New Year's Eve: Flappers, Bond or the Big Easy
December 29, 2015
Originally published in The Wall Street Journal
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Elva Ramirez: New Year's Eve Options for New Yorkers

As 2015 winds down, bars and restaurants are preparing for the biggest party night of the year with everything from themed balls to memorable meals to intimate fetes. Here are several options to ring in the New Year with style.

For fashionistas
Because flapper dresses are still in vogue, Beauty & Essex is hosting a Great Gatsby New Year's Ball. The party begins at 10 p.m. and includes a five-hour open bar plus food and Champagne toast. General admission tickets are $250. Organizers are touting an "interactive experience with live visual show." 146 Essex St., beautyandessex.com

Immersive theater show Queen of the Night gets the 007 treatment with a James Bond-themed black-tie gala. The eight-hour event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a sit-down dinner, passed canap├ęs, open bar and show. Tickets are $450. The party, held at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, is located just a five-minute walk from One Times Square, where the ball drops. 235 W. 46th St.; queenofthenightnyc.com

Downtown hotel Nomo Soho is turning over their space to an "Eyes Wide Shut" gala beginning at 8 p.m. Various package options are available, such as the "Seduction" package ($4,580 for 10 people). It includes two magnum bottles of Champagne and a magnum premium bottle, plus open bar until midnight. 9 Crosby St., nomosoho.com

Elva Ramirez: New Year's Eve Options for New Yorkers

For cocktail enthusiasts
East Village cocktail den Death & Co. celebrates their ninth anniversary on Dec. 31. The early part of the evening, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., features Champagne, bottled cocktails, open bar and seating limited to just under 50 people to create an intimate atmosphere. The anniversary party kicks off at 1 a.m. with shots and magnums of Champagne, but will still be limited to around 80 people. Among the specialty drinks to be served that night: the Mont Blanc, featuring chestnut-infused Pierre Ferrand cognac and Rittenhouse Rye whiskey. Tickets are $175, plus tax and gratuity. 433 E. Sixth St.; www.deathandcompany.com

Elva Ramirez: New Year's Eve Options for New Yorkers

Porchlight, Danny Meyer's first stand-alone bar, will inaugurate 2016 with a New Orleans flair. The Chelsea bar is joining with New Orleans bar Cure, and will serve four specialty cocktails, such as the "Jitters" (Fords Gin, Meletti Anisette and Noilly Prat Dry) in both locations. A $175 all-inclusive ticket include open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Executive chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois, a Louisiana native, will serve dishes such as crawfish pies and frog's legs. Entertainment includes live 1930s-era jazz music, jugglers and acrobats. 271 11th Ave., porchlightbar.com

For gourmands
Make the last meal of 2015 the most memorable one of the year. Modern American restaurant Betony will serve two prix fixe menus on New Year's Eve. The first menu, served between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., is a four course meal for $145 a person. The later seating (from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $295 per person) is an eight-course meal with a Champagne toast at midnight. Executive chef Bryce Shuman will feature dishes such as foie gras torchon with black truffles and butter poached lobster with vanilla and turnips on both menus. 41 W. 57th St., betony-nyc.com

Oysters, caviar and foie gras are featured on the New Year's Eve menu at the Clocktower at the New York Edition Hotel. Executive chef Jason Atherton will serve a five-course prix fixe ($165 per person, with $85 optional wine pairing) that includes dishes such as salmon tartare with puffed wild rice, foie gras pot-au-feu with radishes in verjus and Long Island duck with fermented huckleberries. Seatings from 9:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. 5 Madison Ave., theclocktowernyc.com

For night owls turned early birds
If, after all the Champagne midnight toasts, you're still up and hungry, East Village bar Holiday Cocktail Lounge will serve breakfast from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Options include the "no hangover lamb stew"; home fries with Sriracha; and resolution berries topped with Avua Amburana whipped cream. Tickets are $100. Holiday will also serve bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches at midnight. 75 St. Marks Place, www.holidaycocktaillounge.nyc

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