It might not be Times Square, but New York's Long Island doesn't lack when it comes to New Year's Eve fun. Celebrating the end of the year on Long Island, you can expect elegant dinners, flowing champagne, and 1920s theme parties with costumes and jazz (Long Island is the setting for "The Great Gatsby").
Whether you stay on the west side closer to New York City or travel out to the Hamptons, there is some kind of New Year's celebration for everyone on Long Island.
Most New Year's parties have been scaled back or canceled in 2020–2021. Be sure to confirm the most up-to-date details with the event organizers .
The Mansion at Glen Cove
The New Year's Eve party at the Mansion at Glen Cove is one of the most elegant events on the North Shore of Long Island. Typically, the night is filled with lavish drinks and dancing in a black-tie gala, but the 2020–2021 celebration is scaled back and instead is an early dinner, beginning at 4 p.m.
On December 31, 2020, guests can join in for a four-course meal that starts off with a complimentary glass of champagne. The delectable starters include crab cakes, French onion soup, and roasted beets with goat cheese. For an entree, there's no better way to start the year than a filet mignon with a side of lobster.
The Royal Palm
The Royal Palm, a Nassau County banquet hall, might just be the best place to celebrate the start of the new year. The facility has been throwing bashes since the 1960s, so they've perfected throwing a fabulous New Year's Eve party. For 2020–2021, the typical party is a sit-down dinner from 6–9 p.m. Enjoy a prix fixe meal, a sweet dessert finish, and, best of all, an open bar. There is also live music entertainment to keep everyone in a festive mood throughout the event.
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
This oceanfront resort is a historic venue and Long Island icon that opened in 1926 and has been holding themed New Year's Eve bashes for over 50 years. The 2020–2021 New Year's Eve party at Gurney's isn't taking place, but the hotel is hosting a special dinnertime menu that guests can enjoy from their room. Have your own private celebration with ocean views while enjoying Maine lobster, truffled pasta, and filet mignon (with a bottle of champagne to toast the new year, of course). NYE doesn't get any more extravagant than this.
Mirabelle at Three Village Inn
The Three Village Inn overlooking Stony Brook Harbor offers two ways to celebrate the New Year. The Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern serves an elaborate seven-course tasting menu for New Year's Eve dinner, scheduled from 5–9 p.m. on December 31, 2020. Dine on seared scallops, oxtail consommé, and honey-glazed duck breast, among many other exquisite dishes, with an optional wine pairing to accompany.
If you miss dinner or want even more, you can also join a New Year's Day brunch on January 1, 2021. The usual suspects are on the menu, such as pancakes and eggs Benedict, along with non-traditional brunch items like oysters and mussels. For a small extra cost, you can also indulge on unlimited mismosas.
Hotel Indigo East End
The New Year's Eve festivities are canceled at The Hotel Indigo for 2020–2021.
Located on Long Island’s east end, The Hotel Indigo is home to the award-winning eatery Bistro 72. On New Year's Eve, enjoy live piano music over a multi-course dinner featuring numerous options to choose from, including an herb and garlic-encrusted lamb rack, clams and prosciutto served in a champagne-creamed white sauce, and banana brûlée.
The New Year's Eve party at the Piermont is canceled in 2020–2021.
Formerly known as The Venetian Yacht Club, The Piermont is an event space with a stunning view of the Great South Bay. Go back in time and enjoy a disco-themed party, where revelers can get their groove on to 70s music while enjoying a cocktail hour, three-course dinner, top-shelf open bar, and complimentary party favors. A ball drop at midnight won't stop the party, which continues until late into the night.