NYC Venues for Events: Great Finds for Gala Dinners and Receptions

NYC Venues Events with Ginger & Co.

Some clients come to us with a venue contract in hand, ready to focus on their communications plan or sourcing vendors, while other clients hire us to provide a full comparison of venues in NYC or elsewhere. We’ve been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks looking at NYC venues for some big dinners and receptions and here are our findings:

230 Fifth – This NYC event space is known for their rooftop happy hour scene but their Fifth Avenue Empire Penthouse at the same location is perfect for gala dinners and receptions, with 16 chandeliers and views of the all the best midtown skyscrapers.

Espace – This modern pair of rooms on the ground floor of the Atelier Building is run by the Capitale team, so they bring tons of experience to the event venues scene. They’ve taken it to the next level with upgraded technology at this venue, such as LED lighting.

La Venue – These four adjoining event spaces, inside The Terminal Stores on the West Side, include beautiful brick work, hardwood floors and redwood columns. Guests enter the reception area from 28th Street and proceed into the largest area, Stage 6, which is 7,000 square feet. The built-in track lighting is ready and waiting to pin-spot tables but the low ceilings also beg for a Prohibition-themed event.

Pier A Harbor House – For groups willing to venture out of midtown, the views from this NYC event venue and landmark building are worth the trip. Opt for the adjoining Patrol, New Yorker and Liberty rooms on the second floor, with the nearby Commissioner’s Bar and balcony for pre- (or post-!) dinner drinks.

Prince George Ballroom – Not your typical ballroom, thanks to the colorful, Byzantine mosaic ceiling and contrasting, modern, loft-like lobby, and home to at least one Real Housewives of New York reunion, for those into that sort of thing.

Tribeca Rooftop – An old-y (although it doesn’t look it) but good-y, well-loved by brides and non-profit organizations alike because of its varied space, rooftop (of course) and reasonable pricing for good food and service.

Upper Story – A Charlie Palmer event venue, in the Design and Decor Building in Midtown East, means your attendees come for the food AND the view from 1,000 square feet of balcony.

Looking for venues in NYC or elsewhere? Contact us – we can help!

About Ginger Berman

As President of Events with Ginger & Co., Ginger oversees the planning of 15-20 events each year, including the five simultaneous Light The Night Walks for the NJ chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as conferences and gala dinners for various other nonprofit organizations and corporate and professional services firms.Previously, as Special Projects Manager/Consultant to the co-founders of the organization Autism Speaks, she designed and executed events from concept to completion, ensuring they went off without a hitch and met their awareness-building and fundraising potential. High-profile events included the first chefs’ tasting in NYC to offer table-side cooking to over 370 people, which raised over $1.1 million, and the $1.8 million Concert for Autism Speaks featuring Lionel Richie.Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Ginger created the position of Marketing Manager, Conference and Event Planning at the New York headquarters office of White & Case, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world. She managed client-facing retreats, educational seminars and other special events for the firm. In 2007, she returned to the firm as a consultant, organizing six days of events in three months time, including registration, hotel, airport transfers, two receptions, an all-day meeting and a black tie dinner dance for more than 550 people.Ginger earned her B.S., magna cum laude, in Mass Communications from Towson University and also attended American University of Rome in Italy. She lives in Westfield, NJ with her husband and son.

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