20 Bridal Shower Venues in NYC for a City Soirée

If your dream bridal shower involves a stunning view of the big apple, check out these popular NYC venues.
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Updated Jan 09, 2024

In addition to your wedding, you may also be having a bridal shower in your honor; an event that is traditionally thrown by the mother of the bride or the maid of honor. It's considered to be the second-biggest event leading up to the wedding and, as such, requires a significant amount of planning. New York City is one of the most popular destinations for those hoping for a city event. A bridal shower venue in NYC checks all the boxes, as it's fun, vibrant, celebratory and glamorous in its own right.

Depending on the time of year, some sections of NYC highlight the seasonal glory, and your planner can incorporate that seasonality into your wedding shower theme, explains Sarah Chianese, owner, planner and executive chef at Mangia and Enjoy!. "In springtime, the dogwood trees are in bloom, displaying glorious pink and white petals; the bits of green grass are a vivid reminder that NYC does, indeed, have more than brick and cement, and the weather is divine," she says. "In autumn, the fall foliage is in its splendor, providing sweater weather, scents of hot apple cider and street fair food vendors on every corner feeding passersby's bellies with every type of global street fare imaginable." Of course, the winter brings its own charm, with the sparkle that comes to life from the Rockefeller Center's giant Christmas tree and the Rockettes performing multiple times a day.

Another perk of choosing a bridal shower venue in NYC is obviously the views. The Hudson River runs all along the West Side with views of New Jersey, while the East Side boasts the East River and Harlem River, and every neighborhood has a distinct vibe to fit every desire, Chianese points out. And the East River on the opposite side boasts bridge views leading into both Queens and Brooklyn. "Be it on a rooftop, in a grand building with vast windows or outdoors, there are endless possibilities for a breathtaking view of NYC while celebrating," Chianese says.

When it comes to choosing a bridal shower in New York City, the options are practically limitless. There are hundreds of venue options in the NYC area, and you can choose The Knot Vendor Marketplace to help you find the right one for you. To help streamline your search, we're sharing some of the best and most breathtaking bridal shower venues in NYC if you're hoping to have a city soirée.

NoMo SoHo in SoHo

NoMo SoHo, a stunning hotel in the heart of New York City's SoHo neighborhood, is perhaps most beloved for their iconic, insta-ready archway called the Tunnel Of Love, which is at the very entrance. It's the tallest building in SoHo, so you can just imagine the unparalleled views of the skyline spanning Manhattan and Brooklyn. The event space is their 2,270-square-foot Penthouse, which is a whopping 26 stories high and includes a panoramic 1,100-square foot terrace.

Capacity: 250 guests

The Times Square EDITION in Midtown Manhattan

If you're looking for a luxury, city-centric New York City bridal shower, The Times Square Edition is the spot for you. It's an urban oasis in the center of midtown Manhattan with skyline views that will create the most jaw-dropping backdrop for your bridal shower. It's a hotel, so it's convenient for out-of-town guests, and features 452 rooms, a performance venue and six unique dining experiences created by Michelen-starred Chef John Fraser. This hotel offers 5,000 square feet of outdoor space that you can utilize year-round, with a guest capacity of more than 300.

Capacity: 300 guests

The Empire Hotel in the Upper West Side

Known for its historic charm, upscale atmosphere and undoubtedly convenient location on the Upper West Side, The Empire Hotel makes for a stunning bridal shower venue in NYC. It boasts stunning views of Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Central Park and has a rooftop spot (with a pool lounge) where you can host your shower above it all. "With an art deco exterior, the lobby boasts a glamorous space replicating a swanky 1960s lounge and the suites are gorgeous," says Chianese.

Capacity: Up to 350 guests

The Glasshouse in Hell's Kitchen

The Glasshouse has several locations all offering beautiful cityscape views, but one of their newest locations may arguably be their best. Their location in Hell's Kitchen is on the West Side Hudson River view space and their event space has technical features to delight anyone, incorporating entertainment, lighting and wow-factor decor, explains Chianese. "The retractable partitions, with acoustic seals in the event spaces, allow intimate parties to use 30,000 square feet of space to accommodate up to 1,850 guests," she says. "With 30-foot ceilings and 49 dynamic color programmable chandeliers that descend on demand, as well as their DMX controlled house and theatrical lighting system, ETC Gio and Paradigm controlled consoles, RGBW and audio sync capable system, as well as their motorized sun and blackout shades, there is no limit to the entertainment capabilities of this venue."

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Capacity: Up to 1,850 guests

The Beekman Hotel Penthouse in the Financial District

In the center of Lower Manhattan and surrounded by some of the city's most-admired attractions is The Beekman Hotel, a sophisticated and upscale venue that offers unique penthouse experiences for small groups. If you're thinking about hosting a small bridal shower in NYC and want an unforgettable location, consider their Turret Penthouse West, which can seat approximately 45 guests, with an area for a nice cocktail hour on one side.

Capacity: 45 guests

Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar in Union Square

Union Square's Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar is another favorite bridal shower venue in NYC. 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.
Capacity: 54 guests

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.

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."

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.

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.

da Toscano in West Village

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, known for its tree-lined streets, historic brownstones, vibrant cultural scene and, of course, celebrity sightings, is this old-world Italian restaurant. Opened in 2020 by executive chef and co-owner, Michael Toscano (formerly Perla), da Toscano has quickly become a staple in the West Village and has recently expanded their hours and offerings. If you do choose this venue, know that it's a full restaurant buyout, so you and your guests will be the only celebration in the house!

Capacity: Up to 50 guests

Le Jardinier in Midtown East

This Michelin-starred French-inspired restaurant in Midtown Manhattan just created a new events space called Sereine located just above the main restaurant. In the previous Shun restaurant space, Sereine is offering bespoke events with customizable room and seating arrangements, customizable menus and a unique configuration of rooms that can include their glamorous cocktail Bar, Bar Bastion, also located on the second floor. As you can imagine, the food served at Le Jardinier is a cut above the rest and sure to impress your guests. They offer customizable menus including one Italian- and one Mexican-inspired.

Capacity: 100 standing and 60 seated

Ocean Prime in Midtown Manhattan

This upscale seafood and steak restaurant chain is known for their high-quality seafood and prime steaks, but offers a full menu that includes many unique offerings for a sophisticated dining experience. Ocean Prime has several private dining spaces, including a temperature-controlled outdoor area, for special events like a bridal shower with overlooking views of the city in the very heart of vibrant midtown.

Capacity: Up to 350 guests

David Burke Tavern on the Upper East Side

This modern, yet classic American tavern set in New York City's up-scale Upper East Side neighborhood is one of award-winning celebrity chef David Burke's latest creations. David Burke Tavern serves up inimitable modern American cuisine, but what really sets this restaurant apart is its elegant townhouse location with five distinctly different spaces, four of which can be contiguous... or not. Each has an "old New York" vibe that's both intimate and intriguing with an architectural design that would make a stunning setting for any bridal shower.

Capacity: 150 seated and 265 standing

La Marchande in the Financial District

Located inside the famed Wall Street Hotel in New York City's business-bustling financial district is this jaw-dropping restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. La Marchande brings a special culinary experience by offering a modernized (and stunning) take on the French brasserie with global influencers from Southeast Asia that offers sultry classics. Beverage Director/Advanced Sommelier Amy Racine has curated a predominantly French wine list, as well as vermouth-powered cocktails. The venue was designed by Soho House vet Vicky Charles, with a glamorous interior that featured intimate dining nooks, ornate wall coverings depicting a pattern of birds and foliage and a swanky bar accented with green marble, brass and antique mirrors.

Capacity: 130 seated

Taylor Carson contributed reporting to this story.

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