RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve in New York guide
Is it a boat? Is it a floating greenhouse? Whatever it is, the glass-enclosed vessel affords an unobstructed view of fireworks and attractions that include the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park City, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty. All guests receive a three-course sit-down meal, have access to a premium open bar and are treated to a live jazz band. To impress someone special, pony up for the pricier packages to secure a window table with a bottle of champagne and a dozen red roses. In other words, if you can't stomach being near a newly engaged couple: avoid.
Thought the Water Taxis were strictly reserved for summertime jaunts? Think again. Their open-air tops offer great views of the city's landmarks; dance music, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will keep you occupied below deck. At midnight, watch the ball drop in Times Square via live feed, and relish the fact that you're out on the water with no crowd in sight.
See the sights without freezing your ass off: get ensconced in the Zephyr’s cabins. The luxury yacht will sail past iconic sights—including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Statue of Liberty—and screen the Times Square ball drop on 42-inch plasma screens, so you can see all the action without the hassle. The trip includes a premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, buffet, hors d'oeuvres and coffee with dessert to help sober you up.
Escape the frigid temperatures and icy conditions in Manhattan for a taste of a warmer locale: Brazilian food from Zebu Grill on the Upper East Side. Pair Brazil’s national cocktail, the citrusy caipirinha, with a typical bar snack of crispy hand pies called pastel filled with beef, chicken or cheese ($8.95 for three). For a heartier meal, dig into feijoada, a black bean stew with beef, pork and sausages served over rice ($25.95) or go all out with churrasco for two ($49.95). The sizzling platter filled with steak, chicken and sausage arrives with rice and beans. If you need more food, try a side of yucca fries ($6) or collard greens ($6). Looking for something sweet to finish the meal? You might be tempted by the passion fruit brulee topped with caramelized bananas ($8.95).
Venue says: “Delicious Brazilian cuisine on the Upper East Side in a hip atmosphere!”