Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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MUSEUMS & PUBLIC VENUES
For many, holding a wedding at this beloved museum is a childhood dream come true. The 5,000-square-foot Powerhouse accommodates 315 guests for a seated dinner and features French doors that open onto the Arthur Ross Terrace, offering dramatic views of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Pre-event receptions can also be held in the glass-walled North Galleria. Restaurant Associates provides catering; prices upon request.
Apella450 E. 29th St., nr. FDR Dr., second fl., at the Alexandria Center; 212-706-4100; apella.com
Guests arrive via a tree-lined circular driveway and are greeted by a dramatic spiral staircase and expansive East River views. With ten beautifully designed event spaces to choose from, this venue can accommodate both a chic cocktail-style reception or a larger multiday occasion. It fits up to 130 guests for dinner and dancing or 300 for cocktails. Catering is by Riverpark, the restaurant of Top Chef host Tom Colicchio. Prices upon request.
Asia Society and Museum725 Park Ave., at 70th St.; 212-327-9322; asiasociety.org
Patrons can rent one of two spaces here: the glass-enclosed Garden Court Atrium, which features lush, living plants, or the eighth-floor penthouse, which offers sweeping city views. The Penthouse can accommodate 150 guests with dinner and dancing; the Garden Court atrium can hold 200 for a cocktail reception. From $12,000 for one space or $19,000 for both.bpmm.org
Nestled in the heart of Pelham Bay Park, this 19th-century Greek Revival stone mansion provides a stunning backdrop for weddings. The museum’s large formal garden (the site’s main venue option) remains open year-round. Couples planning winter weddings are responsible for arranging a heat source. Rental fees begin at $3,500, plus a membership, for a maximum of 125 guests. (good value)nyzoosandaquariumevents.com
Start with a ceremony in Astor Court’s expansive gardens. Then sit down with 200 of your closest friends and family members in the recently renovated Schiff Family Great Hall. The hall shares a building with the Madagascar exhibit, so there’s always the option of hosting a cocktail reception within spitting distance of lemurs and 15-foot crocodiles. Site fee is $4,000; ceremony fee is $3,000; and exclusive in-house catering runs from $122 to $165 per person. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society.brooklynmuseum.org
One of the largest art museums in the country, the Brooklyn Museum provides a majestic backdrop for a wedding. The Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, overlooking the welcoming plaza, features a dramatic sheer-glass atrium and can accommodate up to 300 guests for the ceremony. The beautiful Beaux-Arts Court boasts historic archways and accommodates up to 660 for cocktails or seated dinner. Catering by Restaurant Associates (CxRA) is the exclusive caterer. Rental fees from $10,500.
Carnegie Hall881 Seventh Ave., nr. 57th St.; 212-903-9647; carnegiehall.com
Following a massive renovation, this famed concert hall now offers a choice of private event spaces: The Weill Music Room, which seats 200, features soaring ceilings and parquet floors, while the more intimate Rohatyn Room honors past concerts that have taken place at Carnegie Hall with black-and-white commemorative posters. A new roof terrace, ideal for cocktail receptions, overlooks Central Park. Catering is in-house, through STARR Events. Prices upon request.
Center for Architecture536 LaGuardia Place, nr. Bleecker St.; 212-358-6112; aiany.org/rental
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; smaller gallery spaces are also available for cocktail receptions. The venue accommodates up to 130 guests for a seated dinner or 100 guests for dinner and dancing. Space rental starts at $3,500. (good value)nyzoosandaquariumevents.com
Couples willing to rent out this iconic landmark (from $30,000) can host cocktail receptions for up to 1,500 people in the sea-lion pool or hold sit-down dinners in the Central Garden during the warm months. To play up the animal angle, couples can book live sea-lion demonstrations and guided tours for an additional cost. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society. (ecofriendly)
Columbia University Faculty House64 Morningside Dr., nr. 116th St.; 212-854-1200; facultyhouse.columbia.edu
Dating from 1923, this building contains 38,000 square feet of event space and is popular with couples getting married at nearby St. Paul’s Chapel and St. John the Divine. Bookable areas include the Presidential Ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 guests for dinner and dancing, and the Skyline Level, which fits 150 and offers vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and an outdoor terrace. Wedding packages start at $175 per guest. (good value)
Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall58 E. 68th St., at Park Ave.; 212-434-9576; pratthouse.com
This turn-of-the-century mansion features a marble staircase that connects the ballroom to a variety of smaller spaces, from the library, complete with fireplace and wraparound balcony, to the dainty drawing room and sitting room. The rooms can hold up to 130 for a seated dinner. Prices start at $7,000. (good value)
The House of the Redeemer7 E. 95th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-289-0399; houseoftheredeemer.org
This Italian-style palazzo features a 16th-century wood-paneled library, which was imported from Europe by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s great-granddaughter during World War I. The first floor of the landmark house is available for a 100-person sit-down dinner; the second floor can hold up to 125 for cocktails. Rental fees from $800 to $5,000; in-house catering, by Bread & Circus, is preferred, but outside catering is allowed with an extra fee. (good value)
The Hudson Theatre145 W. 44th St., nr. Broadway; 212-789-7546; millenniumhotelnyc.com
This circa-1903 landmark theater is one of the city’s oldest showplaces. The backlit Tiffany-stained-glass ceilings and gilded box seating create a dramatic backdrop for the cake-cutting. For weddings, banquet tables are matched to the burgundy stage curtains and draperies. The space can seat 320 for dinner. From $199 per person.merchantshouse.org
This immaculately preserved 19th-century brick-and-marble rowhouse is a stunner. Its features include a granite-tiled garden filled with lush plants and cast-iron furniture. The ground-floor dining room, period kitchen, and Greek Revival parlors can accommodate up to 40 people for a seated dinner. All rooms are decorated with their original furniture. Prices start at $175 per person for a ceremony and seated dinner.mcny.org
The walls of this museum’s galleries are fortified by dramatic Greek columns, and arched hallways connect the various rooms where current exhibitions are installed. Ceremonies can be held at the Rotunda, which features a grand spiral staircase, award-winning light sculpture, and two outdoor terraces. The entire museum (including two outdoor terraces) is available for rent. Prices upon request.newmuseum.org
This contemporary-art hub has three event spaces. The popular, all-white Sky Room seats 120 for dinner and 200 for cocktails, and guests love mingling on its wraparound terrace. The lobby-level Marcia Tucker Hall holds up to 350 for cocktails; the theater seats 100 for dinner. Catering is by Bite and Poppy’s Catering. Space rental ranges from $5,000 to $12,000, plus an individual donation of $5,000.nysci.org
With more than 450 interactive exhibits, this activity-packed space will entertain even the most jaded guests. Couples can have their ceremony and reception (up to 250) in the colorful, high-ceilinged Viscusi Gallery. The exhibition halls can host cocktail parties for as many as 1,000 guests. Space rental starts at $10,000. There are no restrictions on caterers, florists, or other vendors.nypl.org/spacerental
For grandiosity and sweeping drama, this cultural landmark is virtually unbeatable. Its recognizable front steps set the scene for a dramatic entrance. Inside, couples have a number of impressive spaces to choose from: the Celeste Bartos Forum, Astor Hall, and the McGraw Rotunda, among others. Prices upon request..
Old Stone House & Washington Park336 3rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., Park Slope 718-768-3195; theoldstonehouse.org
Built in 1699 as a farm for the Vechte family, this venue has a long New York history. It was rebuilt in 1934 in the Dutch Colonial style, and nowadays the house boasts a homey second-floor great room that is ideal for weddings. The Old Stone House holds 110 for a cocktail reception or 60 for a seated dinner, and tents can be rented to provide enough space for 175 guests. The site fee is $1,000, plus $100 per hour. Couples may bring in their own vendors, though certain restrictions apply.
The Prince George Ballroom15 E. 27th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-471-0882; princegeorgeballroom.org
Originally built in 1904, the Prince George was one of the city’s grand hotels; this magnificent ballroom (once the lobby) is designed in a Beaux-Arts style with Renaissance-style murals and a fireplace set on an oak floor. The venue was refurbished ten years ago for the nonprofit Common Ground, and net proceeds from any event booked here will go toward addressing homelessness in New York. The ballroom itself can accommodate up to 300 guests for dinner, but couples can also make use of smaller spaces like the Ladies’ Tea Room for the ceremony. Prices upon request.
The Rainbow Room30 Rockefeller Plz., nr. 49th St., 65th fl.; 212-632-5000; rainbowroom.com
This historic gem at Rockefeller Center reopened in 2014 after a massive renovation. Signature design elements have been spectacularly preserved, from the gold-leaf domed ceiling and revolving dance floor to the crystal wall sconces and gleaming brass railings. The space can accommodate up to 300 guests, from $350 per person.
Roosevelt House at Hunter College47–49 E. 65th St., nr. Park Ave. 212-650-3174; roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu
Once a home of FDR and his wife, Eleanor, this historic house features hardwood floors and decorative fireplaces. It can accommodate up to 125 for cocktails. Prices upon request; vendors must be approved by the venue.
Roulette509 Atlantic Ave., at Third Ave., Boerum Hill; 917-267-0370; roulette.org
Spotlight-loving couples have the option of getting married onstage at Roulette’s theater, usually reserved for experimental-music events. The space holds 250 for cocktails and 150 for a sit-down dinner with dancing. Site fees start at $6,000; couples need to supply their own vendors.
Skylight One Hanson1 Hanson Pl., at Ashland Pl., Ft. Greene; 718-230-0400; skylightnyc.com
The former Williamsburgh Savings Bank retains much of its original charm: teller stations, marble floors, and even a vault where couples can say “I do.” The 15,000-square-foot locale can hold 1,000 guests for cocktails and up to 500 for a sit-down dinner with dancing. Prices upon request.
Ukrainian Institute of America2 E. 79th St., at Fifth Ave. 212-288-4098; ukrainianinstitute.org
Once home to a string of wealthy New York families, this opulent mansion’s concert hall features ornate arched windows that overlook Central Park. There is another room dedicated entirely to the house’s original crystal chandelier, under which couples can have their first dance. The venue holds up to 400 for a cocktail party and 200 for dinner with dancing. Prices upon request.
- 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-5454 ext. 2184 ; www.3westclub.com
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.
- A Private Penthouse Affair
80 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 212-627-8838 ; www.manhattanpenthouse.com
Located on the top floor of a historic building near Union Square, this bright, 8,000-square-foot space can hold up to 200 seated guests (with dancing). Twelve-foot-wide arched Palladian windows yield views that stretch from Wall Street to Times Square, and a stained-glass and oak-paneled bar completes the effect.
- Bathhouse Studios
540 East 11th Street New York, NY 10009 ; Tel: 212-388-1111 ; www.bathhousestudios.com
Built in 1904, the building served as a public bathhouse until 1958. Now it’s a sleek, industrial studio with exposed brick and soaring twenty-foot ceilings. Bathhouse has 3 levels including an outdoor roof deck that adds up to 8,000 sq. ft. of event space.
- Blue Water Grill
Tel: 212-675-9500 ; www.bluewatergrillnyc.com
Live jazz music, classic seafood dishes and a 'see and be seen' atmosphere make for a Union Square gem. Formerly the Metropolitan Bank, this historic, repurposed building draws in a vibrant crowd with its quality seafood, innovative sushi and live jazz.
- Brooklyn Grange
Clinton Ave and Flushing Ave, Brooklyn Navy Yard Brooklyn, NY 11205 ; Tel: 347-670-3660 ; brooklyngrangefarm.com/events
Our rooftop farm offers a unique venue for a wedding you’ll never forget. With sunset light streaming across the river and the twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline, there is no more romantic setting to tie the knot. Dining amongst the plants, Farm-to-table takes on a whole new meaning.
- Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 221-903-9647 ; carnegiehall.org/PrivateEvents
Matching the artistry and grandeur of the world’s most iconic music hall, the event spaces at Carnegie Hall lend elegance and style to your special events—from corporate dinners and conferences to non-profit galas, spectacular weddings, and intimate celebrations.
- Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 212-854-1200 ; facultyhouse.columbia.edu
Dating from 1923, this building contains 38,000 square feet of event space and is popular with couples getting married at nearby St. Paul’s Chapel and St. John the Divine. Bookable areas include the Presidential Ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 guests for dinner and dancing, and the Skyline Level, which fits 100 and offers vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and an outdoor terrace. Wedding packages start at $175 per guest.
- Gary's Lofts
Tel: 212-244-0970 ; www.garysloft.com
Gary's Lofts, located in Midtown Manhattan's Garment District offers beautifully designed studios with a Roof Deck featuring a breathtaking view of the Empire State Building, a perfect location to host Corporate Events, Social Gatherings and Weddings.
- Harbor Club at Prime
95 New York Avenue Huntington, NY 11743 ; Tel: 631-271-5600 ; harborclubatprime.com
Harbor Club at Prime’s stunning location on Huntington Harbor is an idyllic setting for both the wedding ceremony and reception. Clean, modern lines and sleek finishes provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Our commitment to culinary excellence and impeccable service will help create a unique and memorable wedding experience.
- Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 212-434-9576 ; www.pratthouse.com
Harold Pratt House, constructed in 1919, features six rooms all with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, and antique chandeliers connected by a grand marble staircase. Peterson Hall is an optional twist to add for dinner and dancing.
- 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.
- Lessing's Weddings
Tel: 631-581-0022 ; www.lessingsweddings.com
From one-of-a-kind mansions and a medieval-style chateau to intimate country clubs and a breathtaking castle, venue locations span from Montauk to Westchester. With 125 years of experience, Lessing's can make any dream wedding come true.
- Monteverde at Oldstone
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 ; Tel: 914-207-6555 ; www.monteverdeatoldstone.com
Majestically situated on 27 acres overlooking the Hudson River, just 50 minutes north of Manhattan, Monteverde features a resplendent 18th century mansion or, a permanent tented pavilion. Accommodates up to 360 for dinner and dancing.
- Sanctuary Hotel
132 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 212-234-7000 ; www.sanctuaryhotelnyc.com
The award-winning Sanctuary Hotel is a luxurious and timeless escape that's at the center of all that Midtown Manhattan has to offer. The hotel boasts 111 stylish guest rooms, lavish amenities and 2 unique venues ideal for your wedding festivities.
- The British Virgin Islands
Road Town, Tortola ; Tel: 800-835-8530 ; www.BVITourism.com
Discover the magic of island romance in the British Virgin Islands. A popular wedding and honeymoon destination, the BVI's luxury properties are perfect for seclusion or celebrations, and a variety of romance packages ensure your special trip is seamless.
- The Grandview | Elegant Events
Tel: 845-486-4700 ; www.grandviewevents.com
Luxurious event venue in the historic Hudson Valley, offering panoramic views of the majestic river and Mid-Hudson Bridge. Featuring both an indoor and outdoor tented ballroom, surrounded by natural scenery just above our marina.
- The Green Building
452 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-522-3363 ; www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com
Built in 1889, the building was originally constructed as a brass foundry. Renovations highlight the building's industrial past; original exposed brick walls, natural light and an open-beamed ceiling make a unique backdrop for your Brooklyn wedding.
- 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 out to a balcony overlooking Long Meadow. Hosts up to 175 for dinner and dancing; rental fee includes chairs, tables, and upright piano.
- Weylin B. Seymour's
Tel: 718-963-3639 ; www.WeylinBSeymours.com
This masterfully restored landmark venue features soaring domed ceilings, mosaic marble floors and pristine Victorian design. Built in 1875, this former bank offers an uncommon and meaningful backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Capacity: 350 Guests.
- World Yacht
Tel: 212-630-8100 ; www.worldyacht.com
Our luxury yachts make the perfect space for weddings that offer a memorable and picturesque setting; featuring exceptional food, impeccable service, and unmatched skyline views. Our wedding specialist will work with you on making your special day memorable.