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Celebrating the Season: Private Party Spaces in NYC

December 14, 2017 - 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: Angus Club Steakhouse

oak room private parties angus club steakhouse

Angus Club Steakhouse is a classic American destination with a touch of luxury. Several elegant rooms (Chef's Room, Cork Room, Leather Room, and the Oak Room pictured above) are available for private parties, capable of hosting groups from 8 to 40 people. Guests with larger needs can book the upstairs dining area for private events, which come complete with a private bar and can accommodate 40 guests for a sit-down dinner or 60 guests for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 135 E. 55th St., 212-588-1585,

Best Group Dining NYC: Ben & Jack's Steakhouse 

ben and jack's private parties nyc

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 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: Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

benjamin steakhouse prime wine room private parties

Benjamin Steakhouse (see below), the 2016 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off New York’s newest 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 primebeef 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: Bobby Van's Grill

bobby van's grill times square

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: Darbar

private party spaces darbar nyc

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: David Burke at Bloomingdale's

david burke at bloomingdale's

Located on the main floor of legendary shopping destination Bloomingdale’s, David Burke at Bloomingdale’s offers uptown style and sophistication, with an array of options for any event that demands great service and style. The Main Dining Room can host 45 seated or 65 standing; an "in the bar" cocktail reception accommodates 40 people, will a mix of tall tables for cocktails and lower tables for gifts or goodies. For a more intimate experience, the Chef's Corner seats 12 in a secluded back nook. David Burke at Bloomingdale’s also services all sorts of catering needs. Whether for vast social functions or small corporate meetings, Chef Nickesha Noel's inspired cuisine is available to go for events of any kind, and the staff can manage every detail, down to supplying plates, forks, and napkins. With "Burke in the Box" catering you can expect the restaurant's signature whimsical style and trail-blazing flavors in every order. Inside Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave. (59th St.), 212-705-3800,

Best Group Dining NYC: David Burke Kitchen 

holiday parties david burke kitchen

Versatility is the key to private parties at David Burke Kitchen, with multi-level indoor and outdoor options. The dining room seats up to 120 and holds up to 150 guests for a reception. Upstairs, the glass-enclosed Treehouse offers a bird's-eye view of the bustling street below and easily plays host to a cocktail party up to 50 guests and seated groups up to 40. 23 Grand St., 212-201-9119,

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

private parties nyc del frisco's

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. 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: Heartland Brewery & Chophouse

heartland chophouse

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

party room empire state heartland

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

bar round fogo de chao

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

group dining morton's the steakhouse

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 world trade steak private dining

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

obica bar flatiron

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

private events one world observatory

"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: Opry City Stage

opry city stage private space

Opry City Stage is New York’s home for country music and culture, with good food and good times rooted in the South and served up in Times Square. Throughout the venue’s four floors, guests enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, including a broad range of live country music played all day and never-before-seen artifacts from the Opry Archives. Opry City Stage's private event space can seat 200, or serve 275 reception-style. You'll find a stage, a drop-down screen, a projector, private restrooms, and a separate kitchen in the space as well. 1604 Broadway, 212-388-5565,

Best Group Dining NYC: Patsy's Italian Restaurant

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

Best Group Dining NYC: The Sea Fire Grill

board room the sea fire grill

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: Sen Sakana

sen sakana sushi bar nyc

Enjoy what The New Yorker calls “Intercultural Bliss” of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine at Sen Sakana, NYC’s first authentic Nikkei restaurant. Dishes range from elegantly crafted sushi and chirashi to ceviche and empanadas. The expansive layout features a bar area, main dining room, elevated sushi bar, and private dining room for lunch and dinner events. For those events, the space is ideal for hosting small parties, business meetings, and more. Up to 50 people seated and 60 people cocktail-reception style can be accommodated; the room is equipped with a projector and 5′ X 5′ drop-down projector screen. 28 W. 44th St., 212-221-9560,

Best Group Dining NYC: SoHo Park

SoHo Park private dining nyc

A newcomer to the Theater District, SoHo Park is an elegant spot for special occasions, private events, and social gatherings. A chic and modern design provides a charming setting, with an open floor plan providing versatility. Across three floors you'll find two full-service bars, an outdoor patio, and a private third floor with large windows looking out onto the energy of Eighth Avenue. The second floor is also available for events, with patio seating for 30 and an adjacent dining area that can accommodate 40. A window-side bar area has space for 30+ sitting and standing guests. 832 Eighth Ave., 212-757-4667,

Best Group Dining NYC: Suzuki

suzuki rose room nyc

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

private parties villa mosconi

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 Dining NYC: Dave & Buster's Times Square 

main bar dave buster's times square

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. 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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