Locations Directory


Alger House
Off Sixth Ave., nr. Bleecker St.

This former carriage house retains most of its old-fashioned charm in the Garden Room and the sweeping 2,500-square-foot ballroom. The house accommodates up to 125 guests and serves an eclectic menu of French, Mediterranean, and fusion specialties ($50–$125 per person).

Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk St., nr. E. Houston St.

Once a synagogue, this dramatic 1849 building is now open to anyone who wants to throw a party. Ironically, it looks a lot like an old church: thick Gothic-style windows, a deep-blue, incredibly dramatic rib-vaulted ceiling, and even an elaborate Gothic arch. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick said "I do" here. Prices vary depending on number of guests and day of the week (seats 260). Bring your own caterer.

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St.

By day, Astra is a bustling café, but at night it’s the perfect space to hold an intimate wedding while enjoying the celebrated cuisine of chef Charlie Palmer. Windows running along the north and east walls offer clear views over the lights of Manhattan to the Queensboro Bridge. Cherrywood tables, white curtains, and a subtle white-and-beige color scheme define the recently redesigned space. Located on the fourteenth floor of midtown’s Decoration & Design Building, Astra can host 140 guests without dancing (120 with), and 300 for cocktails. Prices range from $75 for cocktails to $200 for dinner per person.

Bateaux New York

If hotels and restaurants seem too dry (literally), why not have your reception at sea? Bateaux New York can take you and about 300 guests on a three-hour cruise around the southern tip of Manhattan. Enjoy dishes like miso-glazed Chilean sea bass or loin of lamb as part of a three-course dinner. Prices are about $100 per person for dining, cruise, and entertainment. No outside catering.

11 Fulton St., nr. Front St.

This dramatic events space at South Street Seaport offers two lofty rooms that each seat 75 to 400 guests. Best feature: gorgeous views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor, plus wraparound terraces. Chef Christopher Siversen, veteran of the ‘21’ Club, specializes in eclectic fare such as spicy crab summer rolls with Vietnamese herbs and Moroccan-style chicken. Buffet and seated-wedding menus, including alcohol, start at $185 per guest. No outside catering except kosher.

The Campbell Apartment
15 Vanderbilt Ave. entrance,
Grand Central Terminal

Couples who book this swank party space, an eccentric business tycoon’s private office and salon back in the twenties, get plush couches, clubby paneling, and a massive stone fireplace, plus gourmet cuisine courtesy of the well-regarded Abigail Kirsch. The space comfortably accommodates up to 75 seated guests and 125 for cocktails. Costs range from $75 to $250 per person.

130 Bowery, at Grand St.

The Stanford White–designed Bowery Savings Bank, complete with Corinthian columns and Venetian glass under 75-foot ceilings, is now the luxurious Capitale. Four private rooms are available for 75 to 1,500 guests. Prices vary depending on season and number of guests.

The Central Park Boathouse
Fifth Ave. at 72nd St.

This charming pavilion is set by the lake in the heart of the park and features wrapping French doors that open to an English garden and wooden patios that face the water's edge. Book the Boathouse's event space, which hosts up to 240 seated guests; from $145 per person. No outside catering except kosher.

18 Little W. 12th St., nr. Ninth Ave.

This suede-bedecked hot spot in the meatpacking district is known for booking some of the best D.J. talent in New York and provides ample space for dancing. The venue is available for private parties of up to 350 people and offers a variety of options for music, catering, floral arrangements, and equipment rental. Hors d’oeuvre from $22 to $38 per person; buffet dining from $55 to $80.  

Cipriani at 23rd St.
200 Fifth Avenue, at 23rd St.

In terms of iconic Manhattan backdrops, this place is hard to beat: Cipriani took over the lease of the old 200 Fifth Club in April 2004. Much has remained the same, including the ornate 22-foot ceilings, the ballroom (accommodates 300 with dancing), and the Oak Room (400 for cocktails)—not to mention the Art Deco style. Rates vary depending on season.

The Delegates Dining Room
United Nations Building, First Ave. at 45th St.

The U.N. Building doesn’t allow religious ceremonies but will host your reception. Start with cocktails on the West Terrace, followed by dinner in the Delegates Dining Room, a modernist restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the East River. (Note: Guests will be checked by security upon entry, and should arrive with photo I.D.) From $5,000 for security and $150 to $185 per person for catering by Aramark.

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    Algonquin Hotel
59 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Designer Gina Pedone mixes her own custom pieces with other independent designers as well as great vintage-inspired dresses and accessories.

  Barbetta Restaurant
321 W. 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
For larger weddings Barbetta makes available its spectacular palazzo-like interior and garden. For smaller weddings Barbetta offers the patrician period rooms all with original details of its magnificent townhouses built by the Astor family in 1874-1881.

  Grand Hyatt New York
Park Ave. at Grand Central
NY, NY 10017
(212) 883-1234
With panoramic city views, the classically elegant Manhattan Ballroom provides an unparalleled wedding experience in a perfectly styled atmosphere.

  Hotel Plaza Athenee
37 East 64th Street on Madison Ave.
(212) 734-9100
(212) 772-0958
Home to one of the most romantic rooms in New York City. Intimate, elegant setting for up to 100.

The Mark, New York
Madison Ave. at 77th Street
New York, NY 10021
A sophisticated Upper East Side setting, combined with a creative cuisine and specially designed wedding packages, make for one-of-a-kind celebrations.

Sel et Poivre
853 Lexington Avenue (between 64th and 65th)
NY, NY 10021
(212) 517-5780
Casually elegant, cozy and quaint country-style French bistro.

Top of the Tower at the Beekman Tower Hotel
3 Mitchell Place (1st Ave. at 49th St.)
New York, NY 10017
This classic art deco setting features spectacular 360-degree views from 26 stories about Manhattan, ensuring a most memorable event.

U.S. Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 2300
St. Thomas, USVI 00803
(340) 774-6835
It’s just easier to vacation in the United States Virgin Islands. Register to win a free vacation package including airfare.
  World Yacht
Pier 81, West 48th Street and the Hudson River
NY, NY 10036
(212) 630-8800
Luxury yachts with modern nautical décor, fine dining by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, impeccable service and spectacular Manhattan views.

From the Fall 2005 New York Wedding Guide