Celebrate El Año Nuevo in NYC
by Mario Vergara, Remezcla.com contributor, 12/14/2010
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Looking for the perfect way to spend New Year's Eve in New York City? If you're more into rumbas than Ryan Seacrest, why not head over to one of New York's fantastic Latin New Year's Eve parties? Swap that eggnog for some coquito and that champagne for Asturian cider, grab 12 grapes and bring in 2011 with some Latin flare.
A Yerbabuena New Year
The always-delightful Latin fusion troupe Yerbabuena returns to Nuyorican Poets Café for another New Year's Eve celebration. The Grammy-nominated group, originated by producer Andres Levin, features his wife Cucu Diamantes, among other talents. Yerbabuena's music, combined with the venue's atmosphere, makes for a vibe that's the closest thing you can get to celebrating New Year's Eve in Puerto Rico while in New York (nevermind the freezing weather outside!).
Spanglish Fly at Barbés
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, native New York ensemble Spanglish Fly makes music that emulates the sound of 1960's Spanish Harlem: boogaloo, Latin swing and shingaling, with a little bit of modern salsa added to the mix. Every year, Barbés in Park Slope hosts an amazing act that pushes the boundaries of world music on New Year's Eve, and this year is no different.
New Year's Eve Tropical Paradise at S.O.B.'s
There’s something for everyone at S.O.B.'s third annual Tropical Paradise. Enjoy some salsa from Bio Ritmo, Haitian heat from Carimi, sweet bossa bova from the S.O.B.'s house band and your favorite house, world and soul classics from DJ Spike—all in one night. Did we mention breakfast at dawn (if you can make it)?
Conjunto Guantanamo at Havana Central
Brooklyn-based Cuban music group Conjunto Guantanamo rings in the New Year at Havana Central in Morningside Heights with their beautiful brand of classic Cuban music. While you get your Buena Vista on to some serious són, treat yourself to a five-course meal, party favors, select open bar and champagne toast—all included with admission.
Latin Quarter (LQ)'s New Year's Eve Party
Dress to impress if you're thinking of going to Latin Quarter this New Year's Eve. MTV's DJ Cipha Sounds and Donnie (of Making the Band fame) are appearing at this Midtown NYE bash. Attendance also scores you tickets to Bourbon Street's after party, which goes until 8am. And you won’t miss the ball drop, since they’ll be broadcasting the Times Square event at midnight.
New Year's Eve at Camaradas
Cant make it downtown but still want a Boricua-style New Year's Eve? Camaradas’ (tiny) cover charge includes a buffet dinner (arroz con gandules, anyone?), dessert and two midnight toasts of coquito and champagne. Puerto Rico is an hour ahead, so why not toast with them as well? Two midnights for the price of one!
For more information on Latin events throughout New York City, visit Remezcla.com.