New Year's Eve in New York City: Best Spots to Celebrate 2022

New Year's Eve celebrations are getting under way in New York City. With events taking place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of the Omicron variant, several safety measures are in place across the city.

All those aged 18 or older are required to show identification and proof of vaccination for indoor activities at certain public venues. This includes bars, restaurants and music venues, where many New Year's Eve celebrations are being held, the New York City government website advises.

Those aged from five to 12 are required to show proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while those 12 and older must show proof of two doses (except for those who received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) for the aforementioned indoor activities, according to the website.

Depending on the venue, additional safety requirements may be in place. Contact the venue to confirm their full COVID-19 guidelines and more information before attending the venue.

Here we look at some of the best spots in New York City to ring in the New Year.

The Knickerbocker

To avoid the crowds at the Times Square ball drop event, head to The Knickerbocker hotel, which offers "the closest live view of the Times Square ball drop in the world" at only 150 feet away, according to its website.

The Knickerbocker's St. Cloud rooftop venue is hosting a New Year's Eve party with live music from DJs.

Guests can book either a ticket for the rooftop party only or packages that include hotel stays as well as entry to the New Year's Eve party. All package deals include a seated buffet dinner at the hotel's Charlie Palmer restaurant, a cocktail reception at St. Cloud, an open bar all evening and a champagne toast at midnight.

The View

Celebrate the New Year at The View, New York City's only revolving rooftop restaurant located at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel just near Times Square.

The View rotates 360 degrees every hour, offering unique views of the Manhattan skyline from different angles.

According to the website, The View is currently not accepting reservations for New Year's Eve but groups of 10 or more are welcome "based on availability." Guests are advised to join The View's mailing list for more information.

Jimmy

Jimmy, the rooftop bar of the ModernHaus Soho hotel in Manhattan's trendy Soho neighborhood, is hosting a New Year's Eve masquerade party.

The event, held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. local time, will offer an open bar, canapes and a champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. local time. Tickets are priced from $250.

Westlight

Enjoy expansive views of Manhattan from the 22nd floor at Westlight, the rooftop bar of the William Vale hotel in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

The New Year's Eve celebration will offer specialty cocktails, live music and a champagne toast at midnight.

Mr. Purple

Celebrate 2022 at Mr. Purple, the rooftop bar and restaurant located at the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood. General admission to its New Year's Eve event starts from $250 and includes six drink tickets and a champagne toast at midnight.

Gansevoort

Ring in the New Year with a rooftop dinner at the stylish Gansevoort hotel in the Meatpacking District of downtown Manhattan. The Gansevoort Rooftop venue is offering a four-course prix fixe dinner ($250 per person) with champagne to celebrate the New Year.

Tickets for its rooftop New Year's Eve party (which comes with a champagne toast at midnight, open bar and hors d'oeuvres) are sold out but bottle service is still available, according to its website.

Visitors can also book "a special omakase dinner" ($250 per person ) at Saishin, the hotel's Japanese restaurant, and enjoy a glass of Chandon Spritz upon arrival.

The hotel's Coffee + Cocktails venue is offering a $225 per person prix fixe menu and a $150 premium open bar package for New Year's Eve. The Chester bar is offering an open bar package for $100 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. local time on New Year's Eve.

Le Bain

The trendy rooftop venue at the top floor of The Standard hotel in the Meatpacking District is reopening its doors on December 30 for the New Year's Eve weekend. Its New Year's Eve event will feature live music from DJs.

The Top of the Standard, the hotel's other rooftop venue, offering floor-to-ceiling glass walls, dramatic city views and live jazz, is currently only open for private event bookings. The venue also has an outdoor rooftop level open during the summer.

230 Fifth Avenue

The rooftop venue just steps from the Flatiron District, described as "New York's largest outdoor and indoor live events space," is hosting several New Year-themed events, starting with a pre-New Year's Eve bash on December 30, with drinks available from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. local time.

Then on December 31, it will host its New Year's Eve party (doors opening at 8 p.m. local time), offering music from two DJs, two dance floors and hors d'oeuvres.

Guests can also enjoy a boozy brunch on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. The brunch ($45 per person) includes one entree dish as well as unlimited champagne and coffee for 90 minutes.

The celebrations continue with a New Year's Day evening party on January 1 from 9 p.m. local time, featuring DJs, performers and more.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

For a quiet escape from crowded New Year's Eve celebrations, book a stay at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The hotel offers a rooftop lounge and pool (available exclusively for hotel guests) from where visitors can take in poolside views of New York City to ring in the New Year.

Guests can also enjoy vistas from Harriet's Rooftop at the hotel, which can currently be accessed as an observation deck, weather permitting, according to its website.