12/22/16 10:51am

We asked our contributors, friends and notable Brooklynites to share their favorite New Year’s in NYC. Here, Pizza Moto co-owner Anna Viertel shares hers. In case you’d like one of their phenomenal pizzas or addictive smoked trout caesar over the holidays, note the staff is taking a much-needed break between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2. 

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New Year’s Eve has never been my favorite holiday—New Yorkers especially seem to go bananas in an arbitrary way that clogs up the town and sets expectations so high one can only end the night disappointed. (I prefer the quiet, guilty reflection of a secular Rosh Hashanah for ritualizing the turn from the year past to the year to come.)

In 2011 I moved back to New York having left 11 years prior to go to college at the University of Chicago. I spent New Year’s Eve that year with two old friends at the Bell House in Gowanus, not far from where I would eventually open my restaurant and put down roots in Red Hook. (more…)