How and Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City: The City That Never Sleeps

New York City is an iconic New Year’s Eve destination. The city that never sleeps is the perfect spot to wave goodbye to the old year and see in the new with a bang!

From partying the night away at the world-famous Ball Drop in Times Square to catching an outdoor concert performance, you won’t be short of options…in fact, there are so many different ways to spend New Year’s Eve that settling on just one could be tricky.

Want some help narrowing down your choices? Here are our recommendations for the best way to see out 2022 and welcome 2023 in style – whatever your style happens to be!

How and Where to Celebrate New Years Eve in New York City

See the Ball Drop in Times Square

Widely regarded as the world’s biggest and best New Year’s party, the Times Square Ball Drop is an extravaganza that’s attended by around a million revelers every year.

The live entertainment kicks off in the evening, and you’ll get to enjoy a diverse range of artists and performers as the clock ticks down to midnight.

Plus, there are mini celebrations every hour leading up to 12 am as countries worldwide begin to mark the New Year. This is great for building up a sense of excitement and anticipation!

If you’re planning on attending this year, there are a few key things to consider to ensure you have the best time possible.

The best spots fill up fast, with party-goers arriving in the early afternoon. If you want the equivalent of a front-row seat, you need to expect to be waiting around for hours – so wear warm clothes and take plenty of water and snacks with you. And don’t forget to hit the bathroom first!

Celebrate with a Feast

NYC is known for its plentiful supply of fabulous restaurants – many host special New Year’s Eve parties for those who fancy feasting their way into the coming year! 

The East Village’s Michelin star-rated Tuome is an excellent option if this sounds like an appealing way to spend this New Year.

With its classic yet contemporary styling – dark wood restaurant tables and chairs nestled in an airy, sleek space – and American Asian fusion menu, celebrating here is highly recommended.

Tuome fills up fast: if you’re thinking of spending New Year’s Eve sampling its delights, it’s advisable to make a reservation as early as possible.

Attend a Concert or Event

There’s not just one but a multitude of concerts and shows that are put on all over New York City to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Madison Square Gardens and the Lincoln Center are just two locations well-known for their live program of celebrations on the evening of December 31st.

Central Park is an excellent option for those with kids who want to enjoy some family-friendly New Year’s fun. Fireworks are launched from the middle of Central Park at midnight and can be viewed from most spots within the park itself.

Take a Boat Tour

Are you looking to welcome 2023 in a slightly more unusual manner? Then a boat tour could be the perfect way for you to kiss goodbye to the outgoing year.

As well as being able to party the night away minus the massive crowds, you’ll enjoy the stunning Manhattan skyline lit up with festoons of fireworks from a unique vantage point as the clock strikes the hour.

There are plenty of different boat tours to choose from, so whether you fancy a luxurious, gourmet-dining floating experience or are in the market for a tour that features a live DJ and a dancefloor, you’ll find something to suit.

All options include an open bar and a champagne toast at midnight – and an unforgettable experience, of course!

Go on a Tipsy Guided History Walking Tour

And sticking with more unusual ways to see in the New Year, how about a tipsy guided walking tour that takes in the history of prohibition through a visit to several fascinating locations, where you’ll learn about notorious gangsters and famous bootleggers?

The tour ends in a bar twelve blocks from Times Square that offers great views of the Ball Drop at midnight. Here you can relax, enjoy the open bar, and head into 2023 with your fellow tourers!

Hit a Nightclub

And last but not least, if you’re looking to seriously party the evening away, a club’s the place to be. 

The Copacabana is one of the most famous nightclubs in NYC and hosts a renowned New Year’s Eve party every year. Prepare for a night of dancing in this Latin-themed club and a range of electrifying entertainment. There will also be an open bar, food, and a midnight champagne toast.

HK Hall in Hell’s Kitchen is also notorious as a place to enjoy a wild New Year’s Eve celebration! This multi-level space offers the ideal opportunity to bust out your best dance moves – and the cozy leather banquets are perfect for snuggling up to your New Year‘s date.

Raise a glass of bubbles at midnight on the mezzanine overlooking the dance floor, and see in the New Year in spectacular style!

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.