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Private dining rooms as wedding locations

We are frequently asked for suggestions for a private wedding and a romantic dinner in a private dining room in NY.

This may be suitable for a small group - but not generally for an eloping couple. I'd recommend a ceremony in your hotel room and a private dinner in your room (with waiter service). We did this at the Hilton, and it was very lovely.

However, here are a few ideas. I don't have any connection to these places - though I've held events in some of them, but for those who have deep pockets, a small intimate wedding in a private dining room may be attractive. Of course a restaurant may require a minimum number of guests, as is the case with the Rainbow Rooms, (the private rooms UNDER the Rainbow room), Tavern on the Green, etc. When enquiring, you may not wish to mention "WEDDING" until you have discovered the base price - The term "private event" is perhaps more suitable than the loaded term "wedding", as a restaurant may assume you are planning a fancier event, (videographers, flower petals, candles, chuppah) instead of a simple quiet civil wedding.

Here are some random choices - these are simply private rooms, and may have minimum guest numbers or charges. For instance, the Ayza Lounge room can hold up to 80, but requires a deposit of 1800 and a minimum net charge of $3600. Remember, "private" may mean up to hundreds of guests - it doesn't mean intimate.

Private dinner for 2 in the wine vault at PhilipMarie in the village.
18th century dining rooms at Bayard's, Wall Street, nice atmosphere. Fireplace room for 12.
The private dining room at MOMA ($$$)
Primitivo Osteria A simple Italian in Chelsea. Not fancy. But they have a room for 15.
A not-so-simple room, the private dining room at Gramercy Tavern. Seats 22.
And another favorite high-end place, Del Posto, starts at 20 people.
Theoretically, TantiBaci in the village has a small little room in the back for romantic dinners. Many other restaurants have nooks and crannies - you probably just have to wander into a few places and look around until you find something you like. Just ASK if they have private dining.

We have listed some very nice small restaurants in the Right Column which we have used for actual weddings. Feel free to write us and ask about them.

You can also bet on well-loved NY institutions for private occasions: - Tavern on the Green, Cafe des Artistes (parlor), One if by Land, Two if by sea (not really private, but romantic). Keen's steakhouse has private rooms we have used for weddings, and so do many Irish pubs - which sometimes have surprisingly good menus. The Landmark Tavern has a back room and very nice upstairs room, and Morans in Chelsea (right by the High Line!) has a number of rooms, including a beautiful small room with a fireplace, suitable for a ceremony. They'll set up other rooms for you in different configurations. We have used many little restaurants in Brooklyn which have small back gardens and upstairs lofts. Restaurants are used to hosting birthday parties and anniversaries and meetings - a wedding is the same, really.