Great food, or superior ambiance: which is more important for an event space? Both, of course! The right choice ensures that nothing is sacrificed for that really special event like someone’s birthday, anniversary party, even a rehearsal dinner or wedding. One of the many possibilities for an event in the City is the new China Blue restaurant in Tribeca, which blends the iconic imagery of Shanghai’s jazz age with the classic downtown lofty look. Ornamental light fixtures glow softly over wooden bookshelves lined with interesting objects, creating a comfortably rustic yet exotic ambiance. The food achieves the same balance: a menu representative of Shanghai cuisine, complete with Dim Sum, comes with considerable attention paid to appearance, elevating the meal well above normal. The space is divided into several partial rooms, offering complete flexibility in hosting any size private party.
For those desiring quality backdrop as part of their ambiance, the waterfront district of Williamsburg offers the Wythe Hotel, owned by the visionaries behind Marlow & Sons. Tasteful spaces of all kinds, many boasting panoramic views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines, abound throughout the building, including a full-fledged screening room. Food sources include the locavore restaurant Reynards and a rooftop bar. And for those wanting to attract one of the great local bands for their events, the “Band Room” can host an entire group on-site with its bunk beds.
Another can’t miss option is the elegant Tarallucci e Vino, which offers two beautiful event spaces in its downtown loft overlooking Union Square. The Mezzanine is an intimate space ideal for a private dinner of a dozen to cocktail parties for 80. Warm and sophisticated, it comes with a bar, lounge area, gorgeous custom brick tables and antique cabinets. Tasteful artwork and unique mirrors create an ambiance that welcomes and comforts, and will not soon be forgotten. For larger parties there is the 6th Floor Loft, which can host everything from business meetings to parties and dances for 120 guests on its polished hardwood floor. Its spacious 1,100 square feet features a bar, lounge area, beautiful custom-made tables, spectacular antique mirrors and stunning chandeliers.
Chef Riccardo Bilotta brings modern culinary methods to traditional Italian cuisine, and accepts only seasonally available produce from the nearby Union Square Market, as well as a selected network of local purveyors. As one would expect from the name, Tarallucci e Vino complements its menu with an exceptionally well-stocked wine cellar, which relies primarily on small, family-run Italian vineyards for its sources. Some use grapes completely unavailable in the U.S.
Among the finest options for event spaces in the City, all of these share a few traits. In addition to the wonderful cuisine and ambiance, all pride themselves on offering outstanding service. One can’t go wrong in choosing any of these locations to transform an event into an unforgettable experience.