New York City’s Five Alternative New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Forbes Travel Guide Stories


Decadence, elegance, romance – New York City has it all on New Year’s Eve. Hotels across the city are rolling out packages to help revelers create a special night. From black-tie galas to a private party for two with Times Square views, here are a few ideas for ringing in the new year.

Dinner and dancing at The Peninsula New York

Ring in the new year in style by dancing to a live, five-piece band when the clock strikes midnight. New Year’s Eve at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel begins at 9 pm at Clement with a five-course dinner with wine pairings; options include foie gras brûlée and New York strip steak with smoked potato puree. (There is also an earlier seating at 5:30 pm with four courses.) After dinner, the festivities will continue in Bar at Clement for dancing and merriment.

FTG-NYENYC-CreditMandarinOrientalHotelGroupLLCA black-tie gala at Mandarin Oriental, New York

The best view on New Year’s Eve in Manhattan is not in Times Square – it’s at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, New York. The 36th-floor ballroom will host an elegant black-tie gala, offering guests unforgettable views of Central Park and the city’s iconic skyline. The evening begins with dinner (cocktail hour, multi-course feast and decadent dessert buffet) followed by surprise entertainment and live music for dancing away the rest of 2013. A special New Year’s Eve package is available that includes accommodations, two tickets to the gala and breakfast the following morning (either in your room or at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Asiate).

Dancing and detox at Trump SoHo New York

At Trump SoHo, an indulgent evening can be followed by a morning of pampering at the hotel’s luxurious spa. On New Year’s Eve, finish 2013 on a high note in SoHi, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels’ 46th-floor space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown Manhattan and the Hudson and East rivers. The New Year’s Eve party package includes an evening of sipping Veuve Clicquot champagne and noshing on bites such as sushi, braised short ribs and caviar, followed by an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s chic rooms (with those same dynamite views). If you want to start 2014 with some pampering, book the New Year’s Renewal package, with a detox treatment at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Trump SoHoraw juice and a late checkout.

FTG-NYENYC-GansevoortParkAvenueRooftop revelry at Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue entices this New Year’s Eve with its Get Celebrating package – providing everything you need for a carefree, luxurious stay. Start the festivities with a bottle of champagne in your suite before heading to an exclusive party on the hotel’s rooftop. Then enjoy an open bar from 9 pm to 2 am and music from DJ Sander Kleinenberg. The next morning, kick off 2014 in the best possible way: breakfast in bed.

A new hot spot at WestHouse Hotel

WestHouse opened on December 23, just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations. This luxury boutique hotel has rooms with direct Times Square views, allowing you to take in the Midtown action and ball drop from above. Book the Fit for a King package for a romantic evening for two, including a bottle of 2003 Dom Pérignon champagne. Breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, evening canapés, premium beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and barista coffees are also included in the nightly rate, giving the property a particularly residential and welcoming feel.

Photos Courtesy of Gansevoort Park Avenue and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group LLC


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