The Best NYC Wedding Venues for your 2020 & 2021 Wedding

The Best Wedding Reception Venues In NYC

Are you looking to choose the best wedding reception venue in NYC?  With over 10+ years of experience photographing weddings in New York, I have seen it all.  My reception guide will help you make one of the most essential decisions when planning your wedding.

Below are the best of the best New York wedding venues!

The Best Wedding Venues in NYC

Tribeca Rooftop

You can find Tribeca Rooftop at 2 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013. It’s an exquisitely decorated venue on the rooftop of Printing Press building. Tribeca Rooftop is one of the best wedding reception venues in NYC because of the magnificent large windows that give you fantastic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan neighborhoods such as Chelsea.

The unique space is enormous and can accommodate more than 300 guests. The 1,100 square-feet cherry wood dance floor is magical, and their food & beverages delicious. Wow your guest with the high ceilings.  Celebrate with delicious food and cocktail hours.  And the staff is really, really fantastic!  The sushi station during cocktail hour will make your guests want to stay forever. 

Just steps from Soho, Tribeca rooftop is a both an  indoor & outdoor venue that gives you the rare option of have an outdoor ceremony & cocktail hour and then elegant indoor reception in NYC. The average cost is $70,000.

A Friday evening reception with a minimum of 175 guests costs $230/pp while a Saturday evening wedding reception with a minimum of 200 guests costs $320/pp. A Sunday evening wedding reception with a minimum of 160 guests costs $230/pp.

Wedding Photos from Tribeca Rooftop

Central Park Boathouse

The serene atmosphere provided by the water around the Central Park Boathouse is out of this world. You can locate Central Park Boathouse at Park Drive North, E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021. Your 200 guests can comfortably enjoy the lake view as you exchange your vows. Central Park Boathouse does not charge a rental fee but has a guest minimum. It’s one of the best affordable wedding venues NYC, offering an average of $45,000.

The minimum number of guests for Saturday evening is 165 while that of Sunday evening is 125 with prices ranging from $165-$245/pp. It has a spacious dance floor, beautiful greenery & decoration, and outside lighting.

Using The Boathouse as your wedding reception will earn you a 5-hour lake view for your guests. You’ll also enjoy four meal American cuisines, cocktails and wine. The Central Park Boathouse has a classic NYC vibe that you will love. The staff is friendly and helpful. The onsite manager will be provided to ensure your day runs smoothly. And if you are lucky, you may spot some turtles in the lake nearby :)

Central Park Boathouse Wedding Photos

The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel is exquisite and you can find it on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South New York, 10019. The Plaza looks like the bridge to the history and elegance of NYC.

You can either use the Grand Ballroom or Terrace Room for $12,000 to mark the beginning of your lives as a married couple. You’ll enjoy the gold chivari chairs, round tables, and flatware. The decoration, lighting, and equipment present at the venue are magnificent and breath taking. The floor can hold 450 guests. Package prices are such as $375/pp with a minimum of 200 guests for a Saturday evening and $350/pp with a minimum of 150 guests for either a Friday or a Sunday evening.

The Plaza offers ideal food and beverage services. Your guest will enjoy wine and champagne at dinner time; access an open premium bar with a stunning architectural look. Have you watched The Great Gatsby? The amazing and exciting features you saw in the movie are what you should expect when you visit The Plaza. Everything you come across at this hotel looks fictional. Well, it’s one of the most famous and top wedding venues NYC.

Plaza hotel wedding photos

Best Downtown Wedding Venues NYC

Bowery Hotel

Located at 335 Bowery; New York, NY 10003, Bowery Hotel is a spacious and elegant making it an ideal wedding reception venue. The average cost is $78,000. 5-hour food and beverage packages include $280/pp with a minimum of 175 guests, $290/pp with a minimum of 150 guests, and $300/pp with a minimum of 125 guests.

The hotel has glass ceiling walls allowing plenty of natural light in. To minimize the sunlight, you can draw the curtains which and remain with slivers of light.

You can have the guest seats set in a circle featuring Chuppah surrounded by chairs or any other design you love. This venue allows you to choose between an outdoor and an indoor wedding. The classic, intimate setting is exceptionally enticing. The wedding stage can hold 300 guests and has a fantastic dance floor.

The hotel has Edwardian era furniture, massive fireplaces, and classic tiles, making it one of the best downtown wedding venues with a dark and moody classic NYC vibe.

Bowery Hotel Wedding Photos

Battery Gardens

If you are looking for a modern & spacious downtown wedding reception venue, look no further. Battery Gardens has a capacity of up to 350 people when you include a tent, and it provides both indoor and outdoor space for a wedding reception. You can find this venue at 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004.

Battery Gardens have glass walls, allowing you to have a clear view of the water and statue of liberty from inside. The elegance and uniqueness of this venue will blow your mind.  Wait until you meet with the staffs. They are lovely, attentive to details, and they will make your day magical and memorable. 

Battery Gardens charges a ceremony fee of $1,000 with the packages ranging from $130-$210/pp.  And if you already booked a wedding venue elsewhere, the Battery Gardens restaurant can also be a great option for a rehearsal dinner too.  

Battery Gardens Wedding Photos

River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on Brooklyn Bridge Park is where you can find River Café. The venue can be converted to fit your dream wedding venue. One of the best restaurants in NYC, you can use the outdoor patio under a customized tent or the glass-enclosed pavilion. The waterfront provides an excellent background for your photos. It's a unique small wedding venue NYC that holds a maximum of 100 people.

The venue has polite staffs who offer exquisite services and guarantees to turn the biggest day of your lives into a magical one. The food and beverages are excellently prepared, but wait until you see how they present the food. You'll want to eat it because of the aroma, but the presentation will convince you to save it as a treasured gift!  If you want to blow your guest away with views of DUMBO Brooklyn and Michelin quality food, then consider The River Cafe! 

 Prices at River Café start at $275/pp.

River Cafe Wedding Photos

The best Unique Wedding Venues NYC

Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Situated at777 Albany Post Rd, Scarborough, NY, Sleepy Hollow Country Club is a breathtaking venue with a well-laid lawn and a view of Hudson River. The club is a historic yet well-maintained and with plenty of charm and beauty. The club offers outdoor and indoor wedding stage. The beautiful outdoor ceremony area with shade provided by a majestic tree will leave you mesmerized.

If it's rainy, you can use a customized outdoor tent. Sleepy Hollow Country Club is a stunning venue that you won't need a lot of decoration. The floor, table setting, and rooms are uniquely furnished. The mansion has enough room for up to 400 people. The club is at the top of unique wedding venues NYC list because of the great historical features that come with it. The food, beverages, and services are incredible.

The cost of having your wedding reception at this fabulous venue is $170/pp with a minimum of 25 guests plus a 20% administrative charge, a $1,000 non-member fee, a $300 ceremony set up fee, and a 7.38% sales tax.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club Wedding Photos

Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

If you are looking to get out of NYC, say “Yes, I do” at Roundhouse at Beacon Falls located in 2 East Main Street Beacon, NY 12508. It’s one of the best affordable wedding venues NYC. The package prices range from $200-$225/pp with food & beverages ranges from $27,000-$35,000 per event depending on factors such as the time of the year, the day of the week, among many others.

The beautiful building overlooks the Beacon Waterfall. The Roundhouse's perimeter is made of glass from floor to ceiling to ensure you enjoy the view. The rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable.  It's super modern and rustic, at the same time!

During September, October, and November the foliage around the Roundhouse is spectacular for wedding photos. 

The Roundhouse team creatively turns the venue into your ideal outdoor or indoor dream wedding. The services are splendid, and the food is mouthwatering. If you're looking for a unique wedding venue, just outside of NYC , check out the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls.

Roundhouse at Beacon Falls Wedding Photos

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a hotel situated in the countryside, but it's a stone throw away from the city, just a 45 minutes drive. Follow 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591, with your 260 guests and enjoy your dream wedding at one of the best restaurants in the world. The average cost is $63,000, which is super affordable, especially when you compare the fee to the setting of the venue. 

Blue Hills has a minimum guarantee of 100 guests and a venue rental fee of $10,000. The ceremony fee is $3,500, and food & beverages go for $345/pp. Your taste buds will be lucky if you hold your wedding here because Blue Hill sources their fresh produce from the farm. It's known as one of the best restaurants because of the delicious meals they prepare. Food is served seated. There's an open bar too and wine pairing.

Blue Hill offers both indoor and outdoor wedding spaces. The team is creative, and they ensure they make you and your guests are in for a culinary treat!

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Wedding Photos

The Best Hotel Wedding Venues NYC

Box House Hotel

The Box House Hotel is located at 77 Box Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 and is accessible from Long Island City and Greenpoint. This new hotel has 180 rooms in case some of your guests will sleep over after wedding after-party. The hotel also has a rooftop that has a capacity of 293 guests with a retractable roof, making it ideal for an indoor or outdoor wedding reception setting.

The Box House Hotel has wooden floors, glass sidings, and a marble bar. They also have a bridal suite, delicious cuisines, and hors d’oeuvres. Everything is incredible! You will be pleased to enjoy an epic dance floor and a killer outdoor view of the Manhattan skyline.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Only one word that can describe Gramercy Park Hotel situated at 2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010 – Posh! This exquisite hotel accommodates up to 250 guests. Packages are as follows; a 3-hour reception for a daytime wedding goes for $30,000, a 5-hour wedding reception on a Saturday evening ranges from $50,000-$55.000. A 5-hour wedding reception on either a Friday or Sunday evening ranges from $45,000-$50,000.

At Gramercy Park Hotel, every wedding setting is customized to fit your needs. The food and services are excellent.

The crew is attentive to detail. Gramercy Park is an indoor venue with well lit, spacious, and modernly furnished rooms.  It has a unique layout with multiple rooms that allows for a "lounge / cocktail" feel to your reception.  It has 185 guest rooms, mahogany window enclosures, exquisite beaux arts, and English drinking cabinets.

Gramercy Park Hotel Wedding Photos

Intercontinental Barclay Hotel

Intercontinental Barclay Hotel is located at111 East 48th Street New York, NY 10017. If you dream of an elegant wedding in hotel wedding venues, NYC, this is the ideal place. It’s defined by a majestic grand staircase and a beautiful chandelier. The light is fabulous! Having your wedding reception at the Intercontinental Barclay hotel will be like being in NYC fairyland.

It has an enchanting atmosphere, glamour, romance, and history under one roof. It has several ballrooms in which the entertainment of your guests will be adhered to and can accommodate 350 people.

There is no rental fee, but the Grand Ballroom has a minimum guest count of 125 individuals while the Empire Ballroom has a minimum guest count of 75 individuals. The minimum amount you can spend for a wedding reception in the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel is $75,000.

Best Large Wedding Venues NYC

Tribeca 360̊

If you are looking for a large wedding venues inNYC, Tribeca 360̊ is one to consider. It's a modern and beautiful space offering beautiful views of NYC and enough space to accommodate 700 guests. The unique 360 degree layout allows you to see the city from every angle!  

Friday evening with a minimum guest count of 160 is priced at $210/pp; Saturday evening with a minimum guest count of 200 costing $290/pp while Sunday evening with a minimum of 160 guests requiring $210/pp. An 8.75% New York State sales tax is included in all three packages.

The facility is top notch and right next to Tribeca Rooftop, so it's good to see them both!  You'll have amazing food and drinks, a large dancing floor, well-lit rooms, and large glass windows.  The facility is located at 10 Desbrosses St New York, 10013.

Create a memorable event with breathtaking views at Tribeca 360.  Take photos around the center, and enjoy your day in a comfortable and classy environment!

Tribeca 360 Wedding Photos

Guastavino’s

Tie the knot at Guastavino’s located at 409 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022. The granite arches and Catalan vaulted tile ceiling make Guastavino's one of the unique wedding venues NYC.  You will literally get married under the bridge! 

It's a large venue that can fit 400 guests thanks to its elegant 15,000 square-foot space. It's an indoor venue with handicap accessibility, and its average cost is $75,000.

Guastavino’s resides below the Queensboro Bridge. The services provided are flawless. The unique architecture and delicious food makes Guastavino's one of the most special wedding venues in NYC.  

Guastavino's Wedding Photos

Gotham Hall

Gotham Hall is at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 and accommodates up to 600 seated people. The prices range from $250-$325/pp, and they vary depending on the days and seasons.

The Hall is conveniently accessible and unique. The architectural and decoration make the Hall a remarkable and unforgettable venue. The Hall is magnificently decorated with a chandelier, towering domed ceiling, inlaid marble floor.

It’s an indoor wedding venue where the style meets the sophistication. You’ll get uncompromised attention, services, and food/beverages. The high ceilings at Gotham Hall is some of the most grand and special in NYC.

Gotham Hall Wedding Photos

Best Outdoor Wedding Venues NYC

Liberty Warehouse

Liberty Warehouse is located on the most stunning pier of the city off the East River, at 260 Conover Street Pier 41, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The venue offers amazing food catered from the River Cafe, and your guests will secretly not want to leave cocktail hour after your wedding ceremony. It's phenomenal. The Poke station during cocktail will drive you nuts. Liberty Warehouse is the opposite of your typical banquet hall, in a good way!

The liberty warehouse crew is warm, engaging, assuring, and they ensure your day goes better than you’d imagine.  The manager Jeff is fantastic to work with.  The average cost is $58,000 and can accommodate 500 seated guests.

Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photos

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Imagine using the Brooklyn Botanic Garden reception when flowers and trees are blossoming. This is the perfect space for celebrating your wedding. You can use the venue either at night because it’s perfectly lit or during the day when flowers, trees, and pastoral lawns are in perfection.

Rental fee at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden ranges from $3,000-$11,000, and there is a guest minimum of 150 people costing $186/pp. You will also be charged a set-up fee of $10/pp.

You can have an outdoor uncovered space or the glass-walled Palm House. It's a beautiful event space that carries up to 250 guests seated.

Alternatively, if you have fewer guests, you can use The Atrium. Glass runs from floor to ceiling, ensuring that you enjoy the Garden's Cherry Esplanade and terrace. The Atrium accommodates 125 guests.

The food services are world-class and if you want an outdoor garden ceremony, it's one of the most beautiful wedding settings that you will find in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding photos

620 Loft and Garden

There is something unique about outdoor wedding venues in NYC. Venues such as 620 Loft and Garden turn a wedding into a magical and memorable event. An open-air midtown loft gives your decorator a chance to implement more and better features.

Well, 620 Loft and Garden is one of the top wedding venues located in 620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10112. The site is set in a serene environment, yet it's in the busiest city, New York. The place can accommodate up to 165 guests, and package prices start at $385/pp plus a 10-hour space rental fee of $12,500 for Sundays & Fridays and $15,000 for Saturdays.

The venue is available all year round, and the historic garden is perfectly manicured to accommodate your guest during winter or summer. The scenic view provided by 620 Loft and Garden includes the St. Patrick Cathedral, Prometheus Fountain, and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice skating Rink.  Services are available upon the couple's request.

620 Loft and Garden Wedding Photos

Best Unique Small Wedding Venues in New York

The Foundry

The Foundry is situated at 42-38 Ninth Street Long Island City, NY 11101. The average cost is $51,000. It’s a unique small wedding venue NYC that offers a 12 hours rental period, unlike most others that rent for 5 hours. The fee covers private dressing rooms, three staff members, adjustable lighting, and most importantly the Foundry Main Space, Courtyard and Porch.

Your guests will love the ability to enjoy both the outdoor courtyard and indoor space. 

The courtyard accommodates 165 guests during dinner, and foodservice depends on the caterer. There is a parking space. Other rooms you can rent if you have more guests include the Foundry Greenhouse, The Albra and Pool Room. The venue has both indoor and outdoor reception giving a view of Queensboro Bridge and Manhattan!

Foundry Wedding  Photos

501 Union

501 Union is one of the best affordable wedding venues NYC for a small wedding. It can fit 140-160 guests depending on the type of room you choose. The number of guests is also determined by the rental furniture set in the place and the space you opt for the dance floor. There are a bridal suite, parking, and exemplary services.

The average cost is $45,000, and it covers live band setup, venue coordinator, and manager, access to the lounge, garden, the gallery, private suite, and kitchen. They have a food & beverage price of $206/pp and their rental fee change depending on the month and day.

You can hire your favorite vendors, but you have to use the hotel's recommendation for rental furniture. There is open and premium bars, food is delicious too. It has both indoor and outdoor wedding venue setting. 501 Union is situated at 01 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Brooklyn Winery

Brooklyn Winery is at213 N 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211and the average cost is $48,000. It's best for small weddings. It can accommodate up to 165 guests, but they don't host wedding ceremonies from mid-September to October. They entertain a maximum of 95 guests between November and December. The rental fee ranges from $250-$300 per person.

The intimate setting, wine room, and wood structure makes Brooklyn Winery a super cute place for your wedding. 

So, if you need only your family at your wedding, this is one of the best unique small wedding venues NYC.

Brooklyn Winery has an open bar and just as the name suggests, you'll have a variety of wine to drink. You can hire outside vendors. If you're a lover of indoor wedding venues, consider checking Brooklyn Winery.

Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos

Best Venues with View of NYC

Maritime Parc

If you are looking for spectacular views of the NYC skyline, modern design, and a large space, look no further because Maritime Parc is an 18,000 square foot floor and therefore can accommodate 700 guests! The ceremony fee is $10/pp, and package prices range from $150-$225/pp.

There are two rooms you can turn into a wedding reception, The Sky Room and The Aviary.  An outdoor terrace wraps each of these rooms. During cocktail hour, your guest can go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and views.  The lighting and ceiling of the ballroom is excellently detailed as well.  

The venue is set near a beach, waterfront, and park. Your guest will enjoy food prepared by renowned chef Chris Siversen, and team Meals are served seated. There is an open bar.  Maritime Parc is in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and liberty state park. It's located at 84 Audrey Zapp Drive Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Maritime Parc Wedding Photos

Liberty House

Celebrate your perfect wedding at Liberty House located in 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, New Jersey 07305. Why should you choose Liberty House? Three things make it an iconic wedding venue. First, it’s surrounded by water on three sides. Secondly, it provides a breathtaking view of lower Manhattan, empire state building, the statue of liberty, and Ellis Island, among many others.

It’s a 14,000 square feet hotel that can accommodate 1000 guests. No site fee is charged, and package prices range from $130-$205/pp plus a service charge of 22%.

The rooms are located on the first floor of the hotel with a movable glass window opening up to the pavilion, private gardens, fire pits, and a magnificent view of the city.  You can hold your wedding reception in any of the four rooms available, and they all provide a scenic view.  

Liberty House Wedding Photos

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located at 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Everything is under one roof. First, you can have an indoor wedding stage, cover, and uncovered outdoor setting. Moreover, there is a waterfront, and the hotel is situated just beside the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the skyline, the bridge and enjoy other scenic views around the hotel.

The rooftop bar is fantastic.  The hotel rooms are incredible to get ready in with beautiful views of Manhattan.  From the wooden room keys, to the beautiful elevator, the design of the entire hotel is breathtaking.  

The meadow rue in the hotel is 6025 square feet and can accommodate 300 guests. Space can be divided to provide a wedding reception and cocktail reception. The dance floor is extensive and is well lit.

The adjacent area opens to Brooklyn Bridge Park and private patio. If you're looking for the best small wedding venues NYC, you can choose to use 1hotel Brooklyn bridge blue wood aster. It accommodates 120 people, which make it an ideal place for a small wedding. The adjacent social space is a built-in bar, private balcony, and lounge setting. The rooms have the floor to ceiling glass that opens to the East River waterfront.

You can host your event at the rooftop of the hotel as you watch over the Manhattan skyline. The average cost is $50,000.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Wedding Photos

Summary

The prices of NYC wedding reception venues vary depending on guests and time of the year. For instance, the prices are often higher August to November. The day of the week also determines how much you'll pay for the venue. Hopefully this page will help you make the best decision on choosing a wedding venue in NYC!