Party Time! 18 NYC Venues Fit For Your Next Big Bash

Finding a good party in New York isn’t hard (just follow the loud noises and flashing lights). The trickier part is finding the perfect venue for your special occasion. So, whether you're finalizing those last wedding details, starting to plan for NYFW, or are just in the mood for a good bash (uh, always), these venues will make yours the best party ever. Ahead, some of our favorite spaces for every type of occasion, from black-tie affairs to all-out ragers and everything in between. And we promise: What happens here, stays there (mostly).
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GOWN REQUIRED

American Museum of Natural History
Almost nothing can beat a dinner under the massive, 94-foot blue whale in the museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Need we say more? A swanky gala here will be a fancy-dress or bow-tie kind of evening.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West (at 79th Street); 212-769-5100.

The Frick
This Upper East Side landmark has played host to many black-tie fashion fêtes (including the launch party for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book magazine). If you are looking to hold an all-out swanky bash, this is your spot.
The Frick Collection, One E. 70th Street; 212-288-0700.

The New York Botanical Garden
The NYBG hosts an annual winter ball in its Victorian glasshouse (which happens to be the country’s largest) that is a highlight of the holiday benefit season. With over 50 gardens featuring more than one million plants, the NYBG is well worth the trek.
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY; 718-817-8700.

Image: Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History
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SUNSET VIEWS

The NoMad Hotel
You might want to book this one ASAP. The 1,950-square-foot rooftop at this downtown hotel (situated in a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building) is now available to book for private events, with food catered by the acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park.
The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street); 212-796-1500.

JIMMY at The James
For hot summer nights, Jimmy is the perfect party spot. Great views, great food, and did we mention it has a pool? Count us in. Come wearing your breezy summer dress and sandals and you are set.
JIMMY at The James, 15 Thompson Street; 212-201-9118.

Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel
This lesser-known cocktail bar and restaurant sits above the highly buzzed Sleep No More theater production. The rooftop with 1930's decor has 360-degree views of the city and an innovative cocktail menu by mixologist Dave Wondrich.
Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th Street; 212-564-1662.
The Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel
This is the venue of choice for the fashion set. Joseph Altuzarra, Rebecca Minkoff, and L’Wren Scott, to name a few, all had their fashion-week dinners here.
The Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Two Lexington Ave, 212-920-3300.

Soaked at the Mondrian Soho
Soaked, the Mondrian’s rooftop cocktail bar, is also a go-to for the fashion crowd. For good reason — it sits atop the tallest building in Soho and offers panoramic views of the city.
Soaked at the Mondrian Soho, Nine Crosby Street; 212-389-1000.

Image: Courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel
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DINNER INCLUDED

The Leadbelly
For a laid-back, cozy dinner party, this Lower East Side restaurant is a hidden gem. Thank you, Fiona Byrne, for introducing it to us! The best part? You can rock your go-to summer overalls and your Converse kicks here.
The Leadbelly, 14 Orchard Street; 646-596-9142.

The Lion
This one is no secret to the city’s food lovers, but there’s a reason for that. Star chef/restaurateur John DeLucie, formerly of the Waverly Inn, can dish up a mean chicken potpie and we won’t even start talking about that juicy burger.
The Lion, 62 W. Ninth Street; 212-353-8400.

Crown
You are going to have to dish out the dough for Crown Restaurant, DeLucie’s dimly lit, Upper East Side boîte, but you won’t be disappointed. Crown has hosted some of the city’s most buzzy private events, including the after-party for the Met Gala and a dinner celebrating Ferragamo’s Resort show.
Crown, 24 E. 81st Street; 646-559-4880.

Omar’s This buzzy new West Village restaurant and private club, in the former home of Le Griffou, serves up tasty market-driven American fare by Chef Kenny Cuomo (Blue Hill and Per Se). Omar’s has already played host to the likes of Christopher Kane, Jason Wu, and Net-A-Porter’s Natalie Massenet. You might want to book that dinner party you were planning right now.
Omar’s La Ranita, 21 W. Ninth Street; 212-677-5242.

Image: Courtesy of The Crown
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AFTER HOURS

No. 8
Nightlife legend Amy Sacco’s latest project, No. 8, lives up to its creator’s name. We can assure you the party won’t be over by 2 a.m. if it’s at this celebrity hotspot, not to mention there won’t be any champagne left by night’s end.
No. 8, 357 W. 16th Street; 212-206-1096.

Electric Room
If you are looking to host a late-night, boozy after-party, look no further than Nur Khan’s dimly lit Electric Room. Dress code: Leather jacket required.
Electric Room at Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th Street; 212-229-1269.

Top of the Standard
We know you have heard plenty about the Standard’s Boom Boom Room but what can we say? It’s simply unbeatable with its floor-to-ceiling windows, glittering fireplaces, and impressive starburst chandeliers. You are going to want to pull out that chic new pair of Alaïa heels or that killer Cushnie et Ochs dress you’ve been saving for a night at the Boom Boom—you’ll want to look your best.
Top of the Standard, 848 Washington Street; 212-645-4646.

Image: Courtesy of No. 8 Ballroom
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THE UNEXPECTED

Pier 57
It might look plain, but it offers up a blank canvas and a world of décor possibilities. This has been the site of some of the city’s most impressive big bashes (the Prabal Gurung for Target carnival party, the Whitney Museum Gala, and Friends of the Highline, to name a few).
Pier 57, 15th Street (at the West Side Highway); 212-627-2020.

Domino Sugar Factory
This one caught our attention when we stopped by Creative Time’s Spring Benefit a few months ago. Situated under the Williamsburg Bridge, the abandoned Domino Sugar Factory is about as unexpected as it gets, but it has a certain charm that no other space in New York can offer (such as incredible city skyline views).
The Raw Sugar Warehouse at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, email domino@twotrees-dumbo.com.

5 Beekman
Built back in 1881, this was the first high-rise building in the city. The ancient multi-floor, cast-iron landmark is a remarkable venue for a big party (who could forget the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M blowout launch party last year) and it might just be our favorite event space in the whole city.
5 Beekman, 5 Beekman Street (at Nassau); no phone.

Image: Courtesy of Domino Sugar Factory
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