I will be in NYC at the end of December for a friends wedding and am looking for a nice dinner option for New Years Eve. Dont want to deal with all the crazy hoopla. Just hoping for a nice meal and champagne toast at midnight. ;) Might be easier said than done. Hoping that someone familiar with the area can offer some advice. We will be staying at the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side. I was looking at Ma Peche or Marea (or perhaps Bolud Sud?) as options as they are within short walking distance. However, a local New Yorker suggested that we get out of the neighborhood for the night. To me, it makes more sense to stay within walking distance and not mess with the subway or cabs. HELP please????