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Dec 24, 2020 | Seasonal Things to Do

Alternative Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in NYC

Looking for a change of scenery this New Year’s Eve? With NYC’s most beloved traditions either cancelled or scaled back, there are still a variety of ways to make the end of 2020 worth remembering. Ring in 2021 safely, responsibly, and in festive fashion with these alternative ways to spend New Year’s Eve in NYC.

Indulge in an End-of-Year Feast

Celebrate the upcoming year with an extravagant takeout meal. NYC restaurants are rolling out special prix fixe and holiday menus that are sure to make your last meal of 2020 perhaps the best part of the year. Bring the holiday magic of New Year’s Eve to your door with Boqueria’s festive package of party favors, Spanish Sparkling wine, tasty tapas, and sweets. Pick up your package from their Flatiron, SoHo, Upper East Side, or West 40th Street location. Milu will have a dry-aged duck dinner for four with all the fixings to go, while French bistro Bar Boulud on the Upper West Side has a takeout Porchetta Box which includes roasted porchetta, a fresh-baked baguette, caesar salad, fingerling potatoes, and choux a la creme for four to six people. Rosella in the East Village is offering sushi to go for two with ceviche, an assortment of Chef selected hand rolls and nigiri, Laksa soup, and a Japanese cotton cheesecake for dessert.

Jumpstart your 2021 Fitness Goals

Don’t wait until January 1 to hit the ground running. The annual 5k New York Road Runners Midnight Run through Central Park is entirely virtual this year. Participants can run the 5k any time through January 17. Visit NYRR Resolution Run to register. NYRR also has additional resources to help you stay on course throughout the year. Use their app to challenge friends and family and join their Facebook group for daily inspiration, racing tips, and support from runners around the world. Enjoy The Manhattan Club’s Fitness Center for your pre or post run workout and gain access to the latest cardio equipment, free weights, training room, resist-a-ball, yoga mats, and an open stretching area. Open daily from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Enjoy the Virtual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

St. John the Divine’s annual holiday concert has been a tradition for over 30 years. Founded by Leonard Bernstein as a tribute to the people of NYC, this year’s concert is hosted by Harry Smith and features performances by members of the Cathedral Choir and Artist in Residence David Briggs. Tune into the free livestream on New Year’s Eve from 7 - 8 p.m.

Watch the Ball Drop (Virtually)

Watch the Times Square Ball Drop no matter where you are. The biggest party in NYC will still go on, albeit on a much smaller scale. The iconic event will be entirely virtual this year. Visit the party on your mobile device or computer for a “gamified” experience and build a custom avatar. Play games, watch virtual concerts, explore Times Square, and take selfies with the New Year’s Eve Ball before watching it drop in real time from any angle you like.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Avoid social interaction altogether with a night in at The Manhattan Club. Make your New Year’s Eve in NYC one to truly remember by staying in the comfort of our luxurious suite accommodations, located only nine blocks away from the Times Square Ball Drop. Wake up fresh and relaxed to start the New Year with plush bedding, robes, luxurious amenities, and spectacular views which will inspire you to get out and explore.

Ready to ring in the New Year with us? Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct with The Manhattan Club. If you missed out on New Year’s Eve in New York, there’s always New Year’s Day. Start off 2021 in NYC with our list of what’s open on New Year’s Day.

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