Where are the best places for New Year Eve’s celebrations this year? With the caveat that the new omicron variant is on the move and has already resulted in the cancellation of several large-group gatherings, our correspondent Meredith Lepore has curated a list of the 12 best luxury New Year’s Eve (NYE) parties from coast to coast all over America to ring in the year 2022.
The best luxury New Year’s Eve celebrations from coast to coast
New Year’s is back with a vengeance this year.
Thousands will gather in the freezing cold in New York City to see the ball drop and similar celebrations will be happening all over the world. But if not being outside in the freezing cold isn’t quite your style there are many restaurants and hotels hosting unbelievable dinners and events in some pretty incredible cities and destinations all over the country.
Here is a robust list of New Year’s Eve dinners and celebrations worth celebrating. It is not too late to book!
The best luxury New Year’s Eve celebrations from coast to coast
New York City
200 W. 39th St.
You can watch that big, beautiful ball drop from The Skylark on the 30th floor in Midtown West, from a much warmer vantage point. The Skylark offers direct Times Square Ball Drop views, both indoors and outdoors. You will also have panoramic vistas of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River, all from the comfort of its chic interior and outdoor terrace.
The New Year’s Eve schedule includes:
- Premium Open Bar, 9pm-1am
- “Dinner by the Bite,” 9pm-12am
- Dessert Bites, 12am-1am
- Premium Champagne Toast at Midnight
- Tickets ($525-$675) are available at Resy
15 Thompson St.
The party never stops in New York City. Atop ModernHaus SoHo’s 18th floor guests won’t be taking a dip in the venue’s swimming pool, but instead, can cozy up at its intimate pool deck, a social scene now beckons guests fireplace in the intimate indoor lounge with jaw-dropping views of Lower Manhattan and Midtown.
Don your masks (but the fun kind) for The New Year’s Eve celebration at Jimmy.
The New Year’s Eve schedule includes:
- Gala Masquerade Celebration
- Premium Open Bar and Passed Canapés, 9pm-1am
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
- Cash Bar, 1am-2am
- Tickets (Single Admission, $250 and Tables, $600-$4,500) are available on EventBrite
3. Winter Village at Industry Kitchen
70 South Street at Maiden Lane
Feel like you’re outside, without actually feeling like it. You’ll be toasty warm at the Winter Village at Industry Kitchen, at the East River in the Seaport District. Industry Kitchen has transformed its 5,000 square-foot venue into a “Winter Village” complete with heated outdoor glasshouses with twinkly lights (seats 2 to 10 people).
Delight yourself with warm cocktails, pumpkin espresso martinis and themed food and beverage offerings, curated by chef Jonathan Haffmans. Combine those tasty treats with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges and the Brooklyn Skyline and you are in for a great New Year’s Eve night.
You can also stop by on New Year’s Day for a delicious brunch. The waterfront restaurant will be serving chef brunch specials including lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry-thyme compote and Vermont maple syrup; a Lobster Omelet with heirloom tomato, chives, mascarpone and lemon vinaigrette; or a strawberry shortcake waffle. A reservation can be made here.
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4. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
45 E. 42nd St.
Want to celebrate New Years and see a performance from one of the best shows on Earth? Summit One will be hosting the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration this year featuring a special performance by cast members of Hamilton (heard of it?). From 1,000 feet above Manhattan you can ring in the New Year while having delicious cocktails dancing to a live DJ and then a midnight champagne toast. Leading up to midnight, AIR at Night – SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s one-of-a-kind sound and light display – will be counting down with a special lightshow.
Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased starting tomorrow at summitov.com.
5. Snow Globe in The Sky at Ophelia
3 Mitchell Pl. 26th floor
Formerly a women’s boarding house and then a speakeasy where members of the Rat Pack would frequent, now it is a magical winter wonderland. The Art-Deco-inspired cocktail lounge, located atop the historic Beekman Tower in Midtown East, has been transformed to resemble a shimmering snow globe 26 stories above NYC. Talk about some gorgeous views! You will have views of midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn while sipping on sublime reinventions of classic cocktails inspired by the glory of the lounge during its heyday in the 1920s and 30s.
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6. Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, The Hamptons
If you are looking to get out of the city but not go too far then look no further than Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. They are expanding their New Year’s Eve focused offerings with events for the whole family, including mindful offerings to help set intentions for the new year, poetry focused brunches, and a classic celebration complete with vinyl DJs.
And you can certainly make a weekend of it. Start with an amazing dinner at Scarpetta Beach on New Year’s Eve. This weekend will be a time for reflection with a journaling and fire ceremony with Laura Rubin from Malibu’s Allswell Creative. But then it is time to party. Join the resort’s signature bash starting at 8:00 pm, featuring music from The Rakiem Walker Project, passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
On New Year’s Day, the party continues at The Regent Cocktail Club where guests can sip on signature cocktails with entertainment from professional vinyl DJs. End the weekend with a boozy brunch at Scarpetta Beach featuring a poetry station from the Poetry Society of New York where a typewriter poet will write a custom poem on the spot for each individual. Tickets for the NYE dinner and party can be purchased here; reservations for additional events can be made directly with the front desk or by calling 833.235.7500.
7. The Rockaway Hotel, Rockaway Beach
108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr. Queens
Or take a little jaunt to Rockaway Beach. Start the celebration at New Year’s Eve at Margie’s restaurant, an all-American eatery, and The Rooftop at The Rockaway Hotel. Have a great dinner with some music by pianist and composer Phil Kadet at 8:00pm, or ring in the New Year on The Rooftop with a DJ beginning at 8:00pm, while streaming the ball drop. Both locations will be serving a 3 course pre-fixe dinner with menu highlights including coconut curry pumpkin soup, prime rib served with a potato fondant and flourless orange and almond cake with mascarpone. Seatings will be at 5:00pm for $65 and 7:00pm for $85.
Then start the year off with a freezing cold bang. The Rockaway Hotel will be hosting its first-ever New Year’s Day Polar Plunge. Participants can celebrate the new year with a buffet of bagels, spreads, muffins and coffee in the hotel’s winter pool house at 10:00 a.m. prior to heading down to the beach to take the plunge. Once finished, the first 25 guests to sign up will receive limited-edition robes and all guests are welcome to warm up in one of the hotel’s brand new outdoor saunas, situated in the hotel’s outdoor pool area.
Tickets are $35/person which can be purchased here.
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Indulge at this historic and glam bakery this New Year’s. Started by Charlie Chaplin in 1929, this is old school Hollywood glamour. They have a beautiful multi-course tasting menu available for two seatings.
One of West Hollywood’s best new restaurants of 2021, they are offering a feast for New Year’s Eve. The modern Spanish eatery will transform their space into a lounge with comfy sofas and even a live DJ. The ticket will provide a multi-course tapas menu by chef Rudy Lopez, as well as a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.
Price: Early: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity; Late: $275 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.
If you love a good Playboy-themed party then this is the venue for you. The restaurant, located in the trendy Brickell neighborhood of Miami, will feature some modern-day bunnies running around. Be sure to dress for the occasion. Just think: What would Hugh Hefner do?
After a $20 million renovation project with a focus on wellness, guests were welcome to the stunning new Baia Beach Club in November of 2020 at the Mondrian in Miami. Featuring unique and sweeping views of the Biscayne Bay, (“baia” translates to “bay” in Italian) the vast outdoor space is a scene stealer (and, arguably, one of the hottest pool scenes in Miami.)
And now for New Year’s Eve you can enjoy a four-hour premium open bar and then dance all night. Take a little break at midnight to enjoy the fireworks on the bay along with a complimentary champagne toast. Learn more about the exclusive VIP options here.
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12. Izzy’s Steakhouse
For a classic steak dinner in the city on the bay go for Izzy’s Steakhouse. You can book up to groups of 12 and go for the Holiday Mixed Grill, a three-course family-style dinner event. The $90 dinner will include prime rib, a pork chop, grilled prawns, duck sausage and just so many appetizers and sides. And let’s not forget the Baked Alaska for a little jazz!
Reservations are available through OpenTable Experiences.
12 best luxury parties all over America on New Year’s Eve 2022
Pending the impact of the new COVID-19 variant – which even as we write is starting to cause cancellations of several large group gatherings – that’s our take on the 12 best luxury New Year’s Eve (NYE) parties from coast to coast all over America to ring in the year 2022, including New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and more. Wherever and however you choose to celebrate, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy New Year, dear reader.
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Meredith Lepore is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire Magazine, Women’s Health, InStyle, Architectural Digest, The Observer, and Travel & Leisure. She earned her Masters in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time, and enjoys reading, jogging, spinning, and playing with her small dog, Otis.
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