In anticipation of the fast-approaching holiday season, we round up some of New York’s most distinctive and special private dining spaces for parties big or small.
The Garden Table
Despite being located in the middle of chef Daniel Boulud’s refined French restaurant, this greenery-filled room feels like another world. The semi-private space, which seats up to 14 guests, is filled with manicured plants and features soaring ceilings and views of the Chrysler Building. Its menu showcases the signature seafood and vegetable-forward dishes that have made Le Pavillon famous, such as butter-poached Maine lobster and a perfectly balanced cheese and onion tart.
Le Pavillon, The Garden Table
The Blue Room, The Red Room, The Drawing Room, and Banzarbar
A true New York classic, Freemans uniquely occupies a manor house at the end of a tiny alley on the Lower East Side. Each of the rooms on the second floor, as well as the private cocktail bar, can be rented individually or all together for a larger event. Decorated with a rustic style in homage to a colonial American tavern, the restaurant serves simple and familiar food, with excellent execution.
Freemans, The Drawing Room
Although not as wild or hard to get into as it once may have been, Graydon Carter's restaurant in the West Village is still a downtown favourite. The sceney restaurant serves classic American 'home cooking' spotlighting fresh ingredients with thoughtful preparation. For exclusive access, reserve the enclosed back garden for your party. Year-round, it offers a cosy (thank you, heat lamps) and coveted atmosphere for a mid-size event.
Waverly Inn, The Garden
The Private Dining Room
One of New York’s most popular restaurants, a dinner party at Gramercy Tavern is truly a memorable experience. The 22-seat private space is a dining room in the most elevated sense; all-American antiques line a mahogany cabinet, itself antique, and the dining table is a handcrafted piece by Maine artist, Greg Lipton. Seasonal menus show off the best of American produce, and you can further decorate the room with floral arrangements from the restaurant’s exclusive florist, Roberta Bendavid.
Gramercy Tavern, The Private Dining Room
The East Pole Kitchen & Bar
The Map and The Copper Bar Room
From the team behind The Fat Radish, this Upper East Side restaurant has a second floor with two rooms that can be booked separately or together for up to 75 guests. The beautiful brownstone is a cosy venue for small to medium-sized parties, and it stays open late—rare for uptown. The seasonal farm-to-table menu is excellent shared and features local seafood from Long Island. The intimate, polished atmosphere has a downtown vibe, despite its uptown address.
The East Pole Kitchen & Bar, The Map and The Copper Bar Room
The Pasta Room
Misi is one of New York's most revered Italian chefs, Missy Robbins, second Williamsburg restaurant. Featuring a seasonal menu spotlighting an assortment of homemade pasta alongside delicious starters, a private event here is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The intimate Pasta Room seats up to 20 guests at two tables, and feels a bit like dining at a chef's table—and it is, somewhat, as this is where the restaurant's pasta is made daily.
Misi, The Pasta Room
The Hoxton Hotel
A go-to destination for socialising, the Hoxton has solidified its status as a place to hang out. The homey atmosphere makes for a great location to host a dinner—The Apartment, made up of five separate rooms, is geared toward hosting meetings but equally can be repurposed to host a lovely dinner party. We like the Pantry Kitchen, which is stocked with 'help yourself' snacks and drinks, and will feel like eating at home, but better. Equally cosy is the Dining Room, complete with fireplace and bookshelves.
The Hoxton, Hotel The Apartment
The Ostrich Room
The newly opened back room at Long Island City's innovative restaurant inside a former auto-body shop is dark and intimate and feels like stepping back through time. The rich menu consists of upgraded steakhouse classics with a modern twist. They love to host a party, meaning every detail will be attended to and executed perfectly. The flexibility and unique feeling of the space and menu ensure a party unlike any other in the city.
M.Wells, The Ostrich Room
For help planning the perfect event, enlist the help of your luxury lifestyle manager; they can advise and coordinate, so you’re able to relax and enjoy. For more information about membership and how we can help you get access to some of New York's best restaurants, get in touch with our memberships team.