by Annette Naif

New York City is one of the largest cities in the world, and luckily that means there is no shortage of great restaurants here! If you’re looking to host an event (wedding, birthday party, business meeting, etc.), check out the list I’ve put together of great restaurant venues in various parts of NYC.

An Upper West Side institution for over 20 years, Isabella’s is a neighborhood spot featuring American fare to please any palate! This is a cute and cozy location with a semi-private mezzanine area for parties of approximately 30-40 people. If you’re hosting a work event, or a cocktail party, this would be the perfect location! They even offer customized floral arrangements!

If you’re looking to host an event in Midtown West, look no further than 21 Club! This is a great setting for a private dinner party – it has an intimate room in a salon-like setting. There are beautiful murals on the walls of the intimate room where diners can pair creative dishes with outstanding wine options.

Tribeca Rooftop is a gorgeous penthouse featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, The Empire State Building, Soho and downtown Manhattan. The stunning 18,000 square foot, landscaped rooftop is the perfect outdoor setting for any occasion.  Even though the space is large, this great space has the versatility to create a highly personalized atmosphere for a multitude of events. From weddings ceremonies to gala dinners, movie screenings to business luncheons, fashion shows to media functions, Tribeca Rooftop can be customized to meet your specific needs.


Looking to have your dream wedding in a beautiful Manhatten location? Look no further than Soho (part of the Trump Hotel Collection). With expansive skyline views and adjoining outdoor terraces for cocktail receptions, this is a perfect location for your wedding party (no matter the size).

Battery Gardens Restaurant

Nestled at the southern most corner of Battery Park, right along the water’s edge, lies a Manhattan oasis called Battery Gardens – a restaurant with sweeping panoramic views of glorious New York Harbor, including historic Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. This is a great venue for hosting an intimate, outdoor dinner party or cocktail reception. The food is delicious and the views are amazing!

Cipriani Wall Street®

If you’re looking to host an event in the Financial District, Cipriani Wall Street® is an absolute must! It is a great place for weddings, social celebrations, fundraisers or galas. Their impeccable attention to detail, the finest cuisine and classic service sets the stage for the most sought after social experiences.

If you’re looking to host a less formal yet still wonderful event in New York, head on over to the lower east side to Essex. It’s the perfect location for a brunch meeting or birthday party location with a small group of friends. If you are a seafood fanatic, you will definitely want to host your event here!

Guastavino’s is one of New York City’s premiere event spaces and is a wonderful location in Midtown East for hosting an event. An architectural masterpiece and designated New York City Interior landmark, Guastavino’s is available for banquets, weddings, cocktail receptions, and corporate events. With its soaring granite arches and catalan vaulted tiled ceiling, Guastavino’s is a unique space for your occasion. In addition to the 15,000 square foot interior, Guastavino’s mid-town location also boasts a private garden, which is a nice touch for larger events.


Ilvagabonodo’s, located on the Upper East Side, is the perfect place for hosting a dinner party amoung friends! They can accommodate private parties of up to 90 people and your party can have exclusive use of the room they are in for the duration of the party!

Please share some of your favorite NYC locations to host an event in the comments sections.

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About Forté Events:

Forté Events is a strategic event design and production firm specializing in corporate, non-profit, and social events worldwide.  Their Celebrations of Life division helps individuals plan unique end of life services. Based in Colorado Springs, CO, and New York City this company of ten produce events worldwide from Fortune 500 clients to families and charities. Forté Events specializes in helping clients attain their goals, realize return on investment, and achieve the most unique, creative experiences.

About Annette Naif:

Since 1986 Annette Naif has been designing and producing custom events. .  Helping clients create their unique signature style that translates into a memorable experience has been Annette’s passion from the beginning. Annette spent a number of years producing events for Sebastian International followed by 15 years in the motion picture industry where she helped coordinate numerous productions for film and episodic television programs. Since then she’s been running her own event design company, coaching other event planners and now leads the New York City branch of Forté Events.

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