Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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PARTY SPACES & RESTAURANTS
Alger HouseOff Sixth Ave., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-727-8437; algerhouse.com
This carriage house retains its old-fashioned charm in the Garden Room and sweeping 2,500-square-foot ballroom. The house accommodates up to 95 guests and serves an eclectic menu of French, Mediterranean, and fusion specialties ($75 to $125 per guest).charliepalmer.com
By day, Astra is a bustling café; by night, an intimate venue featuring chef Charlie Palmer’s cuisine. Windows run along the north and east walls with views of Manhattan’s lights and the Queensboro Bridge. Astra can accommodate 140 guests without dancing (120 with), and 300 for cocktails. Dinner is $75 to $200 per guest.
Bathhouse Studios540 E. 11th Street, nr. Ave. B; 212-388-1111; bathhousestudios.com
Built in the early 1900s, the building served as a public bathhouse until the mid-sixties. Now it’s a sleek, industrial studio with exposed brick and soaring twenty-foot ceilings. An $8,500 price tag provides Studio A (4,000 square feet, with a state-of-the-art sound system) and Studio B (1,800 square feet, with makeup and wardrobe rooms) for 12 hours.
Bridgewaters11 Fulton St., nr. Front St.; 212-608-7400; theglaziergroup.com
Each of the two lofty rooms of this dramatic event space at South Street Seaport seats 75 to 400 people. Guests will enjoy gorgeous views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor, plus wraparound terraces. Buffet and seated wedding menus, including alcohol, start at $175 per person. No outside catering except kosher.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture53 Prospect Park W., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-768-2972; bsec.org
This century-old Brooklyn landmark across from Prospect Park has four event rooms, including the lower-level cellar and Garden Room, which leads to a back plot. The Grand Parlor with Tiffany bay windows can hold up to 100 people for cocktails (85 for a seated reception with a dance floor). $700 an hour, catering not included.arkrestaurants.com
Inside midtown’s Bryant park, this restaurant has two outdoor spaces-a second-story roof deck and an adjacent garden-that can be used for the ceremony and cocktails. It can hold up to 220 guests indoors for a seated dinner with dancing. From $90 per person.hospitalityholdings.com
Couples who book this former office and salon of a twenties business tycoon should expect plush couches, clubby paneling, and a massive stone fireplace, plus gourmet cuisine courtesy of Abigail Kirsch. The swank space comfortably accommodates up to 75 seated guests and 125 for cocktails. From $150 to $500 per person.capitaleny.com
Designed by Stanford White in 1894, the original Bowery Savings Bank embodies all the grandeur of Romanesque revival with 75-foot ceilings, a glass skylight, Corinthian columns, and marble mosaic floors. Capitale can hold 650 guests for dinner with cocktails in the 5,000-square-foot foyer. Prices upon request.thecentralparkboathouse.com
This charming pavilion is set by the lake in the heart of the park; it features wraparound French doors that open to an English garden and wooden patios facing the water’s edge. The boathouse’s event space holds up to 230 seated guests, from $145 per person. No outside catering except kosher.chanterellenyc.com
For foodie couples, Chanterelle is an elegant setting that seats 80 guests. The rotating menu from the regular restaurant proves it can meet the needs of picky eaters and pull it off with style. From $125 per person for cocktails; $175 per person for dinner.cipriani.com
With Ionic columns on the outside and Corinthian within, this Greek Revival building is perfect for couples looking to hold a ceremony and reception in a large space (it’s 16,000 square feet). The Grand Ballroom has marble walls and a huge dome. Cipriani takes care of all catering-couples should reserve well in advance. Prices upon request.cityhallnewyork.com
Between the Rose and Granite Rooms, City Hall Restaurant can accommodate anywhere from 32 to 220 guests. The Granite Room’s dark-walnut-and-brick bar and granite (of course) ceilings create a vibe of old-world elegance (from $3,500); the Rose Room’s warmly colored walls offer a romantic and intimate atmosphere (from $2,000).
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-5454 ext. 2184 ; www.3westclub.com
3 West Club provides the classic ambiance of a bygone era, complete with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and art deco touches. World-class cuisine and seamless service blend to create a unique and timeless setting in midtown.
- Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
71 West 23rd Street, #1611 New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 212-696-4076 ; www.abigailkirsch.com
Memorable weddings and Abigail Kirsch are synonymous. Whether at one of our exclusive venues or a select venue in the tri-state area, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.
- Aqua Azul Yacht
Tel: 917-686-1016 ; www.AquaAzulYacht.com
Celebrate in style aboard the Aqua Azul yacht. The yacht offers an upscale cruising experience aboard a gorgeous setting, fresh & inspiring cuisine and exciting entertainment to accompany NYC's magnificent backdrop. Discerning clients include celebrities, diplomats & VIPs.
- Celebrate at Snug Harbor
Tel: 866-683-3586 ; www.landmarkvenues.com
Celebrate at Snug Harbor is the most unique venue in New York City. With 83 acres of grounds including three botanical gardens and both indoor and outdoor private event spaces, there are endless possibilities for you to celebrate any event, including your wedding day.
- Harbor Club at Prime
Tel: 631-271-5600 ; harborclubatprime.com
Harbor Club at Prime services weddings throughout the local area, including Manhattan, Connecticut & New Jersey. We specialize in boutique celebrations in an intimate waterfront setting where our valued guests experience unrivaled standards of taste & impeccable service.
- Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 212-434-9576 ; www.pratthouse.com
Harold Pratt House, constructed in 1919, features six rooms all with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, and antique chandeliers connected by a grand marble staircase. Peterson Hall is an optional twist to add for dinner and dancing.
- Lessing's Weddings
Tel: 631-581-0022 ; www.lessingsweddings.com
From one-of-a-kind mansions and a medieval-style chateau to intimate country clubs and a breathtaking castle, venue locations span from Montauk to Westchester. With 125 years of experience, Lessing's can make any dream wedding come true.
- Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
32 Star Island Road Montauk, NY 11954 ; Tel: 631-668-3100 ; www.montaukyachtclub.com
We would be thrilled to host your special gathering, from your dream destination wedding to all family milestones. MYC wants your family to think of us as your traditional venue for all your celebrations & events.
- Monteverde at Oldstone
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 ; Tel: 914-207-6555 ; www.monteverdeatoldstone.com
Majestically situated on 27 acres overlooking the Hudson River, just 50 minutes north of Manhattan, Monteverde features a resplendent 18th century mansion or, a permanent tented pavilion. Accommodates up to 360 for dinner and dancing.
- Park Avenue
Tel: 212-951-7111 (restaurant) // 212-360-0438 (private events) ; www.parkavenyc.com
Park Avenue is a restaurant on Park and 26th that transitions with the seasons. With four elegant rooms for private functions, Park Avenue is perfectly suited for hosting wedding celebrations like showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions.
- Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York, NY 10112 ; Tel: 212-632-5000 ; www.rainbowroom.com
Famous for its stunning views and legendary status as the quintessential New York venue, the Rainbow Room has been refreshed and reimagined, offering you and your guests an incomparable experience on your most special day.
- Russo's On The Bay
Tel: 718-843-5055 ; www.russosnyc.com
Russo's On The Bay is a dynamic event venue featuring personalized service and contemporary cuisine in Howard Beach, Queens since 1987. Russo's produces custom events for all occasions with unique spaces for weddings, corporate and social events for up to 550 people.
- Sanctuary Hotel
132 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 212-234-7000 ; www.sanctuaryhotelnyc.com
The award-winning Sanctuary Hotel is a luxurious and timeless escape that's at the center of all that Midtown Manhattan has to offer. The hotel boasts 111 stylish guest rooms, lavish amenities and 2 unique venues ideal for your wedding festivities.
- St. Bartholomew's Church
Tel: 212-378-0254 ; www.stbarts.org
Make your wedding dreams come true here at St. Bartholomew's Church and Chapel. Celebrate your marriage and its festivities in the glory and spendor of New York's most beautiful landmark sacred space. St. Bart's offers both grand and intimate entertaining spaces.
- The British Virgin Islands
Road Town, Tortola ; Tel: 800-835-8530 ; www.BVITourism.com
Discover the magic of island romance in the British Virgin Islands. A popular wedding and honeymoon destination, the BVI's luxury properties are perfect for seclusion or celebrations, and a variety of romance packages ensure your special trip is seamless.
- The Grandview | Elegant Events
Tel: 845-486-4700 ; www.grandviewevents.com
Luxurious event venue in the historic Hudson Valley, offering panoramic views of the majestic river and Mid-Hudson Bridge. Featuring both an indoor and outdoor tented ballroom, surrounded by natural scenery just above our marina.
- The Green Building
452 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-522-3363 ; www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com
Built in 1889, the building was originally constructed as a brass foundry. Renovations highlight the building's industrial past; original exposed brick walls, natural light and an open-beamed ceiling make a unique backdrop for your Brooklyn wedding.
- The Picnic House in Prospect Park
40 West Drive, nr. Fifth Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 646-393-9031 x2 ; www.prospectpark.org/weddings
A 4,000-square-foot, glass-and-brick enclosed pavilion with a wood-burning fireplace and French doors leading out to a balcony overlooking Long Meadow. Hosts up to 175 for dinner and dancing; rental fee includes chairs, tables, and upright piano.
- The Prince George Ballroom
Tel: 212-471-0882 ; www.princegeorgeballroom.org
History meets luxury at Flatiron's premier wedding destination. Conveniently located between Fifth and Madison Avenues and meticulously restored to its original Neo-Renaissance splendor, this truly unique space boasts great acoustics and décor.
- Visit Sarasota County
1777 Main Street, Suite 302 Sarasota, FL 34236 ; Tel: 844-839-7153 ; WeddingsSarasota.org
There are endless ways to realize your perfect wedding day in Sarasota County. Let brilliant blue ocean, soft coral sunsets, botanical gardens or charming historical mansions be your backdrop. Choose Sarasota County for your special day.
- Weylin B. Seymour's
Tel: 718-963-3639 ; www.WeylinBSeymours.com
This masterfully restored landmark venue features soaring domed ceilings, mosaic marble floors and pristine Victorian design. Built in 1875, this former bank offers an uncommon and meaningful backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Capacity: 350 Guests.
- World Yacht
Tel: 212-630-8100 ; www.worldyacht.com
Our luxury yachts make the perfect space for weddings that offer a memorable and picturesque setting; featuring exceptional food, impeccable service, and unmatched skyline views. Our wedding specialist will work with you on making your special day memorable.