10 Jersey Shore New Year’s Eve Alternatives to Times Square
It may be balmy now, but the forecast for New Year’s Eve 2014 is a downright nippy 27 degrees. Perfect weather for freezing your noise makers off in Times Square with Ryan Seacrest.
You can trade your Uggs for sparkly party shoes and ring in the New Year with your favorite people, right here at your favorite Jersey Shore restaurants and clubs.
From sit down dinners, to buffets, from bands to DJs, and from bottle service to kiddie rides, Jersey Shore InMotion has a New Year’s deal for everyone.
Here are ten New Year’s Eve parties in Monmouth and Ocean counties with a toast for every taste.
1. Indulge Lounge, Pier Village, Long Branch
Start making reservations for New Year’s Eve, and take advantage of the 2015 NYE Package: $250 gets you a bottle of champagne and a 750L of liquor. The party features DJ Steve Sapz. The fun starts during happy hour and continues until 2 a.m. Click here for more party details.
2. Catch and Gotham, Red Bank
Dine at market style seafood restaurant Catch and receive free tickets to the Gotham for a speakeasy style new year’s bash. The black tie gala features DJ Angel, cash bar and party favors. Tickets are valued at $20. For more details on this combo click here.
3. Savor Lounge, Seaside Heights
Savor’s 2015 NYE Social Gala is a cocktail style party with passed apps and small bites. The party includes a champagne toast and midnight snacks. Tickets start at $90 with an optional open bar package. Click here for more party details.
4. Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
If you’re looking for a sit down dinner and conversation, the Molly Pitcher Inn on the Navesink River offers a New Year’s Eve five course pre-fixe for $85. Choose from four appetizers and five entrees. Here’s one menu combo: Chilled lobster martini with roasted tomato vinaigrette and micro greens. Harvest salad with grilled Gala apple, dried cranberries, candied pecans and a champagne vinaigrette. Follow that with a grilled 10 oz. filet mignon with maple-aged sherry Brussels sprouts, red pearl onions, fingerling potatoes and roasted garlic au jus. Click here for more menu options .
5. Teak, Red Bank
If you have a taste for chic Asian fusion cuisine and a New York vibe (without the pretention), reserve your space at Teak in downtown Red Bank. Teak’s New Year’s Eve party features music from DJ ToMe and Ketel One drink specials. The party starts at 10 p.m. and includes a champagne toast at midnight Click here for more party details.
6. Tuscan Bistro Bar, Toms River
Ring in 2015 with good food and good laughter at Tuscan Bistro’s comedy party. The party will feature an Italian dinner buffet including favorites like rigatoni with vodka sauce, prosciutto and cream sauce and oven baked cod. There will also be carving stations, desserts and soft drinks. Laughs start at 9 p.m. with comedians Anthony DiDomenico and Mick Thomas. Tickets are $69.95 and include tax and gratuity. Click here for more menu options and party details.
7. EvenTide Grille, Sea Bright
Known for its summer sunsets, EvenTide still rocks in winter along the banks of the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright. Party on New Year’s Eve with the E-Street Shuffle. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and includes an open bar, buffet, champagne toast and live band entertainment. Pre-sale tickets are $75. Click here for more party details and at-the-door prices.
8. Bum Rogers Tavern and Crab House, Seaside Heights
Your favorite summer hotspot is still partying through the cold. Bum Rogers will send 2014 packing with its New Year’s party featuring Rockbottom Band and DJ. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until midnight with a lavish buffet and champagne toast. Tickets are $65. Click here for a lower priced couples deal.
9. iPlay America, Freehold
For a family option that still includes grown-up fun, try iPlay’s 2015 Party Pass. Tickets include unlimited rides and attractions, a $10 game card and more. Watch the ball drop on huge screens and experience the “blast-tastic” confetti cannon. There will be a cocktail area for adults and toddler admission is free. iPlay’s party starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. Tickets are $39.95. Click here for more party details.
10. Hemingway’s Café, Seaside Heights
Because not everybody wants to start at 9 and go to 2 a.m., Hemingway’s offers two seatings and an optional open bar. Prices range from $45 to $80 a person for a four course meal, champagne toast and party favors. The price fixed menu features several choices for each course including diver scallops, rack of lamb and lava cake. Advance ticket holders get a 2015 VIP Card good for free admission and line privileges all year. Click here for more menu choices and info on the premium open bar.
By Shannon Winning, Jersey Shore InMotion