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The New York Public Library  

If You... Fantasize About Four-Star Foods
Jung Lee
of Fête
The New York Public Library
(476 Fifth Ave., at 41st St.; 212-930-0730;
“Even though the library doesn’t allow open flame, caterers like Sonnier & Castle and Acquolina have served fantastic food here. Hold cocktails for 250 under the coffered ceiling of the McGraw Rotunda, serve dinner at long tables in Astor Hall, and move to the Celeste Bartos Forum for dessert and dancing.”
Caveat: “You must buy all alcohol through the Library, which is really expensive.”
Also try: Metropolitan Club
Xochitl Gonzalez
of Always a Bridesmaid
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
(33 W. 60th St., at Columbus Circle; 212-258-9535;
“Their exclusive caterer, Great Performances, provides incredible food—they source ingredients from their own farm. Invite 250 for cocktails in the Atrium and have dinner in the Allen Room, which has amphitheater-style seating, perfect acoustics, and a famous view of Central Park.”
Caveat: “While they do host weddings, they seem to be few and far between.”
Also try: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Ellen Kostman
of SideKick Events
The St. Regis New York
(2 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-753-4500;
“This hotel is known for its outstanding service and the quality and presentation of its food. For 200 guests, do cocktails in a series of connected rooms, and a seated dinner in the penthouse ballroom. Have the after-party in a room on the same floor and pass mini-hors d’oeuvre, like Pigs in a Blanket, with fancy French names.”
Caveat: “Its feminine look might not be for everyone.”
Also try: Mandarin Oriental


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