How to have a low-key New Year’s Eve in New York City

December 19, 2017 / New York City

Last New Year’s Eve still a little hazy? Maybe you promised yourself you would have a quiet one, as 2017 slips into 2018. If you are looking to give Times Square a swerve, there are plenty of more-relaxed ways to see in the new year. Work up a sweat on the dance floor, or by pounding the streets with some virtuous runners. Or maybe you would prefer to order in and see out the old year with friends?

Where to go in New York City for a chill NYE

Phantom Pub Crawl

Let the ghosts, and maybe a couple of spirits (or beers), usher you into 2018 with a spooky tour of New York’s famous taverns. Your guide introduces you to the haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Houdini, and Jonathan Swift, among other historic luminaries of the city’s drinking scene. The 2-hour tour around the East Village offers an entertaining wander through the history, myths, and tall tales of haunted New York. Participants do not have to drink, but they must be over 21.

When: Check site for availability
Where: Lion sculpture in front of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, corner of 10th St and 2nd Ave

Edison Ballroom

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing at the annual New Year’s Eve party at the Edison Ballroom. The renowned Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band provide the entertainment. The Big Band is a 16-piece orchestra with accompanying vocalists. The Latin rhythms of Direct Latin Influence should encourage plenty of dance floor action. Tickets include a sumptuous 4-course meal, with all drinks, taxes, and gratuities. Festivities include a champagne toast at midnight.

When: Dec 31, 8pm – 2 am
Where: 240 West 47 St

The Disco Biscuits at PlayStation Theater

The final night of a 4-show residency for the Philadelphia dance outfit looks set to be a celebratory party. Their crowd-pleasing fusion of electronic and dance genres has been packing out live venues for a couple of decades and continues to provide the perfect soundtrack for some uncomplicated New Year’s Eve hedonism.

When: 10pm
Where: 1515 Broadway

Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The New Year’s Day Plunge at Coney Island has become a traditional bracing way to greet the new year. The seasonal lie also insists that it is quite warm once you get in. You have to register to take part, and there is a suggested $25 charity donation for participants. Assemble promptly for a 1pm dip. Bring a change of clothes, old footwear, and a towel. Changing facilities are available on the Boardwalk.

When: Jan 1, 1pm
Where: Boardwalk, Stillwell Ave, Coney Island

Midnight Run

Start 2018 at speed. A 4-mile run through Central Park is the perfect way for fitness fiends and would-be athletes to begin the new year. The night starts with dancing and music, and the run will begin on the stroke of midnight, with a backdrop of spectacular fireworks. The course is the inner loop trail around the park. Finishers will receive a credit toward the NYC 2018 marathon.

When: Dec 31, 10pm
Where: Central Park at West 72nd St and Central Park West, or East 72nd St and 5th Ave

Order in with Uber Eats

Can’t face the crowds? Prefer to watch it all on TV? At least make the night special with your favorite meal. Browse the lengthy list of restaurants on the Uber Eats NYC site and book your delivery. Make your reservation well ahead of time, as plenty of other New Yorkers will be relaxing on the sofa and looking forward to a laid-back New Year’s Eve.

When: anytime
Where: home

As the year drifts to a close, why not celebrate New Year’s Eve in a relaxed way this year? Make your own plans and see off 2017 with friends, family, and maybe an Uber delivery partner. The icy waters of Coney Island await those brave enough for a New Year’s dip.