Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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PARTY SPACES & RESTAURANTS (cont'd)
Even the most well-versed gastronomes still flip for Per Se, where renowned chef Thomas Keller crafts American contemporary cuisine using French techniques. The private dining room here can accommodate up to 60 guests for an elaborate seated dinner and 80 guests for a standing reception. Prices upon request.
Pier 60 and the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers23rd St., at the Hudson River, 212-336-6144; piersixty.com
These airy West Side event spaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of the Hudson River and enormous, enclosed cocktail terraces. One hundred to 800 guests can be accommodated indoors for a sit-down dinner at the Lighthouse, while Pier 60 can accommodate up to 2,000. Catering is by Abigail Kirsch and starts at $155 per person. No outside catering, except kosher and Indian.
The Pratt Mansions Fifth Avenue1027 Fifth Ave., nr. 84th St. 646-879-7259; prattmansions.org
Three historic Beaux Arts mansions make up this venue, which is a national landmark. It offers a selection of period-furnished salons on two floors, plus circular marble staircases, perfect for the grand bridal entrance. Up to 150 can be seated for dinner. A preferred list of caterers is available upon request. From $5,000 to $6,000.public-nyc.com
This Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Nolita features a “free-spirited fusion” menu from chef Brad Farmeri and can host sit-down receptions for up to 120 guests. It can also handle ceremonies, with a lounge cum dressing room and a picture window looking onto the Elizabeth Street Garden. From $30,000, including catering.purefoodandwine.com
This trendy restaurant has health-conscious cuisine and a garden deck that’s ideal for small weddings (it seats 70, while 60 more can fit inside). The food—organic, vegan, and raw—is prepared with precision, and even the tap water is purified through a high-end filtration system. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)rebarnyc.com
Those looking for a warm, relaxed ambience adore this converted industrial loft space, whose mezzanine-level gastropub boasts intricate work in iron and steel, antique tulip chandeliers, and ornate stained-glass windows. The space can accommodate up to 225 guests for a “Brooklyn-style wedding.” A special Saturday and Sunday package, which includes catering, an open bar, a D.J., flowers, and a bridal suite, is available. Prices upon request.rivercafe.com
Couples who book this water’s-edge institution enjoy the bohemian romance of old Brooklyn without sacrificing a glorious Manhattan-skyline backdrop. The venue’s popular Terrace Room is festooned in abundant greenery and features a footbridge over a small stream. The space opens up to an expansive view of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and lower Manhattan. The intimate room can hold up to 110 guests (or up to 80 with a dance floor). From $225 to $295 per person.riverparknyc.com
Top Chef lead judge Tom Colicchio’s restaurant takes the farm-to-table craze literally, offering over 100 kinds of vegetables, fruits, and herbs from the adjacent 10,000-square-foot Riverpark Farm. Small receptions can be held in the standalone glass-walled cube space, and the entire restaurant can be rented for larger parties. The venue accommodates up to 160 guests for dinner, 275 for cocktail receptions. Prices upon request.russiantearoomnyc.com
Founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, this storied spot offers a modern Continental menu with a Russian influence and has three private rooms that can accommodate 20 to 300 people. Each one is exquisitely decked out in colored glass or intricate woodwork. Its cushy red-leather banquettes are unmistakable, and kitschy decorative touches, like a bear-shaped aquarium, can be found throughout. Prices upon request.skylightnyc.com
This multilevel loft offers indoor and outdoor settings for ceremonies and receptions. The 20,000-square-foot indoor space features a neutral color palette so couples can imprint their own style. If weather permits, a transparent tent is available for an alfresco reception on the rooftop, which holds 200 for dinner or 350 for cocktails. Gallery rental starts at $10,000; studio with rooftop goes up from $16,000. Catering is not included.chelseapiers.com/specialevents
With three walls of windows overlooking the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, Sunset Terrace makes for a picture-perfect New York wedding. Packages include a cocktail hour, buffet dinner, and open bar and start at $128 per guest.
Tribeca Rooftop2 Desbrosses St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-625-2600; apogeeevents.com
One of the most popular event spaces in Manhattan, this indoor-outdoor venue is usually booked for weekends a year in advance. The 15,000-square-foot skylight penthouse with views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building seats up to 300 guests with dancing (or 400 without). Prices, which include an open bar, wedding cake, and dinner, are $160 to $265 per person.thewaterclub.com
Spring and summer fêtes here are often on the outside deck with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. Cold-weather weddings are indoors on the upper deck, which seats up to 80 for dinner, or in the River Room, which holds as many as 180 for dinner and dancing. From $150 per person.
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.