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Dec 19, 2011 09:10 AM

New Year's Eve Suggestions? - 4 People, low-key

Hi! I just moved to New York City and don't really know my way around yet! Some of my friends are coming in for New Year's Eve. We want to find a bar/pub where we can get great food for dinner and affordable drinks all night. We don't want a party scene, just an easy, festive bar scene with some good food. Something like the Blind Tiger NYE event sounds ideal (one location, good beer, buffet, once price, in the LES.) Does anyone have any other recommendations?

We live in the UES but can go wherever as long as it's subway-accessible! Preference would be LES/Alphabet City/West Village, but that's not required. We'd like to stay in Manhattan just to make getting home easier.

Thanks all!

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  1. Some of the notable cocktail lounges around town are having events.


    Louis 649


    Lani Kai
    New Year's Eve Dinner
    We will be taking reservations for a four-course prix fixe. Dinner begins with an amuse paired with a cocktail followed by a special four-course menu by Chef Sawako Okochi. There will be a 6:30pm and a 9pm seating. $75 per person (paired with wine or sake for $100).

    Cocktail Party
    ALOHA! We are taking reservations for New Year's Eve Tiki Madness. Lani Kai's Tiki Monday Party gets bigger, bolder and just a bit more over the top for New Year's Eve. Doors open at 9pm, Full open bar from 10pm to 1am, Specialty cocktails and lots of Mai Tais, HULA dancers, champagne toast at midnight, light hors d'oeuvres, party favors, questionable decisions, no hangover guarantee, oh and dancing too. $100 per person.

    We will offer a combination package at a discount for those seeking dinner followed by the cocktail party.

    Please call or email us at Lani Kai for details and reservations
    646-596-8778 or

    Little Branch

    Raines Law Room


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

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

    304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

    Louis 649
    649 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

    95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

    Lani Kai
    525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

    20 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Most bars have a set price for the evening, and taxis are impossible so stay near the 4/5/6... even better, stay near an express stop so you're not waiting forever for a 6..... I'd check out some of the wine bars on the UES on down and see who has a reasonable price... again, most will be an all inclusive, all you can drink for some $$... some are better deals than others

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      1. re: dyrewolf

        And bear in mind that this is not the night of the year to find "low key" bars, especially downtown. It's a big payday for bar owners and staff, so they are going to raise the volume and whoop it up all they can to bring people in. Best suggestion for low key drinks: go out January 1.

        1. re: Wilfrid

          Agree that there's no such thing as a low key bar on NYE. Alternatively you can go out to eat to an ethic, local restaurant and get some food and drinks to last you through midnight.

      2. One of the worse nights of the year to go out for dinner in NYC; usually overpriced rip offs. Suggest you get take out from your favorite restaurant and stock the home bar with your guests usual drinks as well as some movies. Certainly cheaper and safer than going to a restaurant on New Year's Eve.

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        1. re: martyl9

          Thank you for the replies everyone! I think we will go to our neighborhood bar. I think by "low-key" I actually meant, "Not an insane 8-story disco dance party" - crowded is fine but we don't want to have to drink Red Bull to enjoy the party, and we don't want to change venues or have to find a cab home. Your suggestions have been great so far and I'll forward them to my friends for discussion!