Support Sandy Stricken Restaurants on New Year’s Eve


No doubt about it, New Year’s Eve is stressful. There are so many options, yet none of them seem like they’ll live up to the hype New Year’s Eve is supposedly all about. But this year, there’s hope! All over the city, restaurants that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy are back and ready to throw kickass parties just for you. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of these spots, and let their resilience lead you into 2013.

The Good Fork will celebrate a grand reopening on New Year’s Eve. Be among their first customers in 2013 for $90 a person. Diners will get a four course meal and the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a Red Hook restaurant while it gets back on its feet.

Spend New Year’s Eve at Gargiulo’s for drinking, dancing, and feasting until the early morning. Enjoy champagne all night, a cocktail “extravaganza”, surf and turf dinner, party hats, noisemakers, and an extra special glass of champagne at midnight. A traditional Venetian hour will take place from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. followed by dancing until you drop. This party goes for $200 a person.

Vetro in Howard Beach invites you to an hour and a half cocktail reception with seafood apps followed by a four-course menu, music from a DJ, festive hats, and noisemakers for $175 a person. Plus, there’s a top-shelf open bar.

Acqua at Peck Slip offers a $95 four-course dinner with complimentary glasses of wine and Prosecco. Their regular menu will be available too for the not-so-hungry.

Don your cowboy boots and head to South Street Seaport‘s Cowgirl Seahorse for a $60 tasting menu with free toast and hors d’oeuvres at midnight.

In our minds, January 1st still sort of counts as New Year’s Eve. Red Hook’s home/made will be open on New Year’s Day for brunch. After the rebuilding process they’ve had, a hangover spent here sounds divine.

Ring in the New Year at Fort Defiance as they gear up for the fourth annual NYE dinner celebrating the life and work of food writer Charles H. Baker, Jr. Enjoy a five-course meal with paired wine and cocktails from the 1930s for $95. But be sure to make a reservation.