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Celebrating the Season: Private Party Spaces in NYC

December 13, 2016 - by City Guide News Desk
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New York restaurants have plenty of color, flavor, and energy, covering everything from rustic-casual neighborhood spots to the world’s most elegant experiences. What New York restaurants don’t have is much space. With reservation books that fill up months in advance and tables too tight for even a foursome, the city is notorious for making life hard for group outings. We’ve gathered up some great exceptions—restaurant destinations that can take on everything from a romantic dinner for two on up to a birthday, reunion, holiday party, or other special occasion event that requires a private party group space as only New York can do it.

Best Group Dining NYC: Ben & Jack's Steakhouse 

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The Fifth Avenue location of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse offers five modern private dining rooms, which can accommodate groups of 6 up to 250 people. Private dining rooms are secluded from the other rooms to ensure privacy, and are ideal for both personal and corporate occasions. 255 Fifth Ave., 212-532-7600,

Best Group Dining NYC: Benjamin Prime

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Benjamin Steakhouse (see below), the 2016 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off New York’s newest steakhouse destination, Benjamin Prime. Serving both prime beef and fresh seafood, the sleek and modern spaces here can support groups from 10 to 200. Choose from an Alcove Room, Balcony Room, Wine Room (above), Boardroom, or the entire upstairs, which has space for 175. Works equally well for a special occasion, product launch, or a business function (complete state-of-the-art A/V capabilities are available). 23 E. 40th St., 212-338-0818,

Best Group Dining NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse prides itself on providing perfectly choreographed events for groups of all sizes.  From beautifully marbled cuts of dry-aged beef and succulent seafood to impeccably refined service and charm, Benjamin Steakhouse is ideal for the ultimate dining experience, and the perfect location to host an intimate celebratory dinner or a large corporate event. The Mezzanine Level overlooks the restaurant, capturing the ambiance, while offering a desirable sense of intimacy.  Either of the Mezzanine’s Two Wings can be reserved exclusively or the entire space is ideal for larger functions! The Wine Room in the Mezzanine Level seats up to 21 guests and has large, theater-style curtains that can be drawn to add more privacy. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177,

Best Group Dining NYC: Bobby Van's Grill

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Bobby Van’s Grill is home to legendary steaks and fresh seafood (think crab cakes or Tuscan-rubbed Atlantic salmon). With a wide variety of options, Bobby Van's can seat up to 200, and accommodate private or semi-private events ranging from 10 to up 300 people. Choose from banquet rooms, a bar and lounge area, and a general dining room. 120 W. 45th St., 212-575-5623,

Best Group Dining NYC: Buca di Beppo

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Hearty Italian dishes are served family-style at Buca di Beppo, making them perfect for sharing. Eclectic décor, lively music, and engaging staff all add to the fun. There are five private party spaces to choose from, including the famous “Pope’s Table.” 1540 Broadway, 212-764-6527,

Best Group Dining NYC: David Burke Kitchen 

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Versatility is the key to private parties at David Burke Kitchen, with multi-level indoor and outdoor options. The dining room seats up to 130 for a boisterous dinner party or wedding. Upstairs, the glass-enclosed Treehouse Bar offers a bird's-eye view of the bustling street below and easily plays host to a cocktail party or a surprise birthday bash. 23 Grand St., 212-201-9119,

Best Group Dining NYC: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse boasts a sophisticated space that reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. For group events here, guests can customize menus and choose from a variety of ambiances, including wine cellars, lounges, and city views, to create an unforgettable experience. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129,

Best Group Dining NYC: Heartland Brewery Chophouse

heartland chophouse party space

Handcrafted beers, housemade sodas, and a hearty steakhouse menu can be found at the Heartland Brewery Chophouse in Times Square. A handsome, 12,000-square-foot space boasts Victorian touches and a large-scale mural in the style of Thomas Hart Benton. Buffet lunches and dinners, cocktail receptions, happy hours, and sit-down lunches and dinners are among the options for group dining and events. 127 W. 43rd St., 646-366-0235,

Best Group Dining NYC: Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie Empire State Building

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New York City’s most famous landmark, the Empire State Building, now houses New York’s number one brewery, a two-story 450-seat Heartland equipped with two large bars and four giant flat-screen TV’s. Heartland has consistently brewed New York’s freshest craft beers, including six classic brews and a wide range of seasonal ones. Enjoy them on a special occasion or work function at one of two stylish and comfortable spaces (28 and 30 person capacities). 350 Fifth Ave., 212-563-3433,

Best Group Dining NYC: Fogo de Chão

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New and seasonal menu items are included as a part of the regular full churrasco price on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day at Fogo de Chão. Enjoy the delicious preparations of gaucho chefs along with a gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and an award-winning wine list. The three-level stunner includes a round bar that can accommodate up to 125 and private dining. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980,

Best Group Dining NYC: The Marshal

Using seasonal ingredients and natural preparations, the mission at The Marshal is to make the farm-to-table experience casual, interesting, and fun. The restaurant is centrally located near Times Square in Hell's Kitchen. For private parties, The Marshal can accommodate groups up to 30 people. Reservations strongly recommended. 628 Tenth Ave., 212-582-6300,

Best Group Dining NYC: Morton's The Steakhouse 5th Avenue

morton's the steakhouse private parties

Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s is the ideal place for a memorable dinner. Private dining rooms are perfect for meetings and celebrations. 551 Fifth Ave., 212-972-3315; also visit their downtown location near the 9/11 Memorial at 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171,

Best Group Dining NYC: Morton's The Steakhouse World Trade Center

morton's wtc private party space

From business meetings to holiday celebrations or rehearsal dinners, the Financial District location of Morton’s is ready for any occasion. Leave a lasting impression on 10 or 100 of your closest friends or esteemed colleagues, while enjoying great food, fine wines and specialty cocktails, and professional service. State-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities are available. 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171,

Best Group Dining NYC: Obicà Mozzarella Bar 

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Obicà is a casual contemporary Italian restaurant, offering a genuine Italian dining experience centered on the freshest Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP from Italy, fresh homemade pasta, and authentic products from Italy’s rich regional heritages. A soaring historic location in the Flatiron District offers three private dining spaces and a semi-private lounge. 928 Broadway, 212-777-2754,

Best Group Dining NYC: One World Observatory

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"One size fits one" is the philosophy behind the event space at One World Observatory. Bespoke special occasions are hosted here, from weddings to business meetings, in one of the world's unique places. Flexible spaces, all kinds of onsite amenities, great cooking, and room for up to 300 guests make this an excellent choice. And that's even before taking in the views from the 102nd floor! 285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776,

Best Group Dining NYC: Patsy's

This Theatre District landmark (Frank Sinatra’s favorite) has been family-run since 1944. Enjoy authentic Neapolitan cuisine in the Patsy's private dining room, where custom menus can be designed. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491,

Best Group Dining NYC: Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

pera mediterranean private parties

When you step into Pera, you may be in midtown, but you feel like you're entering the kind of sophisticated restaurant you would find in Istanbul. An authentic open Turkish kitchen is like a stage in the back, with the feel, flavors, and sounds of the eastern Mediterranean. There are several private dining rooms here for smaller groups. Larger parties can reserve the entire restaurant, or just the back, where guests can enjoy proximity to that open kitchen. 303 Madison Ave., 212-878-6301,

Best Group Dining NYC: Pera SoHo

pera soho private dining

Pera SoHo is a transportative Mediterranean retreat in the heart of downtown. Inspired by the renowned Istanbul neighborhood where cuisine, art, culture, nightlife, and the cosmopolitan converge, Pera SoHo seduces with an environment that is both warm and vibrant. Two private dining rooms, a garden gazebo, and a stunning SkyDeck offer great group spaces to enjoy the hospitality here. 54 Thompson St., 212-878-6305,

Best Group Dining NYC: Villa Mosconi

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Villa Mosconi is celebrating 40 years feeding Greenwich Village. Their three dining rooms (including a four-season garden) offer the perfect setting for celebrating any occasion, whether it’s a romantic evening out, family gathering, or business dinner. 69 MacDougal St., 212-673-0390,

More Fun for Kids & Company Parties

Best Group Spaces NYC: Gotham Comedy Club

Gotham Comedy Club's on-site special events team will help you create your most memorable event. Their sophisticated space comes equipped with a full-service staff. The Main Show Room (capacity 300) features two bars, stage, and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Vintage Lounge has a capacity for 75. Custom packages available; contact Kelsey. 208 W. 23rd St., 212-367-7000,

Best Group Dining NYC: Dave & Buster's Times Square 

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Dave & Buster's in Times Square is packed with everything you need to celebrate the holidaysincluding fun. Create a perfect event with the newest games, private rooms and casual spaces, team-building activities, and tons of food and beverage options customized just for any group. Event planners will work with you from start to finish to make sure every detail is right, from finding the perfect date to working with your budget and everything in between. Book your holiday party and save 10% off plus get a $10 Power Card for everyone in your group! Offer good for events between
11/28/16-1/29/17 on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Other restrictions apply, see Dave & Buster's for more. 234 W. 42nd St., 646-495-2015,

Best Group Dining NYC: Planet Hollywood

From families and school groups to conventioneers and the ultimate movie buffs, Planet Hollywood offers guests a glimpse into the fabulous world of film and television. The menu, distinctive and diverse, satisfies every palate. 1540 Broadway, 212-333-7827,

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