New Yorkers received’t be packing into Times Square to ring in 2021, or crowding round a bar, ready not-so-patiently for that complimentary glass of Champagne.
New Year’s Eve celebrations might be totally different due to COVID-19 — however these fortunate enough to have a big checking account aren’t simply sitting dwelling — they’re reserving heated glass homes on the East River or having caviar with their friends.
Especially scorching are restaurant-prepped DYI meal kits with a Zoom hyperlink that allow folks partying at dwelling watch comedy reveals, mixology classes or DJs spin music all evening lengthy, Andrew Rigie, govt director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, advised The Post.
“Restaurants are trying to be as creative and innovative as possible … for the COVID-19 new year,” Rigie stated.
Blow my thoughts
For $195 a visitor, the Michelin-starred Musket Room is serving up a Zoom link for a half-hour present by mentalist Mark Clearview together with a three-course dinner — omnivore or vegetarian — and a specialty “elixir,” occasions supervisor Camilla Gray advised The Post.
The restaurant’s “spirit whisperer” Melissa Brooke has created 4 cocktails that partyers can select from, relying on what they’re hoping for in the brand new yr: love and compassion, success and prosperity, peace and new beginnings or abundance and success.
“We created this package … to create the vibe that we all miss in the absence of social interactions,” stated proprietor Jennifer Vitagliano. “We hope it fills a void in chatting with a favorite bartender, going out to see a show, eating chef prepared meals and meeting new people.”
A transparent view
The Watermark at Pier 15 downtown is already 75% booked for its Dec. 31 providing: 22 glasshouses starting from $500 to $2,000, relying on the desk dimension. Each is heated and lit, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
They’ll do two seatings — one from 3 p.m. to six p.m., the opposite from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., spokeswoman Dianna DelPrete advised The Post. Reservations close when the space runs out.
For their money, early partygoers get a bottle of Moet Champagne for the desk, hats, noise-makers and snacks together with coconut shrimp, crab spring rolls, boneless wings and guacamole and chips.
The late crowd pays extra however will get extra — a complimentary Champagne welcome reception, a premium particular cocktail open bar and higher-end eats like smoked salmon and spicy tuna tartare.
Jumbo screens will present outdated Christmas motion pictures and the enjoyable consists of a mock ball drop, DelPrete stated.
But lights might be out by 10 to remain inside coronavirus restrictions.
“We will give tables a last call,” she stated, “because of the weird circumstances.”
Requests are streaming in to Marky’s Caviar on Madison Avenue for each the dinner, which prices $200 a head, and the caviar-only service that may run into the hundreds.
Pandemic restrictions imply the store is doing solely pickup orders.
“For people who are wanting to stay home, we can help them celebrate with elegance,” proprietor Danielle Zaslavskaya advised The Post.
The menu by chef Buddha Lo and his crew at Marky’s chic-casual restaurant HŪSO consists of an array of seafood appetizers reminiscent of crab legs, salmon, oysters, prawns and caviar; wagyu beef Wellington with a black truffle sauce and white truffle mashed potatoes; and a heat chocolate tart with vanilla bean creme fraiche.
“You get quite a lot of food,” Zaslavskaya stated, “and it’s all gourmet.”
The caviar service prices no matter you’re prepared to shell out. The worldwide flight prices $640 for 3 ounces — an oz every of Almas Russian Osetra, Russian Royal Osetra and Kaluga Imperial Gold — and is served with creme fraiche, eggs, chives, onion, and a dozen blini. And if 3 ounces isn’t enough caviar, you can purchase one other 100 grams — virtually a quarter-pound — of Almas Russian Osetra for $1,565.
Brooklyn has unique areas, too. The outside backyard behind neighborhood bar Tuffet in Williamsburg remains to be accessible for a few thousand.
Alicia Rebensdorf is providing up the courtyard for a minimal of roughly $4,000 — $2,000 for the house plus her premium open bar bundle at $70 a head for no less than 25 friends, tax and a 20% tip. Party platters are additional.
And the proprietor/supervisor is following lockdown guidelines, so beware: Capacity is capped at 35 and the partying will cease when the clock strikes 10.
The house often runs barely cheaper — $1,200 — for weddings, engagements, child showers and the like. But a new yr is particular and comes with a particular worth.
“It is New Year’s Eve,” Rebensdorf advised The Post.
Unless Rebensdorf will get somebody to e book the backyard, she is hoping to promote out the backyard’s 9 tables — 4 that seat six and 5 for 2 or three. So far, she has one reservation.
“If I do get a party, I can probably take it,” she stated. “These are regulars and they’d understand.”
Nothing to cheer
With outside eating solely and the early closing time, all eating places and bars will have a powerful go on what would usually be one in all their largest nights of the yr, an business advocate advised The Post.
“It’s a dire situation,” stated Rigie. “People feel like the ball’s dropping on top of their head.”
Many eating places lose money all yr, Rigie stated, and hope to shut the hole through the vacation season.
This yr might be totally different, he stated: “It’s a complete wipe out.”