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Choosing the Perfect Private Event Space: A Guide

Choosing a private event space is an art. The venue you choose depends on a couple of key factors. Of course, the space must have capacity for the number of guests you’re deciding to invite. You’ll also need to consider their drink and food menu, the location, as well as the overall look and feel of the place. It makes sense to have a stellar event at a reputable restaurant in NYC, perhaps with a private room to separate you and your guests from the other diners in the restaurant. Some private event venues will let you book out the entire venue, too.

From the dining to the service to the audio equipment (and more), there’s a whole list of elements you’ve got to consider. After all, event planning is a profession for a reason, and some restaurants might plan the entire event for you. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure you’re in the right hands. In this blog, we’ll explore everything you need to know to make sure you’ve chosen just the right place for you.

Embracing Ease & Accessibility

Considering our fast-paced lifestyles, convenience is key. Choosing a private event venue near you (and your guests!) cuts down travel time and costs. The neighborhood you choose is also essential. Perhaps guests want to explore the area before or after your event. Perhaps your event is just the beginning of a wilder night in the city.

Another perk of hosting an event in an established NYC location is accessibility. Selecting a venue in the city may be closer to public transport and will have taxis nearby. It means you and your guests have the freedom to celebrate exactly as you wish, knowing you have a way to get home comfortably, safely, and conveniently.

Setting the Mood

Once you’ve got the basics out of the way, that is – the venue’s capacity, services, menu, and location – you’ll want to get into the finer details. After all, New York has a sea of awesome private event venue options.

In terms of privacy, ask if the NYC restaurant has rooms for private parties. If so, you might want to see whether they have different private room options to choose from. Perhaps you’d like to have an outdoor area for summer nights under the stars. Either way, we recommend you visit the venue in person if you can. If you can’t, some websites have a “live view” option that lets you take a virtual tour of the event space. So, once you’re happy with the capacity and privacy levels, you can move on to the space’s aesthetics.

For weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and parties, the venue (literally) sets the scene. For a classier soiree, you’ll want to consider the design of the space along with its aesthetics. The venue’s design will also influence the type of meal you’ll be able to serve. You may need to choose between a sit-down event or a more casual floating menu. So, make sure the menu you’ve opted for works well with the venue’s layout and your preferred seating and serving options.

Restaurant with Stylish & Versatile Private Rooms in NYC

Gelso & Grand is a gorgeously designed space that’s famous for a reason. Conveniently set on the historic corner of Mulberry & Grand Street in Little Italy, NYC, the venue is the ideal place for those looking for old-school Italian quality with a modern touch.

Let’s not forget that Italian food is always a great idea. For sit-down meals, pasta and pizza favorites are versatile and widely enjoyed. All pizzas are made in wood-fired ovens, with mostly in-house-made ingredients. Dishes can also be made vegan, veg, and gluten-free. What’s more, the building itself is versatile, with a full-service bar, an extensive wine list, and two stories that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Impress your guests by inviting them into a delightfully decorated space that reflects the best of the iconic area – past and present. Contact our team to arrange a viewing or to learn more.