New Year's Eve New York, Away From Times Square
Ringing in the New Year in the middle of a piss-stank hell hole like Times Square isn't for everyone. We kid, we kid--but not everyone likes crowds. Here are a couple of Manhattan hotel party alternatives to Times Square:
Gansevoort's New Year's Eve starts at $995. What does a grand get you? Sushi and flame-grilled Robatayaki at the hotel's Ono eatery, then entrance to the party on the Gansevoort's huge tented rooftop patio. After you are sufficiently drunk, you can step inside at midnight and watch the ball drop in Times Square -- on a 15-foot-wide, high-definition screen -- to the music of DJ Mighty Mi.
Recover the morning after with a dose of Morning Dog hangover tonic.
The Hudson Hotel is offering a less expensive package for $200:
Give yourself over to the ministrations of an as-yet-unnamed celebrity host and various DJs, or through the intimate Library bar and garden, tented and heated for your comfort. Party packages include three hours of hors d'oeuvres and a fully stocked open bar, as well as a champagne toast at midnight.
Or you could just hole up in your apartment with a bunch of booze, as always, it is your choice.