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n a city where square footage is scarce and competition for elbow space with fellow diners is commonplace, it’s crucial to know where you can have a civil, comfortable meal with a large group. CEO of your company tasked you with organizing the holiday party? Your sister’s bridal shower is suddenly a month away and you haven’t made a reservation? Planning your best friend’s birthday and need to make up for last year when you forgot it? Sounds like a Private Dining Problem to us.

Here’s the complete guide to our favorite restaurants with private rooms that can hold anywhere from 10 to over 100 of your closest friends, family, colleagues, and whomever else you choose to spend a few hours of your life with. Follow our advice and you’re not going to end up with a mediocre meal, or even close to one. Better get on that reservation before someone else does.

private rooms for 10-15ish

Lafayette

NOHO
380 Lafayette St
8.1
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Capacity: Private Room: 8-20; Cellar: 30-150

Lafayette isn’t just a place to pick up a croissant or eat a chicken salad for lunch. It’s a place to host either a small private get together or a giant party for 100 of your closest friends. The larger cellar option comes complete with its own bar, coat check, and private restroom.

7.2
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Capacity: 8

So you need a nice, not-insanely-expensive restaurant in the West Village where you can have a private dinner with up to seven other people? Via Carota might be the place. This is one of those restaurants that pays equal attention to food and design, and it’s the ideal place for a slightly cool mom or a calm group of friends. The food is Italian, and the house specialty is a chopped steak that's pretty much a bun-less burger. If you decide to book their private (wine room) in the back, however, be sure to get some pasta.

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Capacity: 6-10

There are three Sushi Seki locations, and we’re particularly partial to the one on the Upper East Side where you can get a spicy scallop hand roll (or whatever sushi you’re craving) at 2am. The one in Hell’s Kitchen isn’t open quite as late, but it does have three second-floor tatami rooms. Now, we’re not saying it’s going to be cheap, but the next time you need to impress a small group of people, bring them here. You’ll sit on some cushions (no chairs) and enjoy some high-quality sushi, all the while expecting to be interrupted by Uma Thurman with a katana.

8.2
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Capacity: 10

The new Upper West Side notch in the Blue Ribbon belt has a great private room for ten called Arnold’s Whiskey Room. We like it because it’s one of the few places you can find in town with one big, round table. Just in case you’re hosting a meeting of the Joint Chiefs or a poker game.

Fedora

West Village
239 W. 4th St.
8.1
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Capacity: 10

Little did you know, Fedora has an awesome little private room hiding under the main dining room. The space has been there since the original Fedora restaurant opened fifty years ago, and it’s got a classic New York, candlelit vibe.

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Capacity: 10

The underground room in the Blue Ribbon on Downing feels like sitting in a private cave, and who doesn’t want to sit in a private cave and eat a pork chop?

Barbuto

West Village
775 Washington St.
8.5
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Capacity: 10

Barbuto is closing soon, so this may be your last chance to eat that famous roast chicken in the small private room at the front of the restaurant.

BLT Prime

Gramercy
111 E. 22nd St.
8.1
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Capacity: Private Rooms: 12 & 50 (75 Standing); Mezzanine: 65 (75 Standing)

Planning an event for a group of people that wear suits but don’t consider themselves “suits?” BLT Prime is your move. The food and service exceed the usual business steakhouse standards – so even though this place may be perfect for a big group of coworkers, it’s also good for a crew of friends or family members. The private rooms have a more formal, sit-down feel, while the mezzanine overlooks the main restaurant for more of a casual cocktail vibe. We can pretty much guarantee your boss will be pleased either way.

8.0
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Capacity: 12

Michael White’s newest restaurant just took over the room that used to house Park Avenue (insert season) on 63rd Street. It’s not as stuffy a place as the previous tenant, and yes, you can eat pasta there. One private room in the main restaurant seats up to 12 around a large round table. The other, “Townhouse,” is larger and it’s about as private an experience as you can get outside of your own apartment. It has its own separate entrance, so your Instagram celebrity friends don’t have to worry about getting spotted on their way in. The room can be set up with either four round tables or two long ones.

8.1
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Capacity: 12

Hudson Clearwater is hard enough to find behind its unmarked, nondescript door, so its subterranean room feels especially secluded. Once inside, you’ll find the same rustic, intimate vibe as the main restaurant that makes it a great choice for a private dinner with friends.

Narcissa

East Village
21 Cooper Square
8.7
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Capacity: 12

If you’ve ever been to Narcissa, you won’t be surprised to learn that the private room is almost absurdly pleasant. This place puts nearly as high a value on aesthetics as it does on cooking with vegetables. We fully endorse the approach, and the result is an excellent spot to host a small private dinner.

Bacaro

Lower East Side
136 Division St.
7.3
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Capacity: 14

Bacaro group dinners happen in one of their three large rooms downstairs. You won’t be completely isolated from civilians, but it’s dark enough down there that it won’t really matter. If you’re planning a cool party for your cool downtown company, consider it strongly.

Cosme

Flatiron
35 E. 21st St.
8.3
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Capacity: 14

Like the rest of the restaurant, the private dining space at Cosme is clean and minimalist. A decent reservation at Cosme has been hard to come by since it opened, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon - so if you really want to impress, look into booking their 14-person room. Needless to say, this is on the pricier side, but if money’s no object and you just want to grab some excellent fancy Mexican food with a few of your friends or associates, this is the place to do it.

Photo: Fiamma Piacentini

Charlie Bird

SoHo
5 King St.
8.8
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Capacity: 14

Charlie Bird has a small private room just behind the bar, and it’s one of the best setups in town for a small group. The table is great and conducive to conversation, there’s a private restroom, and you can even plug in your phone and bump your own music. Just know that your jams probably won’t be better than the ones on the restaurant’s own playlist. Charlie Bird knows how to put together a playlist.

Paowalla

195 Spring St
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Capacity: 14, 16

Paowalla is the sort of Indian place that has coconut fries and burrata. They also have chicken liver masala and tandoor quail. It's the kind of food your mother or your annoying roommate who follows David Chang on Instagram would like. And you’ll probably like it too. It might not be the most authentic, but that doesn’t make it bad. And if you’re planning a group dinner, the food should have broad appeal (dal, ceviche, etc.). Paowalla is located on a corner in Soho, and (other than the bright yellow exterior) it feels like your standard Soho restaurant. Rent each private space separately, or combine them for a dinner party of up to 30.

Photo: Lauren Volo

private rooms for 15-25ish

North End Grill

104 N End Ave
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Capacity: 18

North End Grill is in the Financial District, and it’s perfect for the area. Have your 40th birthday party there, or go for dinner with some colleagues or clients who shop at Brooks Brothers. That’s just the sort of place it is - nice, clean, inoffensive, with good food that's adventurous enough for most people to feel like they’re having a worthwhile dining experience. This is also a Danny Meyer restaurant, so trust that it’s well-run and the service is friendly. The next time you need a private room downtown for a smaller party (that maybe skews older) at a restaurant in the medium/high price range - North End Grill is a solid choice.

Photo: Liz Clayman

American Cut

Tribeca
363 Greenwich St.
8.0
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Capacity: 16

American Cut is a very good and very huge Tribeca steakhouse – one so big that even when it’s busy it seems sort of empty. That’s a good thing when it comes to the party you’re planning, because there’s plenty of space for you to take over, including a big bar where you can gather and wait for your crew to arrive.

8.6
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Capacity: 16

Blue Hill is definitely an upscale restaurant, but the garden restaurant is actually a step down in formality from the main dining room. The food is the exact same farm-focused experience you’ve come to expect.

L'Artusi

West Village
228 W. 10th St.
9.0
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Capacity: 16

We’re usually strong advocates of sitting at the bar at L’Artusi rather than at a table, but the upstairs wine cellar is the exception to this rule. It’s a great room, complete with glass doors that close around you so everyone else can see how awesome you are.

Bar Boulud

Upper West Side
1900 Broadway #2
8.3
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Capacity: 16, 20, or 40 (60 standing )

Bar Boulud has so many private rooms under the restaurant that the restaurant itself is basically just a front – all the action is going on below the surface. There are several event spaces available for your choosing, the smallest of which seats 16. The next size up in Bar Boulud’s private dining mini-chain seats up to 20, all around one large rectangular table. Completing the Bar Boulud private dining trifecta is its largest space, which seats up to 40 (around five round tables) for a full meal or up to 60 for a reception. Bar Boulud may be a “casual bistro,” but the atmosphere in the private rooms are without a doubt upscale, if not semi-formal.

7.3
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Capacity: 18

While Marta is a big, crowded hotel restaurant, its private room is actually quite secluded. This is a corporate-appropriate setting where you can still eat delicious pizza.

The Smile

NOHO
26 Bond St.
7.9
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Capacity: 10-20

The Smile might be a little more popular at lunch, but they serve a good, affordable Mediterranean dinner - and if you want to have a private group hang there, you can rent out their wine cellar. It’s dark and full of wooden things, so it’s a good choice for a quaint, intimate, and possibly candlelit dinner. This place is in prime Noho, but it’s actually one of the less-expensive options in the area, and that might explain the mostly younger clientele.

Freemans

Lower East Side
End of Freeman Alley
8.4
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Capacity: Wine Room: 10-12; Blue Room: 13-20 (30 standing); Second Floor: 80 (100 Standing)

The smaller of the two private rooms at Freemans, the wine room is on the ground floor and has a pleasant vibe, almost like you’re in someone’s house, rather than a moderately successful hunter’s cabin. The Blue Room is part of the second floor, and it’s a bit more spacious than the downstairs wine cellar. More rustic, too. Freemans private second level is very much an extension of the taxidermy-covered main floor, which makes it perfect for your downtown creative company holiday party, or a gathering of your Civil War reenactment group. Check your muskets at the

7.5
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Capacity: 16, 40, 56, 80

Italian fine dining on the edge of the Meatpacking district in an upscale and giant space, brought to you by Mario Batali - that’s Del Posto. It’s the Luke to Babbo’s Obiwan, the Chance to its Kanye. And for a not-insignificant sum, you can rent out any of four private spaces (of varying sizes). The two largest rooms can be combined to form a 300-person space, and the smallest room (a wine cellar) fits 2-16. This is a restaurant for top-notch Italian and service to match, and it's best for special occasions. Also, if food is a priority at your wedding, consider Del Posto.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig
8.9
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Capacity: 20

If you don’t mind dragging your group to the dark, remote end of DUMBO, Vinegar Hill House will be worth the trip. Their private dining setup is a small room below the restaurant, which we’ll just call cozy. Great food makes up for low ceilings, right? Right.

Supper

East Village
156 E. 2nd St.
7.9
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Capacity: 24

Is your 20-person dining room table in storage? Or do you, somehow, not have room to invite all of your friends over for a dinner party? Check out Supper, a homey Italian restaurant in the East Village with affordable prices and two private rooms. One is decorated with wine bottles and chandeliers, and the other is in the cellar (which is a fancy word for basement). We’re thinking you should have your next laid-back birthday dinner here. You know, the one you before you bring shame to yourself at Los Feliz?

The Dutch

SoHo
113 Sullivan St.
7.8
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Capacity: 20

The Dutch’s below-ground private room includes its own bar, which helps maintain the feel-good vibes that start on the main floor. The menu pretty much reads like all-American greatest hits, so there’s going to be something for everyone.

Photo: Noah Fecks
8.5
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Capacity: 21

Dovetail is on the Upper West Side. And that’s perfect, because the sort of people who go there aren’t looking to get rowdy on the LES after dinner. No, they’ll probably go to a show or head home to brainstorm captions for the New Yorker caption contest. Now, you don’t have to be on the older side to eat at Dovetail - but seeing as how it’s on the Upper West Side and it’s tasting menu/prix fixe only, it probably helps. It’s perfect for a calm, quiet dinner, and the menu is especially vegetarian-friendly. The lower-level private room seats up to 21.

8.0
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Capacity: 22, 30, or up to 75

The East Pole has some of the Upper East Side’s best private dining options: Its Map Room, with seating for up to 22 around one big table, has large windows overlooking 65th Street as well as a private restroom, while the Copper Bar Room includes a fully stocked bar along with lounge seating for up to 30. If you’re looking for downtown vibes in a comfortable uptown location, The East Pole is your spot.

9.0
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Capacity: 22

You don’t need us to tell you that Gramercy Tavern is a good restaurant. You might need us to tell you that their private dining set up is surprisingly flexible, considering how formal the main dining room of the restaurant is. There’s lots of variable pricing depending on how you want to build your meal, and there is no flat room fee, as long as you spend a certain amount. We said “flexible.” Not cheap.

8.4
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Capacity: 24

This modern Israeli restaurant is always a party, and if your party is big, consider renting out their wine cellar room, which seats up to 24. Your crew will be eating fancy fatoush and things like lamb and branzino, and they’ll be damn happy about it.

Maialino

Gramercy
2 Lexington Ave.
8.7
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Capacity: 24

Ever go to Maialino and wish you could order every single pasta on the menu? That dream can become a reality in Maialino’s private room, which seats up to 24 and overlooks Gramercy Park. Your group can order from a variety of exclusive family style menus to ensure that no one is forced to choose between the tonnarelli and bucatini, which is good because nobody really knows the difference anyway.

Marea

Columbus Circle , Midtown
240 Central Park S.
8.8
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Capacity: 24

Marea’s below-decks private dining room is covered in dark wood, which helps give it an intimate, secluded vibe. You’ll feel like you’re enjoying your very fancy seafood meal on a very fancy yacht. Congrats on being good at business.

Market Table

54 Carmine St
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Capacity: 24

At the corner of two of the West Village’s “quaintest” streets is one of its “quaintest” restaurants, Market Table. Its private subterranean dining room continues that theme, with exposed brick, vaulted ceilings, and lots of candlelight.

Raoul's

SoHo
180 Prince St.
8.4
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Capacity: 24

A Soho institution since the '70s, Raoul’s is a great bet when you want to go full-on classic NYC. Its private dining room features a three-course prix fixe, so if you’re looking for ultimate flexibility this may not be your best choice. If you’re looking for style points, it is.

8.6
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Capacity: 24

Consider The Black Ant for any Mexican food-appreciating group (i.e. everyone). This is definitely not your typical Tuesday night “chips and guac” spot – it’s a fun, upbeat destination with inventive food that’s fitting for a special occasion. The back room seats up to 24, and it’s a guaranteed party. Just know that it will get loud when fully seated. So probably don’t host a book reading here.

private rooms for 25-50ish

7.7
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Capacity: 30 (50 Standing)

There are six Meatball Shops in the city, and the one in Chelsea has a small basement you can rent out for events. Obviously, they serve meatballs here, but the vegetarian ones are also surprisingly good. Plus, they do jello shots - and if you’re lucky they’ll be Manhattan-flavored with a cherry in the bottom. As far as private rooms that can seat 25 people go, this is one of the more affordable options, and, while the food isn’t fancy, it’s solid, and most people will find something they can get down with.

Photo: Liz Clayman
7.5
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Capacity: 30 & 100

The Smith is perfect for many, many things – and you can go ahead and add private dining to that list. With different options across its three locations, they’ve pretty much got a monopoly on it. The Lincoln Center location has two rooms – one seats 30, the other up to 100.

Il Buco

NOHO
47 Bond St.
8.8
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Capacity: 26

Il Buco’s 200-year-old wine cellar might be the single best private dining room in New York City, especially when you consider that Edgar Allen Poe used to hang out down there. Book in advance, because everybody wants to eat pasta with dead poets. Il Buco fills up fast.

Lure Fishbar

SoHo
142 Mercer St.
8.2
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Capacity: 28

Is your boat in dry dock for the winter? Or at least is that what you tell people because you want them to think you have a boat? Lure Fishbar’s private wine vault is the space for you. The whole restaurant has the look and feel of dining at sea, but the vault feels even more exclusive, and is equally fitting for a 25th birthday party as it is for a downtown company event.

7.8
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Capacity: 28

Below this little West Village Italian date night staple, there’s a very small but comfortable room with a wine cellar feel. If you want to party around one table, and don’t mind being in close quarters, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Maysville

Flatiron
17 W. 26th St.
8.0
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Capacity: 24 (35 Standing)

Part Southern-inspired American restaurant, part whiskey temple, Maysville is a casual yet upscale spot with a private room that can accommodate a lot of different types of events, from casual brunches to tasting menus. You can even host a whiskey tasting, should your group be most interested in an alcohol-oriented activity.

Lupa

Greenwich Village
170 Thompson St.
7.9
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Capacity: 30

This is one of the least expensive places in the Batali/Bastianich empire, but we still wouldn’t call it cheap. Think $20 pastas and proteins around $30. But if you’re in the market for a private dining room, those prices probably sounds pretty reasonable. So check out Lupa. It’s on Thompson right across from Carbone, but it doesn’t take itself as seriously as its neighbor does. The food is stuff you’d find in a casual Roman restaurant, and the private dining room in back is like its own mini-restaurant. Overall, the vibes here are cozy.

Photo: Kelly Campbell

Betony

Midtown
41 W. 57th St.
9.0
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Capacity: 30 (50 Standing)

Betony is a serious restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why we like it so much. You have two options here: a private dining room or the semi-private mezzanine, both of which can fit around 30 people.

8.3
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Capacity: 35 (50 Standing)

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s private party definitely would have been held at Bowery Meat Company. The '60s-inspired room feels like a place where very good bad decisions happen, and the food is excellent and excessive.

The Lambs Club

132 W 44th St
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Capacity: 36, 100, 120, 157 (50, 125, 175 Standing)

The Lambs Club is proof that expense accounts and Midtown suits are alive and well, and its private rooms are the things that large company budgets are made for. The smallest is The Stanford White Room, which used to be the club’s library. And if you can’t close a deal in “The Stanford White Room” what are you even doing? The larger Lambs Club private rooms are over the top. The Club Room has its own foyer (you know, for “receiving guests”) and the space also comes with a dedicated bar, private restrooms, and coat check. The Dining Room has an old Hollywood vibe, with shiny chrome fixtures, black and white photos, and plush red leather booths. The Lambs Club Bar is a lounge space with more laid-back seating options.

Bar Boulud

Upper West Side
1900 Broadway #2
8.3
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Capacity: 16, 20, or 40 (60 standing )

Bar Boulud has so many private rooms under the restaurant that the restaurant itself is basically just a front – all the action is going on below the surface. There are several event spaces available for your choosing, the smallest of which seats 16. The next size up in Bar Boulud’s private dining mini-chain seats up to 20, all around one large rectangular table. Completing the Bar Boulud private dining trifecta is its largest space, which seats up to 40 (around five round tables) for a full meal or up to 60 for a reception. Bar Boulud may be a “casual bistro,” but the atmosphere in the private rooms are without a doubt upscale, if not semi-formal.

8.1
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Capacity: Parlor: 30 (45 Standing); Atrium: 50-80

One of the best wine bars in the city also happens to be one of the best private dining spots in Brooklyn, with several options for different party sizes. Their smallest is the Parlor Room, which has seating for up to 30 and overlooks the Barrel Room, where all the wine making happens. The Atrium feels grand but not over-the-top, with high glass ceilings and wood walls.

Quality Meats

Midtown
57 W. 58th Street
7.8
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Capacity: 24 & 40 (30 & 65 Standing)

Quality Meats is a multi-level temple of steak that was practically built for huge parties, with four private dining options. The smallest of the group is the Butcher Room, which is covered in butcher block and vintage cleavers. Because who doesn’t want to throw an office holiday party surrounded by knives? For a mid-sized private event, Quality Meats offers The Fireplace room, which has an industrial vibe anchored by a steel fireplace. It feels a bit serious, but sometimes a large group dinner is a serious affair.

Anejo Tribeca

301 Church St
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Capacity: 40 (65 Standing)

The private room under this modern Mexican restaurant in Tribeca is a good bet if your gang is into tequila – they age barrels of it down there.

Reynard

80 Wythe Ave
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Capacity: 45 (65 Standing)

Technically this is an event space for the Wythe Hotel, but you can treat it as an extension of Reynard (the restaurant on the ground floor of the Wythe). The decor is the same, and you can have a dinner of up to 45 people catered by the kitchen at Reynard. This private dining room is in the basement, it has a big, open layout, and the ceilings are high and vaulted. We’re going to go ahead and say it’s best for smaller weddings or semi-formal birthday dinners.

Sadelle's

SoHo
463 W. Broadway
8.5
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Capacity: 45-60

Want to host the most expensive (and probably the best) bagel party you’ll ever throw? Try Sadelle’s. There's a third-floor private dining space, and it can rented out for parties of up to 65. We’re thinking it's best for a downtown wedding brunch with smoked fish and mimosas. Get some bagels, of course, but be sure to load up on the baked goods like the babka and French toast. Sadelle's also does dinner, but that's not really why you go there.

Little Owl the Venue

93 Greenwich Ave
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Capacity:40 (70 Standing)

Little Owl takes private dining so seriously that they own a dedicated events space, The Venue, about a ten-minute walk from the main restaurant in the West Village. Despite the separate location, you can expect the same “cute” vibes and pork-chop-centric menu as the original.

private rooms for 50-100ish

7.9
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Capacity: 60

An upscale Mexican restaurant in a food desert, Toloache further solidifies itself as an indispensable Midtown spot with its private outdoor balcony that seats up to 60.

BLT Prime

Gramercy
111 E. 22nd St.
8.1
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Capacity: Private Rooms: 12 & 50 (75 Standing); Mezzanine: 65 (75 Standing)

Planning an event for a group of people that wear suits but don’t consider themselves “suits?” BLT Prime is your move. The food and service exceed the usual business steakhouse standards – so even though this place may be perfect for a big group of coworkers, it’s also good for a crew of friends or family members. The private rooms have a more formal, sit-down feel, while the mezzanine overlooks the main restaurant for more of a casual cocktail vibe. We can pretty much guarantee your boss will be pleased either way.

8.0
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Capacity: 22, 30, or up to 75

The East Pole has some of the Upper East Side’s best private dining options: Its Map Room, with seating for up to 22 around one big table, has large windows overlooking 65th Street as well as a private restroom, while the Copper Bar Room includes a fully stocked bar along with lounge seating for up to 30. If you’re looking for downtown vibes in a comfortable uptown location, The East Pole is your spot.

7.0
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Capacity: 70, 150 (200, 300 Standing)

If you’re hosting a large event downtown, and you have some cash to spend, either of the “cabanas” at La Sirena will do. They’re ideal for larger work parties or wedding functions. La Sirena is the latest restaurant to open up in the Maritime Hotel (and it’s by Mario Batali), so both event spaces also come with a scene. The Meatpacking District is only a few blocks away, and the area is reliably lively. And, while these spaces are probably much too expensive for your next birthday party, we insist that you do you.

8.1
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Capacity: Parlor: 30 (45 Standing); Atrium: 50-80

One of the best wine bars in the city also happens to be one of the best private dining spots in Brooklyn, with several options for different party sizes. Their smallest is the Parlor Room, which has seating for up to 30 and overlooks the Barrel Room, where all the wine making happens. The Atrium feels grand but not over-the-top, with high glass ceilings and wood walls.

7.7
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Capacity: 75

Now on to The Smith’s Midtown location, whose private dining room that can seat up to 75.

7.6
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Capacity: 79

The next holding in The Smith’s private dining monopoly is its East Village location, which has a downstairs room that seats up to 79. Plus, there’s a photo booth down there.

8.8
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Capacity: 56 (75 Standing)

Il Buco Alimentari’s private loft sits above the main dining room, and we would totally live there if given the opportunity (money). This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city, thanks to both the lively vibe and the excellent California-meets-Italian food.

The Modern

Midtown
9 W. 53rd St.
7.8
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Capacity: 64 (80 Standing)

Like The Modern’s main dining room, the private space overlooks the MoMA’s sculpture garden. The room is clean and simple, and though it is certainly a fine dining restaurant, it’s one with personality. Also, the wine list is unbeatable.

8.3
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Capacity: 50 (90 Standing)

Crave Fishbar is an excellent go-to restaurant for any Midtown East occasion, and they do group dining right. The private upstairs room includes tables, big booths, a raw bar, as well as a private outdoor space and restroom. It’s basically a private seafood oasis.

7.5
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Capacity: 60-100

Dirty French is where you go when you want to impress someone who doesn’t feel like they’re having fun at dinner unless they’re shouting. It isn’t a subtle restaurant. The music is loud, the space has moody vibes, and they serve French food that’s been jazzed up to make it more appropriate for the Lower East Side. So if you have the means and you want to get rowdy with up to 100 people, consider renting out the second-floor events space. It has its own bar and private entrance, so it’ll effectively be your own private lounge.

Freemans

Lower East Side
End of Freeman Alley
8.4
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Capacity: Wine Room: 10-12; Blue Room: 13-20 (30 standing); Second Floor: 80 (100 Standing)

The smaller of the two private rooms at Freemans, the wine room is on the ground floor and has a pleasant vibe, almost like you’re in someone’s house, rather than a moderately successful hunter’s cabin. The Blue Room is part of the second floor, and it’s a bit more spacious than the downstairs wine cellar. More rustic, too. Freemans private second level is very much an extension of the taxidermy-covered main floor, which makes it perfect for your downtown creative company holiday party, or a gathering of your Civil War reenactment group. Check your muskets at the door.

7.5
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Capacity: 30 & 100

The Smith is perfect for many, many things – and you can go ahead and add private dining to that list. With different options across its three locations, they’ve pretty much got a monopoly on it. The Lincoln Center location has two rooms – one seats 30, the other up to 100.

American Cut

Tribeca
363 Greenwich St.
8.0
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Capacity: 55 (100 Standing)

American Cut’s larger private room basically feels like its own separate restaurant, but it still maintains the big fancy steakhouse feel.

Locanda Verde

Tribeca
377 Greenwich St.
8.6
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Capacity: 60 (100 Standing)

Locanda Verde’s private space for 60 is impressive, from its working fireplace to its arched windows to its ceiling constructed from 90,000 wine corks. It’s a very good place for a very large group to enjoy an Italian feast and maybe try and contribute some corks to the decor.

Photo: Noah Fecks

Little Park

Tribeca
85 W. Broadway
8.1
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Capacity: 70 (125 Standing)

The private space below Andrew Carmellini’s vegetable-heavy restaurant in the Smyth Hotel not only has its own floor, but also its own bar and seating area. You can spread out, but it still feels intimate.

Photo: Noah Fecks

Lafayette

NOHO
380 Lafayette St
8.1
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Capacity: Private Room: 8-20; Cellar: 30-150

Lafayette isn’t just a place to pick up a croissant or eat a chicken salad for lunch. It’s a place to host either a small private get together or a giant party for 100 of your closest friends. The larger cellar option comes complete with its own bar, coat check, and private restroom.

Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

Daniel

Upper East Side
60 E. 65th St.
9.1
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Capacity: 90 (150 Standing)

Daniel’s private dining is most perfect for the most special occasions (good for weddings, probably not good for an odd-year birthday party). Its Bellecoure Room faces East 65th street and gets lots of natural light, which is a rare find amongst most of the the other Manhattan spots on this list that are hidden beneath restaurants.

7.8
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Capacity: All Rooms Combined: 80 (200 Standing)

You probably know you can count on the The National for a solid Midtown experience near Grand Central – but you probably don’t know that there’s a spiral brass staircase that leads from the restaurant up to five private dining rooms in the Benjamin Hotel above.

7.5
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Capacity: 16, 40, 56, 80

Italian fine dining on the edge of the Meatpacking district in an upscale and giant space, brought to you by Mario Batali - that’s Del Posto. It’s the Luke to Babbo’s Obiwan, the Chance to its Kanye. And for a not-insignificant sum, you can rent out any of four private spaces (of varying sizes). The two largest rooms can be combined to form a 300-person space, and the smallest room (a wine cellar) fits 2-16. This is a restaurant for top-notch Italian and service to match, and it's best for special occasions. Also, if food is a priority at your wedding, consider Del Posto.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

private rooms for over 100

The Gander

15 W. 18th St.
MAP

Capacity: 150

The Gander is somewhere between fine dining and casual, and it's somewhere you can go in jeans and sneakers and ask your server to add foie gras to your butternut squash soup. Yes, they have foie gras, caviar, and optional white truffle shavings - but they also have brussels sprouts and parker house rolls (and their tasting menus are strictly optional). The main dining room is on the ground floor, but the large downstairs space can be rented out for parties of pretty much any size. The food isn't cheap, however, so consider this place for a special occasion or corporate event.

Photo: Evan Sung
8.0
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Capacity: 36, 100, 120, 157 (50, 125, 175 Standing)

The Lambs Club is proof that expense accounts and Midtown suits are alive and well, and its private rooms are the things that large company budgets are made for. The smallest is The Stanford White Room, which used to be the club’s library. And if you can’t close a deal in “The Stanford White Room” what are you even doing? The larger Lambs Club private rooms are over the top. The Club Room has its own foyer (you know, for “receiving guests”) and the space also comes with a dedicated bar, private restrooms, and coat check. The Dining Room has an old Hollywood vibe, with shiny chrome fixtures, black and white photos, and plush red leather booths. The Lambs Club Bar is a lounge space with more laid-back seating options.

7.0
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Capacity: 70, 150 (200, 300 Standing)

If you’re hosting a large event downtown, and you have some cash to spend, either of the “cabanas” at La Sirena will do. They’re ideal for work parties or wedding functions, and these spaces are probably much too expensive for your next birthday party, but, hey - you do you. La Sirena is the latest restaurant to open up in the Maritime Hotel (and it’s by Mario Batali), so both event spaces also come with a scene. The Meatpacking District is only a few blocks away, and the area is reliably lively.

Photo: Xavier Girard Lachaîne
7.1
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Capacity: 200, 300

Glasserie may very well have the best restaurant vibes in all of Brooklyn, with incredible outdoor spaces made for huge groups. The food is also excellent and interesting, which should hopefully help convince your friends or coworkers to put up with the difficult process of actually getting there. Maybe rent a van. The Galley has capacity for up to 300. The Courtyard has capacity for up to 300. The Penthouse has capacity for up to 200.

7.8
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Capacity: 1000

Catch remains the most ridiculously over-the-top restaurant in the Meatpacking District, with a 1000-person private dining capacity (across its multiple rooms, floors, and roof) to prove it. We don’t normally endorse restaurant-club hybrids, but this one’s food and service are actually quite solid.

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