Check Out the View
Flatiron and Gramercy
Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel
The indoor-outdoor rooftop space at Ian Schrager’s perennially cool, bohemian hotel has been an in-demand wedding venue since it opened in 2006—and thanks to a retractable-glass rooftop, it hosts events year-round. Guests enter through the hotel’s cozy, fireplace-lit lobby and hop an elevator to the top floor, where they find an ethereal garden space with lush landscaping that evokes the feel of a chic country club in the sky (with northern views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings and southern angles of One World Trade). Another perk to having your wedding here: Newlyweds will enjoy luxe wedding-night accommodations on the house, which include exclusive access to Gramercy Park. Holds 250 for cocktails; prices upon request. Catering by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. 2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St.; 646-898-3314; gramercyparkhotel.com.
Hosting a small reception for up to 150 beer-obsessed meat-lovers? The laid-back 4,500-square-foot Birreria atop Mario Batali’s Eataly has become a must-hit destination for Italo-philes and brew-obsessives alike. For special events in the winter, a clear, retractable roof keeps the beer garden’s exceptional views on full display. The pretty brick walls that line the rooftop outside hide much of the manic Manhattan action, leaving only a sweeping view of the night sky, crested by the dramatic Flatiron Building. “You can see Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building, plus you have the added bonus of having the Batali/Bastianich team as your in-house caterer,” says Walker of Loulie Walker Events. Think house-made Tuscan-inspired blood sausage; salads awash in apple, fennel, and speck; perfectly grilled steak; and dessert options ranging from salted-caramel panna cotta to classic tiramisu. Holds 175 for a cocktail-style reception; up to 150 for a seated dinner. Catering by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Prices upon request. 200 Fifth Ave., nr. 23rd St.; 212-539-0204, ext. 304; eatalyny.com/eat/birreria.
From the Winter 2013 New York Wedding Guide