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Posted: Dec 20, 2019
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By: Sophia Marina

The Couple's Guide to New Year's Eve 2020 In NYC

It’s New York, and it’s New Year's, so naturally, you have to have the absolute perfect place to land your New Year’s kiss with the only person you want to walk through time with. There are a million things going on the night of, and we’ve rounded up a variety of the most dazzling, exciting, eclectic, and cool options out there for all kinds of couples celebrating in all kinds of ways. Maybe it’s a succulent high-end dinner, a healthy midnight run, or a wild and wonderful all-nighter of champagne and toasts you want to see this year off and bring in the new one, but whatever your poison, we’ve got the picks to choose from.

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Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

Meets at 160 Broadway, ends on Brooklyn Bridge

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If there’s any way to say your farewells to this year and ring in the new one, it’s by symbolically walking across a bridge in the city you love, with the one you love, to the sparkle and bang of fireworks bursting above it all. Bundle up and hold each other’s hands tight as you’re led on a 90-minute excursion by a guide who will tell facts and tidbits about the bridge, before you’re both left counting down and starstruck smack in the middle to watch the skies light up and 2019 take off. Perfect for those who prefer something scenic and tranquil to parties and crowds, or simply as an innocent starter for the night ahead and a way to watch fireworks with ease before you go out. Tours start at 10:30 p.m., and you can get your tickets here.

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The McKittrick Hotel Presents New Year's Eve

McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street | December 31st, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

The McKittrick Hotel Presents New Year's Eve

If you've followed idk tonight for a while, you know how much we love The McKittrick Hotel and all of the sexy, mysterious happenings that go on there. For New Year's Eve, they don't disappoint. Their New Year's Eve party is a highly-anticipated annual bash where guests are granted unprecedented access inside the world of Sleep No More, exploring dozens of unlocked rooms while sipping free-flowing libations into the wee hours. Revelers follow their whim around every corner as they discover heart-stopping live performances, art installations, jazz lounges, jam bands, and an epic DJ dance party. Be sure to dress in suitable attire—this year they recommend 'chic shades of midnight blue, gold, silver, and black'.

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Bagatelle

1 Little West 12th Street, Manhattan | Seating at 9PM and 9:30PM

Bagatelle

1 Little West 12th Street, Manhattan | Seating at 9PM and 9:30PM

Make the last meal of the year one that’s fine and fancy at Bagatelle, a quaint and uppity French bistro offering a 5-course prix fixe dinner for $380 along with $400 pre-ordered bottles of Dom Perignon. Glimmering chandeliers, fresh flowers and a pure, delicate color white mark the simple grace of the space, and make the perfect atmosphere for savoring executive Chef Andrew Ricatelli’s creations, including Tartare of Toro Tuna, made with black truffle mignonette and Santa Barbara Uni, Poached Maine Lobster and Wagyu Beef Tenderloin. For reservations, email [email protected], call 212-488-2110 or click here.

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Where to Watch Fireworks

Multiple Locations

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There’s a couple of spots for you and your person to catch these magnificent displays, and we’ve rounded them up to save you the trouble. Times Square, of course, where you’ll need to start lining up at 3PM to secure your spot at Broadway and 7th Ave, with performances starting at 6PM and fireworks going off every hour. Head uptown and you can watch from several points in Central Park, like Bethesda Fountain and Sheep’s Meadow. In Brooklyn, Prospect Park is lovers’ best bet, where the ideal vantage point for the fireworks going off in Long Meadow is at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. And last but not least, if you and your love are feeling a little playful, try some rides before the show at Coney Island, where viewing is best at either Coney Island Boardwalk or Brighton Beach Boardwalk. Landing a spot in any of these locations ensure the perfect picturesque place to have a long, ardent and loving New Year’s kiss.

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Metropolis: A Portal to Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve

Sony Hall, 235 West 45th Street | December 31st, 9PM to 4AM

Metropolis: A Portal to Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve

Taking the 1927 epic sci-fi drama by Fritz Lang as its authority, Metropolis: A Portal to Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve is just the right beautifully robotic send off to 2019. Located in Sony Hall, a massive, glittering and historic New York venue that combines the features of a church, opera house and luxe hotel, the festivities begin with clone-like robot women that greet you at the door, then lead you and your person into a sparkling frenzy of live performers, burlesque dancers, electrifying dj’s and a 5 hour open bar. End the year with energy and go into the next one thrilled, amazed and filled with the fun of an unforgettable night of dancing, drinking, and performance with your number 1. Tickets here.

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Nerai

55 East 54th Street, Manhattan

Nerai

55 East 54th Street, Manhattan

Give yourselves the serenity and space you need to say your 2019 farewells at chic, classy and open Greek restaurant Nerai, offering a 7-course tasting menu for $145, with a wine pairing that adds a glass of lovely Greek wine to each course for $75. Outfitted in white walls, tables, and chairs with a fine wicker and wood accent, the restaurant seems fitted for wiping the slate clean and starting fresh while digging into their New Year’s spread. After Caviar Toast and King Crab Salad, choose from dishes like Squid Ink Lobster Ravioli, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Dover Sole and Bone-In Filet Mignon. Make your reservations here.

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NYRR Midnight Run

December 31st at 11:59PM | Central Park, entrances at 72nd St and 5th Ave on the Upper East Side, and 72nd St and Central Park West on the Upper West Side

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If you and your person want to make 2020 a healthy one, there’s no better way of locking down that dedication than by taking off into big, bright and beautiful New Year together at the NYRR Midnight Run. The same countdown that leads up to 2020 also kicks off the race, so you and your love will run to the simultaneous explosion of fantastic fireworks and a celebratory city aura that will fill you with enough adrenaline and wonder to push you through to the finish line. Ideal for couples who aren’t into wild parties and drinking, or just want to avoid the crowds, this wholesome sprint is the perfect new year, new you celebration—and finishers get credit toward the New York City Marathon, so you’ll have added motivation to stick by your running resolutions. Make sure you register here before December 31st.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks Show at The Roof

Viceroy Central Park, 124 West 57th Street, 29th Floor, Manhattan | December 31st, 9PM—4AM

New Year's Eve Fireworks Show at The Roof

On the other hand, if running underneath the fireworks in Central Park just isn’t your thing, you and your babe can catch them soaring above the park at the New Year’s Eve Firework Show at The Roof, complete with a live DJ, appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. You’ll get to groove, drink and celebrate with splendid views of splaying Manhattan within a classy, sexy lounge that’s uppity and exclusive, but nonetheless comfortable and welcoming, for a chic space that’s exactly where you want to be toasting the new year. If you and your love want to do New Year’s Eve in the most New York way, this fly-high rooftop is the scenic place you’ll want to share the year’s first kiss in.

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FREEHOLD

45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn

FREEHOLD

45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn

For something a little more lax and easygoing, reserve a scrumptious 4-course meal or simply RSVP for the party at New American jewel Freehold, a bustling Brooklyn establishment offering a carefree New Year’s Eve for all. Boasting open reservations, no cover, a cash bar, live performances and a champagne toast within its ample space—complete with a backyard, upstairs area and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can peer at the fireworks bursting outside— you and your person can enjoy a night of lighthearted fun in with the kind of relaxed, positive attitude you want to be bringing in the New Year with anyway.

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New Year’s Eve at Haven Rooftop

132 West 47th Street, Manhattan

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Another party option, but this time one offering the most iconic view of them all: an up-close and-personal experience watching the ball drop at Haven Rooftop. A General Admission ticket to the party starts at $129 and includes an array of hor d’oeuvres, a top shelf bar, a toast for the ball drop countdown and party favors. Skip the cold and the crowds to huddle up on Haven’s heated rooftop and witness the famed New York spectacle Ball Drop from up close, dressed in your best and sharing a kiss people watching around the world could only envy the sight of.

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Clay

553 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan

Clay

Clay, a calm, quiet New American outpost on the fringe of Harlem, is serving up two fine, hefty and all-natural menus on New Year's Eve that’ll send off the year in solemn silence, astonishment and satisfaction at how excellently prepared and succulent your meal is. The first menu is for a 6 pm four-course dinner at $115 per person, while the 9:30PM dinner runs five courses (plus bubbles) at $175. Sleek, modern and spare, with a delicately arranged upstairs leading into a chic, minimal basement, it’s exactly the kind of cool and calm space you want to share your last meal of the year in with your love. This year’s prix fixe includes marvels like poached lobster with baby turnips and tarragon; gnocchi with butter, and winter truffle; and roasted venison with endives, potatoes, and port. Pair it off with some of their natural wines and you’ll be thoroughly ready and energized to make it to you midnight destination. To reserve your spots, call 212-729-1850.

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Nowadays Nonstop

56-06 Cooper Ave #1, Ridgewood, Queens

Nowadays Nonstop

56-06 Cooper Ave #1, Ridgewood, Queens

If you’ve never had an all-night rager with your love, or if you have and just know how insanely fun it is to groove into the morning with your person, then the line-up at Nowadays Nonstop 24-hour party is sure to draw you in for an exciting, eclectic and all-out time. You won’t get greatest hits or Billboard Top 100, but rather a seriously good mix of talented techno and house music to get you in the celebration zone and beyond. With both an indoor and outdoor area to dance in, as well as a heated yurt to cuddle up in when you need a break, this under-the-radar venue is the best lowkey place to pull an all-nighter with your person and dance till the sun comes up. Tickets are timed, and grant you access to certain long slots between 10PM—5AM starting on New Year’s Eve, to 5AM—2PM, and 2PM onward tickets on New Year’s Day. All the good stuff can be located here.

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Demimonde: New Year's Eve 20202

The Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, Manhattan | December 31st, 9PM-2:30AM

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Olympian opulence, celestial splendor, and dazzling divinity are the theme at Dances of Vice’s "Demimonde"—a cosmic evening of stunning live entertainment, drinking, getting dressed up and dancing among the glitter of it all. Set at a landmarked four story, multi-room old world speakeasy, expect an absinthe bar, a grand fireplace inside a Jacobean-style lodge, and a bordello kink room among several other rooms and experiences. Ticket and info here.

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Tender Restaurant at the Sanctuary Hotel

130 West 47th Street, Manhattan

Tender Restaurant at the Sanctuary Hotel

Ritzy, dark and sensual, there’s no better place to have your last lovely date of 2019 than Tender Restaurant at the Sanctuary Hotel. Colored in a smooth, sexy palette of reds, blacks, greys and whites, this swanky lounge is offering a New Year’s Eve prix fixe with seatings from 7pm & 9:30pm. In addition to a 3 course prix fixe menu for $85 per person, there will also be a dance and after party to liven up the celebration while you're immersed in the lively energy between the heart of Times Square and the hustle and bustle of Rockefeller Center. Reserve your spot by emailing: [email protected]. Dress your best and dig in for a decadent meal that’ll let you both leave 2019 on a good, satisfied and thoroughly-romanced note.

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Elsewhere New Year’s Eve Tiki Disco 2020

599 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn

Elsewhere New Year’s Eve Tiki Disco 2020

599 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn

Roll into the new year with a hefty dose of high-grade house, techno, disco, soul, boogie, and funk at Elsewhere’s New Year’s Eve 2020 celebration, with a stellar lineup. This dark and gritty warehouse will light up with vivid lasers and glowing hues to get the crowd going for the 12-hour extravaganza to come. If you and your person are looking to welcome 2020 with an attitude for fun, energy, and lightheartedness, then get on the dancefloor and let yourselves be swept up by the thumping, pumping beats. Tickets and info here.

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20-20 NYE Dinner & New Year’s Day Brunch at Archer & Goat

187 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan

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Harlem’s Archer & Goat is doing it up this New Year’s Eve with dining, drinks and dancing from 5pm–1am. Your schedule: a la carte dinner between 5 and 10, then hit the dance floor with DJ G-Bo The Pro (president of the Keith Haring Foundation and part of the Rock Steady Crew) who is on from 9pm–1am.

Not a big partier? Come back on New Year’s Day for their 20-20 Brunch All Day starting at 12 p.m. with $20 90-minute bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers, and select draft beers.

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Roaring ‘20s Dance Party + Dinner at Brooklyn Cider House

Brooklyn Cider House, Bushwick, 1100 Flushing Avenue

Roaring ‘20s Dance Party + Dinner at Brooklyn Cider House

Get your flapper dresses and newsboy hats ready because Brooklyn Cider House’s Taproom is transforming into a 1920s speakeasy for their Roaring ‘20s Party. While it coincides with the 100 year anniversary of Prohibition (which started in January of 1920), this celebration will be far from dry. Enjoy an open bar with 4 of their own signature ciders, 4 beers on tap, well drinks and 3 featured cocktails, one in collaboration with BKE Kombucha, open barrels for unlimited cider catching, three DJs, screening of the ball drop and massive cider champagne tower toast. Tickets for the party are $100 per-person all inclusive. Twenties attire is highly encouraged.

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5-Course Tasting Menu at Faro

436 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn

5-Course Tasting Menu at Faro

436 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn

Pasta lovers: this is your New Year's plan. Faro is serving up a luxurious 5-course tasting menu showcasing the handmade pasta we all know and love (and including vegetarian options) from 6–10:45pm. Cost is $110 per person and a $55 wine pairing is available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 718-381-8201. And if you do want to get a little wild afterwards...you can always stop by House of Yes a short walk away...

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For a Vegan Night Out - Beyond Sushi

134 W 37th Street, New York

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Vegans—we got your back. Beyond Sushi is offering a 5-course tasting menu for $95 per person at their flagship location in Midtown West. Vegan specialties including black sesame bellinis, seaweed caviar, smoked cashew cheese, mousse lemon zest and chervil. Entrees include white winter truffles with Arborio Italian rice risotto, topped with seared chanterelle mushroom truffle foam and nasturtium leaves, and Hot Impossible Pate on whipped potatoes, with caramelized cipollini port wine reduction sauce. All capped off with a chocolate lava cake! Make sure to reserve your spot ahead of time.

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