NEW YORK—Here's a look at new New York cultural spaces, cocktail lounges, hotels, conference rooms, private rooms, and other spaces for all types of summer entertaining and events. The new and renovated venues in the New York area, including Brooklyn and New Jersey, are available for corporate parties, fund-raisers, outdoor events, business dinners, teambuilding activities, client entertaining, meetings, weddings, and more.
The cultural centerpiece of the new Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's west side, the Shed, opened in April. Designed by lead architect Diller Scofidio & Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group, the $475 million, 200,000-square-foot arts center sits at the base of a residential tower and has as its defining feature a retractable shell that can extend to create a temperature-controlled space or pull back to reveal a 20,000-square-foot, open-air plaza. The venue is suited for events such as film premieres, award shows, conferences, meetings, and benefits, but the venue does not allow political fund-raisers. The venue offers multiple spaces including galleries, theaters, and more. The McCourt, the main hall, holds 1,200 guests for a reception or 800 for a seated dinner. The Tisch Skylights on the top floor is a dedicated event space that holds 450 for a seated dinner when the full space is used. Smaller events can use half the space for seated dinners of 250 guests or receptions of 400 guests. Union Square Hospitality Group provides catering.
Bringing back the mid-century glamor of air travel is the TWA Hotel, which opened in the 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in May to fanfare including a ribbon-cutting with Governor Andrew Cuomo and a flash mob of dancers performing to Beatles tunes. The 512-room hotel has 50,000 square feet of event space designed by INC Architecture & Design using a red and white color palette. Spaces include a 15,000-square-foot ballroom that accommodates groups of as many as 1,600 people. There's an additional 200,000 square feet of flexible space in the former terminal, including terraces and an observation deck. Unexpected amenities at an airport hotel include a rooftop infinity pool—with a beach entry and underwater seating—and 10,000-square-foot observation deck with views of Runway 4 Left/22 Right. Gerber Group operates the Pool Bar as well as the Sunken Lounge cocktail bar, while chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is soon to open the 200-seat Paris Café.
With picture-perfect views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Fulton is the latest from chef and owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The seafood-centric eatery opened in May at Pier 17 in the Seaport District with seating on two floors and an expansive waterfront patio. The menu features an extensive raw bar, sashimi, and simple preparations of Maine lobster and Wagyu beef, while beverages include cocktails such as a raspberry-lychee bellini, rhubarb lavendar fizz, and a Campari daiquiri. The interior design from Yabu Pushelberg features nautical light fixtures, handpainted murals of dreamlike seascapes, and jewel-toned seating in luxe fabrics. The venue seats 60 upstairs and 40 downstairs and has a private dining room that seats 12.
The Leroy House
West Village restaurant the Leroy House (formerly Harwood on Hudson) reopened in May following the name change and an updated menu. Located on the ground floor of a brick townhouse, the welcoming New American eatery serves dishes such as deviled eggs with Maine uni, a signature burger, and desserts including a strawberry crisp; vegetarian and plant-based items are denoted on the menu. The main dining room seats 65 guests and the bar seats about 12. There's seasonal outdoor seating for eight in front of the restaurant.
Wise Bar and Grill
Opened it's doors in May, Wise Bar and Grill is an expansion, or better say a next chapter of the wildly successfull Wise Espresso Bar . Stilysh decor, mouth watering foods and full bar is just a few of many secret ingridients of this place. Owners thought about almost all aspects of the hospitality when planning this venue, as it also has outdoor hookah lounge, summer terrace, and a private room fully equipped with sound system, plasma TV's and even professional karaoke system for all your private event needs. Private room seats about 60 people.