9 Unique New York Venues You Definitely Haven't Thought Of

From a glass-walled garden to an upstate oasis, celebrate your newlywed status at one of these local finds.
by Rachel Sylvester
Houston Hall wedding reception
photo by Casey Fatchett Photography

Houston Hall

222 W. Houston St., New York City; (212) 675-9323; Houston Hall

Attention, downtown Manhattanites: Your go-to watering hole also serves as a spacious locale for weekend activities other than sports revelry—weddings. Check out the industrial beer hall for ceremonies and receptions with up to 200 guests, where you can exchange vows against a brick backdrop framed by twinkling market lights and dine on dishes paired with your favorite local brews. With its open floor plan, wood beams and lofty skylights, the hall boasts all the charm of a raw, rural barn without having to travel north of Houston Street.

Carey Institute for Global Good

100 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville; (518) 797-5100; Carey Institute for Global Good

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains overlooking Lake Myosotis, this historic, 100-acre estate offers an idyllic setting for to-be-weds hoping to escape the city to say “I do." Kick off the destination weekend with a rehearsal dinner at the Stonecrop House (fits up to 40 guests) before hosting your ceremony on the scenic hilltop or in front of a fireplace in one of the institute's two residences. Afterward, sip cocktails on the patio of the Huyck Estate Home before moving the party to an on-site tent (maximum of 250) or inside to the Carriage House Restaurant (120 seated).

Harding's

32 E. 21st St., New York City; (212) 600-2105; Harding's

Antique mirrors, vintage chandeliers and an oversize American flag are just a few reasons to love Harding's, a turn-of-thecentury, two-level restaurant and event space located in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Treat 130 seated guests, or up to 250 standing, to bespoke cocktails paired with Americana-inspired bites that include braised beef short ribs and grilled goat cheese toast topped with figs. If a custom menu is more your thing, the restaurant's executive chef, Joel Zaragoza, will even create a personalized spread featuring seasonal fare.

MyMoon

184 N. 10th St., Brooklyn; (718) 599-7007; MyMoon Restaurant + Venue

Thanks to an open-air courtyard, 19th-century exposed brick and sleek wood interiors, Williamsburg's MyMoon is proof that a converted boiler room can be all sorts of chic. Invite up to 150 of your closest friends to celebrate in this unique space, which features a soaring, 25-foot glass cupola, lofted ceilings, private garden and contemporary Spanish catering options for couples seeking food with flair.

Deity

368 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; (718) 222-3692; Deity Events

With over 5,000 square feet of space and three candlelit rooms, Deity is a dream for seated receptions of up to 150 guests. Say “I do" in Deity's cozy, fabric-draped ceremony space before dinner and dancing to the beats of the in-house DJ and sound technician. Local Brooklyn artists designed the venue's iron gate entrance and arched stairwell (hint: photo op!) which leads to a roomy entertaining space stocked with stained-glass artwork and plush, velvet seating. Hello, VIP afterparty.

The Press Lounge

653 11th Ave., New York City; (212) 757-2224; The Press Lounge

Perched 16 floors above Midtown on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel, The Press Lounge is a swanky option for couples in search of a venue with a view. Invite up to 350 guests to the expansive top floor, where towering, 20-foot-high windows reveal 360-degree views of the surrounding cityscape. When combined with the lounge's adjacent Greenhouse, the main interior space can accommodate up to 120 seated guests, while the neighboring Sun Room is available for more intimate gatherings of 30 or less.

Wolf Oak Acres

6740 Creek Road, Oneida; (315) 762-3090; Wolf Oak Acres

Located along Cowaselon Creek, Wolf Oak Acres boasts brand-new guest cottages and dozens of barns, gardens and waterfalls throughout 188 acres of open countryside. Serve cocktails on the wraparound deck or pavilion before celebrating in a reception alongside up to 240 guests.

Montauk Yacht Club

32 Star Island Road, Montauk; (631) 668-3100; Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina

Retreat to Long Island's East End to tie the knot at this seaside hotel and marina, which recently underwent a multimilliondollar renovation. The venue's refurbished Farmhouse Ballroom (160 guests) boasts windowed doors and white wood floors, while the sprawling Great Lawn offers plenty of space to sip waterside cocktails. Exchange vows on one of two picture-perfect patios before roasting marshmallows at a beachfront bonfire.

Old Field Club

86 W. Meadow Road, East Setauket; (631) 751-0571; The Old Field Club

Located on Long Island's north shore, the historic Old Field Club's waterfront location makes it a serene setting not too far from New York City. Treat guests to a stunning ceremony on the club's manicured grounds, spacious deck or outdoor pavilion before moving the party indoors for a ballroom reception that can accommodate up to 170 guests. In addition to custom catering options, the club provides to-be-weds with a recommended list of local vendors, eliminating the guesswork that inevitably comes with choosing your list of wedding pros—especially if you're a city-dweller looking for a destination affair. Just keep in mind that Saturday celebrations require a minimum of 120 guests, but there's no set head count for Friday or Sunday celebrations.

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