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Prospect Park Picnic House.  

Parks and Museums

Prospect Park Picnic House
Few venues offer so complete an escape from the city as this charming brick-and-glass-enclosed pavilion in Prospect Park. It’s also one of few venues with a view that’s better in the winter months: The surrounding lawns that play host to hordes of barbecuing families in the summer are blissfully empty come November and December, leaving you with unobstructed views of the park’s rolling hills and trees that grow more magical with the addition of snow. There is plenty of room inside for a seated dinner and dancing. Sixty-inch tables and white-wood garden chairs are available for free, and there is a piano in-house. Guest parking is available at the Litchfield Villa, or you can take a short stroll through the park from the Third Street entrance on Prospect Park West. Holds 175 for a seated dinner; 250 for cocktails. Prices start at $3,500, plus a $500 refundable security fee. Catering is limited to a preferred list of fifteen caterers, including Great Performances and The Cleaver Co. West Drive nr. 5th St., Park Slope; 646-393-9031, ext. 2; prospectpark.org.


American Museum of Natural History.  

American Museum of Natural History
This New York City landmark offers surreal locations for both cocktail-style and seated receptions. Consider booking the acre-long tree-lined Arthur Ross Terrace for cocktails (it can hold up to 315 guests) and then moving indoors to the Powerhouse loft space for a seated dinner. The Powerhouse, which overlooks the Terrace and its inlaid reflecting pool, plus the Rose Center, has one of the most magnificent and thoroughly unique views in town. Powerhouse holds 300 for a seated dinner. Membership fee required. Catering by Restaurant Associates. Central Park West at 79th St.; 212-769-5350; amnh.org.

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