NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights for restaurants and bars all over Connecticut. In New Haven, several popular spots said they spent all day prepping to ring in the New Year.
“I expect full capacity. Around 10:00 p.m. is when the cover starts and then that’ll slow things down a bit, but we’ll still most likely have a line down the street,” said Daniel Brodoff, manager at BAR.
At BAR, staff spent all afternoon gearing up for the rush.
“Normally on a Thursday night we have about six to seven guys on security, but tonight we have a full staff, like it was a Saturday night, which is nine to ten guys,” said Brodoff.
BAR offers a more casual club-like atmosphere as well as pizza and beer. Many party-goers looking for a more formal option to celebrate the start of 2016 opted for a lower key celebration at Union League Cafe.
Union League Cafe owner and chef, Jeanne-Pierre Vuillermet said his restaurant carries more than 35 different kinds of champagne.
“The price ranges from forty, you know upper forties, and then the vintage champagne can go to three hundred, four hundred dollars a bottle,” said Vuillermet.
Union League offers two New Year’s Eve seating every year and features a special menu. There is also live music for those wishing to stay late and toast to 2016.
“We already planned the menu ahead of time, so we already know what to expect,” said Vuillermet.
Dave Parise and Karen Marinaro have been coming to the Union League Cafe for the past three years.
“Have a nice drink at Union League, probably a rose prosecco, follow my roots, my culture. I’m Italian. Have a nice dinner and go home,” said Parise.
“It’s funny, you get a little older, you just want different things. I just want to spend time with him and just think about what’s ahead,” said Marinaro.
“There’s a lot of great things that are gonna happen in 2016, for everything. For America. For everyone,” said Parise.