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The Private Dining Directory

Here’s our complete guide to the best private rooms in the city, with capacity from 10 to over 100.

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In 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

$$$$
French  in  NOHO
$$$$ 380 Lafayette St

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.

Emily West Village

$$$$ 35 Downing St

Capacity: 12

Having a private event at Emily West Village is a surefire way to relive all of the excitement of your 10th birthday pizza party. Maybe minus the part where your friend found out she was lactose intolerant and conveniently stole your thunder. Unlike their Brooklyn location, the bottom of Emily West Village is a cave, but in a cool way. And since Emily is on both our best pizza and best burger lists, it’s hard to go wrong here.

Via Carota

$$$$
$$$$ 51 Grove St.

Capacity: Wine Room: 12

So you need a nice, not-insanely-expensive restaurant in the West Village where you can have a private dinner with a small crowd of 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 spot 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, though, be sure to get some pasta.

Robert Bredvad

Capacity: 14

If you’re looking to host a private dinner that involves phenomenal seafood and views of the Hudson, The Fulton is a great option. It’s right on Pier 17 at the Seaport which means that the private dining room looks up at the Brooklyn Bridge like a dog looks at its owner. Bring up to 14 people here to eat a whole sea bass baked in a flattened brioche pastry crust shell, and be sure to get an order of scallops.

Sushi Seki Hell's Kitchen

$$$$ 365 W 46th St

Capacity: 8-10, 28

There are three Sushi Seki locations, and the one in Hell’s Kitchen has three second-floor tatami rooms that fit 8-10 people each (or, combined, 28). Now, we’re not saying it’s going to be cheap, but the next time you need to impress a smallish group of people, bring them here.

The Ribbon

$$$$ 20 W 72nd St

Capacity: 10

This UWS spot from the Blue Ribbon empire has a great private room for 10 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.

Vaucluse

$$$$
$$$$ 100 E 63rd St

Capacity:12, 32

The “Townhouse” at Vaucluse is 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 three round tables for 32 people or two long ones for 30, and they also have a smaller private dining room in the restaurant that can fit 12 around a large round table.

Hudson Clearwater

$$$$
$$$$ 447 Hudson St.

Capacity: 8-12

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 feel as the main restaurant, which makes it a great choice for a private dinner with friends.

Bacaro

$$$$
$$$$ 136 Division St.

Capacity: 6-80

Group dinners at Bacaro 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. They also have a lower-level buyout option for up to 80.

Cosme

$$$$
Mexican  in  Flatiron
$$$$ 35 E. 21st St.

Capacity: 14

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 private room. Needless to say, this will be on the pricier side, but if money’s no object and you just want to eat some excellent fancy Mexican food with a few of your friends or associates, this is the place to do it.

Charlie Bird

$$$$
AmericanPastaItalian  in  SoHo
$$$$ 5 King St.

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.

private rooms for 15-25ish

Loring Place

$$$$ 21 W 8th St

Capacity: 18, 60

Loring Place is like your friend who can magically adjust to every situation: brunch with your grandparents, schmoozing at work functions, an obviously imbalanced double date, you name it. So, with that in mind, feel free to have any type of event here. Loring Place has a private dining room for 18 seated guests and a larger space on the lower level for 60.

Simon & The Whale

$$$$
$$$$ 23 Lexington Ave

Capacity: 14, 20

Simon & The Whale is an American/Mediterranean restaurant in the Freehand Hotel in Gramercy with really good food and equally good people-watching. Normally, there’s a chance you’ll see someone who looks like your ex or your future ex, but you don’t have to worry about that in this case, because you’ll be at a private event. They have a semi-private space for up to 14 people with a prix fixe menu, as well as a bar space where they serve family-style food for up to 20.

Legacy Records

$$$$
$$$$ 517 W 38th St

Capacity: 14, 34

If you’re not sure how to tell people that you’re generally a cool person, have a private event at Legacy Records and they should get the idea. This is a trendy restaurant in Hudson Yards from the people behind Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. They have a few different private spaces: a big bar area for cocktail receptions, a test kitchen for up to 34 people where you can watch the chefs cook, and a smaller “drawing room” that fits 14.

American Cut

$$$$
Steaks  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 363 Greenwich St.

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 wait for your crew to arrive.

Blue Hill New York

$$$$ 75 Washington Pl.

Capacity: 16

Blue Hill is definitely an upscale place, 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

$$$$
$$$$ 228 W. 10th St.

Capacity: Private Room: 16, Mezzanine: 55

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. You can also book the entire mezzanine level (that’s attached to the private room) for up to 55 people.

The Modern

$$$$
AmericanFrench  in  Midtown
$$$$ 9 W. 53rd St.

Capacity: 24

The Modern’s main dining room is for larger events, but they also have a small private dining space that can fit 24 people. Even if it wasn’t located in a museum, this would still be a very cool place to have a fine-dining party.

Bar Boulud

$$$$
$$$$ 1900 Broadway #2

Capacity: 16, 20, or 54 (70 standing)

There are so many rooms underneath Bar Boulud 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 fits up to 20, all around one large rectangular table. And completing the Bar Boulud private dining trifecta is its largest space, which seats up to 54 (around several round tables) for a full meal or up to 70 for a reception. Bar Boulud may be a “casual bistro,” but the atmosphere in the private rooms is without a doubt upscale, if not semi-formal.

Marta

$$$$
$$$$ 29 E. 29th St.

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

$$$$
$$$$ 26 Bond St.

Capacity: 10-24

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 here, 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.

Freemans

$$$$ End of Freeman Alley

Capacity: Wine Room: 10-12; Blue Room: 13-20 (30 standing); Red Room: 20-30 (40 standing); Second Floor: 30-80 (100 standing)

The smaller of the two private rooms at Freemans, the wine room is on the ground floor and feels almost like you’re in someone’s house. The Blue and Red Rooms are part of the second floor, and they’re 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’s holiday party, or a gathering of your Civil War reenactment group. Check your muskets at the door.

Del Posto

$$$$ 85 10th Ave.

Capacity: 16, 40, 56, 80, 150

Italian fine dining on the edge of the Meatpacking district in an upscale and giant space. 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 150-person space, and the smallest room (a wine cellar) fits 2-16. This pace is definitely best for special occasions.

Vinegar Hill House

$$$$
American  in  BrooklynDUMBO
$$$$ 72 Hudson Ave.

Capacity: 20

Vinegar Hill House is in a remote corner of DUMBO, and it’s worth a 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.

The Dutch

$$$$
American  in  SoHo
$$$$ 113 Sullivan St.

Capacity: 10-20

The Dutch’s below-ground private room includes its own bar, which helps any situation. The truth is, it’s already pretty great here. The menu reads like all-American greatest hits, so there’s going to be something for everyone.

The East Pole

$$$$ 133 E. 65th St.

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.

Gramercy Tavern

$$$$
$$$$ 42 E. 20th St.

Capacity: 22

You don’t need us to tell you that Gramercy Tavern is a good restaurant. But you might need us to tell you that their private dining setup 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.

Balaboosta

$$$$ 611 Hudson St

Capacity: Private Room: 24 (32 standing); Enclosed Patio: 27 (45 standing)

If your party is approximately the size of two NBA teams, consider renting out Balaboosta’s wine cellar room, which seats up to 24. Your crew will be eating octopus and things like lamb and branzino, and they’ll be damn happy about it.

Maialino

$$$$
PastaItalian  in  Gramercy
$$$$ 2 Lexington Ave.

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 family-style menus to ensure that no one is forced to choose between the tonnarelli and the bucatini, which is good because nobody really knows the difference anyway.

Marea

$$$$
$$$$ 240 Central Park S.

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

Capacity: 20

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.

private rooms for 25-50ish

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Olmsted

$$$$ 659 Vanderbilt Ave

Capacity: 30

Having a private dinner at Olmsted is a great way to signal that you’re someone people should trust to babysit their plants for them. The private dining room here seats up to 30 people and the walls are lined with floral wallpaper, wine bottles, and cookbooks that may or may not explain why all of their sustainable vegetable, meat, and seafood dishes taste incredible.

Manhatta

$$$$ 28 Liberty St

Capacity: 50 (65 standing)

This 60th floor restaurant was partly designed for events like these, and it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for what some people would call a “wow” factor. The Bay Room can fit 50 for dinner (or 65 standing for cocktails), and the main draw here is the view. They even have binoculars on the windowsills, so you can pretend you’re looking out at your kingdom for a few hours.

Capacity: 45

This Williamsburg institution is one of our favorite places to eat steak. Between the old-school space and tuxedo-wearing waiters, the whole thing is a classic New York experience that everyone should try at least once. They have an upstairs banquet room that can fit up to 45 people.

Saxon + Parole

$$$$
$$$$ 316 Bowery

Capacity: 26, 36, or up to 38

Saxon and Parole is an upscale American spot in the East Village that feels like a place where people over thirty go for a night out. It’s a big club restaurant that works very well for groups of people who don’t mind spending a lot of money on a steak dinner. You can have brunch or dinner in one of their private rooms, which can be set for up to 26, 36, or 38 seated guests.

Cushman Concepts

Covina

$$$$
$$$$ 127 E 27th St

Capacity: 24, 32, 42

The food at Covina is certainly better than that of your average Italian restaurant located in the bottom of a Manhattan hotel. But throwing an event here also gives you all the perks of having a private party in the bottom of a Manhattan hotel: friendly, attentive service and a nice space. Covina’s private dining room can be set up for 24, 32, or 42 seated guests.

Hearth

$$$$
$$$$ 403 E. 12th St.

Capacity: 30

Hearth is one of the best Italian spots in the East Village, but you might not believe it after a quick glance at the vegetable-heavy menu here. But dishes like their whole grain rigatoni, seasonal salad, and roast chicken are actually incredible. The private dining room seats up to 30 people and it’s a great option for a mixed group of vegetarians and meat-eaters.

Clay

$$$$
AmericanPasta  in  Harlem
$$$$ 553 Manhattan Ave

Capacity: 34

This Harlem spot has a private downstairs area that can be set up for a maximum of 34 people enjoying plenty of wine and lobster bucatini. Unlike the spooky basement from your childhood, this is one you’ll actually want to be stuck in for a few hours.

Jane

$$$$ 100 West Houston

Capacity: 40

You can think of The Jane in Greenwich Village as The Smith’s older sister (They’re from the same people.) We usually recommend it for brunch, but you can invite up to 40 guests to celebrate something in their private dining room.

Evan Sung

Empellón

$$$$
Mexican  in  Midtown
$$$$ 510 Madison Ave.

Capacity: Mezzanine: 36 (50 standing); Mcnett Room: 35 (45 standing); Boardroom: 10

This is a much showier, more Midtowny operation than Empellon’s downtown locations, but that’s why it might just come in handy if you’re looking for somewhere to have a nicer work event while simultaneously giving in to your human need for tacos. Empellon has several event packages for lunches, dinners, and cocktail parties in their private rooms.

Uva

$$$$
$$$$ 1486 2nd Ave

Capacity: 32

Uva is a popular date destination on the Upper East Side, which makes for a pretty seamless transition to a private dining venue, seeing as they understand the importance of setting the mood. Uva’s wine cellar room can seat 32 people and has a simple, comfortable feel. We don’t know your life, but this place is probably too intimate for your office party.

Gertie

$$$$
$$$$ 58 Marcy Ave

Capacity: 40

This cafe is one of our favorite places in Williamsburg to get a BEC or a patty melt in our workout clothes. But, you can also have a very nice dinner party in the basement here, which can hold up to 40 people. It has its own entrance, plus there’s a bar and a private restroom down there so that you and all your friends don’t have to walk up a flight of stairs to take photos in a decent mirror.

Pete's Tavern

$$$$
$$$$ 129 E 18th St

Capacity: 40

Pete’s is an old-school tavern in Gramercy that’s been open since 1864, and it’s especially good for a festive event around the holidays (since it’s appropriately decorated starting in November). We like the burger here, but there’s also a full menu of Italian-American dishes like calamari and veal parm.

The Grill

$$$$
$$$$ 99 E 52nd St

Capacity: 14, 20, 34

The Grill is one half of the old Four Seasons restaurant, and the update keeps the old spot’s classic, New York feel, but with a little added show - the new management does own Carbone, after all. So if you’re prepared to drop some cash to ensure that your event will be classy enough for a congresswoman to show up, but also involves dinner entertainment like someone cutting prime rib in front of you, The Grill has two private rooms you should know about. The Salon and The Krasner Room are hidden in the back of The Grill’s main dining space, and are often combined to fit a total of 34 seated guests, but can be booked individually for parties of 14 or 20.

Upland

$$$$
$$$$ 345 Park Avenue South

Capacity: 40 or 60 standing

We would recommend Upland to virtually everyone, and you’d do well to have a private event here. In terms of the look of the place, Upland’s lower level, private dining room is like Jay Gatsby’s sitting room after he went on a mid-century modern furniture kick. Their family-style meal includes a combination of seasonal specials and classics from the restaurant’s dinner menu.

Celestine

$$$$ 1 John St

Capacity: 42

If you’re looking to show off a little, this big Mediterranean restaurant in DUMBO with a great view of the river is a solid pick. There’s both an indoor dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio.

Huertas

$$$$
$$$$ 107 1st Ave.

Capacity: 36 or 50 standing

When it comes to small plates and sharing options, Huertas really knows what they’re doing. Their private dining room comes with patio access, so your guests can hang outside and talk about how much they like this place’s daily-changing Basque small plates.

Peasant

$$$$
Italian  in  Nolita
$$$$ 194 Elizabeth St.

Capacity: 20-35

Peasant’s wine room is cozier and more memorable than their street-level dining room, and almost feels like the candlelit basement of a European castle. There’s enough space to seat 20-35 guests around, you guessed it, rustic wooden tables.

RedFarm

$$$$
$$$$ 2170 Broadway

Capacity: 20-29

RedFarm’s Upper West Side location has the same downtown feel as the original RedFarm in the West Village, and they also serve the same creative takes on dim sum (like a Katz’s pastrami egg roll and the “Pac Man” shrimp dumplings). While there are full-on buyout options at both locations, RedFarm UWS has a private space available for a max of 29 people.

Capacity: 28 (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 28 people go, this is one of the more affordable options, and, while the food isn’t fancy, most people will find something they can get down with.

The Meatball Shop

$$$$ 1462 2nd Ave

Capacity: 45 (50 standing)

The UES Meatball Shop has a private space called the Ball Room that comes with a bar and, well, the name “the ball room.”

**Capacity: 30 (50 standing)

And one more Meatball Shop option for good measure. The private space here is called Sidepiece, and it also comes with a bar and AV equipment.

Il Buco

$$$$
Italian  in  NOHO
$$$$ 47 Bond St.

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.

Keens Steakhouse

$$$$
AmericanSteaks  in  Midtown
$$$$ 72 W. 36th Street

Capacity: Lillie Langtry Room: 25; Bull Moose Room: 35; Lincoln Room: 60

If you’re looking for a classic New York experience that involves plenty of meat, nostalgia, and private dining options, Keens in Midtown is your place. This steakhouse used to be a members-only social club where Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt liked to sit around and talk about their deepest fears and dreams (we think). It’s not like that anymore, but you can close your eyes and pretend that your private event in the Lincoln Room is your own 60-person members-only club. Say hi to Babe Ruth’s ghost for us.

Capacity: 28 & 100

The Smith is perfect for many, many things - and you can go ahead and add private dining to that list. There are different options across the separate locations, but the Lincoln Center outpost has two rooms (one seats 28, the other up to 100).

Lure Fishbar

$$$$
SeafoodRaw Bar  in  SoHo
$$$$ 142 Mercer St.

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 or a downtown company event.

The Lambs Club

$$$$
$$$$ 130 W. 44th St.

Capacity: 36, 100, 120 (60, 150, 125 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

$$$$
$$$$ 1900 Broadway #2

Capacity: 16, 20, or 54 (70 standing)

There are so many rooms underneath Bar Boulud 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 fits up to 20, all around one large rectangular table. And completing the Bar Boulud private dining trifecta is its largest space, which seats up to 54 (around several round tables) for a full meal or up to 70 for a reception. Bar Boulud may be a “casual bistro,” but the atmosphere in the private rooms is without a doubt upscale, if not semi-formal.

Quality Meats

$$$$
AmericanSteaks  in  Midtown
$$$$ 57 W. 58th Street

Capacity: Butcher Room: 34; The Fireplace Room: 40 (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

Capacity: 40 (65 Standing)

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

Sadelle's

$$$$
DinerSandwichesCafe/BakeryBagels  in  SoHo
$$$$ 463 W. Broadway

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 be 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 babka and French toast. Sadelle’s also does dinner, but that’s not really why you come here.

Little Owl the Venue

$$$$ 93 Greenwich Ave

Capacity:40 (70 Standing)

Little Owl takes private dining so seriously that they own a dedicated events space, The Venue, about a 10-minute walk from the main restaurant in the West Village. Despite the separate location, you can expect the same “cute” ambience and pork-chop-centric menu as the original.

private rooms for 50-100ish

Tijuana Picnic

$$$$
$$$$ 151 Essex St.

Capacity: 65 (80 standing)

This Mexican spot on Essex Street has a lower level for you and your party to drink a lot of tequila and have a great time. Their neon-lit private room can seat up to 65, or fit 80 standing for cocktails.

Keens Steakhouse

$$$$
AmericanSteaks  in  Midtown
$$$$ 72 W. 36th Street

Capacity: Lillie Langtry Room: 25; Bull Moose Room: 35; Lincoln Room: 60; Lambs Room: 100

If you’re looking for a classic New York experience that involves plenty of meat, nostalgia, and private dining options, Keens in Midtown is your place. This steakhouse used to be a members-only social club where Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt liked to sit around and talk about their deepest fears and dreams (we think). It’s not like that anymore, but you can close your eyes and pretend that your private event in the Lincoln Room is your own 60-person members-only club. Say hi to Babe Ruth’s ghost for us.

Miss Lily's

$$$$ 132 W. Houston St.

Capacity: 50

The back room at Miss Lily’s is covered in reggae record wall decor and might just be the right choice if you’re looking for a birthday party spot and/or want to pretend you’re a VIP at a sweaty club. They have a range of private event packages for up to 50 people, and relatively inexpensive dinner rates starting at $45 per person for a family-style feast called “taste of Jamaica.”

Loring Place

$$$$ 21 W 8th St

Capacity: 18, 60

Loring Place is like your friend who can magically adjust to every situation: brunch with your mostly deaf grandparents, schmoozing at work functions, an obviously imbalanced double date, you name it. So, with that in mind, feel free to have any type of event here. Loring Place has a private dining room for 18 seated guests and a larger space on the lower level for 60.

Sushi Seki Hell's Kitchen

$$$$ 365 W 46th St

Capacity: Krappo Room: 50 (75 standing)

In addition to the smaller rooms upstairs, Sushi Seki has a private space on its lower level that can fit 50 for dinner and 75 for a cocktail party.

Toloache

$$$$ 251 W. 50th St.

Capacity: 60

An upscale Mexican restaurant in Midtown, Toloache further solidifies itself as an indispensable spot with its private outdoor balcony that seats up to 60. If you’re looking for something slightly smaller, the space can be divided into two.

The East Pole

$$$$ 133 E. 65th St.

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.

The Smith Midtown

$$$$
$$$$ 956 2nd Ave.

Capacity: 75

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

The Smith

$$$$
$$$$ 53 3rd Ave.

Capacity: 60 (75 standing)

The next holding in The Smith’s private dining monopoly is its East Village location, which has a downstairs room that seats up to 60. Plus, there’s a photo booth down there.

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

$$$$
Italian  in  NOHO
$$$$ 53 Great Jones St.

Capacity: 55 (75 standing)

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

The Modern

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AmericanFrench  in  Midtown
$$$$ 9 W. 53rd St.

Capacity: 64

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

Crave Fishbar

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$$$$ 945 2nd Ave.

Capacity: 8-80

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

Dirty French

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$$$$ 180 Ludlow Street

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 is moody, 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

$$$$ End of Freeman Alley

Capacity: Wine Room: 10-12; Blue Room: 13-20 (30 standing); Red Room: 20-30 (40 standing); Second Floor: 30-80 (100 standing)

The smaller of the two private rooms at Freemans, the wine room is on the ground floor and feels almost like you’re in someone’s house. The Blue and Red Rooms are part of the second floor, and they’re 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’s holiday party, or a gathering of your Civil War reenactment group. Check your muskets at the door.

Capacity: 28 & 70 (100 standing)

The Smith is perfect for many, many things - and you can go ahead and add private dining to that list. There are different options across the separate locations, but the Lincoln Center outpost has two rooms (one seats 28, the other up to 100).

American Cut

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Steaks  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 363 Greenwich St.

Capacity: Black Room: 17, Morrison Room: 55 (100 standing)

American Cut’s private rooms basically feel like their own separate restaurants, but they still maintain the big fancy steakhouse feel. And the Morrison Room comes with its own bar.

Locanda Verde

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Italian  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 377 Greenwich St.

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 to contribute some corks to the decor.

Little Park

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American  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 85 W. Broadway

Capacity: 20-70 (40-125 standing)

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

Lafayette

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French  in  NOHO
$$$$ 380 Lafayette St

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.

Daniel

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$$$$ 60 E. 65th St.

Capacity: 90 (150 Standing)

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

The National

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$$$$ 557 Lexington Ave.

Capacity: All Rooms Combined: 80 (150 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.

Del Posto

$$$$ 85 10th Ave.

Capacity: 16, 40, 56, 80, 150

Italian fine dining on the edge of the Meatpacking district in an upscale and giant space. 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 150-person space, and the smallest room (a wine cellar) fits 2-16. This pace is definitely best for special occasions.

private rooms for over 100

The Lambs Club

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$$$$ 130 W. 44th St.

Capacity: 36, 100, 120 (60, 150, 125 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.

Glasserie

$$$$ 95 Commercial St.

Capacity: 200, 300

This place has incredible outdoor spaces made for huge groups, and the food is also tasty and interesting. Private space-wise, The Galley has capacity for up to 300, as does the Courtyard. The Penthouse has capacity for up to 200.

Catch

$$$$ 21 9th Ave.

Capacity: 1,000

Catch remains one of the most over-the-top restaurants in the Meatpacking District, with a 1,000-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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