New Year's Eve Bashes


by Harrison Peck, 12/15/2009

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In the New Year's Eve capital of the world, finding the right spot for your last hurrah of 2009 can be a daunting task. Whether you're up for a wild open-bar blowout, a sophisticated evening on the water or a mellow concert followed by a quiet night at home with Dick Clark, we can help. Welcome 2010—a new decade!—on a positive note by picking the event that best suits your lifestyle. But act fast—these tickets sell out quickly.

Relax with a Show
For an affordable and low-key New Year's Eve, head to Merkin Concert Hall to see Striking 12, a musical comedy from NYC-based music group GrooveLily about a cranky man set on spending New Year's Eve at home—until he reads Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. The combination holiday musical and rock concert is a heartwarming and fun way to kick off 2010. 8pm; $40; same-day student tickets available for $20

If you prefer a classic show, the incomparable New York Philharmonic, under the direction of maestro and music director Alan Gilbert, closes out 2009 at Lincoln Center with New Year's Eve: Hampson, Gershwin, Copland & Broadway. Celebrated baritone soloist Thomas Hampson sings in this all-American program featuring pieces from Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, along with a number of beloved Broadway show tunes. The concert starts early, so guests can make it home in plenty of time to enjoy some bubbly while watching the ball drop. 7:30pm; $98–$257

Just feel like laughing away this tough economic year? Join acclaimed funnyman Greg Giraldo—known for appearances on Comedy Central, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien and at countless comedy clubs—at Comix in the Meatpacking District. Guests can choose between the 7:30pm three-course dinner and show and the 10:30pm three-course dinner and show, with a midnight champagne toast and ball-drop screening. If you're low on cash but big on celebrating, you can skip the stand-up and watch Dick Clark with your pals at the Comix bar for free. $129 for 7:30pm package; $45 for 7:30 show only; $149 for 10:30pm package; $65 for 10:30 show only

Eat, Dance and Be Merry
If you're looking to boogie your way into 2010, rock legend Chuck Berry (yes, that Chuck Berry) performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square at 8 and 11pm ($98 or $140 for 8pm set; $120 or $160 for 11pm set). To groove with the downtown crowd (and for a more affordable blues ticket), try the funky sounds of the SaRon Crenshaw Band at Greenwich Village's Terra Blues. The show starts at 10pm—with, naturally, a break for the complimentary champagne toast at midnight—and keeps jamming until 4am ($40).

Ring in the New Year in a big, fat Greek way at Ovelia, a stylish Astoria spot that serves up traditional Mediterranean fare in a modern ambiance. A DJ-fueled dance party follows a four-course prix-fixe menu—which includes a complimentary glass of wine and midnight champagne toast. Last seating at 10pm; $65 for dinner; no cover for bar

If you're feeling landlocked, celebrate on the water aboard an elegant (and, of course, heated) Spirit Cruises ship. After a pre-sail cocktail hour at 9pm, spend the next three hours adrift in New York Harbor with views of the skyline and New Year's Eve fireworks through the ship's panoramic windows. An unlimited dinner buffet accompanies a premium open bar, a midnight champagne toast, singing waitstaff and a DJ spinning Top 40 hits, line dances and everything in between. $305 if departing from Chelsea Piers; $240.13 if departing from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ

Party All Night Long
New Year's resolutions won't go into effect until January 1, so you might as well live it up while you can. The three-story Webster Hall hosts a downtown vibe–meets–Cirque du Soleil bash with eight DJs, tasty libations, aerial acts, fire displays, snake charmers, magicians and, when the clock strikes 12, a champagne toast and a deluge of 100,000 balloons. The after-hours party will rage until 9am and features the electro-house rhythms of MSTRKRFT. Come morning, guests receive a continental breakfast. $75 general admission (19+ to enter, 21+ to drink); $145 for silver ticket (21+; includes open bar); $60 for admission to after-party alone (2:30am)

If you have little ones, what better way to ring in the New Year than with a family SkeeBall tournament? Rather than hire a sitter, head to Times Square–located Dave & Buster's, where plenty of food and drink and more than 200 arcade and amusement-park games will keep both parents and kids going until midnight and beyond. Admission includes a five-hour open bar and midnight champagne toast for grown-ups, plus a dinner buffet, dessert and a DJ. 7pm–1am; $95 general admission; $75 under 21

For a high-energy segue into 2010, get your tickets now for a New Year's Eve party at Chelsea's Highline Ballroom. Five Playboy Playmates join the party, which includes a four-hour premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres and jumbo screenings of the Times Square ball drop. Three DJs will spin '80s songs, hip-hop music, club hits, remixes and more till the wee hours. 9pm–8am; $100 general admission; $110 VIP general admission; $200 table-of-six ticket; $250 table-of-eight ticket


related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    Webster Hall
    125 E. 11th St.
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  2. 2
    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  3. 3
    Ovelia Restaurant Bar
    34-01 30th Ave.
    Queens – Astoria
    NY 11103
  1. 4
    Terra Blues
    149 Bleecker St.
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10012
  2. 5
    Highline Ballroom
    431 W. 16th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  3. 6
    Dave & Buster's
    234 W. 42nd St., 3rd fl.
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10036
  1. 7
    Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Center
    129 W. 67th St.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  2. 8
    B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    237 W. 42nd St.
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10036

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