Old Guard or Upstart?
Old: The Campbell Apartment
Before Death & Co. and Little Branch, the Campbell Apartment—which, in the twenties, served as railroad mogul John W. Campbell’s private office in Grand Central Station—was the city’s go-to cocktail destination. Best-suited for low-key receptions and couples who don’t want to blow their budget on décor, the plush space can accommodate up to 125 guests for a cocktail party and 75 for dinner. Passed hors d’oeuvre are handled in-house; Abigail Kirsch provides catering for larger affairs, starting at $150 per head. 12 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. E. 43rd St.; 212-953-0409; hospitalityholdings.com.
New: The Darby
The latest venture from nightlife gurus Scott Sartiano, Richie Akiva, and Ronnie Madra (of Butter and 1OAK fame) has a fifties-supper-club vibe with dramatic, antique décor, an elevated stage for jazz bands and crooners, and a menu of updated American classics (oysters Rockefeller, lobster Newburg) courtesy of Butter chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli. The space is best for parties of 100 or fewer; prices start at $250 per head for a cocktail reception and four-course dinner. 246 W. 14th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-242-4411; thedarbynyc.com.
From the Winter 2011 New York Wedding Guide