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New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side – Part 1

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Times Square, New Year’s Eve 2012.

The Lower East Side might not be the center of the universe on New Year’s Eve, but it’s a safe bet our nightlife-centric neighborhood will be plenty packed on Monday night.  It would be impossible to run through every bar, club and restaurant celebrating the dawn of 2013, but here are a few options that have been brought to our attention.  We’ve broken this mini-guide up into two parts. Here’s part 1:

  • At the Parkside Lounge, you’ll be treated to “Corn Mo’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Magic,” DJ Mas, an open bar and dinner.  You get top shelf liquor for $75; beer and wine for $50.
  • Sons of Essex will have three seatings, a DJ plus a live feed from Times Square.  Menu options include skirt steak, lobster pot pie and baby short ribs.  Prices start at $65 with the option of adding a premium open bar. The late seating is already sold out but earlier times are available. The restaurant will also be open New Year’s Day for brunch starting at 1 p.m.
  • Libation is hosting a triple-decker New Year’s Eve celebration with dj’s, a five-hour open bar, party favors and balloons. Tickets cost $125.
  • For $175, Beauty & Essex has a premium open bar, passed appetizers, party favors and DJ Neil Jackson and DJ Cheapshot.   There are limited tables available.  Sister restaurant Stanton Social is offering a family-style meal, a champagne toast, DJ’s and party favors for $125.
  • Jazzy rockers Great Cesar will be at Arlene’s Grocery at 10 p.m. Your $40 ticket also gets you an open bar for two hours.
  • Family Recipe, the homey Japanese spot at 231 Eldridge Street is featuring a $65 pre fixe menu starting at 9:30 p.m.  It includes vegetarian  options. There will be traditional soba noodles as midnight approaches, a sparkling sake toast and entrees such as arctic char with an umeboshi sauce, lamb meatballs and lamb chop and a cauliflower steak with olive relish.
  • Fatta Cuckoo, the sliver of a restaurant at 63 Clinton Street, is offering two seatings, at 7 and 9:30.  Owner Leah Tinari tells us there will be a special menu, priced at $65.  The evening begins with passed appetizers, you’ll get two glasses of champagne and entrees such as a mustard crusted pork chop, a rib eye steak or lobster claw and tail tempura over squid ink pastina.  Check out Fatta Cucko’s web site for more details.
  • Still need more inspiration? Quite a few restaurants still have availability on Open Table, including: Tre, the Fat Radish, Bacaro, Antibes, Alias, Schiller’s (8 p.m. only), Salt Bar and SakaMai.


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