Tacari’s Top Rehearsal Dinner Hot Spots | NYC
There are some fantastic locations in cities across this nation that are the perfect place to host a rehearsal dinner. So, how do you choose? Over the next few months, we’re going to be featuring spots in various cities in the US. Each week will be two new cities, so you’ll want to check back in often so you don’t miss out on any of the locations. Even if you’re not having your wedding in that location, you may be visiting one day and all of these spots are great locations to have a nice dinner!
“The poster child of all that is good about American food today.”
– Lucky Peach Magazine
One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Michael Anthony’s ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors. Opened in 1994 by restaurateur Danny Meyer in a historic landmark building, the restaurant has earned nine James Beard Awards, including “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Chef in America”.
Gramercy Tavern’s Private Dining Room is an elegant and intimate space that can seat up to 22 people. The centerpiece of the room is a single, stately table crafted by Maine artisan Greg Lipton. Set beneath a wood-beamed ceiling and rustic chandeliers by Celeste Gainey, the table is complemented by early American antiques and art adorning the walls. Floral arrangements by Roberta Bendavid are available. Gramercy Tavern also offers full restaurant buyouts.
Instagram | @gramercytavern
Facebook | @gramercytavern
Eleven Madison Park is located on the corner of Madison Avenue and 24th Street, directly across the street from Madison Square Park. Housed in the historic Art Deco Metropolitan Life North building, the restaurant is owned and run by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara. It has been awarded three Michelin stars and four stars from the New York Times as well as being awarded the Number One Restaurant in the World from World’s 50 Best.
The North and South Rooms are located on the second floor and overlook the Main Dining Room with views of Madison Square Park through floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sol LeWitt Room is an interior-facing room across the hall from the North and South Rooms which accommodates up to 36 seated guests and features an art installation from the contemporary artist Sol LeWitt. The South Room accommodates up to 18 guests seated, the North Room accommodates up to 34 guests seated and combined they can accommodate up to 50 guests seated. All three rooms can be reserved for a reception into seated dinner for approximately 50 guests starting with a standing reception in the Sol LeWitt Room and dinner in the North and South Room.
Instagram | @ElevenMadisonPark
Facebook | @ElevenMadisonPark
For an exclusive private event experience, the Toro NYC team will work with you to design the perfect gathering specific to your needs and vision. Their unique private dining area has hosted birthday parties, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Toro NYC event space can accommodate up to 50 guests for a seated dinner and 85+ guests for a standing cocktail style reception. Boasting plush leather banquettes, warm wood accents, and crafted mosaic tile flooring, the private dining room at Toro NYC is the perfect venue for a celebration with your closest friends and family.
The private, enclosed area offers high-concept industrial design, lush botanical accents, and a large Wisteria tree overlooking the raised dining area. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Toro NYC’s Main Dining Room, the private room offers exclusive guest entrances as well as its own full service bar, dedicated restroom, flexible lighting, and a state of the art sound system available for use. Steps away from the scenic Highline, the Meatpacking District, and Chelsea, you and your guests can continue the after party in New York City’s trendiest neighborhoods. For larger groups, the private dining room can also be coupled with the Main Dining Room to accommodate over 300 guests.
Toro NYC is owned and operated by James Beard Award-winning Chefs, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.
Instagram | @toro_nyc
Facebook | @toro-nyc
Founded by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, The Modern is a two Michelin-starred, contemporary American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art.
Executive Chef Abram Bissell’s refined, unexpectedly playful dishes highlight exceptional ingredients and seasonality in three distinct culinary experiences: a bold prix fixe menu in the dining room overlooking MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, an à la carte menu in the lively Bar Room, and a bespoke tasting menu in the heart of the kitchen at the Kitchen Table. Master Sommelier Michaël Engelmann’s extensive selection of wines showcases exceptional diversity and value from classic and emerging regions. The restaurant’s design by the New York-based architecture firm Bentel & Bentel offers a welcome escape from the bustling Midtown neighborhood it calls home.
Since its debut in 2005, The Modern has earned two Michelin stars, three stars from The New York Times, the Grand Award from Wine Spectator and four James Beard Awards, including Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Wine Service, and Outstanding Restaurant Design.
Instagram | @themodernnyc
Located across from The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park, The Milling Room stands as an Upper West Side neighborhood establishment offering seasonally-inspired American cuisine from Executive Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark. Originally constructed in 1890 as the Endicott Hotel, The Milling Room’s historic space boasts two separate dining options: the elegant skylit dining room and the lively tavern. In both settings guests are invited to enjoy globally inspired dishes, classic cocktails, and a robust wine selection. www.themillingroom.com
Instagram | @themillingroom
Facebook | @themillingroomnyc
Inspired by an era in New Zealand when adventure and discovery blossomed, The Musket Room, which opened in 2013, brings the spirit of New Zealand to the diverse Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
The Musket Room is designed by renowned Alexander Waterworth Interiors incorporating rustic and contemporary design elements to create the restaurant’s simple, yet stunning and award-winning space. Walking into The Musket Room, guests are greeted by a striking 20-foot walnut timber bar, leading back to the bright and airy Garden Room, which offers views of Matt’s backyard garden, whose produce is incorporated in many of the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Lime-washed exposed brick and mid-century modern brass chandeliers add both character and depth to the 70-seat restaurant, while intimate nooks give it a romantic charm.
Instagram | @musketroom
Facebook | @themusketroom
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Bouley is a private event space and is Chef David Bouley’s state-of-the-art culinary laboratory. Bouley Test Kitchen provides an elevated dining experience: hosting elegance from larger-than-life Renaissance oil paintings to Murano chandeliers to a library of more than 8,000 cookbooks for archival inspiration.
A slate wall encompasses the open kitchen allowing David Bouley and his guest chefs to map handwritten recipes. No matter what your seating layout is, you and your guests have constant sight of the chefs execution of culinary techniques whilst surrounded by handcrafted nautilus speakers, an emerald illuminated turntable powered by the McIntosh Sound System and equipment from artisanal industry leaders like Molteni, Koma, Rational and Electrolux. Bouley Test Kitchen is a superlative private space for personal celebrations, weddings, corporate events, rehearsal dinners and galas.
Instagram | @davidbouley
Facebook | @davidbouley
ESTABLISHED IN 2007, BACARO HAS BEEN SERVING THE LOWER EAST SIDE FOR A DECADE ON DIVISION STREET!
Long wooden tables and benches, exposed brick walls, rough-hewn slate floors and candlelight. Venice’s working people are usually hidden down and winding backstreets. Hidden away on Division Street – just south of Canal, a quiet block that curves off of Ludlow, you kiss in, you feel like you are in Italy, not in New York City. Only the bartender’s accent gives it away…
Instagram | @bacaronyc
Facebook | @bacaro