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New Years Eve in New York 2013

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New Years Eve in New York 2013

We are travelling to New York over Christmas and New Years 2013/14. We are a family of 4 (18 years old daughter and 14 year old son).

Any advice on the following would be greatly appreciated. Have read past forums, looked at ball drop website but still looking for somethings good. What do the locals do???

We would like:

1. Nice restaurant to have a special Christmas Lunch

2. Something fun to do on New Years Eve with the family. Our kids would love to see the ball drop but we aren't interested in standing in the crowds for hours in the cold. Fireworks in Central park would be good. Are there any restaurants there that would be good. Any suggestions welcome for anywhere in NY.

Thank you.

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1. Re: New Years Eve in New York 2013

Hola.

We have lived in the Village for 40+ years and when we are not cooking at home (or eating at someone else's table) we like to go for a traditional Christmas meal at Friend of the Farmer restaurant on Irving Place a few blocks south of Gramercy Park (the largest private park in the City). Comfort food at its best! Last year they served a Christmas brunch in the late morning as well as a Christmas dinner later in the afternoon and night and, though we believe that they will be doing the same this year, you should probably call or send an email to confirm. As well you will probably need reservations, as this place is a community favorite. For contact information see:

www.friendofafarmerny.com/christmas.php

Our favorite Christmas “window” stroll (around 3 hours walking) goes from Central Park along Fifth Avenue to around 48th Street viewing the lake and bridge in the Park (59th Street near 5th Avenue), the store windows at Bergdorf’s (between 58th & 59th Streets) and SAKS (49th Street), stop in at St Thomas’ (53rd Street) and St Patrick’s (51st Street) to hear the bells and view the altars, watch the skaters at Rockefeller Center (between 49th & 50th Streets) and marvel at the Tree and then walk to Bryant Park behind the Library at 42st Street to shop at the Holiday Market. It may be a little chilly (dress warmly), but it can be a delightful afternoon!

Note: In past years the Bryant Park Holiday Market was be open on Christmas Day and it is at the (individual) vendors’ discretions to open their particular stalls and shops on that day. This coming October/November you may want to check for more information at:

http://www.theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com

And for great fun on New Year’s Eve, how about a bike ride? This is an annual event that in past years has started in the heart of The Village at 10:00 PM at Washington Square Park (under the arch) to bike or rollerblade to the Belvedere Castle in Central Park (by 11:45 PM) for music, dance, and fireworks to ring in the New Year. Participants are encouraged to dress festively and bring their own food and drink for the after party.

For more information later in the year, see:

http://times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php

Bikes can be rented at many places in NYC such as:

Metro Bicycle: http://www.metrobicycles.com

Central Park Bikes: http://www.centralparkbicycleshop.com

Hope this helps. Your questions are always welcome.

Abrazos,

Matt

Casa Hoffa (North), Fire Island, NY USA

Casa Hoffa (South), Bahia Chahue, Huatulco, MX

Edited: 20 July 2013, 18:09
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2. Re: New Years Eve in New York 2013

Matt, thank you so much. The information you provided is fantastic and sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for taking the time, it is greatly appreciated. Very excited about our Christmas and New Year in NY!

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We were there for New Years Eve in 2003/4 . The crowds start gathering in Times Square in the morning so give it a wide berth . We were staying on the Upper East Side so went to Central Park and it was brilliant . One word of warning though , finding somewhere to eat on New Years eve itself was a nightmare . Loads of places closed early and we ended up in a mexican cantina type place - which was certainly different !

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4. Re: New Years Eve in New York 2013

Thanks Gazo1963. Your feedback was great. Central Park sounds like best option. do you have any recommendations on where to go in Central Park??

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5. Re: New Years Eve in New York 2013

Not really , do not know it enough to point you in any direction . I would have thought anywhere would be good because 95% of the action is in the air .

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