​10 Restaurants You Didn’t Know Did Private Dining

Restaurant Week is something quite spectacular.  As a self-proclaimed foodie, I find myself always keeping my eyes peeled for the next best dining experience.  Not only does restaurant week allow me to feast like a Queen on a pauper’s budget, it also gives me the opportunity to check out private dining options for special events (cocktail in hand!).

Here’s 10 of NYC’s finest in both culinary experience and private dining options:

1. American Cut – I love a good piece of steak as much as I love the trimmings here.  Not only can you top your steaks with bone marrow & foie gras, you can do all of that in the privacy of their event space in the cellar.  There’s a separate bar area in addition to a lounge for additional seating.

2. Morimoto – You can always count on Starr Restaurants to provide 2 things: excellent food and sexy restaurants.  Morimoto’s main dining is on the ground level when you first enter but they have a small area on the same floor perfect for a semi-private working lunch.  They also have a lower level furnished with it’s own bar for private gatherings.

3. Asia De Cuba – This restaurant is certainly what I would consider a New York City staple.  While the speak-easy concept might be overdone, their versatile use of the space makes this space great for various events.   And here’s the best part of reading Voila’s blog… you’re one of the first to know about this space because it’s not even open yet!  The private space is slated to open in Spring 2016.

4. Beautique – This restaurant is New York decadence at its best.  The private dining room makes you feel like you’re in a very expensive dream!  With its glamorous chandeliers and plush velvet furniture, your guests are sure to hang around a bit so make sure you plan on taking advantage of their “deconstructed” desserts.

5. STK Midtown – The power thirty-somethings call this place their home during the week between 5pm and 9pm.  If you go during those hours, you’re lucky if you find a sliver of space at the bar for a quick cocktail.  There are 2 private rooms toward the rear of the restaurant that are separated by “air walls” and can therefore be transformed into one large room.  There is also a separate bar in the back, which makes it easy for private event guests to get liquored up. 

6. Gran Morsi – This restaurant is fairly new to its Tribeca address but packs a mighty punch despite the delicate décor.  They’ve just renovated their private event space located below the restaurant and they kept the beautiful exposed brick walls and incorporated the terrariums from the main dining room.  The menu is perfect for events as they can feature their tapas-style Italian dishes for private events or you can choose to go with traditional courses.

7. Fred’s at Barneys New York – This place is deceiving in the number of options it offers.  Fred’s is one of 3 private dining options here.  They also have The Penthouse located on the 4th floor and Genes located on the 8th floor.  The Penthouse is ideal for a small private lunch, rehearsal dinner or intimate cocktail reception.  Genes is a newer café and features a beautiful outdoor terrace perfect during warmer months.

8. NoMo Kitchen & Library – Located on the ground floor at the NoMo Soho Hotel, this eatery has a stunning chandelier that extends the length of the entire restaurant.  Located adjacent to the restaurant is their Library which features a rotating bookcase that pivots and reveals a “secret” dining room.  This gives new meaning to the word “private” dinning because if the bookcase is closed, you have no idea there’s even a room back there!

9. Battery Gardens – This restaurant is truly magical during all 4 seasons.  The restaurant is inside Battery Park with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and overlooking the river.  Both the main dining room and the 2nd floor, feature an outdoor space.  While you can opt for a full buyout of both floors, the 2nd floor is ideal for private events because it still gives the restaurant the opportunity to host their patrons in the main dining room and courtyard.

10. Zuma – Last but certainly not least is this Midtown East fusion feast.  This menu is out of this world!  I was told you HAVE to try the rice hotpot so I’m passing on the message – you HAVE to try the rice hotpot! When it comes to private events, Zuma has not one, not two, but 6 private rooms for events that can accommodate anywhere from 12 to 180 guests.

et Voilà!