5, 4, 3, 2…It seems like yesterday that we were toasting to 2016 on an unseasonably warm evening. But 2016 flew by in a New York minute. And now it’s time to send the year of shark sightings, restaurant openings and crazy campaigns out in style. Though Netflix and chill may appeal to some, a sparkling night out is a train ride away for those looking for something more opulent. Grab your beau or crew for these can’t-miss New York City New Year’s Eve parties of 2017.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar
Where: 114 10th Ave.
Why Go: Forget the microwaved pizza bagels and head to Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar for a free slice of the artichoke pizza even tourists from across the pond have heard about. Raise a glass to the otherworldly dish and 2017 with a complimentary glass of champagne. Go
Asellina at The Gansevoort Park Hotel
Where: 420 Park Ave. South
Why Go: Bid adieu to 2016 in a place that has guests feeling glamorous the moment they step inside. Warm lights, earthy red and yellow furnishings, a spiral staircase and a copper ceiling make Asellina at The Gansevoort Park Hotel a luxurious place to spend an evening. It’s no wonder the likes of Ben Affleck and Denise Richards have walked through the doors over the years. On New Year’s Eve, partygoers can enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres like vegetable tempura and margarita flatbread, and lively tunes. Go
AMC Time Square
Where: 234 West 42nd St.
Why Go: Watch the ball drop up close and experience the madness of Times Square without actually having to stand outside for hours. AMC Theatres in Times Square is turning its mega-plex into a party of the ages made for all ages. There will be a two-floor cocktail party, which includes access to theaters playing movies, and a family-friendly soiree on the third floor full of arcade games, music and movie viewings. As the clock inches towards midnight, head up to the fifth and sixth floors to watch the ball drop. Go
Bar 54 Hyatt Centric Times Square
Where: 135 West 45th Street
Why Go: Go out on top at New York City’s tallest rooftop bar. This swanky space has cushy black leather seating and top-to-bottom windows displaying the city’s awe-inspiring skyline, making it the perfect spot to take that special someone or an out-of-state friend. This year, Bar 54 is offering guests an evening of passed hors d’oeuvres, music and a front row seat to watch the ball drop. Go
BB King Blues Club
Where: 237 West 42. St.
Why Go: All the world’s a stage at BB King Blues Club, which makes it an appropriate place to end a year that saw a reality TV star elected president. Three music theaters and soulful musical performances ensure partygoers have a pitch perfect evening. Guests will want to tear themselves away from the dance floor for a few moments to count down to 2017 while watching one of the venue’s multiple 8-foot TV screens. Go
Where: 21 9th Ave.
Why Go: Start 2017 by aiming high in the Meatpacking District. CATCH Roof’s glass interior allows for 360-degree views of the city skyline, setting the scene for a sparkling evening. Cylindrical lights and plush round booth seating give the hotspot, which has drawn the likes of Marc Jacobs and Brad Pitt to the district, the chic feel guests are looking for when they decide to go all out in the city on Dec. 31. Go
Cellar Bar at The Bryant Park Hotel
Where: 40 West 40th St., New York
Why Go: Cellar Bar is throwing an underground party to ring in the New Year—and it’ll be infinitely classier than that basement shindig you threw while your parents were out of town for New Year’s Eve in 1984. Think a space with a domed ceiling and chandeliers, candlelit tables, leather banquettes, a spacious dance floor and, of course, a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. Go
Where: 92 Ludlow St.
Why Go: All three levels of nightlife destination Hotel Chantelle will be rocking for New Year’s. Throw it back in the retro-style lounge with dark mahogany panels and leather banquettes that scream vintage-glamour or bust a move in the spacious underground dance cove. When legs tire, escape to The Rooftop, where lampposts, park benches and floral greeneries transport guests from the bustle of the City to Paris in the springtime. Go
Where: 234 West 42nd St.
Why Go: Ring in the New Year with Oprah, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga at this famous wax museum. All ages are welcome to stargaze. Kid-friendly offerings include sparkling apple cider and fresh baked cookies adults will want too. As for the regular menu, expect penne pasta, grilled chicken skewers and brownies served with rum-infused strawberries and whipped cream. Go
Parker & Quinn at The Refinery Hotel
Where: 63 West 38th St.
Why Go: Four blocks from Penn Station, Parker & Quinn, the bistro and cocktail lounge at the Refinery Hotel, is a top spot for Long Islanders looking to take the early train home (don’t be ashamed, you turned a year older in 2016). The baroque wallpaper, mosaic-tile floors, crystal light fixtures and tufted leather booths make it an elegantly rustic place to sip cocktails made with top-shelf liquor and a glass of bubbly. Go