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The Couple’s Guide to New Year’s Eve 2019 In NYC

By: Sophia Marina

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.

The Best New Year's Date Night Spots In New York

Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year
Meets at 160 Broadway, ends on Brooklyn Bridge

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 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

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Illuminati Ball
The Weylin, 175 Broadway, Brooklyn | December 31st, 2018, 9PM-1AM

Inspired by Marie Hélène de Rothschild’s secretive occult party in 1972—which drew guests like Salvador Dali and Audrey Hepburn—the Illuminati Ball is a splendorous immersive theater experience that wows its patrons across three floors of alluring and dangerous dance, eclectic music and wild, way-out performances. When you arrive, you and your person will mask up (a memento you can keep) and drift into a surreal and sumptuous world of wealth and prosperity, where you’ll come into contact with the dazzling myth of the Illuminati. Sirens, sailors, mermaids, sacred cows and barons will lure you into 2019, with a five-hour open bar that’ll add even more enchantment to the evening. Tickets and info here.

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The King's Winter Masquerade at The McKittrick Hotel
McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street | December 31st, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

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. The King’s Winter Masquerade New Year’s Eve Soirée 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 for the King in shades of gold, silver, and black.

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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 NYE@BistrotBagatelle.com, call 212-488-2110 or click here.

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Where to Watch Fireworks
Multiple Locations

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

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 2018. 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

Give yourselves the serenity and space you need to say your 2018 farewells at chic, classy and open Greek restaurant Nerai, offering a 5-course tasting menu for $165, with a wine pairing that adds a glass of lovely Greek wine to each course for $55. 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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New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 | Board 8PM, Cruise 9PM-1AM

Say your goodbyes in style and give the new year the romantic welcome it deserves aboard Bateaux Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner, a splendid way to sail into 2019 that includes an unbeatable view of fireworks popping above the city. In addition to their high-end signature plated dinner menu, live music, and access to the outdoor observation deck, you and your person can let loose over a platinum open bar that comes together over a lovely little champagne midnight toast, then view a special fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty curated just for those aboard. The romance and sparkle will be undeniable as you glide over the water surrounded by stunning sights of the city lit up by the evening’s festivities—and these are the kind of views you want to have as you embark on 2019 together.

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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

If you and your person want to make 2019 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 2019 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 5PM on Monday, 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

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

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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Prohibition Disco: New Year’s Eve at House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn

Go wild over the New Year at your favorite funky, sexy and fascinating venue House of Yes during their Prohibition Disco, a swanky and spectacular party to forget 2018 and wake up in 2019 knowing you got it off to a splendidly fun start. The celebrations include champagne toasts, burlesque, a glitz and glamour makeup station, Prohibited Punch and Bathtub Gin, as well as a swirling, glittering crowd of hooligans, flappers, fellas, women of ill repute, cronies, swindlers, and sweet talkers. Amazing aerials, show-stopping costumes, bumpin’ tunes and a spirit of unrestrained festivity guarantee a night of fun you can both lose yourselves in while in your vintage suits and sequined slips (aka, dress code). Advance tickets are sold out, but you can get them at the door on the day of the event. Tickets here.

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New Year’s Eve at Haven Rooftop
132 West 47th Street, Manhattan

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 after a luxe dinner and lavish celebrations at Haven Rooftop. The three-course prix fixe is a spread of classic, done-up American dishes at $115 a head, while a General Admission ticket to the party costs an additional $100 (table service for a$190) 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, 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 three-course dinner at $105 per person, while the 9PM dinner runs four courses at $165. 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

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 the likes of Theo Parrish, Christy Love and Matt Werth gracing the lineup. 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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The Celestial Ball: New Year's Eve 2019
India House, 1 Hanover Square, Manhattan | December 31st, 9PM-2AM

Olympian opulence, celestial splendor, and dazzling divinity are the theme at Dances of Vice’s Celestial Ball, a cosmic evening of stunning live entertainment, drinking, getting dressed up and dancing among the glitter of it all. Set at the India House, a luxurious and sprawling venue of old-school opulence, live bands on each floor will set the shimmering mood to get your vintage glamor getup grooving into the New Year with your love. Ticket and info here.

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Tender Restaurant at the Sanctuary Hotel
130 West 47th Street, Manhattan

Ritzy, dark and sensual, there’s no better place to have your last lovely date of 2018 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 at $110 per person that includes a celebratory glass of champagne and your choice of Truffle Gnocchi with black truffles, parmigiano reggiano, and micro basil, Dover Sole with almonds, citric beurre blanc, and asparagus or a Surf & Turf with filet, lobster tail, potato cake, spinach, and pinot noir sauce. Dress your best and dig in for a decadent meal that’ll let you both leave 2018 on a good, satisfied and thoroughly-romanced note. Call 212-514-6000 to reserve your spots.

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Elsewhere New Year’s Eve 2019
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 2019 celebration, with a lineup that includes Mano Le Tough, Tensnake, Connie Yin, and Amber Valentine. 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 2019 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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