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 a cocktail reception, 175 for a buffet, and 128 for dinner and dancing. Space rental fees start at $3,500. In-house catering by the Upper Crust starts at $100 per person for cocktails.230-fifth.com/
This 30,000-square-foot rooftop bar includes three enclosed spaces, along with a heated terrace. The balcony offers breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and midtown. 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.
501 Union501 Union St., nr. Bond St., Gowanus; 347-529-6486; 501union.com
This former auto-body shop makes for a versatile multi-space party venue: The lounge features a twenty-foot marble-top bar; the gallery is lit with globe chandeliers; and the outdoor area can be heated for year-round use. The venue holds 200 for cocktails and 120 for a seated dinner with dancing. Rates start at $5,500; outside catering is required.
583 Park Ave583 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 for 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 96 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.
632 on Hudson632 Hudson St., nr. Horatio St.; 212-620-7631; 632onhudson.com
This giant space was an abandoned sausage factory before the current owners transformed it into a mini-mansion decorated with Asian and Italian antiques. The ceremony usually takes place in the first-floor atrium, with the bride descending the grand staircase for a dramatic entrance. The downstairs space can accommodate 120 seated guests. From $8,000 to $10,000 for twelve-hour rentals.
Alger House in the VillageOff Sixth Ave., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-627-8838; manhattanpenthouse.com/alger.php
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 $1,500 to $2,300. It also offers an eclectic in-house menu of French, Mediterranean, and other international dishes ($90 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 mahogany French 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 $8,500.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 walls and soaring twenty-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. There’s also a 2,500-square-foot roof that boasts trees and romantic lighting. Space rental starts at $5,500. (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 that is ideal for live bands. 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.brindleroom.com
Jeremy Spector’s cozy East Village restaurant accommodates 50 for cocktails and 30 for an intimate reception or rehearsal dinner. The staff takes 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
Located across from Prospect Park, this century-old Brooklyn landmark offers four different spaces, including a wood-paneled library and a garden room. The grand parlor, with its stunning Tiffany windows, can seat up to 85 with a dance floor; the garden accommodates ceremonies with up to 150 guests. Rental fees are $800 an hour, catering not included.
Brooklyn Winery213 N. 8th St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-7100; bkwinery.com
Charm your guests and throw a rollicking party at this cozy locale, whose atrium is an ideal ceremony spot with its glass ceiling and wall of hanging succulents. In the Harvest Room, wooden banquet tables, mix-and-match china, and an abundance of candles create a warm ambience for up to 160 guests. Cocktails and dancing happen at the wine bar, and the Parlor Room can be used as a bridal suite. Catering is in-house; from $225 per person (minimum 100 guests).arkrestaurants.com
This restaurant’s dining room features windows overlooking the park; there’s also a garden space that’s tented and heated in the winter and can be used for the ceremony and cocktails. The venue accommodates up to 200 guests indoors for a seated dinner with dancing. From $125 per person.hospitalityholdings.com
Couples in search of an elegant throwback will love celebrating in this storied venue—the former office and salon of a twenties business tycoon. Those who wed here enjoy plush couches, a wall of 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 proffers an ideal space (over 13,000 square feet) for couples who think big. The venue handles 1,100 for a seated dinner and 1,800 for a cocktail reception; Cipriani takes care of 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 400 guests. The Granite Room’s walnut-and-brick bar and granite ceilings create a vibe of stately elegance; the Rose Room’s rosy walls evoke a more romantic atmosphere. Prices upon request. (good value)
From the Winter 2014 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.
- Atlantica by Bateaux New York
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 888-822-5997 ; www.EntertainmentCruisesWeddings.com
A wedding on the water aboard Atlantica's sleek tri-level private yacht is unmatched. Up to 290 guests can experience a sophisticated wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner enveloped by the spectacular Manhattan skyline.
- Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-358-6112 ; www.aiany.org
Design and architecture enthusiasts can now tie the knot in this three-floor 15,000-square-foot venue. The main event space, Tafel Hall, boasts high ceilings, a mezzanine, and tons of natural light. Seated capacity is 150.
- 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.
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.