The champagne glasses are washed, the confetti has been swept up, and the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne forgotten for another year. Nothing left but those pesky resolutions that seemed like such a good idea at 11:59. Our advice? Forget the short-lived fitness and healthy-eating commitments. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to spend more time with the people you love. Here’s how to make sure old acquaintances are thought upon throughout 2015 and beyond.
Resolution for a Group Outing
Get the new year in gear with some foot-stomping inspiration from the Harlem Gospel Choir at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill this Sunday, January 4. Gather your crew and enjoy a New York legend while you chow down on an all-you-can-eat soul food buffet, complete with grits, yams, and jambalaya. This gospel brunch also comes with an optional bottomless mimosa, which will definitely kick the year off right.
Resolution for a Guys’ Outing
Start 2015 off with a laugh or 50 by putting together a group for The Bell House’s 9th Annual 50 First Jokes. On Friday, January 3 a half-century of comedians troops across the stage to drop their first gags of the year. A bellyful of laughs sure beats a sore back from squats.
Resolution for a Girls’ Outing
A little pampering can go a long way. Midtown East newcomer Spa Castle Premier 57 puts rejuvenation on an epic scale, perfect for your next girls’ outing. Three floors cover a Himalayan salt room, a pool with a swim-up bar, and a sauna lined floor to ceiling with gold. For some high-rise relaxation, hit the rooftop, which boasts three hot tubs and skyline views.
Resolution for a Family Outing
If your kids have never seen a camel in action, get them out to El Museo del Barrio‘s 38th annual Three Kings Day Parade this Tuesday, January 6. Augmenting the ungulates will be puppets, music, and dance, making for a very festive procession. The parade takes on some extra poignancy this year, as it celebrates founder Jack Agüeros, who passed away in 2014.
Resolution for a Romantic Night Out
There’s a particular thrill to checking out someplace new with someone special. Coming this month is The Camlin, the latest addition to the Williamsburg scene, with small plates and charcuterie made for sharing on a romantic evening. A spin-off of Hell’s Kitchen’s Ardesia, the wine bar will mix fringe vintages with French faves. On the Manhattan side, relaunched hotel Martha Washington has a slick new lobby bar. Take your significant other out for a fizz, a sour, or a sparkling cocktail like a Death in the Afternoon, with absinthe and champagne. The bar’s name is Veronica’s, in homage to actress Veronica Lake, who worked as a barmaid at the hotel after Hollywood fame proved fleeting.