The 14 Best Wedding Shower Venues in New York City
It's no secret that the Big Apple is a cultural melting pot. With five boroughs—and tens of thousands of restaurants spanning all cuisines—the opportunities are endless for event planning and throwing an outstanding shower. To determine the best NYC bridal shower venue for your bride-to-be, you'll want to consider your guest count, your ideal menu, your price point and your desired location, whether it be Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or the Bronx. From there, you can narrow down your venue list until you land on the guest of honor's dream shower location.
To help you in this process, we've rounded up 14 of New York's best bridal shower venues below. Continue reading to uncover cool, elegant, fun, versatile and romantic restaurants and event spaces in the City That Never Sleeps.
The Penrose in Manhattan, New York
The Penrose is a popular bar in Manhattan's Upper East Side offering locally sourced food, cocktails and drinks "inspired by old American and Cork traditions." For private events such as bridal showers, the Penrose has 2,500 square feet of event space available for full buyouts and partial rentals during brunch, lunch, dinner and for cocktail events. This space can accommodate parties small (starting at 10 guests) and large (up to 300). Most ideal for wedding showers is the Penrose's Spencer Room, a private space used for intimate gatherings of up to 60. The venue offers several private event food menus and bar packages, so you can make a selection based on your price range and vision for the bride-to-be.
Alger House in New York, New York
Manhattan's Alger House is an affordable, one-of-a-kind event space perfect for bridal and wedding showers. It is a refurbished carriage house designed in a Victorian-era and Soho-artist style. Suitable for 25 to 75 guests, the 2,500-square-foot private ballroom features high beamed ceilings, skylights, antique bathrooms and an elevator and is furnished with stained glass, chandeliers, statues, paintings and grand pianos. Alger House also has a Garden Room adorned with art, Chippendale furnishings, a fireplace and, naturally, a garden. Your catering needs are covered here, too: Menu selections include seafood, meat and vegetable hors d'oeuvres, seafood and meat entrees, appetizers, soups, salads and desserts.
Gran Morsi in New York, New York
In Tribeca, Gran Morsi is a bi-level Italian restaurant with a main dining room floor and a private event space on the second floor. The location is wonderful for a wedding shower thanks to its comprehensive offering: An event package that covers catering, furniture and linens and includes an on-site manager and staff dedicated to your event. The private event space has a full-service private bar, a sound system and restrooms and Gran Morsi can provide a screen and projector, a flatscreen TV and wireless microphones. Both the event space and the restaurant floor are available for private parties, with the event space capping out at 125 guests seated and the dining room capping out at 80 guests seated.
Sassy in New York, New York
Sassy is a versatile event space designed for parties of 15 to 75 guests. The space features a 1,200-square-foot main room and a 500-square-foot mezzanine, as well as two bathrooms—one of which is wheelchair accessible. Because Sassy is in its own building, hosting a bridal shower here guarantees you the convenience and peace of mind of having the place to yourself. Other venue features include a marble top bar, upholstered banquettes, art, modern lighting, sconces and chandeliers and an exterior covered in grape leaves. You won't need to outsource a caterer because there is an on-site kitchen operated by professional chefs.
North Miznon in Manhattan, New York
North Miznon restaurant brings the flavors of Israel to New York City's Upper West Side. Whether you're looking to host a bridal shower brunch, lunch or dinner, if delectable food—and a full bar!—is a top priority, look no further. The restaurant's kitchen specializes in Israeli cuisine, everything is prepared in-house and the ever-changing menu consists of seasonal vegetable small plates and larger fish and meat dishes. What's more, Chef Eyal Shani, a renowned chef who leads 23 restaurants worldwide, is the mastermind behind North Miznon. The venue is available for private events inside on the second floor or outside on the terrace.
Maya in Manhattan, New York
It's all about modern Mexican cuisine at the Upper East Side's Maya. The restaurant hosts all types of wedding events, from engagement parties and rehearsal dinners to bachelorette parties and—most importantly—bridal showers. If you're considering throwing a shower at Maya, take the restaurant up on its special Toast & Tour offer. The staff invites you to visit, experience the event spaces and learn more about "Maya bridal experiences"; if you book a tour, you'll receive a complimentary toast and an appetizer. Events are held in Maya's semi-private dining rooms, which feature handmade Mexican art, and the staff will work with you to "create custom menus and beverage packages based on your needs and preferences."
Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn, New York
There are so many cool aspects about Brooklyn's Speedy Romeo: The restaurant is in a 100-year-old bar-turned-liquor-store-turned-auto-shop, it's named after one of the co-owner's family's champion racehorse, and its menu features so much—pizzas, steaks, chops, fish, burgers and more. In addition to its interesting backstory and delicious food, the restaurant has a marble horseshoe bar, antique green shelving, steel and aquamarine booths and banquettes that the bride-to-be and wedding shower guests can delight in. Speedy Romeo can host up to 60 people for a dinner event and up to 85 for buffet-style service.
Bowery Road and the Library of Distilled Spirits in New York, New York
Bowery Road is a farm-to-table restaurant in Union Square serving American dishes, craft cocktails and local wine and beer. Within Bowery Road are two flexible event spaces that can be utilized for a bridal shower of up to 40 guests—the Chandelier Room, the Elevated Dining Kitchen. In terms of pricing, plated brunches are $40 per guest, plated lunches are $45 per guest and plated dinners are $65 per guest. Bowery Road's sister bar, the Library of Distilled Spirits, is also available for special events of up to 50 guests and has a pricing structure that mimics the Chandelier Room and Elevated Dining Kitchen. The elegant setting features floor-to-ceiling shelves with over 1,000 distilled spirits, dark wood, a zinc bar and jewel tones.
Sauce in New York, New York
Sauce's website explains its appeal best: "The space is cozy, the music is always just a little bit too loud, and the dishes are classic and consistent." The Lower East Side Italian eatery welcomes groups of up to 100 for all occasions, including wedding showers. They'll work with you to create a family-style prix-fixe menu personalized for your party. Plus, they'll make a Snapchat overlay specific to your event so you can document all the fun on social media. The interiors at Sauce are warm and inviting, and that—paired with the authentic cuisine and welcoming staff—makes it an excellent venue.
One Hanover Square in New York, New York
One Hanover Square is a New York City landmark and an event venue operated by Masterpiece Caterers. The venue has three accessible levels that can be utilized for everything from grand weddings to more intimate events like bridal showers. Amenities include 11 event rooms, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, on-site catering, a bar and lounge, audio-visual equipment, an elevator, tables, chairs and more. The atmosphere at One Hanover Square is that of an opulent residence. If you are looking to feel at home in Lower Manhattan and opt away from a traditional restaurant experience, this is a stellar location in which to shower the bride-to-be in your life.
Carmine's Upper West Side in New York, New York
Carmine's Upper West Side is the flagship location of the "original NYC family-style Italian restaurant," and it won't disappoint for a wedding shower event. The restaurant features the Bellini Party Room; seating up to 42, this private room has red velvet curtains, vintage chandeliers and a floor-to-ceiling window looking out on city life. The room comes with complimentary audio-visual equipment, including a 70-inch flatscreen TV that you can use for slideshows, and Wi-Fi is available. The Alcova, another intimate space for parties of 50, is a semi-private option featuring a balcony overlooking Carmine's mahogany bar. Choose Carmine's, and your group can celebrate while dining on delicacies like hot and cold antipasto, calamari, caesar salad, beef tenderloin, cheesecake and cannolis.
Lafayette in Manhattan, New York
Downtown Manhattan's Lafayette is a French cafe and bakery exuding elegance inside a NoHo landmark building. Interior highlights here include mahogany floors, "spontaneous" murals, arched windows and tiled columns. There are two private event areas within Lafayette that make for superb celebrations. First, there is Cave du Vin located on the restaurant's cellar level. The space isn't lacking—it has a bar, coat check and private restrooms—and you can book it for your bridal shower of 30 or more guests. For something smaller, Salle Privée accommodates eight to 20 guests and comes equipped with an enclosed flatscreen TV.
Pisticci in New York, New York
Pisticci is an Italian trattoria on the Upper West Side accommodating private parties of "all budgets and dreams." The two event spaces at Pisticci, the Wine Cellar and the Den, each offer a lovely setting for bridal showers. It's all about old-world charm in the Wine Cellar, where you and your guests (up to 50) will be surrounded by original stone walls and bottles of wine. The Wine Cellar also has its own service entry, a private restroom and an exclusive bar. For more intimate showers with up to 30 loved ones, the Den is described by Pisticci as a space resembling a speakeasy or a private parlor.
Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar in New York, New York
Rounding out the list is Union Square's Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar. Owned by sommelier Laura Maniec Fiorvanti, Corkbuzz is a versatile event space hosting everything from wine tastings and classes to bridal and baby showers. Interior features include plush rugs, wood tables and 17-foot ceilings and there is a wine garden for groups of 30 or less. Here's the lowdown for a brunch or lunch shower: You can book your event up to a year in advance, the venue has capacity for 10 to 54 guests for a seated event and the sommelier team will customize a wine package based on the bride-to-be's favorite wines and regions.