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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve on the Upper West Side

By Emily Frost | December 22, 2015 11:55am
 Ring in the new year with great music, dancing and food, all in the neighborhood. 
Celebrate New Year's Eve on the Upper West Side
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UPPER WEST SIDE — There are plenty of options for ringing in the New Year close to home — whether you want to do something with the kids, a chance to reflect, a boozy celebration or a dance party.

Here are your best bets for celebrating New Year's Eve in the neighborhood, sparing yourself the money and hassle of a long commute home.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Concert for Peace

1047 Amsterdam Ave., at West 112th Street

Now in its 31st year, the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace at the cathedral will honor its founder Leonard Bernstein this year. The concert features the cathedral choir, an orchestra, soloists, singer Judy Collins and host Harry Smith. Tickets cost between $40 and $100. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

La Vie Parisienne at the New York Philharmonic
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at West 65th Street

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic's version of a love letter to Paris, including classics from “La Vie en rose” to Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals to Offenbach’s Can-Can. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost between $89 and $275. 

Pan-American Fiesta 
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at West 60th Street

Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera and his quintet will play jazz inspired by Cuban, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Martiniquean, Puerto Rican, Austrian, French, Mexican and German music. Tickets are $185 at 7:30 p.m. and $295 at 11 p.m. The ticket price for both shows includes a three-course meal, and tickets for the 11 p.m. performance include a midnight Champagne toast. 

The Empire Hotel Rooftop
44 W. 63rd St., at West 63rd Street

If you're looking to dance and take in the city skyline, the Empire Hotel Rooftop is hosting a party with a five-hour open bar starting at 9 p.m. A live DJ will spin top 40 hits, with complimentary snacks and a Champagne toast at midnight. 

Tickets start at $119. Table service and VIP packages are available. 

E's Bar
511 Amsterdam Ave., near West 85th Street

E's Bar is hosting a dance party without any cover charge. 

The bar and restaurant will open for the night at 4 p.m., with the DJ starting at 8 p.m. and finishing up at 1 a.m. 

The party includes a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight complete with noisemakers and a countdown. 

Boulud Sud 
20 W. 64th St., near Broadway

Boulud Sud will have two seatings on New Year's Eve: an early seating featuring a three-course prix fixe menu rom 4 to 6 p.m. for $110, and a "celebration seating" from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring a six-course tasting menu for $295. The menus include black truffle arancini, Champagne poached oyster and foie gras terrine canapés, as well as Dover sole and American Wagyu beef.

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, at West 64th Street

The restaurant offers slightly more affordable options than its sister restaurant, Boulud Sud. There's a three-course prix fixe option for $75 during the 4 to 6:30 p.m. seating and a five-course tasting menu for $175 from 9 p.m. onward.

Isabella's Kids Party
359 Columbus Ave., at West 77th Street

Isabella's restaurant will host its annual New Year’s Eve party for kids from 12 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. The party includes face-painting and balloons, as well as apple cider for toasting.  

Burke & Wills 
226 W. 79th St., near Broadway

This Australian bistro will serve a prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve, including parsnip ravioli with black trumpet mushrooms and white chocolate and filet mignon with foie gras and roasted maitake mushrooms. After dinner, you can head upstairs to the Manhattan Cricket Club for specialty cocktails.

Find pointers on what to pay and tip your babysitter on New Year's Eve and around the holidays. 

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