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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in NYC

Including places to nurse your hangover the morning after
Where to Eat on New Year's in NYC 2017
Flora Bar | Photo: Johnny Miller

Whether you're looking for a quiet bar or a place where Champagne flows like water, these spots have you covered for ringing in 2018.

If you refuse to let new Nordic die . . .

Michelin-starred restaurant Agern is serving fluke with kohlrabi and Icelandic seawater (yup, really), duck breast with red beets and roses, and Finnish caviar with lefsen and sour cream. 

If you want to keep the party going . . .

A last meal at Momofuku Nishi of beef carpaccio, shrimp risotto and chocolate upside-down pear cake means a year done right. And if you find the meal so good you can't wait to repeat it—or maybe just can't quite remember the details—you can go back for "hangover brunch" the next morning. There'll be the Impossible Burger with BBQ ranch, fried-egg-topped pasta and garlic knot spiced potatoes.

If you want to pretend like you're in Paris . . .

You might not be able to count down under the Eiffel Tower's lights, but that shouldn't stop you from ringing in the year like a true Parisian. Le District is making it easy, thanks to a night of unlimited pommes frites and a bounty of charcuterie boards, oysters and the obligatory midnight Champagne toast.


If you want to party like it's 1983 . . .

Ditch the black-tie attire for acid-washed jeans and a graphic tee at Mother of Pearl and Cienfuegos in the East Village. The sister restaurants are taking guests to Hawkins, Indiana, with a Stranger Things-themed celebration, complete with themed cocktail menus and dining rooms that have been transformed into the Upside Down and Hawkins Middle School. (Don't forget to book your Stranger Things hotel suite while you're at it.) 

If you need something a little more sophisticated . . .

Dress to the nines at Flora Bar, Ignacio Mattos's stunning restaurant on the ground floor of the Met Breuer, where he is offering both six- and seven-course tastings. Raise your Champagne glass over plates of burrata with sea urchin and duck breast seared with foie gras.

If you're looking to really splurge . . .

Le Coq Rico's send-off to 2017 involves an indulgent five-course meal, starting with foie gras with homemade baguettes, followed by oysters swimming in truffle butter. Trust us—the supplement of Forait truffles on the roast goose is worth the extra commitment.  

If you're looking for a Times Square oasis . . .

You may be mere blocks from all the glitzy ball-dropping action, but you'll barely notice the commotion while dining at Gabriel Kreuther. You'll be too busy with your foie gras terrine, chestnut tortellini and Alaskan king crab. The dessert is simply titled Decadent, because there's no better ending to a night of Champagne and caviar.

If you want unlimited margaritas . . .

Head to Alex Stupak's sweeping Midtown location, Empellón, for a family style dinner of octopus tacos, short rib confit, king salmon and more. There are two seatings; the later one comes with as many margaritas as you can handle, should you be trying to fulfill some sort of tequila quota before midnight strikes.


If you'd rather be swimming in the Mediterranean . . .

Newcomer Shuka has been consistently serving quality Eastern Mediterranean food since opening this fall, and New Year's Eve will be no exception, with a feast of true celebratory proportions. We suggest the latest of the three seatings, where you'll get a sparkling wine toast, palm readings and a belly dancer performance. 

If you need that one-stop shop . . .

The towering seafood platter at the NoMad restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner is impressive in and of itself, but if you want something a bit more casual, steps away The NoMad Bar is doling out a feast of steakhouse classics, including wedge salads, rib eye steaks with truffles and Bordelaise, and Brooklyn blackout cake.

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