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The Ten Best New Year's Eve Plans in New York

The Ten-Course Dinner, Two-Day Spa Party and James Bond-Themed Catskills Getaway You Need to Know About

By Ilana Dadras ·
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Now usually, your New Year's Eve plans might consist of sipping champagne in a crowded space and maybe meeting an attractive someone to make out with at the stroke of midnight. 

And that's fine—those are fine expectations. It's what people do. But this year, this year we want you to have more-than-fine expectations. 

And one only achieves that by having extraordinary plans. 

Ones like sipping champagne in a silk kimono at a spa party, enjoying a beautifully crafted ten-course meal culminating with a champagne toast, or dancing your face off at a two-day rager with some of the best DJs in the world. 

So let's discuss the 10 superior New Year's Eve options you should be considering, broken down by category to make this all the more convenient.

Here goes....

For Dancing All Night (and Day, and Night Again)

You Require: Five rooms of solid electronic music, fire breathers, aerial shows, champagne showers and provocative ice sculptures.
You'll Receive: Zero's Grand Ball. Don your finest tux or dress (just make sure you're in black, white, gold or silver) and prepare for a night of opulence and extravagance. And dancing. Mostly dancing.
411: Dec 31, 9pm—Jan 1, 10pm, $105-$125, New Year's Eve: The Grand Ball, The 1896, 592 Johnson Ave (between Stewart and Gardner), tickets here

You Require: The best line-up in town.
You'll Receive: Dixon, Lee Burridge, Recondite, Behrouz, The Martinez Brothers and more for a total of 26.2 hours of exceptional electronic music in the indoor portion of the Brooklyn Mirage space.
411: Dec 31, 10pm—Jan 1, 12am, $80-$100, New Year's Marathon Fest, Avant Gardner, 140 Stewart Ave (at Meserole), tickets here

For Those Who Love a Good Theme

You Require: Somewhere to play champagne Jeopardy. 
You'll Receive: A vinyl DJ, open wine bar, passed snacks, a midnight toast, and yes—a chance to play Champagne Jeopardy—where apparently, daily double fisting is a thing.
411: Dec 31, 9pm—close, $150, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, 249 Centre St (between Broome and Grand), tickets here

You Require: Somewhere to party like it's 1999, but actually.
You'll Receive: House of Yes's Y2K party: a night of good music, nostalgic decor and a crowd in a mixture of '90s looks and futuristic  costumes. It's totally sold out save for the arriving-at-3am option, so only consider it if you're doing to party-hopping thing.
411: Dec 31, 3am, $30, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave (at Jefferson), tickets here

You Require: A low-key party in a space that feels like a cozy winter-y lodge, without leaving Chelsea.
You'll Receive: Camp-themed cocktails, live bluegrass, s'mores, champagne and other patrons dressed in their après-ski finest at the fully-transformed Porchlight.
411: Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $175, Porchlight, 271 11th Ave (at 28th St), tickets here

For the Foodies

You Require: A beautiful Soho space hosting a Mediterranean feast (mezze, dips, kebabs, the like). And a champagne toast, of course.
You'll Receive:
 Just that, plus belly dancers and palm readings to help you set expectations right for the year ahead. 
411:
 Dec 31, 9pm—10:30pm, $125, Shuka, 38 Macdougal St (between W Houston and Prince), 212-475-7500

You Require: Ten-courses in a two-Michelin starred restaurant that does innovative things in the Japanese kaiseki space.
You'll Receive: Momofuku Ko's specially crafted tasting menu, which will take a solid 2.5 hours and end with bubbly.
411: Dec 31, 9:30pm or 10:15pm, $450, Momofuku Ko, 8 Extra Pl (between Bowery and 2nd), 212-203-8095

For the Champagne-Obsessed

You Require:  A killer selection of champagne, and the chance to drink as much of it as your body might allow.
You'll Receive: Endless bubbly in a space literally dedicated to it—plus, tons of oysters, caviar, cheese and dancing in a classy, '20s-inspired space.
411: Dec 31, 9:30pm—1am, $95, Air's Champagne Parlor, 127 Macdougal St, (between W 3rd and W 4th), 212-420-4777, reservations here

For Those That Want to Get Away

You Require: A James Bond-themed party in a picturesque lodge. 
You'll Receive: Well, first you'll have to make your way to this Catskills boutique hotel with in-room fire places, a cozy library and more. Stay for the weekend. On Sunday night, don your finest black and/or gold attire, a bow tie if applicable, then join them for a four-course feast, champagne, DJs, dancing and a midnight toast.
411: Dec 31, 7:30pm, $125, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, 13 Scribner Hollow Rd, Hunter, 518-628-5130

For Those Who Want to Pamper Themselves Into the New Year

You Require: Somewhere to show off your finest silk kimono.
You'll Receive: The Sonic Jungle's spa party: complete with a jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, lavender Turkish and Russian saunas, cold plunge, Thai massages, sound bath meditations, two rooms of music and passed hors d'oeuvres all night. It goes until New Year's Day at 2pm, and arriving at sunrise for a few hours of a detox is also very much an option. These guys know how to party.
411: Dec 31, 10pm—2pm, $100-$185, The Sonic Jungle Spa of Sensorium, secret spa TBA, Clinton Hill, tickets here

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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