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Guide to being Refined: How to Celebrate NYE in NYC

Ready or not, 2016 is just a few weeks away. Here’s how to celebrate the New Year and give a classy kiss goodbye to the year 2015.  


Open bars and food are great and all, but the ride home is never fun. Plan your night around your destination—bed—and make that destination within walking distance. Our top pick for a staycation includes a killer rooftop view of the Empire State Building. Learn more about our special New Year’s Eve package here.


Keeping your night in midtown but don’t know just quite where to dine? The Upsider is your (über cool) answer. Your last meal before the New Year begins ought to be epic. We suggest making a reservation at Midtown East gem The Upsider, a modern gastropub that opened last year with a cool and casual environment, and an always-hip crowd. The food is wickedly delicious—go for the buttermilk fried chicken served with cauliflower and pomegranate, or salmon glazed in wasabi-caramel sauce.

The Upsider, 1004 2nd Avenue; 646-726-4760


Party Like it’s 2016  

Don’t get caught without plans for ringing in the New Year. Before you decide on a shimmering dress for the evening, check out a host of parties happening around the city. Some of our favorites include VIP Room, Cipriani 42nd Street, and our very own Parker & Quinn.

OR… Celebrate in Times Square

It’s crowded. It’s chaotic. It’s cold. And, worst of all, there are no bathrooms. Put that all aside, and you have one of the most exhilarating events in the world. The family-friendly event will be one for the ages (with performances by Nick Jonas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Ellie Goulding), and then you can officially cross it off of your ultimate bucket list. Remember to dress warm and wear comfortable shoes, it will be a long (but fun) night.

OR… Sing “Baby, You’re a Firework”

Take to the waters and watch as the New York City skyline becomes illuminated with fireworks as the clock strikes midnight. Because what’s more awesome than that? Here are a few parties on the water worth checking out.

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