We are coming to town again for New Years Eve. We have done Times Square in the past and we definitely don't need to be down there again (brrr...). We've also done a lot of the good restaurants in the city - Babbo, Madison Park, etc. We're looking for some good ideas about what to eat and where to go that night. Are their restaurants nearby where you can see the hoopla without being in it? Alternatively, what would be some good food + lounge or 'party' options? I don't necessarily want a club type atmosphere, just somewhere to go where the drinks and music will be good and hopefully nearby to wherever we eat. We'll be staying on the UES in an apartment, but don't have any limitations in terms of location or cost.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!