You just became engaged and it’s time to kick off the festivities leading up to your walk down the aisle. Let’s begin with the engagement party, the gathering when you make big the announcement to close friends and family. From elegant restaurants and rooftops with a view to relaxed backyard patios, New York City boasts many restaurants and venues to make the most out of your celebrations. Here are 6 places in NYC perfect for an unforgettable engagement party.
The NoMad Rooftop (1170 Broadway, Manhattan)
The dining atmosphere at The NoMad Hotel is marked with leather seating and rich red drapery illuminated by golden lighting. This air of refinement continues to the rooftop, an open space accented with beautiful lush greenery. Available for private parties, The NoMad Rooftop is comprised of 1,950 square feet of elegant dining space 12 stories high, offering picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. You’ll feel on top of the world when it comes time to toast your engagement.
Fette Sau (345 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn)
In the mood for a low-key soiree where guests can enjoy comfort food in a relaxed setting? This Williamsburg barbecue spot is housed in a garage of an adjacent auto-body repair shop. The owners stayed true to the interior’s industrial feel and turned the driveway into an outdoor picnic dining area. Stools made from John Deere tractor seats, retro lighting fixtures, and a gas-and-wood fired smoker round out Fette Sau’s laid back, country vibe.
Brooklyn Grange (63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn)
Take the concept of farm-to-table to the next level by having your engagement party at Brooklyn Grange. This rooftop farm hosts private events for guests to enjoy an exceptional urban dining experience of eating fresh vegetables that were grown on site. Cooked up by the city’s leading chefs, dinner parties are served on the Brooklyn Navy Yard Rooftop Farm in a breathtaking location where you can take in sweeping views of the East River and Downtown Manhattan under a canopy of twinkling “Edison bulb” string lights.
Freemans (End of Freemans Alley, Manhattan)
Tucked back in an alley off the Bowery, Freemans is a stylish tavern that draws an equally stylish crowd. Nonetheless, Freemans is a great restaurant for a meeting of friends and family thanks to its intimate, cozy atmosphere. The interior is filled out with dark wood tables and chairs and lodge décor such as mounted antlers and vintage illustrations of flora and fauna. Various spaces are available for private parties, ranging from the Wine Room (seats 10-12) to the entire restaurant, which accommodates 140 guests for a sit down dinner.
The Beekman (123 Nassau St., Manhattan)
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Manhattan, The Beekman pays homage to NYC’s illustrious past. Decorated with rich leather and wood seating, vintage photographs, grand mirrors, and elaborate iron chandeliers, the interior is a tour de force of old-world glamour and refinement. Look forward to inventive American dishes imagined by Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and restaurateur Keith McNally. Be sure to check out the majestic view of The Beekman’s newly restored 9-story atrium.
Brooklyn Winery (213 N 8th St., Brooklyn)
Brooklyn Winery co-founders Brian Leventhal and John Stires are cultivating a successful business by staying true to their two main passions – wine and all things local. Located in Williamsburg, their boutique urban winery doubles as a private event space to commemorate special occasions. Warm lighting, finished wood tables, and exposed brick walls create a rustic, inviting ambiance where you and guests can wine and dine on seasonally prepared dishes and bottles batched straight from Brooklyn Winery.
Planning for your wedding shouldn’t be all work and no play. The engagement party is great way to relax and enjoy yourself before the items on your to-do list really start piling up. We hope this list of New York City restaurants and venues helps you find the perfect place to start celebrating!