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.
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 fare: Elevated surf ‘n’ turf.
The vibe: An American tavern with “please close the curtain so we can talk” appeal.
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
The fare: Japanese-style dry-aged beef, perfected.
The vibe: East-meets-west intimacy.
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.
The fare: Coastal Italian at its very best. The signature Spaghetti con
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 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.