New Year's Eve Planner: Manhattan From Top to Bottom
Fly high or lay low.

New Year’s Eve celebrations are taking place everywhere this year: from the highest rooftops to the lowest subterranean hotspots. You can spend your night on a rooftop surrounded by breathtaking views of the city, or descend into swanky lounges underground and indulge in a night of debauchery. Either way, the New York New Year’s Eve parties at these four premiere nightlife spots will make you feel like you are on top of the world.

If you prefer a panoramic view of NYE New York’s landmarks or simply enjoy the crisp winter air, you’ll no doubt enjoy Stone Rose or the Eden Rooftop at China Club. Located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, Stone Rose plays host to spectacular views of Central Park and Manhattan’s famous buildings. Rated the swankiest lounge in New York City by Vogue magazine, the likes of Toni Braxton, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Anna Wintour and Derek Jeter have been known to frequent this sky-high gem.

Eden Rooftop, an indoor/outdoor venue located in the heart of Times Square, offers fabulous views of Manhattan’s skyline from the outdoor deck. But if it’s too cold to take in the view all night, take relief on the dance floor indoors. Plus, Eden Rooftop's proximity to Times Square lets guests experience the energy of the ball drop without dealing with all of the mayhem below.

Those who prefer to disappear from the world should ring in 2009 at Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel or Underbar at the W Hotel in Union Square. Enter the Bryant Park Hotel and descend the stairs into the candlelit Cellar Bar. Give in to your sultry side and revel in the elegance, grandeur and exclusivity that Cellar Bar exudes. Celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Carrie Underwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ciara, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe and a number of Victoria’s Secret models have been sighted here.

Private alcoves, floor-to-ceiling scarlet red velvet padded walls, translucent curtains, flickering candlelight and a glowing back lit bar define Underbar at the W Hotel Union Square, located just off Park Avenue South. A floating candlelit staircase invites you into the cavernous space as signature cocktails are served up to trendy guests at this upscale New Year’s Eve New York hotspot.

Whether you prefer to fly high or lay low, you can’t go wrong with a bar up top or underground.