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Dec 14, 2010 12:53 PM

if you HAD to go out on NYE

So, my beautiful wife is adamant that we go out in Manhattan this NYE.

I don’t know what’s gotten into her, but I am 1,000% sure I cannot talk her out of it.

Even though it’s almost always lackluster dining as well as obscene crowds, I’ve got to find something that doesn’t suck.

Anyway, looking for any suggestions for restaurants where the food is good and you can also stay to ring in 2011. Trying to avoid the club thing, it’s so expensive and ends in fist pumping, which I’m not much a fan of.

Anyone got some decent spots where you can party in style, sans Jersey Shore?


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  1. Check the good hotels - those large rooms which are usually booked for weddings always used to have big NYE parties open to the public at some silly price, but at least were festive and dressy. As you can tell, I haven't travelled that route for a while.

    1. going out on New Years Eve doesn't have to mean Times Square or Jersey Shore. I go out every year and have never encountered any of this fist pumping, lackluster dining or even obscene crowds that you speak of.

      this year we'll be celebrating at Hearth. I made reservations for 10:30, expecting to stay until midnight. last year we had dinner in KTown (Ms. Coasts is Korean so it seemed celebratory) and the year before that, we were at Smith's on MacDougal.

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      1. re: coasts

        We're going to Motorino -- they are taking reservations for NYE.

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: Nancy S.

          I've done Otto a few times with a bigger group Regular menu, good wines, olive oil gelato.

          Besides that, I avoid any place with a "special" menu.

        2. re: coasts

          Does Hearth have something special for NYE? We were debating doing their Christmas Eve dinner, but if they have something fun for NYE, I'd be interested.

          Raines Law Room has a black tie thing going on that might be worthwhile...

          Raines Law Room
          48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: loratliff

            honestly, i should really call them to be sure how late they'll stay open. i made the reservation without giving it much thought, just to have something lined up. i've never been, but it's been on my list for a while. figured NYE was as good of a night as any, although that might not be true.

            1. re: coasts

              Open from 9pm to 2am as per their Facebook post.

              1. re: reatard

                thank you...there's nothing on their website, but i imagined they'd be open past midnight if they're taking tables at 10:30.

        3. The smaller the place the less they will be impacted by NYE festivities.

          1. Just literally got word that Little Branch is doing open bar from 9pm-2am with a champagne toast, live jazz and small bites. $125/per person. I'm a huge fan, so now I know where I'll be. :) Highly recommended if you like good cocktails and don't want the club thing.

            Little Branch
            22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

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            1. re: loratliff

              thank you all!

              I think little branch sounds awesome and looking into many of the other suggestions.
              To all a good night


              1. re: beresfordhill

                Similarly, Death & Co is doing an open bar 8pm-2am? 4am? with small bites, champagne, etc. I think it's $150pp.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Hadn't heard about theirs yet. Thanks for the tip.

                  1. re: loratliff

                    Painkiller is also having a party, a "New Year's Eve 1980's Lower East Side Luau." Open bar, Luau fare (with a whole roast pig), DJ, midnight Mai Tai toast! $120 (includes tax and gratuity). Please RSVP to

                    So is Mayahuel, 8pm-2am, email for reservations. Open bar, special menu, their Facebook page says. $150.

                    Apparently so is Cienfuegos, no details available, their Facebook page says email for details. I'm assuming similar pricing to D&C and Mayahuel since they're all run by the same people.

                    304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

                    95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Cienfuegos would be the easiest of them all to get your moneys worth from. Although I wonder if you really got to sample all the various punches, if they start to taste the same?

                      95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        I've had a number of the punches there and they don't taste the same at all.

                        1. re: kathryn

                          Sure, but an open bars worth, presuming you got to really go deep into the menu....

                      2. re: kathryn

                        Lani Kai is also having a party. $100 per person includes 4-hour open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast. Email or call 646-596-8778 for a table.

                        Lani Kai
                        525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

                2. re: loratliff

                  I love Little Branch, but it is if you're planning on going to this (which is an amazing deal seeing as how their drinks are usually at least $12-15 each and are incredibly well-made!), you should probably get there on the early side.

                  Little Branch
                  22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

                  1. re: Jess321

                    They require an RSVP.

                    And, actually, don't delude yourself into thinking it's a great deal—their drinks are $13/14 each, so you'd have to be able to drink nine drinks to get your money's worth.

                3. I had an excellent prix-fixe meal recently at Macao Trading Co. I'm not sure what the later-night scene is like - or if it becomes Jersey Shore-esque - but my friend and I were very pleased with our experience. I know that they are having a NYE special, as well:


                  Macao Trading Co.
                  311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013