New Years Eve restaurant with a view of Times Square
I have heard of drunken masses at Times Square on New Years Eve. We will be in the city and want to be a part of the event. I am wondering if there is a restaurant with a good view of the action where we can be out of the croud and still be a part of it all. I am hoping for a place where we can make reservations.
Thank you in advance.
I celebrated NYE 1987 (to show you the currency of this rec) by co-hosting a dinner at Le Madeleine on 43rd and 9th - we couldn't see Times Square itself of course but could see the drunken masses coming and going and felt very much like part of the crowd (in a much more pleasant way then afterwards when we went out in it). The food was decent French, not exciting, but fine, although I must confess that half the appeal was their complete disinterestedness in carding our very underage party....
I suggest Chez Josephine, 414 W. 42 St. 594-1925, run by one of the late Josephine Baker's sons, Jean-Claude Baker. I've always had a good time there but I don't know if you'll actually see Times Square and the ball coming down because the restaurant is between 8th & 9th Avenue. Also, for a real kitschy, kind of touristy feel, you might check out the View Restaurant or View Lounge at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel at 1535 Broadway, 45 Street, 398-1900. I've only been to the campy revolving View Lounge where they offer an all-you can-eat buffet with your cocktails. The restaurant part on another floor is more chi-chi and expensive.
Happy new year.
The Renaissance Hotel has a dining room that is literally perched on Times Sq. at 47th Street. I don't know how the food is, but the view is terrific.