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May 11, 2023updated Aug 14, 2023

The Best Private Dining Rooms in NYC

From the grand to the intimate, these spaces can host any type of private event.

By Kim Ayling

Intimate family dinners, celebrations with friends or even a business occasion – for some events, only a private dining room will do. And as NYC has some of the best restaurants in the world, it naturally follows that it has some of the best private dining rooms, too.

Each of the rooms listed below not only promises a chance to reconnect with friends, family or associates without prying neighboring tables but also the promise of some of the city’s finest cuisine.

With everything from tiny chef tables to grand restaurant buyouts, our selection of the best NYC private dining rooms can cater to any manner of event, with complete privacy guaranteed. 

[See also: Best Private Dining Rooms in London]


Capacity: Up to 90

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The Bellecour Room at Daniel seats up to 90 / ©Bill Milne

The main dining room at Daniel is celebrated as one of the most beautiful in the city – and its private spaces are just as impressive. Larger parties should look no further than the Bellecour Room, which seats up to 90 for customized celebrations.

The elegant space is found just off the lounge area, with floor-to-ceiling windows promising an abundance of natural light. For more intimate occasions, however, consider booking The Skybox – a unique, four-seat table overlooking the kitchen, where Daniel Boulud and team cook classic French cuisine.

The Modern

Capacity: Up to 64 

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The Modern’s private dining room overlooks MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden / ©The Modern

Occupying a prime spot inside the Museum of Modern Art, the two-Michelin-starred The Modern surely has one of the best addresses of any restaurant in NYC. Led by chef Thomas Allen, The Modern’s cuisine is, as you would expect, modern, with an inventive take on American/French fine dining. For smaller private events, there is room for four at a special table within the kitchen.

Larger parties, on the other hand, can be accommodated in The Modern’s dedicated private dining room. Seating up to 64, the space overlooks MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Need more space? There’s also the option for a full restaurant buy-out for 100 guests.

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Capacity: 14

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The restaurant has a dedicated private dining room with space for up to 14 / ©Cosme

Found in the heart of Flat Iron District, Cosme’s fancy take on classic Mexican dishes and extensive cocktail program have made it a firm favorite among locals and visitors alike. In addition to the sleek main dining room, the restaurant has a dedicated private dining room with space for up to 14.

A family-style sharing menu not only offers guests a taste of the best of Cosme’s dishes, but also creates that perfect convivial atmosphere.

Eleven Madison Park

Capacity: Up to 18, 34 or 50

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Eleven Madison Park has space for up to 50 guests in its private dining rooms / ©Eleven Madison Park

Continuously regarded as one of the best restaurants in New York (and one of the most revolutionary with its relatively recent commitment to going fully vegan), Eleven Madison Park is a must for any discerning foodies. In the main restaurant, tables are only available for up to six but for larger groups, there’s plenty of room in Eleven Madison Park’s private dining rooms.

There are three in total – one for up to 18, another for 34 and the final for 50. Two overlook the main dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, while the third features an installation by Sol LeWitt. Naturally, whichever room you book, an unrivaled private dining experience is all but guaranteed.

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Per Se

Capacity: Up to 10 or 66

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Per Se offers full restaurant buyouts / ©Deborah Jones

Thomas Keller’s NYC flagship sets a high standard for fine dining in the city and its private dining room offering is no exception. Guests can choose from two spaces: the East Room, which seats 10 and overlooks Central Park, or the West Room, which accommodates up to 66 seated in an elegant, Parisian-inspired setting.

A dedicated private dining team takes the stress out of organizing, with parties able to enjoy a set menu of Per Se’s three-Michelin-starred cuisine. There’s also the 2,000-strong wine list to peruse. Want to go the whole hog? Consider a whole restaurant buyout.

Crown Shy

Capacity: Up to 15, 25 or 50

Tables at Crown Shy, New York
Crown Shy is a neighborhood seasonal restaurant in the heart of New York / ©Crown Shy

As the first solo opening from former Eleven Madison Park executive chef James Kent, Crown Shy comes with a certain level of prestige. Found on the ground floor of the swanky 70 Pine Street in FiDi, the restaurant is sleek and stylish with two separate private dining rooms.

Smaller parties can book them individually, but larger groups might make the most of the option to combine to create a space for up to 50 seated. And to eat? A set menu of Kent’s distinctly European-inspired cuisine.

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