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12 New Year’s Parties Worth Considering

We’ve Got Your Surrealist Art Ball and Warehouse Banger Right Here

By Ilana Dadras
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With but a few weeks left of 2016, we encourage you to take a few minutes from your self-reflection and dutiful gift-acquiring to lock down your plans for New Year’s Eve. Because while good music, champagne toasts and someone to kiss at midnight remain the widely accepted musts for a good night, well, it can all be had at a hell of a lot of different places, in a hell of a lot of different ways. Here we have for you a not-random sampling.

New Year’s Eve at Westlight
You require: Something swanky with a killer view.
You’ll receive: Cocktails, dancing and raw bar towers on a particularly Instagram-friendly 22nd-floor rooftop.
Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $225-$2,500, Westlight at The William Vale, 111 N 12th St, 22nd Fl (between Berry and Wythe), Brooklyn, 718-307-7100

The Surrealist Art Ball at the Roxy Hotel
You require: Hours of open bar. A classic New York venue. A bunch of people attempting to pull off a Dalí mustache.
You’ll receive: This party inside the Roxy, inspired by Rothschild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball. Costumes mandatory. We trust you’ve got something up your sleeve.
Dec 31, 9pm, $99-$199, The Roxy Hotel, 2 6th Ave (at Beach), 212-519-6600, tickets here

Squares New Year’s Eve
You require: Champagne and a good-looking crowd in a newish club whose decor involves tile mosaics of deer heads. For some reason.
You’ll receive: Dancing in the spot that took over the Riff Raff’s space this fall. Five hours’ worth of open bar. And, sure, some live rap.
Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $49-$2,000, Squares, 360 Park Ave S (at 26th), tickets here

Final New Year’s Eve at Betony
You require: A limited-edition dinner to trump all other dinners you’ve had this year.
You’ll receive: Eight courses including foie gras torchon with black truffle, butter-poached lobster, caviar and a midnight champagne toast at a spot that tragically won’t be around once the sun rises.
Dec 31, 5-9:30pm, $145-$295, Betony, 41 W 57th St (between 5th and 6th), 212-465-2400, tickets here

A Black & White Affair at Apothéke
You require: An event inspired by Truman Capote’s notorious masquerade ball.
You’ll receive: Just that: a black-and-white-and-mandatory-animal-mask affair, all-night open bar, burlesque and live music.
Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $150-$200, Apothéke, 9 Doyers St (between Pell and Chatham), 212-406-0400, tickets here

House of Yes at 1905 Lounge
You require: Something that you’d find at House of Yes.
You’ll receive: Well, we know there will be champagne, special guests and party favors. And that House of Yes is behind it. And that it’ll be good. And that’s about it.
Dec 31, 9pm-4am, no cover, 1905 Lounge at HGU New York, 34 E 32nd St (between Park and Madison), 212-779-3432

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Pier A Harbor House
You require: An elegant party that’s got dance lessons, fortune-tellers, magic, endless champagne, a live orchestra and a killer view of the Statue of Liberty fireworks. No, it’s not asking too much.
You’ll receive: A masquerade ball with all that, and then some.
Dec 31, 10pm-2am, $195, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl (at Battery Park), 212-785-0153, tickets here

NYE Rooftop Party at the NoMad Hotel
You require: An open-bar-fueled rooftop with much dancing, above-average canapés and an attractive crowd.
You’ll receive: Dancing on the NoMad rooftop, complete with Leo Robitschek cocktails (hot ones in the cupola), a raw bar station, a flatbread station and a dessert station. You’ve always liked stations.
Dec 31, 9:30pm-2am, $250, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (between 27th and 28th), 212-796-1500, tickets here

F#ck 2016! at Brooklyn Bazaar
You require: An unpretentious warehouse shindig with many things to do.
You’ll receive: Three floors of dancing, installations, a live performance by Titus Andronicus and a chance to put your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it and then watch it become a confetti explosion at midnight. Which sounds particularly appealing this year.
Dec 31, 9pm, $40-$80, Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave (between Manhattan and Franklin), Brooklyn, tickets here

New Year’s Eve at the Skylark
You require: Something with a view of Times Square at midnight, without actually being in Times Square at midnight. And hors d’oeuvres that border on actual meals.
You’ll receive: Champagne, the requisite open bar, grilled baby lamb chops and a rooftop view of the ball drop (and most of the rest of Manhattan).
Dec 31, 9pm-1am, $275-$450, The Skylark, 200 W 39th St, 30th Fl (between 7th and 8th), 212-257-4577, tickets here

New Year’s Eve at Mr. Purple
You require: A gorgeous Lower East Side rooftop party.
You’ll receive: Champagne, small edible things and tunes by DJ Krunk Pony. Just try to ignore the fact that her name is DJ Krunk Pony and everything will be fine.
Dec 31, 9pm, $100-$1,200, Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo, 180 Orchard St (between Stanton and Houston), 212-237-1790, tickets here

Time + Space from BangOn!NYC at a Secret Brooklyn Warehouse Location
You require: A massive warehouse designed to look like an expansive solar system.
You’ll receive: A Brooklyn banger with a killer lineup of house music, large-scale art, aerialists, fire-breathers, zipline performances, two stages and a silent disco.
Dec 31, 9pm-6am, $60-$140, Time + Space from BangOn!NYC, undisclosed Brooklyn location, tickets here

Ilana Dadras cannot discern between situations in which sarcasm is and is not appropriate. Her favorite things include mezcal cocktails, Big Sur and writing about herself in the third person.

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