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NYE NYC 787-9 in F!
Lucky enough to be flying LHR-EWR on a BA 787-9 in F for New Years in NYC.
Looking for a recommendation for whether we should find a restaurant for the evening and join the crowds late on, or queue for a great spot early on to watch the ball drop. Anybody done this before?
Thanks for your help!
I think it first depends on your budget! I was in NYC last month and was told that most of the basic restaurants around Times Square will cost at minimum $200 for a reservation, while the higher end hotels that have bars with a view will cost upwards of $1,000 – $2,000.
If you plan on finding a good spot early, recommend getting there early afternoon for a chance to get a good spot. Also, be warned they are no public bathrooms inside the barricaded area…
I think NYE in Times Square should be on everyone’s bucket list, but it definitely takes commitment to stay there for 10 hours with no bathroom and limited food. Have fun!
Times Sq is basically closed off – people will start arriving in the area around noon. The earlier you get there, the better your spot. In the early afternoon, NYPD will start to make “pens” around people and when that happens, the people inside each pen is locked in. If you leave, you wont be able to return to that area. ALL the restaurants around that area have NYE dinner packages and its quite ridiculous. Olive Garden wants like $200 a person, if I recall correctly. Be careful and good luck!
I have, shockingly, done this. Sorta. We [I]planned[/I] to do it, but as [USER=29]@David W[/USER] says you have to get there are like 10AM, and you can’t leave to go to the bathroom or anything, and I hate people, so wasn’t super enthused about it.
As we were walking back to our hotel on the 30th, we saw the dress rehearsal. The ball dropped, a few fireworks went off, everyone cheered. It was pretty cute.
So on the 31st, we went out for dinner, then watched the spectacle from our room, which was probably better on balance.
There are realistically very few places where you’ll be able to see the ball if you’re not in Times Square, so if that doesn’t seem appealing I might look for a party that matches your interests!