We chose to go to Raines Law Room for NYE '13 when we were in New York. We didn't fancy going somewhere crowded and loud and this place ticked all the boxes. They had a special package for drinks and canapes plus a live cross to Times Square for the countdown.
It is difficult to find - make sure you have the street address! But so much fun. When we knocked the door was opened and a french doorman asked if he could help us (in an excellent, slightly suspicious speak-easy way). We gave him our names and he immediately let us in and took our coats (I love the whole New York coat room thing).
We were taken to a table in the Parlour. This place is absolutely beautiful - I adored it. To get the waitress' attention you pull a small chain beside your table and within moments someone is there to serve you. They had a selection of cocktails for the night, we made sure we tried them all and they were all delicious. The place was not full, which was a shame (only because people would have missed out on a fantastic time!). Plenty of canapes were brought around which were also delicious.
There was a large group hanging out in the 'Kitchen' with the bar staff but we preferred the elegant seated option.
Just before midnight the doorman offered us all 'noise makers' and the waitress bought us all champagne - they then they crossed to the Times Square countdown.
This was a perfect New Years Eve for me and it was a shame we didn't have time to come back again. I loved this place.
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