Where To Go in White Plains For New Year’s Eve 2012

A ball drop, fireworks, food, bars—White Plains has everything you need to celebrate New Year’s Eve.


Revelers need not travel far, or empty their wallets, as White Plains has everything you need to ring in the New Year this weekend. An elegant dinner while watching the ball drop, fun with the whole family, or merrymaking on Mamaroneck Avenue—White Plains is the ultimate local New Year’s Eve destination.

- Main Street, 914.422.1336 (Dept. of Recreation) 

This year the City of White Plains, White Plains Business Improvement District, and local sponsors will host a giant dance party in the middle of Main Street at the city’s twelfth annual New Year’s Eve event.

This free family event is on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. between Court Street and Renaissance Square.

Dance the night away to music from a DJ, countdown the last minutes of 2011 as the illuminated ball drops and enjoy midnight fireworks.

“The City of White Plains Downtown New Year’s Eve Celebration has become a fun and exciting tradition for so many city residents as well as people from all over Westchester County,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. “This is the biggest event outside of the annual New York City celebration. I am looking forward to another successful event and encourage all residents to come downtown and join us for this local, family-friendly celebration.” 

Click here for more information on this event, and for last year’s coverage of the event.

Sofrito - 175 Main St., 914.428.5500

Enjoy authentic Puerto Rican cuisine until 1 a.m. at the City’s newest nightspot this New Year’s Eve no matter what your budget is.

Admission is $25 at Sofrito where you can party down on the dance floor to a live band and DJ Junior until 4 a.m. For a $125 ticket you’ll enjoy open bar and a buffet from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as well as a champagne toast at midnight. 

You can also book a VIP room at Sofrito after 10:30 p.m. The Bamboo Room Cabana is for up to 10 people for $500, which includes a bottle of Moet and wait-service for the cash bar. The Blue Room Cabana is for up to 15 people for $2,500, and includes a bottle of Moet and two bottles of Grey Goose, as well as wait-service for the cash bar.

This restaurant is just outside of where the City’s New Year’s Eve festivities will take place, so you will be able to see the ball drop and fireworks from the restaurant's storefront. 

Click here to purchase tickets and for information on dress code or visit sofritonewyork.com.

– 201 E. Post Rd., 914.993.0505

Hit up the Post Road bar strip on New Year’s Eve and join the partygoers at "The Turtle."

You can pay $10 at the door for admission and a cash bar, or you can get a $40 ticket for open bar and buffet from 9 p.m. until midnight, where there will be a champagne toast. For deals on large groups or information on bottle service, contact mcody@thirstyturtle.net.

– One Renaissance Square, 914.761.4242 

Watch the sky light up with the City’s New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks while enjoying a fine four-course meal at 42 on Saturday. 

The restaurant will be holding two dinner seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., that include hors d'oeuvres, and a choice of entree and desert, as well as live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Click here to view the menu.

A ticket for one to the 6:30 p.m. seating is $125, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity (total cost is $160.47 per person). Tickets are $150 per person for the 9:30 p.m. showing, which comes to $192.56 including tax and gratuity.

If you’re not looking for a sit down dinner you can hang out at the restaurant’s bar/lounge and enjoy live music from The Jay Prince Band on the dance floor, as well as a cash bar for $40.

Admission ends at midnight. Tickets must be purchased here ahead of time, and will not be sold at the door. 

– 181 Mamaroneck Ave., 914.358.5811

Ron Blacks has a five-hour open bar special that includes 40 draught beers, appetizer buffet, party favors and a midnight champagne toast for $75 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in its VIP Party Room. The main bar will be open with a $5 cover charge aver 9 p.m.

Whatever you decide to do on New Year’s Eve BE SAFE!!!

The Heineken USA, the City of White Plains and other sponsors are trying to make that a little bit easier for you with the eighth annual “New Year Safe Ride” program. 

You can get a free sober ride home from White Plains on New Year’s Eve, at tge “New Year Safe Ride” stand on the corner of East Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Free rides to residential locations in Westchester will be available to persons 21 years and older. Not everyone will be guaranteed a ride.

If you end up needing to take a taxi, here are a few that are open all night/morning long on New Year’s Eve/Day:

If you playing the role of the designated driver this New Year’s, be sure to check out this list of street closures in effect that night/morning:

  • Main Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd – 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. 
  • Court Street at Martine Ave: 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Renaissance Square: 5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Mamaroneck Avenue Northbound: 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Martine Avenue Westbound: 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Martine Luther King, Jr. Blvd at Martine Avenue (Northbound): 11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

If you have an iPhone or Android phone you don’t have to memorize all this information! 

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