23 Unreal New York City Event Venues
Pick a category–any category–and New York City is likely to make one of the top spots. The Big Apple is a world leader in food, in population density, in financial services, in advertising, in fashion, in…you get the idea. So it goes without saying that Gotham City is also a fabulous place to throw a party or host an event. Large spaces, small spaces, music venues, and corporate event spaces dot nearly every street, and each a sight to be seen — and visited.
Capacity: 1200 Standing / 450 Seated
Location: 175 Van Dyke Street
Great For: Galas, Weddings
The builders of Red Hook’s Pier 41 couldn’t have known the view their Brooklyn creation would someday afford. But three decades after the Liberty Warehouse building was constructed, the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States. Instantly, Pier 41 gained one of the most majestic views in all of New York City. Today, Liberty Warehouse hosts 1200-person cocktail receptions, 400-person weddings, epic bar mitzvahs, and one incredible look at Lady Liberty.
Location: 1260 6th Ave
Great For: Performances, Product Launches, Presentations
If event venues were people, Radio City Music Hall would be the patriarch of the family. A theatre that defines art deco as we know it, Radio City is the ultimate performance destination. This 6000-seat theatre is where former Presidents go to speak, Tony Awards are polished before being won, and ticket holders go to be wowed. The performances and presentations hosted here can be summed up in a single word: epic.
Location: 1 World Trade Center
Great For: VIP Events, Product Launches
High atop one of the tallest buildings in the world, ASPIRE at One World Observatory treats guests to 102nd story views of New York in clean and contemporary surroundings. For anyone planning a VIP-studded event, One World is a destination known to decorators, chauffeurs, and visitors alike. A dedicated ASPIRE coordinator rounds out a team of A-list party pros, including world-class chefs whose creations treat guests mingling amidst 9000 square feet of space.
Capacity: 225 Standing / 90 Seated
Location: 123 Nassau Street
Great For: Holiday Party, Reception
Those looking for minimalist surroundings should not consider the Beekman. To everyone else: you’re in luck. A venue with a look from another era, the posh hotel is an icon of architecture and decor. Whether hosting a retro cocktail hour, an elegant wedding, or a multi-tiered presentation in the atrium, the Beekman is one of those treasured venues that doesn’t need a single piece of decor in order to look its best.
Capacity: 700 Cocktail / 300 Seated
Location: Central Park at West 67th Street
Great For: Charity Events, Weddings, Galas
Tavern on the Green is as much a part of New York City folklore as the Empire State Building or the yellow taxi. “Tavern,” one of the most famous restaurants in the country, happily hosts private groups of as few as 8 in their private dining rooms, or Page Six-worthy galas that envelop the entire restaurant for as many as 700.
Capacity: 300 Seated / 350 Standing
Location: 500 West 36th Street
Great For: Galas, Charity Events, Product Launches
A short walk from the glass ceiling of the Javits Center, Hudson Mercantile is a collection of gallery, studio, and rooftop event spaces. Each is a blank canvas, conveniently located in the acclaimed Hudson Yards area and perfect for a VIP after party following an event at the Javits Center.
Location: 583 Park Avenue
Great For: Conventions, Conferences, Galas
Glance at a snapshot of 583 Park Avenue, and you’ll be surprised to hear you’re looking at an event space in New York. Its soaring columns, red brick facade, and elegant craftsman entryways offer a classic, formal alternative to the gleaming modern spaces that dot Manhattan. With capacity for up to 2300 guests, 583 Park Avenue is a fitting destination for a large, elegant evening or multi-day event.
Location: 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street
Great For: Weddings, Corporate & Nonprofit Events
On the 17th floor of the Beaux Arts tower sits a penthouse fit for royalty, the CEO of a newly acquired Unicorn, or one heck of a corporate party. The aptly named Manhattan Penthouse is a “make it what you want it” space that starts with a prestigious address on Fifth Avenue and lets visionaries transform it for company presentations, weddings, and charitable events alike.
Capacity: 300 Standing / 175 Seated
Location: 278 Spring Street
Great For: Budget Events
Planning an event with a modest budget is no modest challenge when you live in the Big Apple. That’s why the New York City Fire Museum is considered a hidden gem to frugal event planners citywide. The public space is filled with interesting fire equipment of old, offering up to 300 standing guests no shortage of self-guided entertainment.
Capacity: 1500 Lounge / 150 Terrace
Location: 1535 Broadway
Great For: Conferences, After-Parties
When hosting a conference for out-of-towners, there are few city blocks more likely to match the image of New York dancing in their minds than Times Square. The Marriott Marquis’s Broadway Terrace and Lounge are two turnkey meeting spaces that showcase Times Square in all its glowing glory. The Terrace makes a stunning VIP lounge area with open-air mingling space for 150, while the lounge can host 1500 conference goers just steps from one of the most famous streets in the world.
Capacity: 60 Seated / 210 Standing
Location: 50 Bowery
Great For: Receptions, Company Events
Creative events have no better companion than the staff at 50 Bowery, or its variety of meeting spaces. Gather a team of execs in 50 Bowery’s classroom or boardroom-style rooms before toasting the next chapter in the hotel’s trendy bar. Or, host a product launch on the hotel’s 5000 square foot outdoor terrace.
Capacity: 200 Standing / 80 Seated
Location: 109 West 17th Street
Great For: Team Retreats, Receptions
Few things can please a team like a good meal. And few things are as refreshing to email-burned eyes than a bit of hands-on cooking. Treat your team to both at Haven’s Kitchen, a carriage house and culinary training ground in one. Lovely enough for a wedding but ideal for a team retreat, this Flatiron home can please up to 80 diners or 200 minglers. An especially fitting destination for a gathering of foodies.
Capacity: 70 Standing
Location: 42-38 9th Street
Great For: Wedding Receptions
When you rent the Albra Room for a reception, you’re actually renting two spaces in one: a 400 square foot caterer’s kitchen and a 1000 square foot event space. This new space features a stunning glass atrium and clean white painted brick walls that simultaneously establish a sense of intimacy and erase any notions of claustrophobia.
Capacity: 100 Standing / 75 Seated
Location: 281 Church Street
Great For: Company Retreats, Team Functions
A far cry from the concrete and metal that frame New York, Bouley Botanical is a greenhouse at heart. The TriBeCa space is lined with 400 edible plants, plenty of natural light, and enough space to comfortably seat 75 or host 100 for a cocktail hour. Whether you’re looking for a space that takes a back seat to the party at hand, or one that takes center stage (cooking classes, anyone?), Bouley Botanical is truly special.
Capacity: 250 Standing / 160 Seated
Location: 501 Union Street
Great For: Company Parties
Once a car restoration shop, 501 Union was built in 1916 and transformed into the event venue it is today in 2013. Photo shoots, pop-up markets, and wedding receptions have all called 501 Union home at one point or another, but company parties are especially well-suited for the venue that comfortably holds 160 seated guests under a vaulted skylight.
Capacity: 150 Standing
Location: 15 Thompson Street
Great For: Cocktail Parties
If refined drama sounds is relevant to your party vision, few venues encapsulate the juxtaposition as well as JIMMY. Designed to mimic the 1970’s New York vibe, JIMMY is the premier space of SoHo’s James Hotel. 1200 square feet of interior space is matched by 1500 square feet of outdoor space that includes a pool and unmatched views of multiple New York neighborhoods.
Location: 508 West 26th Street
Great For: Art Shows, Exhibits
If the artists of the West Chelsea neighborhood likes one thing, it’s a blank canvas. The Highline Loft is just that: a stark white event space that is a blank slate just waiting to be filled with color and wonder. In what other neighborhood would you find a television producer, creative director, and interior designer on staff?
Capacity: 500 Seated / 1000 Standing
Location: Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
Great For: Galas, Charity Balls
When Hollywood writes glamour into a script set in New York, they set their storyline in one place: The Plaza Hotel. The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom is where black tie wedding receptions, galas, and balls have been entertained since 1907. Those looking to be crowned champion of New York City party planning need look to no other venue.
Location: 610 W 56th St
Great For: Concerts, VIP Parties
Terminal 5 is a venue created with music in mind. Built-in green rooms, high tech sound equipment, color-splashing LED lighting, and easy load-in/load-out capabilities make performances easy to plan and seamless to execute. Plus, its 3,000-person capacity makes room for parties as big as one can dream up.
Capacity: 1850 Seated
Location: 660 12th Avenue
Great For: Large Parties
Opening in Fall 2019, Glasshouse is a 75,000 square foot space comprised of indoor and outdoor spaces, VIP lounges, and gizmos and gadgets that make modern event production limitless. This modern space provides flexibility to event designers, offering ceilings as high as 40 feet and walls that move for various configurations.
Capacity: 200 Seated
Location: 213 N 8th St.
Great For: Wedding Receptions
Reclaimed wood paneling, wine barrels, and mid-century decor are just a few of the design elements that make the Brooklyn Winery the romantic wedding reception hotspot that it is. An open bar of craft beers and Brooklyn Winery wines is worked into every package while catering options are flexible and range from appetizers to full family style dinners.
Capacity: 1200 Standing / 600 Seated
Location: 1356 Broadway
Great For: Galas, Presentations
If 17,500 of space sounds imposing, wait until you hear what Gotham Hall is filled with: intricate stained glass, glass tables, and finely crafted three-dimension wall textures. The hall’s grand ballroom can seat up to 600 for a seated dinner (with check-signing pens conveniently tethered to the former banking tables) while seating can be arranged in a variety of layouts for fashion shows, concerts, and presentations.