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. 2110 ; www.3westclub.com/weddings.html
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.
- Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 212-434-9576 ; www.pratthouse.com
The Harold Pratt House, a grand Park Avenue mansion since 1919; with a marble staircase, grand ballroom, balconies and fire places it's a perfectly decorated Home to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, dinners and celebrations in.
- Housing Works Bookstore Café and The Works Catering
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10026 ; Tel: 646-786-1100 ; www.theworkscatering.com
With 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS this Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare.
- Monteverde at Oldstone
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 ; Tel: 914-207-6555 ; www.monteverdeatoldstone.com
Monteverde at Oldstone is rich with history and situated on 27 acres overlooking the Hudson River in Cortlandt Manor, New York, just 50 minutes north of Manhattan making it the perfect backdrop for any event.
- Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 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.
- Renaissance Event Hall
27-34 21st Street Long Island City, New York 11102 ; Tel: 718-274-4590 ; renaissanceeventhall.com
We specialize in creating distinctive, incomparable events and weddings. We create events that spark, amaze and inspire. It's only one event at a time. Our space, with its award-winning interior design, is all yours!
Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 ; Tel: 732-747-0200 ; www.shadowbrook.com
Shadowbrook, the most elegant Georgian mansion set on 20 secluded acres of magnificent gardens and splashing fountains, may be exclusively yours. A variety of all-inclusive packages are available. Call today to arrange a private tour.
- The Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue at 38th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-885-7017 ; www.kitano.com
The Penthouse Banquet Suite at The Kitano New York, a luxury boutique hotel, features large outdoor terraces with outstanding views of the Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan. The Penthouse can accommodate 75 for dinner or 150 for a reception.
- 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 to a balcony overlooking the Long Meadow. Hosts up to 175 for dinner and dancing; rental fee includes chairs, tables, and upright piano.
- The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017 ; Tel: 212-490-8900 ; www.westinnewyorkgrandcentral.com/weddings
Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, The Westin New York Grand Central's modern design and urban sophistication make it ideal for NYC couples. Experience spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and celebrate your special day in 15,000 square feet of versatile event space.
- Top of the Garden Event Space
251 West 30th Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-643-0055 ; www.topofthegarden.com
3,000-sqft raw loft space complimented by a 1,000-sqft terrace overlooking the cityscape of Manhattan. This modern penthouse accommodated up to 150 for cocktail reception or 80 guests for a ceremony with sit-down dinner and dancing.
- Ulster County Tourism
20 Broadway Kingston, NY ; Tel: 845-340-3567 ; www.UlsterCountyAlive.com
Looking for the backdrop for a memorable wedding? Ulster County, NY has a variety of venues to choose from, all with picturesque views. From Riverside to Mountainside and bed and breakfasts to luxurious resorts or a vintage winery, you can find the perfect place to say "I DO".