New York City’s 6 Best Food+Drink Destinations on New Year’s Eve

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By Matt Mingle

New Year’s Eve beckons. There is no better place to spend the party night of the year than New York City. It’s a night the “city that never sleeps” really does stay up all night. While there’s no shortage of bars and clubs to party the night away, it’s more of a challenge to find a great meal, and an even bigger obstacle to find a place that serves great booze. We’ve done our best to give 6 food and drink options to make New Year’s Eve memorable for more than just getting drunk and watching the ball drop.

Almanac: Charm and Atmosphere New Year’s Dinner

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$150
New Year’s Eve – 5:30 PM
Almanac, 28 Seventh Avenue South, Manhattan

Almanac is an eclectic and cozy new offering in the West Village and the flagship restaurant of James Beard Award Winning Chef Galen Zamarra. Have a relaxed New Year’s evening with a special three course prix fixe menu with three choices each course and a wine pairing.

New Year’s Eve Cruise Aboard The Cornucopia Majesty

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$140
New Year’s Eve – 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
The Cornucopia Majesty, Pier 36, 299 South Street, Manhattan

Don’t go through your normal routine of struggling to find the best New Year’s party: The New Year’s Eve Gala aboard the luxurious Cornucopia Majesty is welcoming you aboard this year, and it’s time for you to book your tickets.  Enjoy this exhilarating cruise, complete with dinner buffet, open bar, live music, and a front row seat to a spectacular midnight fireworks display!

Hotel Chantelle’s Rooftop Celebration

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$150 – $175
New Year’s Eve – 7:00 PM
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Manhattan

This three-story Ludlow Street restaurant and lounge is inspired by history. Located inside a former Chinese doctor’s office, it takes its name from a World War II safe house, and features a cuisine reflective of the Lower East Side.  It is a sophisticated setting to ring in the New Year, offering an evening of exquisite food and premium drinks.

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Freemans 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party

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$220
New Year’s Eve – 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Freemans Restaurant, End of Freeman Alley, Off Rivington St (btw. Bowery & Chrystie), Manhattan

A sit down dinner is the only thing it WON’T be. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best outfit for this social event. There will be an open bar from 9pm-2am, including all of Freemans specialty drinks as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Guests can expect heavily passed appetizers throughout the night as well as a raw bar on the first floor.

A Voce Columbus – New Year’s Eve Dinner

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$75 – $450
New Year’s Eve – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
A Voce Columbus, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd FL, Manhattan

A complementary restaurant to A Voce near Madison Square Park, you can expect a choice of 3, 4, or 5 course menu, followed by a  champagne toast, live band, and fireworks over Central Park at midnight!

Katra Lounge – Raucous Entertainment for the New Year

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$100 – $200
New Year’s Eve – 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery Street, Manhattan

Say goodbye to 2014 with a party to end all parties!  Featuring: 2 Floors of Entertainment, DJ Japanese Dee, 5 hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and special seating with bottle service for VIP guests.

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