We all make them. And even though we all eventually break them, it’s still fun to hope for something better for ourselves. Though the disappointment of failing to live up to one’s own expectations is devastating and occasionally paralytically depressing. Though you gotta try right, ‘cause things might get better? [Resolution 2006: Stop vacillating. Damn it.]
Sean and Eve
Where they preside: Temporary Inn, Montauk
Favorite drink: Montauk Colada
Sean: My resolution was not to answer any stupid questions from reporters about my resolution. So if I answer your question I’m going to break it, right? Right? Eve: Well mine was to lose weight, and I’m sticking to it pretty well. Don’t listen to him.
Where he presides: Clancy’s, Midtown East
Favorite drink: Guinness
I’m Chinese, so my New Year hasn’t started yet. No, actually, my resolution is to take it a bit easier. Cut down on the smoking. The usual.
Where she presides: Mica, Midtown East
Favorite drink: Ketel One and Sprite
So far so good: my resolution this year is to be more feminine. No more sweatpants, or baggy T-shirts... Now that I’ve graduated college, I think I need to start dressing better. You know, put on some makeup. Which is easy to do right now since I work at night — I have all day to dress up. It’ll be harder to get up early and make myself pretty when I take a day job. [Ed: We’re 100 percent certain you’d look perfectly alluring sans makeup, accessories, or fashionable clothing, Jacky.]
Where he presides: Mark Bar, Greenpoint
Favorite drink: Sauza
I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions whatsoever, so I can’t give you much on that. I don’t really ever make them. I think maybe I tried once and then decided that it was a lost cause. In fact, I don’t think I know of anyone who makes them. I’ve worked six or seven days since New Year’s Eve, and I don’t think anyone’s mentioned a New Year’s resolution. Hey [to a guy down the bar], what’s your New Year’s resolution? [Guy:] To pay off my debts... but I just made that up just now.
Where he presides: CoCo, Greenpoint
Favorite drink: Jameson neat
My resolution is “not” to see Brokeback Mountain again... with my friend... who I have a crush on. No, not really. Yeah, I made that up. Actually I’ve got nothing. Is it 2006?
Where she presides: Mudville 9 Saloon, Tribeca
Favorite drink: Vodka
I didn’t make one — to be meaner, that would be a good one. Part of the job. Right now I’m too nice. I need to be meaner. Meaner in ‘06.
Where she presides: The Patriot, Tribeca
Favorite drink: Dirty Martini
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I already work out, I eat right usually, and if I wanted to stop drinking I could do that anytime. I don’t need to do that on New Year’s.