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Friends, I'm just curious as to what people are doing for New Years Eve in Northern NJ this year.

What town will you be hanging out in? Hoboken? Morristown? North Arlington? Westwood? Other towns?

Where will you eat? Unique dinner plans? Prix Fixe?

How/What/where will you consume alcoholic beverages? Open Bar

**Exclude New York City plans (no parking, unreliable taxis, expensive cover charges).

I was thinking the Turtle Club in Hoboken or Twisted Elm in Elmwood Park for beverages.

Thanks!

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  1. Likely won't leave the house. Probably making pizza.

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    1. re: tommy

      Not a bad idea. What kind of pizza(s)?

    2. I am hoping that Zod will have Daryl up and running with a New Years Eve special that includes a room at the Heldrich Hotel. Another place to go nuts is the Hotel Tides in Asbury Park...get a room, go for the 9:30 prix fix seating, and watch the show. If you want to blast any hangover out of your system the Polar Bear Plunge is the next morning. Of course, either of these things can only happen if the Giants aren't playing for the NFC East crown in 1/1, because if they are I'll be in bed early and drinking bloodies in the lot by 9:30. Or maybe I'll just stay up all night and go. I don't know yet.

      1. We made a reservation at A Toute Heure for their special NYE menu. It's literally a 2 minute drive from our house so it's perfect. Not to mention the fact that it's byob and the food is always great.

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        1. re: LttlMichey

          Did the same. We have a 45 minute drive to get there but it's wonderful. Spend last NYE here as well!!

        2. New Years Eve at restaurants is usually an excuse for higher prices and lower quality. Also the roads are filled with crazies and worse...

          We do a party on NY Day afternoon, on the Eve we stay home and hope we can make it awake past midnight... :)

          1. Epernay in Montclair followed by Dark Star Orchestra at the Wellmont Theater!

            1. Nights that should never include dining out: Valentines Day, Mothers Day, New Years Eve.

              Major amateur restaurant crowds stress kitchens & service staff. Risk of price gouging.

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              1. re: equal_Mark

                I go to White Castle with my fiance for Valentines Day and Brunch at my parents for Mothers Day. That's not what I was asking though. I don't care for you opinions on the value or risk of eating out on New Years Eve, I was just curious as to what people ARE doing, not what they aren't doing

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  There are professional restaurant crowds? Really?

                  1. re: angularbanjo

                    Price gouging at Epernay! Best to stay
                    home. BTW...do you like DSO w/out John Kadlecik?

                    1. re: coldbeer

                      Midnight Ramble, with Levon Helm, if you can get tix.

                      1. re: menton1

                        Excellent idea!

                      2. re: coldbeer

                        I believe Epernay in Montclair is now out of business. I had a hankering for steak frites on Saturday and my wife delivered the bad news,

                        1. re: scarlet knight

                          Epernay is closed. We were at fin the other night and the maitre d from epernay is now working there. He said that new owners or managers took over and wanted to make it more hip...guess it didn't work out too well for them. Also reported that the couple who used to own the restaurant and moved to Vermont have since divorced.

                  2. We may be doing Twisted Elm, recently had the food there after visiting a few times for drinks only. Everything we had was delicious and the prices were reasonable for what you get. really loving this place ATM