Great Private Dining in NYC

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. It can be difficult to find a dining room that seats a large group, and even if you call ahead and ask to seat 25, many dining restaurants won't be able to accommodate you. 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. Whether you're interested in a raw bar event, want to find a place in the West Village, or are looking for a seafood dining experience, our roundup of best group dining locations won't disappoint. 

Best Group Dining NYC: American Cut

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LDV Hospitality and Chef-Partner Marc Forgione capture the nostalgic glamour of New York City and its iconic steakhouses with American Cut. There are two central locations, one in midtown and the other in Tribeca. A wide range of party sizes can be accommodated in either space. In midtown, if you're going for intimate, The Wine Room is a great pick, with seating for 20; the East and West Rooms can cover larger groups with complete AV; the Bar & Lounge is perfect for a standing reception; and the Main Dining Room and Complete Venue Buyout options will take care of bigger gatherings. Tribeca brings The Black Room for intimate gatherings around a custom round table (above); the Morrison Room, with its own private bar and dining room; the semi-private Dining Lounge; and the possibility of a full-venue buyout for even larger gatherings. American Cut Tribeca, 363 Greenwich St. (btw. Harrison & Franklin Sts.), 212-226-4736, American Cut Midtown, 109 E. 56th St. (btw. Park and Lexington Aves.), 212-388-5277,

Best Group Dining NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse

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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: Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

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Benjamin Steakhouse (see above), the 2018 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off steakhouse destination Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, which by no coincidence took home the 2017 Concierge Choice Award for best new restaurant. Serving both dry-aged USDA prime beef and fresh, succulent seafood, the sleek and modern spaces here can support groups from 10 to 250. The upstairs at Benjamin Steakhouse Prime offers five customizable private dining rooms, capable of holding up to 250 guests. With so many choices, the options work well for holiday dining, special occasions, product launches, 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: David Burke Tavern

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David Burke Tavern, located on the Upper East Side, can accommodate myriad options for your event needs, from a dinner party in a private or semi-private space to a cocktail reception. Three-course dinner options are available starting from $100/pp, including an appetizer/salad, or David Burke's famous "Clothesline Bacon," your choice of entree (pork chop with garlic clams and rock shrimp casino/ginger salmon with green curry farro and spiced apple salad/roasted chicken with pistachio ravioli, carrots, peas, and chimichurri), vegetable (house-cut fries, asparagus with parmesan and truffle, creamy spinach and leeks), and choice of dessert (cheesecake lollipop tree, apple tart with ice cream,and caramel). 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021,

Best Group Dining NYC: Darbar

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Darbar boasts some of New York City's most authentic Indian food at more than reasonable prices. If you're looking to celebrate a birthday or other milestone, Darbar's private party room and terrific array of drinks makes for a great combination. 152 E. 46th St., 212-681-4500,

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

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York 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 and city views, to create an unforgettable experience. For more information, reach out to Christina Migliorelli, sales & event planner at 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129,

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: Havana Central

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Havana Central serves home-cooked Cuban food and brilliant live music from the heart of New York City. It's also a great place near the theaters to book your event. Whether for a group of 12 or a full house of 150 or more, Havana Central will provide the food and drink to get your fiesta going. They do a great job with birthday parties, bridal events, and corporate gatherings. There's both private and semi-private room options available and you can choose from prix fixe, family style, buffet, and cocktail style events. New to the venue is a private glass room that seats 20. 151 W. 46th St., 212-398-7441,

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

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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

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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: 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 Italian Restaurant

One of the greatest attractions in the Theater District, Patsy's Italian Restaurant is renowned for its celebrity clientele (it was Frank Sinatra's favorite). Family-run since 1944, this landmark's highly rated authentic Neapolitan is heavenly, including succulent veal chops Siciliano, spicy lobster Fra Diavolo, and savory calamari stuffed with seafood. For private dining, there is an entire second floor where Ol' Blue Eyes himself used to hold court. Custom menus can be designed, drawing on Chef Sal Scognamillo's authentic Neapolitan cuisine. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491,

Best Group Dining NYC: The Sea Fire Grill

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Benjamin Steakhouse moved on to create The Sea Fire Grill once they'd perfected their steak, and the seafood here is every bit as delicious. For group events, the crystal lighting, walnut accents, and contemporary artwork of private dining space “The Board Room” (above) exude sophistication. With seating for 26-30 guests, The Board Room is ideal for exclusive business dinners or lively celebrations. For larger parties, the “Mid Dining Room” accommodates up to 65. It’s off to the side of other diners, giving groups a nice sense of isolation, while still enjoying the ambiance. Contemporary décor with mirrored features, wood floors, elegant chandeliers, and flowing sheer curtains highlight the roaring marble fireplace of the Main Dining Room. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling customized dark wood wine racks, this sophisticated space can seat up to 75 guests. The chef’s offerings of seasonally focused prix-fixe menus and complementary sommelier selections are sure to impress. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785,

Best Group Dining NYC: Strip House

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You can indulge all your senses when experiencing the famed New York City steakhouse Strip House. Signature prime cuts of beef are matched by striking dining room with a siren-red interior and black and white vintage photography. Two locations, Union Square and midtown, are both perfectly equipped for a group event. Downtown’s more intimate location seats 100 and accommodates 130 standing. The Speakeasy downstairs at the downtown location holds 32 seated and 40 standing guests. The large, bi-level midtown location has a private lounge for a party of 20 and semi-private spaces on the mezzanine level. The entire restaurant seats 200 and accommodates 220 standing guests. Strip House Downtown is located at 13 E. 12th St. Call 212-328-0000 or visit for reservations. Strip House Speakeasy is located at 11 E. 12th St. Call 212-838-9197 or visit for reservations. Strip House Midtown is located at 15 W. 44th St. Call 212-336-5454 or visit for reservations.

Best Group Dining NYC: Suzuki

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A newcomer to midtown Manhattan, Suzuki is one of New York City’s most intriguing destinations, specializing in omakase sushi and the multi-course Japanese dining tradition known as kaiseki. The Rose Room is Suzuki’s luxury private room, featuring a 10-seat dining table that can host events ranging from dinners to cocktail parties to trunk shows to conferences and business meetings. A variety of prix fixe options are available including the ultimate—a bespoke kaiseki dinner experience.  114 W. 47th St., 212-278-0010,

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,

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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., 212-367-9000,

Best Group Spaces NYC: Blue Man Group

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Best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows, Blue Man Group combines music, comedy, and multimedia theatrics to produce a unique form of entertainment in downtown New York City.  Less well known: they have everything you need for the perfect party, with all the music, dancing, and paint you want. You can even add on receptions, food and drink, VIP options, a backstage tour, and more. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., 212-226-6366,

Best Group Spaces 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 holidays—including 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. 234 W. 42nd St., 646-495-2015,

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