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Where to Host Your Private Event in NYC, Based on Venue and Type of Party

By Kate DonnellyOct 10 2023
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When it comes time to choose where to host memorable occasions — the celebratory wedding, the milestone birthday, the baby shower, or the big business retreat — there’s no shortage of famed venues in New York City to select from. But, it all comes down to what will work best for your particular event. Do you need a fully private space, or just partial? Does an outdoor garden best suit your needs or would an upscale bar or restaurant work better? No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find the perfect private event space at Rockefeller Center.

Set on 22 acres in midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center doubles as a one-stop venue for all your NYC event needs. From high-in-the-sky Rainbow Room to a manicured lawn overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral — not to mention a handful of critically hailed restaurants and the seasonal ice skating rink — here are 10 fabled spots to host your next private event or gathering in New York City.

Explore all of Rockefeller Center’s private event spaces here.

Best Venue for an Engagement Party: Lodi

Located at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, this buzzy Northern Italian spot from Chef Ignacio Mattos serves elevated, ingredient-detailed plates. It’s a casual-meets-sophisticated space where crudo, cheeses, and meats pair with handmade pasta and larger mains. Lodi’s Milanese-style aperitivo bar whips up crowd-pleasing creations — Negronis, a Spritz di Citro made with prosecco, and a namesake Rockefeller Martini with vermouth secco and lemon oil — making it easy to raise your glass in celebration of the newly engaged couple.

Best Venue for an After-Work Cocktail Party: 5 Acres

Cozily tucked on the Rink Level of Rockefeller Center, Chef Greg Baxtrom’s airy, all-day-in-night eatery serves an array of tasty crowd-pleasers in an open, modern space with warm lighting and a leafy ceiling garden overhang. Also available is a private 12-seat dining room for intimate cocktail parties. To eat, select from the kitchen’s seasonally rotating appetizers, or opt for a raw bar presentation showcasing the oceanic bounty.

Best Venue for an Anniversary Party: Jupiter

Felice anniversario! You’ve arrived at Jupiter, the handsome Italian restaurant set on Rockefeller Center’s Rink Level. Expect an elevated menu of handmade pasta and wines, coupled with a strong bread program. The stylish 145-seat space also includes antipasti starters such as marinated crab bruschetta and grilled sardines with sultanas, pine nuts, and fennel. In addition, the eatery’s semi-private La Tavola offers a small arrangement hosting up to a dozen of your favorite folks, a lovely spot for à la carte fare or a four-course anniversary dinner served up family style.

Best Venue for a Milestone Birthday: NARO

Classic Korean food takes front and center at this modern, earth-toned gem. Borrowing an arts and crafts aesthetic, a 20-seat private dining room employs textured Korean wallpaper, mimicking a serene winter forest. Of course, your birthday attendees won’t go thirsty: NARO serves up hundreds of wines alongside Korean-focused liquors like soju, low-ABV shrubs, and kombucha. In good fashion, close out your special meal with a Chocolate Ganjang Cake with pecan praline — blow out the candles and make a wish.

Best Venue for a Wedding: Rainbow Room

US presidents. Hollywood legends. Esteemed dignitaries. It doesn’t get more glamorous than the Rainbow Room, the iconic 65th-floor space perched at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. First opened in 1934, the warmly lit venue still channels New York’s bygone era, and its coveted city views and rotating dance floor offer an ideal spot for wedding celebrations. That’s not all, though. A private dining room, Bar SixtyFive, and the accompanying outdoor space known as The Terrace provide additional settings on the big day.

Best Venue for a Baby Shower: 610 Loft & Garden

What to expect when you’re expecting? Well, here are a few details should you celebrate your baby in style. Situated on the 7th-floor penthouse of 610 Fifth Avenue, this new outdoor space — a sibling property to the manicured 620 Loft & Garden — is beloved for its tranquil, mirrored rooftop garden oasis. With a roomy interior loft overlooking Rockefeller Plaza, you’ll be wowed by the wall-to-wall windows that flood the space with natural light, doubling as a special venue to host your baby shower breakfast or daytime luncheon. Not too big, not too small; it’s just the right size.

Best Venue for a Rooftop Garden Party: 620 Loft & Garden

Perched atop Fifth Avenue, this historic NYC rooftop venue hosts a lush and manicured space complete with a babbling reflecting pool. A hidden gem away from New York City’s hubbub, you’ll find dramatic views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral's majestic spires, and, just below, the neighboring Fifth Avenue shops. Customize your garden party with a tent, or enjoy being in the open outdoor elements, where a stunning city space meets a pop of the blue sky.

Best Venue for a Reunion: Radio Park

On the 9th floor of the iconic Radio City Music Hall, this half-acre landmark known as Radio Park once catered to Rockefeller Center’s top brass. These days, you’ll find a gorgeous park set among a smattering of Birch woodland gardens and enchanting cherry trees. Consider it a delightful reunion spot to meet and greet old friends.

Best Venue for a Corporate Team Building Event: The Rink

For a memorable corporate team-building event or business retreat, look no further than The Rink. Known for its quintessential setting, hit the ice (there’s room for 220 skaters) and later warm up with a stop inside one of the cozy Rink-side chalets — arriving in November 2023. When the holiday season comes alive, visitors can take in the views of the beloved Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and surrounding festive decor.

Best Venue for a Holiday Party: The Clubhouse

As its name suggests, this welcoming gathering space will remind you of being in someone’s clubby living room, an energizing place where you can host a fun holiday gathering. There’s also a clubhouse suite that caters to a few dozen co-workers and friends. Ideal for smaller holiday gatherings, an outdoor terrace hosts a larger spread of 70. If you have your heart set on a special meal, you can also bring in your own catering crew – or select from several options with the on-site catering team.

Learn more about renting out Rockefeller Center’s private event venues here.

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