It's time to keep that resolution you made in 2012, vowing to never subject yourself to another lame New Year's Eve party ever again.
This year, we take the guess work out of planning the perfect evening to ring in the new year -- whether you're looking for a cozy dinner with your love interest or hoping to meet a new one as you dance the night away. With Metro's help, you'll prove everyone wrong that New Year's Eve is the most overrated night of the year. Let's ring it in right.
Savor the night
135 W. 42nd St.
So close to the action, yet so far away -- when you enjoy an intimate dinner at a hot spot this cool, you'll forget you're in Times Square. Choose from an early seating beginning at 5 p.m. or a later seating from 8 p.m. with menus sure to lead you into the new year with a smile. Wagyu carpaccio and butter-poached Maine lobster are just a couple options that await at your table in the bar & halo room or the dining room. Don't forget about the afterparty from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., if you have room for more. $95-$125 per person for early seating, $395 per person for late seating
531 Hudson St.
In the mood for food -- and drink? The New Year's Eve dinner and Glam Rock Party at Swine in the West Village lets you indulge in a five-course prix fixe meal before rocking out for the rest of the night. Feast on foie gras creme brulee and suckling pig in what's sure to be a memorable meal. Then head to the party, just steps away, and dance to your favorite hair metal hits spun by DJ Ed Zang until 2 a.m. $90 per person for dinner, $85 per person for the party, $135 per person for dinner and the party
Party like it's 1999
The 40/40 Club
6 W. 25th St.
Where else in the city can you choose between spending $10,000 or $65 on your New Year's Eve? Whatever your price range, you'll find a celebration that fits your budget and maxes out your fun factor at Jay-Z's famed nightclub.
The $10,000 option lets you and 79 of your closest friends party like celebrities (If you can afford that price, though, you probably are a celebrity) in one of the five private lounges. Don't have that kind of cash? Pay just $65 to get into the club, or a little more at $95 and still be a VIP with a five-hour open bar and passed hors d'oevres.
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St.
Enjoy dinner, drinks or both at this Lower East Side hot spot frequented by celebrities. DJs Neil and Cheapshot will provide the music, but it's up to you to ask a hottie to dance. With an open bar until 1:30 a.m., the party will be pumping well into 2013. Bottle service is available for those looking to go big or go home. $175 per person
210 W. 55th St.
Go straight to the top with this ultimate New Year’s party that has it all — a seven-hour open bar, stunning views of the ball drop in Times Square and a black-tie optional dress code for those who want to get swanked out to the max in this newly redesigned space. Atop the Dream Hotel in Midtown, this DJ-spun affair offers bottle service, a champagne toast and a special couple’s package for those who want to share a midnight kiss at a private rooftop table. Tickets start at $395.
The Black and White Masked Ball
85 S. Oxford St., Ft. Greene
For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, try this extravagant event in a former 19th century church. Dance to live music by the 13-piece Hot Shim Sham Orchestra or take in the sensual sights of burlesque dancer Jo Boobs. Pro theme party planners Gemini & Scorpio have rolled out what's sure to be an unforgettable evening, full of mystery and surprises. Don't forget your black and white attire -- wild is welcome. Tickets range from $20 to $80.
Hornblower Infinity Yacht -- Pier 40
West Houston Street and West Side Highway
You've done it on land, now try it by sea! Ring in the new year on the water this year, aboard a luxury yacht beneath the stars. This party-at-sea offers three climate-controlled decks, complete with dance floors, an open bar and scrumptious food. You'll be on board from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., so plan for an all-night extravaganza without the hassle of barhopping and long lines. Tickets start