Intimate Wedding Reception Ideas in NYC

Couple dining outdoors in Manhattan at a Upper Eastside restaurant, Match Brasserie


New York City has many, many unique and special places to celebrate your intimate wedding or elopement. Whether it is a table for two at a fine dining establishment or a private dining room for you and your guests, there is something for everyone. While the pandemic is making things more difficult, many of the restaurants on this list have reopened and are offering limited indoor dining at this time. Many have added outdoor space.

Just the Two of Us

Even if you are eloping or having a small number of guests for a meal, you will want to get a reservation. Many higher-end places won’t take reservations more than 30 or 45 days in advance. Research your top choices and learn their policies. Select off peak days for harder to get reservations.


Intimate Wedding Reception in NYC

Depending on the size, you may be able to use a private dining room or may need to buyout the restaurant. Hotels and small venues also offer options. Some of these spaces can double as a ceremony site, like the Library Hotel.


Selected Wedding Reception Ideas in Manhattan and Brooklyn

(subject to reopening, contact venue)

Restaurants (most have private rooms)

Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, The River Cafe, Daniel, Tavern on the Green, Blue Hill Farm (also at Stonebarns in Westchester) Charlie Bird, The Modern, Marea, The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, Celestine

Hotels with Private Dining Rooms or Terraces

Library Hotel, Mandarian Oriental, Ritz-Carltons, 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, The Beekman Hotel, Soho Grand, Gramercy Park Hotel, The James New York, Hotel Giraffe, Wythe Hotel, The Crosby Street Hotel, Wythe Hotel, Hoxton Hotel, The William Vale

Private Dining Rooms

Private Dining Room at The Rainbow Room

Venues for Micro Weddings or Receptions

Haven’s Kitchen, Milk and Roses, Little Owl Venue, Locanda Verde, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Brooklyn Winery, Tarallucci e Vino Union Square, il Buco, Maman, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Ivy Terrace, 620 Loft and Gardens, The Brooklyn Grange, My Moon


Box House Hotel, Library Hotel, City Vineyard, Andaz, Ivy Terrace, Brooklyn Grange, Wythe Hotel, The William Vale

More Ideas

Also consider tea salons (Russian Tea Room, Baccarat, or The Plaza) a picnic in the park or a visit to/from your favorite food truck!

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