortment of small plates and brunch cocktails like mimosas, bloody marys, and micheladas.
For the Person Who Wants to Ring in 2016 with Funk: Minton’s, 206 West 118 Street
Feast on a four-course prix fixe highlighted by braised short ribs and pan roasted salmon while listening to an R & B singer, or kick off the new year in the early hours with funk. Guests can enjoy an early dinner for $100 per person from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or a late seating starting at 9:30 p.m. for $175, with wine pairings available for an additional fee. Those guests who are interested in continuing the party can enjoy dancing, drinks, and small bites for an additional $99 by reserving a ticket here.
Enjoy an entire album table side at this singing theatrical dinner show, which is offering a three-hour open bar and champagne toast at midnight. Dinner includes appetizers for the table along with an assortment of signature sushi rolls, an entree, and desserts for the table, followed by Roxxy and Big Mac signature rolls, a choice of entrée with choices like filet mignon, shiitake polenta and Atlantic salmon capped off with a selection of desserts for the table including mochi and molten sticky toffee cupcakes. Guests can score a table by contacting the restaurant directly.
For People who Celebrate New Year’s by Pretending to be from the Past: Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex Street
Beauty & Essex is hosting a Great Gatsby themed five hour open bar complete with food, a champagne toast, and live roaring twenties-style performances. Tickets are $250 per person and can be secured here.
For People Whose New Year’s Resolution is to Visit Bushwick: Maite, 159 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
If you want to start off 2016 in the know, Maite is debuting its first ever brunch on New Years Day. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. revelers can talk about the glory days of less than 24 hours ago over $4 beers, $7 cider, and a slew of brand new dishes like the Colombian hangover soup puchero. Bowls of the soup are paired with a foot-on chicken leg, a beef rib, and a slab of pork belly. Other dishes include a burger topped with mozzarella and a duck egg arepa.
For People Who Want to Relive Their Friend’s High School Basement: Treadwell Park, 1125 1st Avenue
Starting at $20, adults can relive their high school New Year’s parties with pinball machines, ping pong, popcorn, and lots of beer. The Upper East Side beer hall offers twenty varieties of beers and ciders on tap and also offers a full smorgasbord of hearty German fare; reserve a ticket package of choice here.