If You: Love a Fright
Your Party: New Year's Eve at Times Scare
Times Scare; 669 Eighth Ave., nr. 42nd St.; 212-586-7829
Halloween buffs will want to check out this year-round three-story mansion of the macabre, with its high-end and highly frightening haunted house, morgue-themed restaurant called the Crypt Café, and candelabra-lit bar serving up potent cocktails. Admission includes food and drink, but the magic show and haunted house are extra. We suggest you splurge; $75$295.
If You: Like Your Funny Bone Tickled
Your Party: New Year's Eve Spectacular at Carolines
Carolines on Broadway; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; 1626 Broadway, nr. 50th St.; 212-757-4100
There are two chances to get your last laughs of the year at the comedy club right where the action happens. Comedians Ardie Fuqua, Joe DeRosa, Vince August, Mark Normand, Nate Bargatze, and Dan Soder will be available for both shows, but only at the later one can you watch the ball drop on their ten-foot screen, with a live D.J. after midnight; $43.75$114.50
If You: Long for the High Seas
Your Party: Take a Cruise
World Yacht, Pier 81, West 41st St., at the West Side Highway; 212-630-8100
Cornucopia Destiny, Pier 81, West 41st St., at the West Side Highway; 212-630-8100
Sail into 2013 on a boat! Have a date night on the World Yacht with a five-course dinner, premium open bar, and views of the fireworks; $231.95. Or plop the kids on the family-friendly Cornucopia Destiny, where admission also gets you fireworks views, along with D.J.-ed dancing, a buffet dinner, an open bar for adults, and a celebration cake for, well, everyone; $160$225.
If You: Dig Balloons
Your Party: Webster Hall New Year's Eve
Webster Hall; 8 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
Oh, how Webster Hall loves their balloons. So much so that at their NYE shindig they'll be dropping more than 100,000 at the stroke of midnight (the "largest in the free world," they claim) alongside aerial performances, fire displays, an open bar, and D.J.'s. To soundtrack the balloon drop, of course; $50$150.
If You: Hang With D.J.'s
Your Party: New Year’s Eve: Built by Meanred
Villain; 9 p.m.; 50 N. 3rd St., nr. Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-0025
Party with some solid folk when D.J.'s Nick Catchdubs (Fools Gold Records), Samo Sound Boy, and Parisian producer Onra spin the tunes at this former textiles warehouse turned event space. A regular ticket gets you an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., while a VIP ticket snags you an all-night open bar. Limited tickets available; $35$100.