New York’s most beautiful private dining rooms

Words by Keven Amfo

23 June 2020

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.

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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.

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Waverly Inn

The Garden

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.

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Gramercy Park Hotel

The Gramercy Terrace

One of the most coveted private dining spaces in all of Manhattan, a dinner party on the Gramercy Terrace, is a truly memorable experience. The 18th-floor terrace has expansive views of the city and a series of interior salons with art from the likes of Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. The ample space can accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated dinner, and the delicious menu options come courtesy of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

The Map 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.

Flora Bar at the Met Breuer

Flora Bar at the Met Breuer

Located inside the landmarked Brutalist building the Met Breuer, this stylish restaurant from celebrated chef Ignacio Mattos is an unexpected choice for an event. An extensive raw bar sits alongside signature entrees that expertly mix high and low, and the dessert offerings are from renowned pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. The chic, minimalist venue is impressive and a sophisticated choice for an elevated private dining experience.

Misi The Pasta 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.

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The Hoxton Hotel

The Apartment

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.

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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.

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 retaurants, get in touch with our Membership team.

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