New Yorkers are (in)famous for holding their city in a rather high regard. Most people love their hometown, but only someone from the five boroughs has the audacity to call theirs the “center of the universe.” But one night of the year, at least, it’s difficult to dispute the claim. That night, of course, is the ultimate end to the calendar year, when eyes across the world fix a collective gaze upon Times Square for the dropping of the ball — the official ringing in of the New Year.
If you’ve never made it to the Big Apple on this very special evening, you’re missing out. No need for that. Because even in this late stage of the game, there are still a number of quality ways to place yourself in the center of it all. Consider these last-minute deals for where to play and stay your way into 2018.
If you’re more comfortable wandering New York neighborhoods beyond Times Square, Lower Manhattan is full of action. An evening-long bar crawl along Houston Street is always an option. But why not consider one of the area’s endless all-inclusives? A prime example is this hotel bar in the heart of SoHo: For $250 each guest is treated to a five-course tasting menu, designed by chef John Creger, along with five hours of open bar and endless “party favors.” As the zero hour nears, festivities push out and over to the adjoining Mr. Jones bar for a Champagne toast.