Creative Party Venues
by Beth Landman
At 230 Fifth, they’ve just doubled the number of heaters on the rooftop, where Taylor Swift recently performed live, and in case that doesn’t keep guests warm enough, they also provide hooded red robes. Outdoor topiaries from Tavern on the Green have spruced up the outdoor space even more, and much of the indoor furniture—including pieces from Karl Lagerfeld’s collection—came from a Christie’s auction in Paris. 230 Fifth Ave., 212-725-4300
Just across from Hudson Yards, this newly opened bilevel event space has flowing white curtains covering 24-foot windows, a huge kitchen and an enticing coffee and pastry bar that looks like a mini Pain Quotidian. 404 Tenth Ave.
The Dog Store
This adorable shop, decorated with luxe pet paraphernalia, is the perfect place to celebrate a canine birthday or just host a bash for up to 40 pet lovers. The shop provides pet-friendly cakes and treats. For one Maltese’s birthday, “guests” wore pink ribbons and enjoyed pink-frosted cookies and cake in the pink balloon-filled shop. 170 E. 61st St., 212-317-5987
The Glass Houses
Floor-to-ceiling windows at this space in the new Chelsea Arts Tower afford stunning views of the Hudson and Empire State Building. State-of-the-art lighting, sound and video projection
capabilities make this ideal for any celebration requiring a presentation, or for an art show. 545 W. 25th St., 212-242-7800
The salon’s private men’s area can be converted to a kids’ playroom or dressing
room for fashion shows, while chair massages, manicures and makeovers add to the fun. 171 E. 65th St., 212-988-7816
Queen of Hearts
Celebrate Manhattan’s island-ness by tossing a shindig on this charming riverboat, which holds 500. The vessel is especially appropriate for the eco-conscious—it runs on biodiesel fuel. 212-987-9200
Most people arrive at parties looking glamorous; here they leave looking—and feeling—even better. The high-end Japanese salon offers revelers shiatsu, pedicures and scalp massages. 70 E. 55th St., 212-888-4744
Whether it’s a bridal shower or a corporate celebration, people love having massages with their Merlot. Townhouse’s clubby leather-and-wood décor keeps things sophisticated, while the spa atmosphere melts tension and stimulates conversation. 39 W. 56th St., 212-245-8006
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