Dance the Night Away:
DONS & DIVAS
An evening out on Long Island should involve the best of both worlds—a striking dining experience in a lively atmosphere. Long Islanders spend their nights wisely when they head to either one of Jay Grossman’s two masterpieces: Four Food Studio and Two Steak & Sushi Den. Each captures distinctive tastes within unique spaces. Four attributes its atmosphere to mother nature with a casual yet elegant dining experience featuring American cuisine. Two explores the brilliant combination of steak and sushi wrapped in a chic dramatic vibe. Both of these modern restaurants orchestrate a remarkable experience that sets the standards for New Year’s Eve. Two offers both an à la carte menu or, for the dancers, a buffet, open bar, champagne toast and DJ from 8:30pm-midnight for $60 per person at the restaurant’s lower level. Four offers a variety of packages. For those in it for the long haul, the Sit, Stay and Play ($125) covers the festivities from 7pm-2am. Abbreviated options are also available for those less die-hard.
Four, Melville (631) 577-4444, fourfoodstudio.com
Two, New Hyde Park (516) 358-2222, twoonline.com
Attention NYE experts! Your quest for a private party in a public place has been answered. The Chalet offers room rentals for 10-15 people in its intimately appointed den-like space. This 5-hour event includes open bar, dinner and champagne toast. Smaller groups can join the festivities at 9pm for $100 per person.
Roslyn, (516) 621-7975, roslynchalet.com
For both demanding tastebuds and “be-seen” socialites alike, this radiant den and lounge keeps the crowd delighted. The scene is one of the best you’ll find on Long Island if you are looking for pulsating music and a place where guests groove atop couches, tables and platforms. TKA, the kings of freestyle and the Lords of New Year’s Eve, will be on stage to ring in the New Year. DJ Serg will spin the best house, hip hop and top hits. Sugar is offering two separate packages—Silver and Gold. The Gold offers a buffet dinner and the sweet Silver offers an open bar starting at 10:30pm. Hold off your New Year’s resolutions until after the celebrations and let your sweet tooth enjoy some of the fun. Sip on luscious candy-like cocktails from the Charm-tini to the Black & White Cookie.
Carle Place, (516) 248-7600, sugarli.com
Big Night in NYC
Avenue is an ultra-lounge complete with an exclusive and privileged scene of A-listers and socialites. The wood paneled décor, plush ottomans and soaring ceilings provide the perfect ambiance in which to celebrate the New Year. General admission and separate VIP options differ with cost and exclusivity.
NYC, (212) 337-0054, avenue-newyork.com
Capitale is a majestic backdrop for the perfect New Year’s Eve. European charm and dramatic architecture makes this gem one of NYC’s best spots. Dance the night away among the towering Corinthian columns and marble mosaic floors. General admission and separate VIP options differ in cost and level of exclusivity.
NYC, (212) 334-5500, capitaleny.com
This NYC landmark owns the night boasting rich history and gorgeous architecture. Cipriani 42nd Street is a classic destination in which to surround yourself in opulence and perfection. Step into the New Year at this Manhattan masterpiece. General admission and separate VIP options are available.
NYC, (212) 499-0599, cipriani.com
Juliet Supper Club
If you know how to party, you’ll start the New Year off at Juliet Supper. This high-energy soirée exudes the glitz and glam of NYC. The décor of this top-notch club resembles a jewel box and focuses on offering a unique evening.
NYC, (212) 929-2400, julietsupperclub.com
Welcome 2012 at Pranna, the perfect oasis with one of the best nightlife spectacles in NYC. Featuring a sleek vibe and various rooms, partygoers are able to mingle throughout the impressive 15,000 square foot space. General admission and separate VIP options differ with cost and exclusivity.
NYC, (212) 696-5700, prannarestaurant.com
STK is a seductive vamped up steakhouse turned lounge by the late evening in the Meatpacking District. Your New Year’s Eve will be alive at this supreme haute spot that pulls in the who’s who of NYC. General admission and separate VIP options differ in cost and level of exclusivity.
NYC, (646) 624-2444, stkhouse.com
Moods & Music
Huntington Social may be the newbie on the block, but this bustling town has been waiting for a place like this. On the corner of New York Avenue and Main Street, the hidden gem sits on the second story overlooking the town. This is your place to spend New Year’s Eve if you are looking for a way to celebrate on the smaller, more intimate side in the lounge’s speakeasy atmosphere. There will be two seatings held at 7 and 9pm of fixed-course dinners with different options. The later seating will include midnight festivities that feature a champagne toast, open bar, live music and dancing. Guests that want to celebrate but skip dinner may enter at 11pm to enjoy the late night action for a cover at the door.
Huntington, (631) 923-2442, huntingtonsocial.com
The Paramount in Huntington
The Paramount theater may not seem like the venue to spend your New Year’s, however doing something different is what it’s all about. This brand-spanking new venue is full of entertainment and character with a downtown vibe. Dennis Rodman (yes, the former b-baller) will be the main event on New Year’s Eve DJing with Vic Latino on The Redemption Tour. This spectacular show includes special guest Mia Martina who sings the hit “Stereo Love.” Check online for tickets and pricing.
Huntington, (631) 673-7300, paramountny.com
Spend the Night:
The Garden City Hotel
The luxurious Garden City Hotel provides a spectacular countdown to the New Year with two options for an extravagant evening held in either the hotel’s Rein restaurant or the Grand Ballroom. Starting at 8:30pm in the private dining room, a jazz trio will accompany a five-course meal paired with five exceptional wines. Guests can watch Times Square light up on any of the four flat screens while they also enjoy an open bar for $250 per person. An elite gala dinner being held in the Grand Ballroom kicks off at 8:30pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for an hour followed by an evening of live music including the best current dance, rock and throwback 80s hits until 2am. The evening also includes a delectable three-course meal and open bar for $195 per person. Afterwards is the option to spend the night (and play it safe) with the New Year’s Eve Overnight Extravaganza package available for $695 per couple including champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, gala dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast buffet the next day.
Garden City, (516) 747-3000, gardencityhotel.com
The American Hotel
Known as one of the finest dining establishments in the Hamptons, this Sag Harbor hotel offers the perfect cozy, Victorian-like setting to countdown to the New Year. Their French-American cuisine is perennially lauded and the exceptional wine selection of more than 1,000 bottles is recognized by Wine Spectator annually—the American Hotel takes its wine seriously. This landmark venue is a charming way to celebrate the holiday with the option of staying overnight.
Sag Harbor, (631) 725-3535, theamericanhotel.com
Drive out to The End and soak in the quietness of the off-season. The Montauk Manor is a gorgeous English Tudor hotel that has many deluxe amenities including an indoor pool, day spa and fine restaurant. The Manor’s New Year’s Eve package is a minimum two-night stay that includes dinner and brunch the next morning. Rates differ depending on amount of people and room-size.
Montauk, (631) 668-4400, montaukmanor.com
Standards are high at Chateau Briand, a lavish catering hall in the center of Nassau County. From the moment you walk into the grand lobby, the modern-art deco vibe blends with elegance to set the perfect scene to ring in the New Year. Four different tiers of celebrating offer guests the option of customizing the evening to fit their own style. Enjoy an extensive cocktail hour starting at 8:30pm and a sit-down dinner while listening to a live band until 2am. If you are into dancing to the hottest hits, join Body Rock DJ Entertainment during two separate time frames: 9pm-2:30am or 9:30pm-3am. If you prefer to skip on the sit-down dinner, start your 2012 with the late-night party beginning with an extensive cocktail hour and buffet dinner at 10pm and going until 2:30am.
Carle Place, (516) 334-6125, chateaubriandcaterers.com
Fox Hollow Country Club
Woodbury’s Fox Hollow Country Club is the perfect destination for an eventful New Year’s Eve. Whether you plan to spend the night or just celebrate until the wee hours, you will enjoy a full cocktail hour, premium open bar and extensive dinner menu, which includes live entertainment from either 7:30-1pm or 8pm-1:30am depending on your time slot. Another option for partying is at The Somerley, set apart from the main estate, where a delectable menu, cocktail hour and dinner reception including a dessert lounge featuring the best exotic chocolate, dessert wines and even more tantalizing sweets are on the agenda. This party runs 7pm-1am with live entertainment and light show by Body Rock DJ. Overnight accommodations for a variety of suite packages include a bottle of champagne and breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.
Woodbury, (516) 921-1415, theinnatfoxhollow.com
Out on the East End where farms and vineyards reign, Wading River’s East Wind Caterers provides some glitz to the quaint locale. On New Year’s Eve, join in for a tasteful dinner spread and an evening of dancing the night away. DJ Tommy’s Tunes Entertainment will make the final hours of 2011 memorable. A five-hour premium open bar including a midnight champagne toast with a live simulcast from Times Square pulls the night together. The night begins at 8pm and lasts until 1am and overnight accommodations are available.
Wading River, (631) 929-3500, eastwindlongisland.com
Danfords nautical hotel and marina is the laid back option for New Year’s Eve if you are looking for an evening involving spectacular views and delicious food. The end of your 2011 can begin with dinner arrangements at Wave Seafood Kitchen at either 6 or 9pm for a four-course meal ($89 per person). Dine while listening to a live jazz band overlooking the distant twinkles of Connecticut. If you are looking to extend your evening, take advantage of Danfords hotel package that includes overnight accommodations, four-course dinner for two and breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day (starting at $449).
Port Jefferson, (631) 928-5200, danfords.com
Tellers is a glamorous steakhouse with dramatic architecture both inside and out. The 30-foot ceilings and tremendous columns that outline the building enhance your overall experience at this charming venue. Spend an enticing evening with a five-course meal after 9pm (regular dining beforehand) including a champagne toast and of course dancing until the wee hours. If that doesn’t do it for you, think about the wine vault that houses more than 10,000 bottles. Festive? Check. Elegant? Check. Perfect? Check.
Islip, (631) 277-7070, tellerschophouse.com
Take advantage of living on Long Island: Ring in the New Year overlooking the water. Kick off 2012 at one of the most beautiful locations on the island—Lombardi’s on the Bay. Their New Year’s Eve Candlelight Ball features a sit-down dinner, open bar, DJ and dancing with a live simulcast of Times Square in the background for $150 per person. The night starts off at 8pm and continues until 1:30am.
Patchogue, (631) 654-8970, lombardisonthebay.com
** PRICES LISTED DO NOT INCLUDE TAX AND GRATUITY