Ho-ho-howdy! Yelpers from from Flatiron to Flushing to Flatbush came together on Thursday night to celebrate the end of 2010 with over 2,500 of their favorite folks at the historic 69th Regiment Armory. Whether you're feeling silly, star-struck, or slightly hungover, we can all agree that it was seriously sassy holiday spectacular.
Kicking things off with edibles from 25 of New York's nicest (and naughtiest) eateries, we saw some savory samples from Hill Country Chicken, Scottadito Osteria Toscana, Mercadito, L'asso, Smorgas Chef, Energy Kitchen, Slice, Qdoba, Ovelia, Meze Grill, Mama Mexico, Mooncake Foods, Fat Radish, Palo Santo, Luke's Lobster, Mehtaphor and Graffiti Food & Wine Bar. Whew, say that five times fast! And when dreams of sugar plums popped in their heads, yelpers could indulge in a variety of sweet treats courtest of Nine Cakes, Intoxicating Confections, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, WannaHavaCookie and Spot Dessert Bar. From shrimp to proscuitto rolls, hummus to fried chicken and Peppermint mini cones dipped in chocolate to cheesecake spoons ... it was the perfect place to pack on those winter pounds.
Care to imbibe? The free flowing bevvies from Miller Lite, champagne from Bubble Lounge, Peroni and Ithaca Party Sunny in addition to cider from Doc's and Crispin plus some endless wine that kept convos lubricated throughout the early evening.
When they weren't putting things in their mouths (ahem), yelpers took up some clubs with the pros from the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, got their mitts massaged down by the magic-workers from the Spa at Chelsea Piers and rolled 300s at the Bowlmor Times Square Wii Bowling kiosk. Those weren't just jingle bells coming from Lexington Ave last night; Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Roosevelt Dime and DJ Lauren Lane all hooked uo the tunes to take the merriment to the next level.
With all this merrymaking the real heroes of our community were not to be forgotten as the crew of volunteers from the NYC Coalition Against Hunger manned the coat check table and collected donations. At the end of the evening, yelpers ended up donating $4,872.71 in cold hard cash. If you forgot your checkbook you can still give your Christmas gift to those less fortunate online.
Thank you for making 2010 such an amazing year for Yelp New York and here's to more fun to come next year!