Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Celebrations in Astoria

With the effects of this week's snow storm still in the air, have you solidified your New Year's Eve plans?  If not, no worries!  There are plenty of fun options ready and waiting for you to choose from that are still very much available.

Vesta - Welcome 2011 in the spirit of the Roaring 20's, as Vesta encourages you to come dressed in your best flapper, pinstripe suit, top hats or whatever else.  They offer three seatings including one on the early side at 6 p.m. ($50/person), at 8 p.m. ($60/person) and a final one at 10 p.m. ($75/person). The evening includes a four-course dinner menu, a complimentary glass of prosecco and even some fun entertainment (think palm reader) during the late seating.  21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.545.5550

- Rockin' in the New Year with a live band, Spitfire, starting at 10:00 p.m., a night at Mojave also boasts a rich 3-course menu and a 3 hour open bar including sangria, margarita, beer & house spirit cocktails.  All this for $95/person.  22-36 31st Street, Astoria. 718.545.4100

- You have all the options in the world if you choose Winegasm as the place to celebrate the New Year.  You can stop in for an early dinner from 7-9 p.m. for $45/person or $65 with a wine pairing, extend that until 2 a.m. with an open bar option for $105/person, or you can come in for just drinks from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. for $75.  And if that isn't enough, there's a VIP package for $105/person that will get you unlimited champagne, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.  31-86 37th Street, Astoria. 718.932.3331

El Ay Si
- If you're trying to save your hard earned dough on New Year's Eve, El Ay Si might just be your place.  For $30, you can take advantage of a 3-course prix fixe dinner and a complimentary glass of bubbly.  A midnight party with a live DJ is absolutely free to enjoy.  47-38 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City NY 11101.  718.389.8781

Cafe Bar - More in line with El Ay Si's type of New Year's celebration, Cafe Bar will also keep things low key with a champagne and hors d'oeuvres special from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. for just $40/person.  32-90 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11103.  718.204.5273

- This new restaurant/lounge on 31st Street near Newtown Avenue is hosting a high-profile New Year's shin-dig that includes a delicious sounding menu (including surf & turf) for $95/person with a midnight champagne toast.  The night will continue with a dance party with a 2 hour open bar for $40/person.  You can choose one or the other - or both.  28-18 31st Street, Astoria. 718.726.0088

- You can always count on Ovelia to bring you something spectacular for a special occassion.  Their New Year's partay will feature a four-course dinner packed with plenty of Greek specialties such as Kobe Beef Keftedakia, fried feta cubes, a lamb-burg-ini and a lot more.  Here's the menu in its entirety.  34-01 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103. 718.721.7217

Sweet Afton
- One of my favorite watering holes in the nabe, I always feel comfortable and happy when I come here.  For New Year's Eve, they'll have a 3 hour open bar from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. including champagne and even a bagpiper.  All this fun will set you back $60/person and the proceeds will go to a local charity. How great is that?! 30-09 34th Street, Astoria NY 11103 718.777.2570

- Similar to Winegasm, DiWine has a lot of fun New Year's options including a special dinner until 2 a.m. (see menu) as well as a 3 hour open bar option from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. for $65.  They're also having an incentive deal, during which they'll take off $10 from the open bar price if you decide to dine with them too.  A live DJ will be in-house, spinning great lively beats from 11 p.m. on.  41-15 31st Avenue, Astoria NY 11103.  718.777.1355

Danny Brown Wine & Kitchen
- If you want to go beyond Astoria and LIC, try this Forest Hills gem, which serves expertly-prepared food such as excellent tapas, cheeses, charcuterie, meat and fish.  On New Year's Eve, they'll have their regular menu and the restaurant will close prior to midnight, so make sure to check it out early.  There's no prix-fixe here, so you can get away paying regular prices, which is a plus.  41-15 31st Avenue, Astoria NY 11103.  718.777.1355

Happy New Year Astoria - I wish you all the best!

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