New Year's Eve in New York City. In the minds of most of the world that means only one thing; watching the iconic ball drop in Times Square at midnight.
Those of us who have actually been there for the event though know from experience that for an observer it is not as much fun to be there as it looks on TV.
To get a decent view you have to stand in place for hours, there is barely room to move a muscle and by 12.10, there is nothing left to do but try to hop the subway and find somewhere to at least get a bite to eat after starving for hours.
Therefore most locals know that spending the evening at one of the city's many eateries is often a far better idea.
Special New Year's Eve promotions are offered annually all over the city and there is something to suit every celebratory style and culinary taste.
Here's our look at some of the best such offerings to celebrate 2015 becoming 2016 in style.
For the Superstitious: Bara
The cuisine at this cosy East Village tavern is a unique Asian-French fusion and the five-course tasting menu on offer for New year's Eve is designed to highlight the best of it. moreover, each course has a symbolic tie to the New Year in either French or Japanese culture.
The rock salted sea bream, for example, should bring you career success in 2016, while the roasted chestnuts in the chestnut egg custard offer a chance to reflect upon mistakes made not to be repeated in the coming year.
The feast is priced at $75 (with an optional $45 beverage pairing) and includes seating at a traditional Japanese snack table and multicultural entertainments all night long.
Bara is located at 58 East 1st Street.
For the Fan of the Exotic: Bustan
If you prefer things a little spicier in general, especially when it comes to food, then spending New Year's Eve at this trendy, up and coming Upper West Side Mediterranean restaurant might be right for you.
For an all-inclusive charge of $75 guests will enjoy a prix fixe menu served 'family style' at long tables consisting of such varied delights as taboon charred octopus, lamb terracotta and beefsteak tomato torte.
Also, a must try; a spicy apricot margarita or a lavender martini at midnight in the place of traditional champagne.
Bustan is located at 487 Amsterdam Avenue
For the Gourmand: Chefs Club
If you have ever watched those swanky parties on the likes of shows like top Chef and wished you could attend such a soiree then a New Year's Eve spent at Chefs Club should be a dream come true for you.
The restaurant's executive chef Didier Elena will, along with a cadre of guest chefs, be kicking off the evening with a two sitting six course meal that, for $228 per head, will offer a range of tasting dishes including organic caviar, Maine scallop, John Dory in a coconut reduction and a trio of beef and venison.
Once dinner is over a live DJ will take centerstage for the rest of evening while the complimentary canapes and Cremant du Jura bubbly continue to flow.
Chefs Club is located at 275 Mulberry St.
For the Outdoorsy Type: Kimoto
If you still want to spend your evening outside under the stars but just can't face the Times Square crush then the rooftop garden at Kimoto is a wonderful alternative.
A range of both hors d'oeuvres and full entrees will be on offer with house favorites like Shibuya disco fries, portabello sliders and roasted shishito peppers on offer in abundance.
Just $22 will guarantee you a seat on the heated terrace and a free glass of bubbly at midnight but for those who want to really splash out $300 will buy a VIP table for 6, a bottle of the liquor of your choice as well as champagne for the big countdown and a selection of three platters of complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
Kimoto is located at 216 Duffield St., Brooklyn.
For the Reveler on a Budget: Treadwall Hall
Like your New Year's loud and boisterous? Then a trip to this newly opened Brooklyn beer hall would be just the ticket.
For a measly $19 you can treat yourself to a night of free ping pong, popcorn and pop tunes and then meal packages start at $20 and range up to $200, depending on just how much you want to consume.
On offer, you'll find a plethora of bratwurst sausages, beef brisket, thick cut fries and other casual dining delights as well as access to 20 different beers and ciders as well as some crazy cocktails.
And we mean crazy - bitter beer floats with blue cheese and chocolate and vanilla goat's milk ice cream anyone? And maybe best of all a generous portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Robin Hood Foundation, the JFK Jr. founded charity that benefits New York's underprivileged.
Treadwall Hall is located at 1125 First Avenue, Brooklyn.
There you go, and as always, a great New York quote to keep in mind.
"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years" - Tom Wolfe