Is your department reuniting after well over a year of working remotely? Did you realize your sister’s bridal shower is a month away and you haven’t made a reservation? Have you been tasked with planning your best friend’s birthday and need to make up for last year? Sounds like a Private Dining Problem to us. Whether you’re looking for an indoor gathering spot for a group of 10, or a backyard that fits 25, check out these NYC restaurants that are currently offering private dining events.
Capacity: Up to 30 guests outdoors
In NYC, personal backyards that comfortably fit 30 people only exist in our collective imagination (or if you’re Julianne Moore). So the next time you’re looking to drink beer in the sun with more than a couple people, try Threes Brewing. Their original Gowanus location can accommodate groups of up to 30 people, and the Greenpoint spot has a private area next to the street for groups ranging from 8 to 30 people. Threes in Greenpoint is currently serving one of the best new burgers we’ve had in recent memory from Meat Hook Burger Shop, which should improve any party situation. You can inquire about either venue here.
Capacity: Up to 20 guests indoors
This three-floor Korean restaurant in Koreatown offers private dining for up to 20 people as long as you’re not trying to book on a Friday or Saturday night (when they get too busy to accommodate big groups). Their BBQ proteins are listed individually, as opposed to in combo sets, so you’ll have to order two of their BBQ protein choices if you want to try a couple of things (the proteins range from $25-40). We like to supplement our meat feast with dishes like japchae, spicy hot pot, and mandu. Fill out your party inquiry on their page here or call 212-594-4963.
Capacity: Up to 32 guests indoors
Are you going to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy right now with 30 of your friends? No, you are not. One alternative to visiting farms and villas is the wine-fueled feeling of a private dinner in Uva’s cellar room on the Upper East Side. Order a lot of pasta and some cured meats to share, and you should be in good shape. Call 212-472-4552 or fill out their form here for inquiries.
Capacity: Up to 12 guests outdoors & up to 20 guests indoors
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to throw a party in a Park Slope brownstone, we’re here to happily point you in the direction of this long-standing neighborhood Latin restaurant. Palo Santo has a couple of different options for private events, including a particularly nice garden for up to 12 people. You can also combine their private dining room in the back of the restaurant with garden seating for a 35-person event if you need something larger. Check out their prix fixe meal packages (which are completely customizable) and send the restaurant team a note about your party dreams here.
Capacity: Up to 36 guests indoors & up to 20 guests outdoors
Huertas in the East Village specializes in Spanish food like conversas, octopus served with potatoes, and an unmissable Basque hot dog made out of chistorra sausage. It’s one of our favorite places to share a bunch of dishes with a group, which translates nicely to a private event scenario. Huertas’ back dining room can seat up to 36 people (you can also do a full buyout for 65 guests). The space should stay breezy since it comes with access to an adjoining side patio, but if you’re looking for strictly outdoor events, Huertas can also seat 20 people in their 1st Avenue dining set-up. Reach out about your private meal here.
Capacity: Up to 14 guests outdoors
In case you’re on the hunt for an impressive outdoor dinner for a relatively small group, this Japanese yakitori omakase spot can host groups with four to ten guests. Instead of operating out of their FiDi space, the team is temporarily running the restaurant on the second-floor terrace of Hotel 50 Bowery. Each $150 kappo-style yakitori omakase dinner comes with around 13 courses (most of which are grilled over Binchotan charcoal right in front of you), and you’ll get to sit in your own private cabin. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in booking.
Capacity: Up to 15 guests indoors
A lot of the private dining spaces on this guide are blatantly advertised online, but Leo’s slice shop party room is more of a secret. This excellent sourdough pizza place in Williamsburg can turn their slice shop space into a private dining room for you and up to 14 of your friends. The food, like a heaping pile of caesar salad and a pomodorini white pie with ricotta salata and zingy pickled banana peppers, are all ideal for sharing in a casual setting. Plus you can end the night with soft serve (the mark of a truly good party). Reach out for bookings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capacity: Up to 12 guests indoors
Kimika in Nolita falls into the category of Cool Downtown Restaurant To Be Cool At. This is to say their private dining room works well for an indoor birthday party (or a last supper with friends who are about to move to Austin, Miami, or LA). Kimika serves great cocktails and Japanese-Italian dishes, including some fantastic, wonton-like pizzettes covered in toppings like onion jam and silky prosciutto. Their private room fits up to 12 people at one long wooden table behind sliding doors, and you can reach out to the team directly through their website.
Capacity: Between 6-10 guests in private outdoor pavilions & between 20-250 guests indoors
This Japanese restaurant in Greenpoint built a couple of private pavilions in their courtyard where you can share a family-style meal with a group of 6 to 10 friends (see the menu options here). If you’re planning something bigger like a wedding or a grandiose divorce party, Rule Of Thirds also has an entire dedicated event space that can fit up to 250 people. Find all the details on larger parties through their website.
Capacity: Up to 14 guests in the indoor wine cellar, or up to 10 guests on the outdoor patio
Historically, our favorite way to eat at L’Artusi is to go with just one other person, sit at the bar, start with the roasted mushrooms and ricotta with homemade crackers, and then share two pastas. But having a meal amongst 2,000 bottles of Italian wine in this West Village restaurant’s private cellar sounds pretty good too. It’s currently available for up to 14 guests (they can also do private parties of up to 30 as a full mezzanine buyout). If you’re interested in something outside for a group, L’artusi’s patio can accommodate up to ten people - although it won’t be completely private and there’s a set menu and spend-minimum required for parties over eight. You can reach out about booking a private dinner here.
Capacity: Between 5-10 guests outdoors & up to 16 guests indoors
The fact is, you don’t own a boat. It would be nice if you did, but you don’t. So seeing as how you can’t climb onto your own ship and drink a bottle of wine with your friends, go to Grand Banks. This a schooner from the mid-20th Century that used to be used for fishing, but now sits docked near Battery Park. It still has all its masts, but the deck is now covered in two bars and lots of tables where you can eat oysters and lobster rolls while you watch the sun set over the Hudson. They can accommodate groups between five and ten on their outdoor sundeck (with a $50 deposit per person) and up to 16 people in their private dining room inside the boat (with a $100 deposit per person). Find out more information and make a reservation.
Capacity: Up to 25 guests indoors (with an option to add a second room)
The East Pole has one of the nicest private dining rooms on the Upper East Side. It’s called the Map Room (doesn’t that just sound nice?), and it has massive windows overlooking 65th Street as well as its own dedicated bathroom. This space seats up to 25 people, but you can also add on some seating in their Copper Bar Room next door, which includes a full bar along with lounge seating for up to 30. If you’re searching for somewhere comfortable-but-not-stiff uptown, this brownstone restaurant is it.
Capacity: Between 8-12 guests for semi-private outdoors or indoors, or up to 40 outdoors
This Prospect Heights American spot recently turned its charming backyard into “Olmsted Summer Camp.” As you might expect from one of our favorite restaurants in the city, their take on camp food is a far cry from the sloppy joes and mostly-defrosted chicken nuggets you may have had as a kid. They’re serving things like wagyu beef corndogs, dill pickled fried chicken, and corn on the cob with yuzu kosho butter - and you can reserve their backyard space for a semi-private party (or do a full buyout for up to 40 outside) by filling out this form. They also have semi-private and fully private options available indoors.
Capacity: Up to 35 guests indoors
The private room at Miss Lily’s Soho location is a well-established party destination for groups, in part because it feels like a VIP table at a club. Records adorn the walls, fun music blares, and jerk chicken and hot pepper shrimp abound. We recommend a private dinner at this Caribbean spot for a birthday party or anytime you want to pretend you’re famous. Miss Lily’s can fit up to 35 people in the private room, and you can contact them via their website.
Capacity: Up to 30 people outdoors
Another outdoor option for private dining is Gertie in Williamsburg. This all-day cafe makes modern Jewish food (like bagels in the mornings and patty melt reubens at lunch) and can seat up to 30 people in their partially-covered backyard. In case you want something larger, Gertie offers a 65 person, full-buyout option that comes with the backyard, front patio, and restaurant’s dining room. Check out the spaces and inquire here.
Capacity: Between 18-80 guests indoors
Canary Club is a New Orleans-inspired jazz bar and restaurant on the Lower East Side that normally hosts live music in their lounge from Wednesday to Saturday, and outdoor shows on Sundays from 4-7pm. But you can also book their 18-person private dining room (which comes with its own bar and bathroom) or the lounge downstairs for groups between 20 and 80 people. Check out the spaces and make a reservation here.
Capacity: Up to 26 guests indoors
Il Buco’s 200-year-old wine cellar might be the single best private dining room in Manhattan, especially when you consider that Edgar Allen Poe used to hang out down there. Book well in advance by emailing email@example.com. Shockingly, you’re not the only one who wants to eat pasta with dead poets. Another idea: their sister restaurant Il Buco Alimentari has a back garden that’s available for private parties outside.
Capacity: Up to 150 guests outdoors and indoors
For all those tasked with planning a fairly giant gathering in NYC, City Winery in Chelsea has a couple of private dining options to know about. There’s an outdoor patio, a private barrel room, and a special dining area with views of the Hudson River. The coolest thing about this place (aside from being located right next to the Hudson River) is that they make their wine from grapes grown at their Hudson Valley property. You can make a party plan here.
Capacity: Up to 40 guests outdoors
Popina is an Italian-American restaurant in the part of Brooklyn just west of Cobble Hill known by real estate brokers as the Columbia Waterfront District, and the backyard here is about the size of a public park. That’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s extremely large with a bunch of picnic tables and a bocce court in one corner. If you’re planning an event outside, it’s perfect for that. Especially if you want to eat meatballs and arancini, and drink tons of great wine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
Capacity: Up to 40 guests indoors
Row House in Harlem has an underground lounge area that can fit up to 40 people in a private party. The food here ranges from crab cakes to fried okra, and a short rib rigatoni mac and cheese dish. If you’re interested in booking a party, you can email email@example.com for more details.
Capacity: Up to 45 guests indoors
Want to host the most expensive and possibly best bagel party in NYC? Try Sadelle’s in Soho. Their third-floor private dining space can be rented out for parties of up to 45 people. It’d probably be best for a downtown wedding brunch with smoked fish and mimosas, or something akin to that situation. Get some bagels, of course, but be sure to load up on the baked goods like babka and French toast. Sadelle’s also does dinner, but that’s not really why you come here. Find out more info and inquire through their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capacity: Between 10 and 100+ guests indoors
The Ribbon’s Upper West Side location on 72nd Street has four different private spaces available, from arrangements that fit 10 people all the way up to event scenarios with well over a hundred people. One of those rooms is called Arnold’s Whiskey Room - and 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.