New Year's Eve on Long Island

Ring in the New Year in Style on "The Island"

Long Island doesn't lack for New Years' Eve fun. From gala events to elegant feasts, dancing, hip-hop and rock music, there's something for everyone in towns from one end of the island to the other. Remember to reserve early because these venues sell out fast.

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    Photo © Garden City Hotel
    ••• Garden City Hotel. Photo © Garden City Hotel

    The Garden City Hotel's New Year's Eve celebrations take place both at its Polo Lounge bar and the Polo Steakhouse restaurant. The Polo Lounge is open from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features a Champagne toast complete with hats and noisemakers. There's also an open bar and an hors d'oeuvres buffet. The Polo New Year's Eve package includes dinner reservations in the Steakhouse restaurant. The a la carte menu includes access to the lounge for the open bar. Dinner reservations start at 7 p.m.

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    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Glen Cove Mansion - facade. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Ring in the New Year at the Glen Cove Mansion on the elegant North Shore with a lavish night of cocktails, dancing, and a Champagne toast. The party is a Gatsby-themed black-tie gala, modeled after the title character of the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, "The Great Gatsby." So, don your tuxedo and black Oxford shoes and rock in the new year 1920s style. This 1910, 55-acre estate was named one of the best 12 country houses in the U.S. by Country Life Magazine.

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    Start the new year with a Moulin Rouge gathering at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. The party is based on the 2001 musical film set in a mystical turn-of-the-century Paris cabaret. Feast on pasta, seafood like fried calamari and Dijon-encrusted fillet of sole, as well as vegetarian and Italian classic dishes. There's a five-hour open bar, a DJ, and dancing, as well as a live simulcast of the festivities in Times Square. Red and black attire is encouraged.

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    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Gurney's Inn, Montauk, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Toast the new year at Montauk's oceanfront Gurney's resort. The historic venue was opened in 1926 and has been holding New Year's Eve bashes for over 50 years with themed parties that include optional costumes. Enjoy a four-hour open bar and hors d'oeuvres, live music, complimentary Champagne at midnight, and prizes for the best costumes.

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    Start your New Year's Eve off with a murder mystery at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. The audience participates in this themed show that starts with dinner and ends with dancing and a Champagne toast. A team of professional actors solves the murder with your help. The bar is open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The package includes the show, an overnight stay, and breakfast for two on New Year's Day.

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    The Three Village Inn overlooking Stony Brook Harbor offers two ways to celebrate the New Year. The Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern serves a sit-down dinner featuring eclectic fare, such as beet salad and foie gras, pan-roasted halibut, and prime rib. The restaurant also offers a New Year's Day Champagne brunch with unlimited Champagne and mimosas. Menu items have included two roasts carved to order, steamed snow crab claws, shrimp in the rough, a chef's dessert table, and even a children's buffet.