It’s the iconic December 31 scene: millions of people in Times Square, watching a six-ton crystal ball make its glittering descent as the clock nears midnight. Even if reveling in the streets isn’t your ideal way to celebrate, New Year’s Eve in New York City is still worth dressing up for, with many of Manhattan’s top hotels getting in on the action.

At The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, a five-course meal precedes a live orchestra and dancing in the art deco lobby (gala tickets from $675 per person); a few blocks away and 23 floors up, The Peninsula New York hosts a black-tie gala in its glass-enclosed Salon de Ning rooftop lounge (from $2,145 for two, including accommodations); and farther downtown at The New York Edition, the bubbly flows well into the night at the hotel’s hip Clocktower restaurant (six-course dinner with a midnight toast, $165 per person). Bonus: Staying up late is even more fun when your hotel room is just a few floors away.

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