When considering corporate party ideas around New York City, the pile of options is about as high as the Empire State Building. In a city that never sleeps, whatever party theme you can dream up in a New York minute has an awesome venue that simply awaits your call. There are a bevy of incredible bonuses to the metro area, like ease of transportation and an abundance of vendors: food, craft drinks, DJ’s to AV and the nitty-gritty of event affairs. Here are 20 top corporate party ideas around New York City engineered to wow!
1. 3 West Club: Located at 3 West 51st St.
Old world charm meets grace and glamour as this venue has it all in the heart of mid-town. With meeting space for up to 300, world class cuisine and 29 hotel rooms and suites, this is a wonderful property for out of town guests and multi-day agendas. Learn about private events at www.3westclub.com.
2. 48 Lounge
A luxe gem in the heart of the city can be found at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. 48 Lounge specializes in corporate events and is known for versatility and customization. With 4,000 square feet of space, have your next dinner/cocktail reception, luncheon, screening, presentation, panel discussion, product launch or premiere right here. www.48nyc.com.
3. 61 Local
If you’re looking for a more relaxed but intimate setting, check out 61 local at 61 Bergen St. in Brooklyn. The understated atmosphere features a communal dining room of exposed brick and beams. For a party of 75 or less, your guests can enjoy locally crafted beer and food. www.61local.com
Finally, an arcade for grown-ups that will appeal to the child in everyone. With multiple locations across the city, they keep the focus on craft beer and classic video games, fun for drinkers and non-imbibers alike. The extensive beer list is revolving and very seasonal so check back often. For a fun team-building exercise, try it out at www.barcadenewyork.com.
5. Bar Nana’
In the always evolving Meatpacking District, Bar Nana’ (at 63 Gansevoort St.) is where South American chic meets the Second French Empire. From handcrafted cocktails to the exquisite fare, if you’re looking for some sublime smolder you have found it here. Get event info at www.barnananyc.com.
6. Boulay Botanical
A Garden of Eden found in Tribeca, Boulay Botanical can house anything from yoga classes to holiday parties. Chef David Boulay has lined the window walls with vertical gardens, which also inspire his creative cuisine. There are a number of rooms and an attentive staff to accommodate up to 130. Found at 281 Church St. or www.davidbouley.com.
7. Bohemia Beer Garden
Enjoy some old-world charm at one of the largest and oldest Beer gardens the city has to offer. Just across the river in a corner of Astoria, the Bohemia Beer Garden has been serving beer in one of the city’s largest outdoor venues for over 100 years. More about events at www.bohemianhall.com.
8. Brooklyn Winery
The Brooklyn Winery aims to please. With rooms and menus to accommodate groups and budgets large and small, they offer house-made wine, craft beers, specialty sodas and delectable menu options. 213 N 8thSt. in Brooklyn or www.bkwinery.com.
9. Charlie Bird
Like their slogan says, “Charlie Bird means New York”. A restaurant offering a completely organic menu, Charlie Bird has a private dining room for up to 14 or you may rent out the whole restaurant. Well known and well loved, find Charlie Bird at www.charliebirdnyc.com.
10. Chelsea Piers
One of the city’s largest and most iconic venues, the Chelsea Piers has everything you need for an excellent party. Whether it’s a swanky cocktail hour you are after or an out-of-the-box team building in Sumo wrestling costumes, Chelsea Piers is the place to be. Explore options at www.chelseapiers.com.
11. Cake Walk-Cupcake Tour
Get those comfortable shoes on and take a walking tour around The Village. Taste up to six different cupcakes or create your own designer cupcake! Cake can’t be eaten without ice cream and luckily, a gelato stop is on the agenda. Hey, at least you’re walking it off, right? More at www.greaternewyorktours.com.
12. Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel
A lush rooftop garden with great views of West Manhattan and the Hudson River, the Hotel is not a real hotel but it is home to the theatrical interactive thriller, Sleep No More… a take on Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy. Learn about private events at www.mckittrickhotel.com.
13. Mondrian Soho Penthouse and Terrace
Stylish and sleek, The Mondrian Hotel has 263 rooms, an on-site restaurant, lounges and an intimate night club. Located in SoHo, it is near the Statue of Liberty, The South Street Seaport and the Freedom Tower. A perfect place for your next corporate event or party: www.morganshotelgroup.com
14. New York City Library
Happy to host some of the most impressive corporate parties of the year, the New York Public Library has breath-taking architecture and a killer location. Plus, when you book an event at the library you help support library programming, some of the most extensive in the US. www.nypl.org
15. New York Harbor Yacht Cruise
Hit the high seas and enjoy views of the impressive Manhattan skyline. Listen to live music above deck and enjoy specialty beverages and menus. New York tours depart from Chelsea Piers. More info at www.spiritcruises.com
If you are looking for a blank canvas to fully customize an event, look no further than Openhouse. Offering 4,500 square feet of space in SoHo, this space has been used for large and small corporate parties. More at www.openhouse.me
One of the oldest and largest contemporary art institutions in the US, Moma PS1 provides interesting and striking event spaces throughout their exhibits for groups up to 500. Off limits to weddings, but corporate events are encouraged. More at www.momaps1.org.
18. Sheltering Sky at McCarren Hotel and Pool
Some of the best views of the city are just outside the city. Sheltering Sky in Brooklyn provides breathtaking shots of the city scape. Overnight accommodations are available for out of town attendees and the hotel is next to a park. See more at www.chelseahotels.com
19. Trapeze School New York City
Not for the faint of heart, the NY Trapeze School is an excellent way to experience something new together. The adept staff is happy to focus on enjoyment or team building and promises to build group spirit through fun. Who doesn’t love that? www.newyork.trapezeschool.com
20. The Vault at Barclays Center
With eleven impeccably designed suites, The Vault at Barclays Center is an experience enjoyed even by non-sport fans. Featuring the best Champagne in the world, individual concierge service and personalized culinary options, guests have access to a 2,400 square foot common space. For a larger group, book the court or even the arena. More at www.barclayscenter.com