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Location, Location, Location

Planners’ favorite venues and how to party in each, depending on your reception needs.

632 on Hudson  

Estimated costs include space rental and catering:
$ - $100-$200 per head
$$ - $200-$300 per head
$$$ - $300-$400 per head
$$$$ - $500+ per head

If You... Are Inviting Your Nearest and Dearest
Jung Lee
of Fête
Ukrainian Institute of America (The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion)
(2 E. 79th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-288-8660;
“It’s a jewel of a mansion with views of Central Park that not many people know about. It feels like a private home. It has charm and character, and you can bring in an off-premise caterer. Invite 90 guests for cocktails on the third floor; dinner on the second, and go back up to the third floor for dancing and dessert.”
Caveat: “A bit ‘lived-in,’ but you can disguise that with design.”
Also try: Harold Pratt House
Xochitl Gonzalez
of Always a Bridesmaid
Soho Grand Hotel
(310 W. Broadway, nr. Canal St.; 212-519-6642;
“Host cocktails for 50 guests inside the north penthouse loft—it looks like a modern, two-bedroom apartment—and dinner on the terrace, which has views of the Empire State. After, have a dance party inside. Fill the footed tub with ice and Champagne for a sexy, self-serve bar.”
Caveat: “The suite’s big enough for a D.J., but you can’t move furniture for more dancing room.”
Also try: Williamsburg Penthouse
Ellen Kostman
of SideKick Events
632 on Hudson
(632 Hudson St., nr. Horatio St.; 212-620-7631;
“A gorgeous house decorated with artsy, eccentric touches (e.g., gargoyles, a Chinese bed), that’s ideal for a 100-person roving cocktail party. Do a different, themed food station in every room. Guests can roam the entire house, all the way up to the rooftop garden. For dancing, a D.J. can set up on the ground floor, near the library.”
Caveat: “There’s no room for a band.”
Also try: Ramscale


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