Whether you’re looking to ring in 2014 with family and fireworks, with a multi-course meal and dancing, or with a wild night of open bars and 20-something singles, we’ve got you covered with these six surefire spots.
Downtown White Plains’s New Year’s Eve Family Spectaluar
Main Street between Court St and Renaissance Sq
For the loudest “TEN, NINE, EIGHT…” countdown in Westchester, check out the New Year’s Eve Family Spectacular in White Plains: the county’s answer to Times Square. Look forward to live music, a ball drop, a midnight fireworks display, and, if it’s “that” kind of night, plenty of bars nearby to cap off the evening.
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One Renaissance Sq
For $210 per person, you’d be right to expect a lot, and 42’s Celebration Cocktail & Dance Party shouldn’t disappoint. Two Benjamins buy you 9 pm-to-2 am access to three buffets (appetizer, dinner, and dessert), an open bar, a live DJ, a Champagne toast, and, of course, a prime perch from which to enjoy the White Plains midnight fireworks. Alternatively, you can reserve a spot for dinner in the Sky Lounge, which, for $65 at 5 pm or $80 at 7:30 pm, buys you an appetizer, a main course, and access to the dessert buffet.
1 High St
If waterfront dining is your go-to for special occasions, reserve your spot at Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry. You have two options: the first seating is 5 to 8 pm and, for $80 per person, features a cocktail reception, four-course meal, and wine and beer of your choosing; the real fun—or as they call it, the “main event”— starts at 8:30 pm and, for $170 per person, includes a cocktail hour, open bar, four-course dinner, live band, champagne toast, and, our favorite, late-night breakfast buffet, to go. Pay in full by December 23 and get 10 percent off.
12 North Division St
Peekskill’s go-to spot for wine and live music is ringing in 2014 with no shortage of… wine and live music. Opt for the second seating at 8:30, the Dinner & Dance Party, and enjoy a three-course dinner, a Prosecco toast at midnight, the top-secret “12 Grapes at midnight tradition,” and three hours of live music and dancing courtesy of The Chris O’Leary Band (freshly inducted into the New York division of the International Blues Hall of Fame). The earlier seating, beginning at 5:30 pm, is a la carte.
Bedford Post Inn
954 Old Post Rd
The Bedford Post Inn’s $145 second seating price tag does not include dinner with Richard Gere, the owner, but it does earn you a spot at one of the county’s signature dining destinations. The New Year’s Eve four-course menu offers high-end dishes like venison tartare or a risotto with squash, chopped truffle, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. First seating, $95, is 6 – 7:30 pm. Second seating runs from 8 to 10 pm and includes a champagne toast.
175 Mamaroneck Ave
Stop here if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic evening with your mate. This option is for the 23-plus crowd (but not too plus, and yes, you must be at least 23 to enter) looking for a wild, open bar, all-you-can-drink option, packed with other 23-pluses. $100 buys you an open bar from 9 pm to 1 am, appetizers and snacks from 9 to 11 pm, and a champagne toast at midnight.