8 Ways to Safely Ring in the New Year in NYC

Addison Aloian | December 15, 2020 | Travel culture

New Year's Eve in New York City

There’s no doubt New Year’s Eve 2021 celebrations will look very different around the world. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives from spring to winter, but as we turn the page on another year, we find reason to hope for better in the months to come.

For New York City, New Year's Eve is a favorite celebration. The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is watched by million across the country and the globe, but this year it goes virtual, and we will have to watch it on TV and online like the rest of the world.

With indoor dining closing once again and large events limiting their numbers, you might be worried that there's no festive way to ring in the next chapter, but that isn't entirely true.

There are still plenty of ways to have fun, whether you invite a few friends over, socially distance, order in your cocktails or find a way to make your own. You can relax at home, or enjoy a special NYE menu from one of the city's finest chefs. Either way, there's much to cheers about, so break out the champagne. Do it big.

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Times Square Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration

It's not gret that the annual Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration will not be open to the public, but on the bright side, you can celebrate in your fuzzy pajamas! Tune in to the stellar live performances alongside the whole world and stay warm in the comfort of home. The whole show will be streamed on the Times Square Website.

Special NYE Restaurant Menus

Some restaurants will offer celebratory menus to ring in the new year. The NYE menu at 15 East @ Tocqueville is extensive with Aged Carnaroli Risotto Acquerello and applewood smoked slow roasted rack of berkshire pork. Aquavit will serve high-end takes on Scandinavian cuisine, while Lucciola has fine Italian covered. Luthun brings a bit of France to your doorstep, and Socarrat Paella Bar is full of Spanish flavor. Dine-in or take-out are both available at each of these eateries, so have your fill. See their websites for reservation information. Don’t miss out on indulging yourself one last time before 2021!

NYC Restaurant Takeout & Delivery

Speaking of amazing food, this city swarms with amazing menus all year long. Many restaurants will serve takeout from their regular menus on New Year’s Even, so if you’re not up to cooking, we suggest ordering from one of our favorite 12 NYC Restaurants Serving Takeout And Delivery Now.

Make Restaurant-Grade Dinner at Home

Feeling frisky? Chef Mario Carbone’s Chicken Carbone recipe is one of a kind, and we've got the recipe. Make a homecooked meal that'll have your family or closest friends wondering where you hid the skills all this time. New year, new you and all that jazz.

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Minibar Delivery Service


Now that you've got food at home handled, pair it with something divine. Wine, liquor, and beer can be instantly delivered to your door thanks to Minibar. Order any type of spirit, from champagne to cider, and Minibar brings it from a local vendor near you. That's a nice way to support your neighborhood store and have fun while doing it.

Wine & CBD Delivery Services

Looking for other ways to relax? There are a number of delivery services in the city that bring wine and CBD products right to your door. From subscriptions services like Winc to all organic providers like Lazarus Naturals, these guys have the Bordeaux red and CBD oil extracts to get you through 2020 in style.

Make Cocktails with Michael Sturgis’s Advice

Are you a cocktail connoisseur? Impress your friends this New Year’s by making world-class cocktails, thanks to this handy guide from Topping Rose House’s head barman. If you have questions about essential spirits, garnishes and more, he’s got you covered.

Creative Instagram-Inspired Cocktails

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Still looking for fun cocktail ideas? Turn to social media. Instagram is full of creative cocktail recipes and inspiration, especially after this year of drinking at home. Whether you want a fruity mix for your New Year’s or something a bit more intense, these are the best IG cocktail accounts to get you started.

Photography by: Gary Hershorn


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