Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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RESTAURANTS AND PARTY SPACES
This exposed-brick loft space allows outside catering and provides an ideal blank canvas for creative-minded couples. It can accommodate a D.J. or live band and holds up to 200 guests for cocktails, 175 for a buffet, and 128 for dinner and dancing. Space rental fees start at $3,500. In-house catering by the Upper Crust starting at $100 per person for a cocktail reception.www.230-fifth.com/
This 20,000-square-foot rooftop bar includes three enclosed spaces, along with a terrace. The balcony offers breathtaking views of Manhattan’s skyline. Menus are crafted by in-house chef Zak Pelaccio. The space can fit up to 1,200 guests, but smaller spaces are available. Prices upon request.
583 Park583 Park Ave., at 63rd St.; 212-583-7200; 583parkave.com
The best bet at this circa-1923 space is the opulent Grand Ballroom, which features a domed ceiling and dramatic chandelier. The ballroom can accommodate 150 to 700 for dinner and dancing. Prices upon request. No outside catering except kosher.
620 Loft & Garden620 Fifth Ave., nr. 50th St., seventh fl.; 212-593-9499; rockefellercenter.com/privateevents
This midtown penthouse features an outdoor garden with a fountain and views of the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the indoor loft looks out onto Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. The garden holds up to 90 seated guests for a ceremony; the loft holds up to 100 guests for a seated dinner (with dance floor) and up to 165 for cocktails. Prices upon request.
Alger House in the VillageOff Sixth Ave., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-627-8838; algerhouse.com
With its garden room and sweeping 2,500-square-foot great room, this 1906 carriage house retains its old-fashioned charm. The venue accommodates up to 110 guests, and rental prices range from $750 to $2,000. It also offers an eclectic in-house menu of French, Mediterranean, and fusion specialties ($85 to $120 per person). (good value)
The Altman Building135 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave; 212-741-3400; thealtmanbuilding.com
A former 1886 carriage house, this landmark building boasts vaulted brick ceilings and original French mahogany doors. The 10,000-square-foot ground floor can accommodate up to 450 for a seated dinner or 575 for cocktails, and the staff can help with event planning and design, including prop rentals, catering, and entertainment. Space rental for weddings starts at $6,500.charliepalmer.com
This intimate venue features chef Charlie Palmer’s famed cuisine. Windows run along the north and east walls with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge. Astra can accommodate up to 140 guests for dinner only, 120 with dancing, or 300 for cocktails ($75 to $200 per guest).
Bathhouse Studios540 E. 11th Street, nr. Ave. B; 212-388-1111; bathhousestudios.com
Built in the early 1900s, this former public bathhouse has been transformed into a sleek industrial studio with exposed brick and soaring 20-foot ceilings. Packages include 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 twelve hours. Space rental starts at $5,000. (good value)
The Bell House149 7th St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus; 718-643-6510; thebellhouseny.com
Originally a twenties printing factory, this space holds up to 225 people for dinner and dancing and has a 25-foot wooden-arched ceiling and a 450-square-foot stage, which is the perfect setting for a band. For a more intimate feel, the front lounge features Victorian-style décor with a 26-foot oak bar; it can hold up to 100 people for cocktails. Prices vary by day; from $11,000 for a Saturday evening rental.bridgewaters.com
Each of the two lofty rooms at this popular South Street Seaport event space seats 100 to 540 people and can hold up to 2,500 for cocktail parties. Guests will enjoy views of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor from the wraparound terraces. Buffet and seated menus available, prices upon request. No outside catering except kosher.brindleroom.com
Jeremy Spector’s cozy East Village restaurant accommodates 50 for cocktails and 30 for an intimate reception or rehearsal dinner. The staff will take care of the catering, flowers, music, and photography if you book the full wedding package, starting at $75 per person. For dinner only, from $50 per person. (good value)
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture53 Prospect Park W., nr. 1st St.; Park Slope; 718-768-2972; bsec.org
This century-old Brooklyn landmark across from Prospect Park offers four different environments, including a wood-paneled library and a garden room. The grand parlor, with its stunning Tiffany windows, can seat up to 90, or 85 with a dance floor; the garden can accommodate ceremonies with up to 150 guests. Rental fees are $750 an hour, catering not included.arkrestaurants.com
This restaurant’s dining room features windows overlooking the park; there’s also a rooftop space that can be used for the ceremony and cocktails. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests indoors for a seated dinner with dancing. From $125 per person.hospitalityholdings.com
Couples who book this venue—the former office and salon of a 1920s business tycoon—will enjoy plush couches, sweeping leaded windows, and a massive stone fireplace, plus gourmet cuisine courtesy of caterer Abigail Kirsch. The swank space comfortably accommodates up to 75 seated guests (50 with dancing) and 125 for cocktails. From $150 to $500 per person.capitaleny.com
Designed by Stanford White in 1893, the original Bowery Savings Bank embodies all the grandeur of the Romanesque revival, complete with 65-foot ceilings, Corinthian columns, and marble mosaic floors. The 15,000-square-foot ballroom, which features a coved ceiling and glass skylight, can hold up to 700 guests for dinner or 1,500 for cocktails. Prices upon request.cipriani.com
With Ionic columns on the outside and Corinthian ones within, this Greek Revival building offers an ideal space (over 13,000 square feet) for couples who think big. The Grand Ballroom is adorned with marble walls and a huge dome. The venue accommodates 700 for a seated dinner; Cipriani handles the catering. Prices upon request.cityhallnewyork.com
City Hall Restaurant’s two main event spaces can accommodate up to 250 guests—or the whole place can be rented out to fit parties of up to 400. The Granite Room’s walnut-and-brick bar and granite ceilings create a vibe of stately elegance (from $3,500); the Rose Room’s warmly colored walls recall a more romantic atmosphere (from $2,000). (good value)
From the Summer 2013 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.
- 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.
- Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 212-854-1200 ; facultyhouse.com
Celebrate a unique marriage of city sophistication and Ivy League cachet at our premier Upper Manhattan venue. A beautifully updated 1920s landmark, Faculty House features elegant banquet rooms and a terrace with skyline views.
- Glen Cove Mansion Hotel & Conference Center
200 Dosoris Lane Glen Cove, NY 11542 ; Tel: 516-674-2955 ; www.glencovemansion.com
You've imagined the day countless times: The whole world gazes as the beautiful bride makes a magnificent entrance amid richly luxurious surroundings. For such a dream wedding, only the classic elegance and sophisticated style of Glen Cove Mansion will do.
- H on the Harbor
410 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050 ; Tel: 516-883-0091 ; www.hontheharbor.com
H on The Harbor - a Gold Coast gem on Manhasset Bay - hosts weddings with spectacular food, service and detail. The 3000 sq. ft. sleek, lofty, open setting is suitable for any exclusive event. Steps from LIRR. Like us on facebook!
- 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
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-780-1942 ; www.theworkscatering.com
With 20-foot ceilings, spiral staircases and mahogany paneling, this bookshop is like an Ivy League library. Accommodates 130 for a sit-down dinner with dancing; in-house catering available. Evening rental starts at $2,500; proceeds benefit homeless living with HIV and AIDS.
- Le Parker Meridien New York
119 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-245-5000 ; www.parkermeridien.com
Create lasting memories as you dance and dine the night away perched high above the clouds in the Estrela Penthouse. Guided by Le Parker Meridien's pros, our Stress-Free Wedding Package makes planning a breeze.
- Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue
80 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 212-627-8838 ; www.ManhattanPenthouse.com
Our huge penthouse aerie has breathtaking 360° views through colossal Palladian windows and seats up to 200 guests with dancing. Our award winning cuisine and services are extraordinary and affordable. Our catering executives are outstanding.
- Oceana Restaurant
120 West 49th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues New York, NY ; Tel: 212-759-5941 ; www.OceanaRestaurant.com/weddings
One of New York's most elegant venues, Oceana's private event spaces accommodate up to 500 guests. The Michelin Star cuisine, world-class wine cellar, and legendary service will make your special day a spectacular success.
- Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate
135 West Gate Drive Huntington, NY 11743 ; Tel: 631-659-1400 ; www.oheka.com
Breathtakingly beautiful from the historic estate and formal gardens to the elegant rooms, meticulous service, European ambience, and award winning cuisine OHEKA is the finest wedding venue in the world.
- The Glasshouses
545 West 25th Street, 21st Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-242-7800 x11 ; www.theglasshouses.com
The Glasshouses is a unique venue that provides personal and detailed service and boasts of magnificent views of the downtown and midtown Manhattan, Hudson River and beautiful sunsets.
- The Grandview
176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 ; Tel: 845-486-4700 ; www.grandviewevents.com
Hudson Valley's newest luxury event facility built on the Hudson River's edge. Meticulously manicured landscaping with ceremony areas plus panoramic views of Mid-Hudson Bridge and Marina. Draped Outdoor Tent with Chandeliers and Grand Ballroom options.
- The Green Building
452 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-522-3363 ; www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com
This 4,000 square foot refurbished brass foundry has been transformed into a romantic venue featuring original brick and an exposed beam ceiling. In-house furniture rentals, event planning services, and more. Outside catering allowed.
- Top of the Garden Event Space
251 West 30th Street,16th Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-643-0055 ; www.TOTG.biz
Our loft and terrace is yours to claim. An L-shaped loft space that lets your imagination come alive. Whether it's a wedding, birthday, cocktail party, anniversary, or other worthy occasion. TOTG specializes in intimate dinners and weddings. Rates start at $4000.