THE TWENTY-SOMETHING FOODIE
by Melissa Kravitz
|Where will you be at midnight?|
From Thanksgivukkah to cheap eats to the classic bagel, it's been a great year for food in New York City! Spend the last night of the year treating yourself to an old favorite or a new specialty you've been waiting to try. Be sure to check out these food-centric events to ring in 2014, New York foodie style.
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Buca di Beppo will offer special packages including a champagne toast, open bar, family-style Italian food like Caesar salad and fettucine Alfredo, party favors and first floor access to Planet Hollywood where the DJ will be spinning the latest hits all night long. Package prices start at $295 and can be purchased here. Though native New Yorkers may snub their noses at Times Square, it's truly a unique place to be on New Year's Eve.
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For another Times Square destination, visit Lucky Cheng's, a campy drag bar flavored by Asian fusion cuisine and kitschy decorations. An entirely drag queen staff bartends, waitresses and performs at the new three-floor location of this esteemed NYC venue.The prix fixe dinner and cabaret show starts at 5 p.m. ($65) and is followed by five hours of open bar, trays of tasty treats, and a comedy and drag show with some wild karaoke. Lucky Cheng’s is notorious for its interactive staff of entertainers, so this shindig is not for the faint of heart.
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The R Lounge at the Renaissance Times Square is renowned for their annual New Year's celebration, in part due to their spectacular view of the ball drop. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres followed by a dinner reception. Ball drop sweet stations, a premium open bar, gift bags and butler passed breakfast will help make the evening spectacular. Make reservations here before they sell out.
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Italian-inspired East Village restaurant L’Apicio will host a New Year's party with an open bar, "heavy" hors d’oeuvres, a D.J., dancing, and a Roederer champagne toast. Tickets are $150; doors open at 8 p.m.
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Betony will host an upscale New Year’s Eve party with seatings available at 8:30, 9, and 9:30 p.m. The dinner will feature a nine-course tasting menu with dishes like caviar with sea urchin and grilled short rib with sweetbreads and romaine. Tickets are $250 per person and will feature a champagne toast at midnight.
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Eleven Madison Park's sister restaurant, The NoMad will host a party with food from Daniel Humm and James Kent, drinks by Leo Robitschek, and music by DJ Jessie Felluss and Caleb Hawley & The Brooklyn Sugar Company. Tickets are $325, and reservations can be made on Open Table. The dress code is "black tie-ish."
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Brooklyn Winery will kick off 2014 at their Midnight Stardust bash. Toast the end of the year with a four-hour open bar (including their own wine, top shelf liquor, premium beer, and specialty cocktails) and decadent hors d’oeuvres to keep you going all night. The DJs will have you on your feet dancing like no one’s watching throughout the glam soiree as 2013 blends into 2014. Tickets cost $150 until December 23, $175 after December 23, $200 at the door.
|Brooklyn Winery bottles are also a great host gift for a NYE house party --credit|
And for those who will be out of town on New Year's Eve, stop by Times Square to still take part in the celebrations. Visit the New Year’s wishing wall at 1560 Broadway, ground floor, from now until December 31 and write your wish on a piece of confetti that will float down on the square at midnight.