The 7 Best New(ish) Private Dining Options in NYC

Ready to be a holiday party hero?

October 24, 2017 9:00 am

Not sure if you noticed, but there they are on the cal, approaching: the freakin’ holidays.

Plan accordingly. And if we’re talking parties of eight or more, that means planning right now.

To assist, we rounded up the best new private dining rooms in the city, from an artsy, velvet-clad cove hidden behind a bookshelf to an old-school speakeasy.

Because while we all love the 21 Club, we’ve been there and done that.

Bill’s Townhouse
The space: A multi-level townhome with loads of nooks and crannies for holing up, including the Main Dining Room, the Parlour and the Private Dining Room, which seats up to 22 guests.
The fare: A strictly play-the-hits menu that’ll satisfy holiday cravings all-around: Caesar salad, truffle mac, crab cakes, steak, more steak and pan-roasted branzino.
The vibe: A speakeasy straight outta the Prohibition Era. Not the Bushwick variety — a genuine one.

Upper East Side
The space: The options can accommodate everything from a private party of 10 (in a Himalayan sea salt-lined booth) to a buyout of 100. Best part? The place is decorated with owner David Burke’s private art collection. See: a vintage Bugatti race model adorning the walls.
The fare: Elevated surf ‘n’ turf.
The vibe: An American tavern with “please close the curtain so we can talk” appeal.

Times Square
The space: An elegant 20-seat private space with a woven cane ceiling, ornate wall panels and embossed leather chairs nestled in the new Moxy Hotel’s 145-seat locale.
The fare: Updated takes on classic, sustainable seafood alongside one helluva raw bar from Executive Chef Jason Hall, formerly of Gotham Bar & Grill.
The vibe: Vivacious and spacious, with mature nods to a nautical theme.

Salt + Charcoal
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The space: A stylish and artful haunt dressed with original work by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, with a private dining room seating 25 guests.
The fare: Japanese-style dry-aged beef, perfected.
The vibe: East-meets-west intimacy.

Cook Space
Prospect Heights
The space: A lovely home-away-from-home skylit space for up to 22, complete with a vinyl record player and Sonos surround sound.
The fare: Seasonal to the max, as conceived and prepared by Michelin-trained culinary director Nini Nguyen, formerly of Eleven Madison Park. And should you be feeling more adventurous this year, Cook Space specializes in cooking classes.
The vibe: Light, bright, creative and delicious.

Casa Apicii
Greenwich Village
The space: Hidden above the 19th-century townhouse that is Apicii, you’ll find cocktail bar Fortuna flanked by La Stanza Viola, a 30-guest haven with a working fireplace, velvet lounges and original artworks a la the Guggenheim. On display now? Oh, just a few original pieces from John Lennon.
The fare: Coastal Italian at its very best. The signature Spaghetti con zucchinealla Nerano” and Branzino al Sale (the texture, dear Lord, the texture!) will change what you’ve come to expect from Italian altogether.
The vibe: New York cool. Yes, it’s opulent, but it’s everything a night out in the city was meant to be, even in an era when wearing jeans to Broadway isn’t a criminal offense. (Which it is.)

La Pecora Bianco
The space: A room for up to 35 tucked away in Mark Barak’s second — and twice-as-large — Pecora iteration.
The fare: Inherently local and seasonal cuisine with a heavy focus on housemade pasta and vegetable dishes. Of note? The multi-layered tiramisu, spiked with Amaro, is shareable and a real showstopper.
The vibe: Sophisticated, airy and vibrant.


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