Celebrate the New Year Around the Rock


Another year has come and gone, and you may be looking for a good way to end 2017 or kick off 2018. There’s plenty going on around the peninsula to fulfill your New Year needs.

The west end might be a good place to mark the end of the year. Kennedy’s in Breezy Point (406 Bayside) is one option for some good grub and good cheer for the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll be taking early dinner reservations for dinner starting before 7:30 p.m. at $75 per person. Later in the evening, they’re offering a Pre-fixe three-course surf and turf dinner with a champagne toast at midnight, hats and noisemakers, plus dancing all night to a live band for $100 per person. On New Year’s Day, they’ll have a regular dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. To make your reservations, call 718-945-0202.

Catch some amazing bayside views while ringing in the New Year at the BayHouse in Breezy Point (500 Bayside Drive). On New Year’s Eve, for $85 per person, they’re offering an open bar and a hot buffet, plus DJ Kuff will be spinning tunes to dance the night away to. Call 347-926-4926 to reserve a spot. On New Year’s Day, the BayHouse will also have music by Soccer Dads starting at 2 p.m.

The Dropout and Riis Point Bar up at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar is celebrating with a special New Year’s Eve Lobster Boil. The event includes a lobster dinner with dessert starting at 8 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $50 per person, with drinks sold separately. Tickets are going fast! Reserve your spot by messaging The Dropout on Facebook or Instagram.

In Rockaway Beach, Thai Rock (375 Beach 92nd Street) will be rocking New Year’s Eve with an evening full of delicious Thai food, good company and live music from Leaders of the Shift performing psychedelic cosmic rock and roll. Of course there will also be Thai Rock’s famous balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight, plus plenty of hats and noisemakers to go around, plus other surprises. The event, starting at 10 p.m., is $55 per person in advance or $75 at the door if tickets are available. To reserve a spot, call 718-945-5111 or head to www.thairock.us

Another fun option this year might be the Community House (101-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). On New Year’s Eve, for $50 per person, you can enjoy an open bar and food while DJ Gary Suglia spins from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Head back to Community House on New Year’s Day to enjoy complimentary food and a performance by the Andy Mac Band from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sayra’s Wine Bar is hosting their 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party on New Year’s Eve starting at 9 p.m. Anyone wearing a mask will get half off champagne bottles and glasses all night.

In Rockaway, many like a low-key New Year’s Eve in exchange for a fun New Year’s Day, and around the Rock, it’s all about the colors. The Wharf celebrates every year with Red Day. Wear red and you’ll get half-priced drinks all day. Thai Rock is also hosting Red Day. Starting at 2 p.m., those wearing red can get half-priced beers. Bungalow Bar will be celebrating with Purple Day in memory of former employee Emily Hutton, who passed away in 2014. They’ll also have a $19.95 brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., plus $10 for an hour-and-a-half of unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas or screwdrivers. DJ Teddy will also be spinning, starting at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended (718-945-2100). The Belle Harbor Yacht Club is hosting white day, the “official color of yachting.” Wine With Sue will be playing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and chef Whitney Aycock will be serving up his awesome pizza.

Many other local spots are sure to have something fun going on for the holiday. They did not respond by press time with details about specials, but some other good options are Jamesons, Pico, Rogers, Kerry Hills, Brendan’s Bar, Healy’s and Rockaway Brewing Company, which did say they’ll be having a live band on New Year’s Eve.

For those who want to ring in the new year with nature, the American Littoral Society is hosting a New Year’s Day walk around Fort Tilden starting at 11 a.m. Join naturalist Don Riepe for a brisk walk, followed by coffee, cake and champagne. To RSVP contact Riepe (718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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