Private restaurant recommendations are well kept secrets among upscale NYC Private Event Spaces, who become self-presumptive over great private rooms where you host uniquely special events like birthdays, an anniversary, wedding rehearsal dinner, or even the wedding itself. The following have one common thread: The food is great, with chefs par excellence, themes and ambiance gift wrap the occasion, and the excellent service means you can sit back and enjoy yourself while someone else does the rest.
42 E. 20th St., Gramercy Park
Two decades have seen this awesome Danny Meyer restaurant continually packed, thanks to the deliciously prepared local American cuisine, currently stewarded by chef Michael Anthony. The dining room has a Robert Kushner mural and a woodsy atmosphere. Their private room is classic for confidential get togethers. The Gramercy has always been a great spot for a private event or dinner.
Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park runs a menu here that is as incredibly delicious as it is elegant. Jacques Garcia designed the luxurious surroundings. Guests can choose clubby parlour velvet seats and Persian rugs, or in the alternative vein dine in the shimmering and exotic Atrium under a massive skylight. The Nomad offers several private rooms available of unique size and ambiance. I suggest guests opt for the rooftop dining, if possible. I actually scored a small table in the hotel’s iconic cupola!
Tarallucci e Vino
Tarallucci e Vin, situated on 18th Street at Union Square, was named perfectly, taking the colloquial expression of “small talk/biscuits and wine”. I first experienced The Mezzanine at a private Rehearsal Dinner the night before the wedding of Contessa Luciana Rosa d’Ville to Dr. Geoffrey Allen, cardiothoractic surgeon to New York’s celebrity circuit. The dinner party was beautifully served in the Mezzanine”s intimate ambiance. Everyone was comfortable and felt at home due to the staff’s excellent service. Afterward, the guests socialized within the large bar and lounge area. The decor was awesome with brick tables custom-built, antique mirrors, cabinetry and art. The host advised that the restaurant has a well-stocked wine cellar with special vintage collections I should see some future time.
The following day was the wedding, held upstairs in the elegant and huge 6th Floor Loft. That is the actual name of the wedding site! The enormous facility had been transformed into a coastline villa of Tuscany, the bride’s European home. When I expressed surprise at first sight of the accommodations, my usher said the area can be equipped for business, birthdays, or any type of special event, holding up to 120 guests at any time. The 6th Floor Loft also has its own bar, lounge,and spectacular antique mirrors and breathtaking chandeliers.
Of all the Special Event Hideaways I have explored, Tarallucci e Vino holds first place in my heart for its warmth, friendliness, and intimate persuasions for large or small events.