Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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Akwaaba Mansion Bed and Breakfast347 Macdonough St., nr. Stuyvesant Ave. Bedford-Stuyvesant; 718-455-5958; akwaaba.com
Once the home of a nineteenth-century beer baron, this off-the-beaten-path bed-and-breakfast boasts hand-carved marble fireplaces, chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows. It holds 150 for cocktails and 70 for a sit-down dinner with dancing in the ballroom. Site fees range from $300 to $400 per hour; outside catering is required.
The Bowery Hotel335 Bowery, nr. 3rd St; 212-505-9100; theboweryhotel.com
The event space at this scene-y hotel features thirteen-foot wood-beamed ceilings, Moroccan-tile floors, antique tapestries, and a glazed fireplace. The venue can accommodate up to 200 for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and a seated dinner. The space rental fee is $6,000, which includes setup and breakdown. Catering is additional and is provided by the in-house restaurant Gemma.thecarlyle.com
The Carlyle has been a New York icon since it first opened in 1930. Its two Art Deco–inspired event spaces—the Versailles and the opulent Trianon—make elegant wedding venues that hold up to 145 guests. Options include passed hors d’oeuvre, a full bar, and a choice of entrées. From $250 per person. Book the ceremony and reception and get a free bridal suite for the wedding night.theplaza.com
Since 1927, the Plaza’s neoclassical Grand Ballroom has hosted such legendary events as Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Guests can mingle and marvel at the 4,800-square-foot space’s original chandeliers, mirrors, and sconces, while CPS Events provides the catering. The hotel now offers a 100 Mile Menu whose ingredients are sourced exclusively from local purveyors. Cakes are provided by Sylvia Weinstock or Ron Ben-Israel. Prices upon request.
The Crosby Street Hotel79 Crosby St., nr. Spring St.; 212-226-6400; firmdalehotels.com
A favorite of the downtown fashion set, this boutique hotel offers chic digs for small affairs. The lush lower-level parlor rooms hold about 75 people for sit-down dinners and up to 200 for cocktails. Rental rates range from $350 to $1,400 per hour; catering is in-house, from $80 per person. (good value)fourseasons.com/newyork
This landmark hotel is one of the most sought after in the city, and with good reason. Guests can mingle on the gorgeous lobby terrace before going to the Cosmopolitan Suite, which holds 150 guests for cocktails and has a sleek, elegant feel. There are several smaller rooms that can accommodate more intimate groups of 20 to 100. The Garden Restaurant is for parties of up to 120. Packages start at $235 per person, including food and open bar.gramercyparkhotel.com
Receptions at this scene-y hub are generally held on the stunning eighteenth-floor terrace, which features lush landscaping and a retractable roof. It can accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated dinner and dancing or 250 for cocktails. Prices upon request.newyorkhiltonhotel.com
With one of the largest ballrooms in New York City, the Hilton is a good bet for couples looking to host everyone they’ve ever met (it holds anywhere from 200 to 3,000 guests). The team here specializes in kosher events. From $130 per person.hotelgiraffe.com
The Giraffe’s 1,300-square-foot penthouse is perfect for a cocktail-party reception. The room boasts 26-foot-tall barrel-vaulted ceilings, plus an attached garden (available from May to October) and sweeping views of Park Avenue. It can accommodate 50 guests for a seated dinner or up to 100 for cocktails. Packages start at $2,500 and include a deluxe overnight guest room for the newlyweds. (good value)libraryhotel.com
For intimate daytime weddings, this hotel’s Writer’s Den offers a cozy atmosphere for up to 40 people. Across the hall is the Poetry Garden, which includes an enclosed glass atrium and holds as many as 25 people, and an outdoor terrace with views of the public library accommodates up to 45. Buffet and cocktail-style receptions are catered by Madison & Vine, though other options are available. Prices upon request.mandarinoriental.com/newyork
With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling northeast views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, the hotel’s massive 36th-floor ballroom is unlike any other. The 6,000-square-foot space can host up to 420 guests for dinner and dancing. Three-course seated dinners start at $350 per person.brooklynmarriott.com
This site is a favorite for couples looking to wed in downtown Brooklyn. The 18,105-square-foot Grand Ballroom is essentially a blank canvas and accommodates up to 1,800 guests; smaller spaces are also available. Catering starts at $95 per person and includes dinner, cake, and an open bar.newyorkpalace.com
For large events, this 55-story hotel’s Villard Ballroom is a great choice: It holds 225 for dinner and dancing, or 450 for cocktails. From $275 to $400 per person.penthouse808rooftop.com
The trendy 8,000-square-foot rooftop club at this Queens hotel offers a stunning panoramic look at the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge, and the retractable glass greenhouse roof won’t block the view in bad weather, making this a solid all-seasons option. Accommodates up to 200 for dinner and dancing, and 300 for cocktails. From $115 per person.tajhotels.com
This old-school hotel exudes more than cachet: Its comprehensive list of services includes an on-site planner, flowers, customized menus (including kosher), and photography. The ballrooms hold anywhere from 20 to 700 people. The hotel also offers discounted rates for overnight wedding guests. Prices upon request.?
Refinery Hotel63 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 646-664-0310; refineryhotelnewyork.com
First opened in 1912 as a millinery, this hotel charms couples with its roof deck, which fits up to 240 for cocktails. For sit-down affairs, the Parker & Quinn restaurant, located on the ground floor, holds 120. Prices start at $250 per person for a five-hour event; in-house catering is required.rooseveltweddings.com
This midtown landmark evokes Jazz Age elegance with its gilded, chandeliered event spaces. The Grand Ballroom has iron-laced balconies and accommodates up to 325 guests, while the smaller Terrace Ballroom features pillars and a sky-mural ceiling and holds 175. Catering is in-house. From $200 per guest.waldorfweddings.com
Brides dreaming of a fairy-tale ball choose this legendary hotel, which features the only four-story, two-tiered ballroom in the city. It’s also home to the Starlight Roof, with 20-foot-high windows, as well as the Conrad (up to 60 guests) and Louis XVI suites (up to 120 guests). The hotel’s Guerlain Spa and in-house Wedding Salon are particularly convenient for pre-event primping. Prices upon request.
Wythe Hotel80 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg 718-460-8000; wythehotel.com
Couples looking to tie the knot at this bastion of cool can book the main event hall and adjacent outdoor garden, which can be tented in winter for a fee, to host a seated dinner of up to 140 guests. The in-house restaurant Reynard provides all catering. Prices start at $350 per person, including cake, food, a five-hour open bar, staff, basic rentals, and site fee.
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.