620 Loft & Garden at Rockefeller Center

21 Club
Every year Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney host their holiday soirée at this former speakeasy, which dates back to Prohibition days. Today the 21 Club includes 10 private rooms, each decorated for the holidays, plus a fireplace where guests can sip cocktails near the Christmas tree. 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200

620 Loft & Garden
Enjoy unmatched views of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree as well as sights of the ice-skating rink, Fifth Avenue, and Radio City Music Hall from 620 Loft & Garden, a simple space and garden ready to be transformed for any style holiday gathering. 620 Fifth Ave., 212-698-2000; topoftherocknyc.com

Ajna Bar
“We have a glass ceiling in our center skylight room, which is custom lit by our colored spotlights and gives visibility to the bright stars at night,” says general manager Franck Maucort. The impressive Asian-inspired space also features a Dragon Room with a sushi bar. 25 Little W. 12th St., 646-416-6002; ajnabarnyc.com

Bryant Park Grill
“We always have a holiday or seasonal party menu, so we offer items such as roasted turkey, ham, and sweet potato dishes,” says general manager Donna Simms. Reserve the interior grill room or a space built for the holidays: a tented garden on 40th Street with a 15-foot Christmas tree or a clear rooftop tent, which overlooks the ice rink. 25 W. 40th St., 212-840-6500; arkrestaurants.com

The Hurricane Club
“Our multilevel semiprivate dining spaces allow you access to the action by offering panoramic views of the centrally located main bar while enjoying your meal from the comfort of our plush leather banquettes and elegant mahogany tables,” says private events manager Kristen Martino. 360 Park Ave. South, 212-951-7111; thehurricaneclub.com

The Lambs Club
“The dining room has such an intimate, cozy feel,” says chef and partner Geoffrey Zakarian of the deco space with a fireplace. The Stanford White private library space has the same warmth with its own terrace, perfect for a small gathering. A special Thanksgiving menu features white truffles, wines, and chestnut tagliatelle. 132 W. 44th St., 212-997-5262; thelambsclub.com

New York Public Library
This iconic NYC building houses seven private rooms, “from the white marble grandeur of Astor Hall to the glass-domed Celeste Bartos Forum,” explains assistant director of special events Lis Pearson. “While our guests enjoy the glorious setting, they also contribute to one of the world’s great institutions as all event fees support the library.” 476 Fifth Ave., 917-275-6975; nypl.org

The Plaza
“When you think of holidays, The Plaza comes to mind pretty quickly,” says Mike Warren, director of catering. For a limited time, secure The Oak Room, with its windows overlooking the park, or use lighting to highlight the intricacies of the stunning Grand Ballroom. Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, 212-759-3000

Raymi’s colorful, Peruvian cuisine keeps holiday parties lively. Enjoy ceviche small plates, and sample more than 30 piscos in “hand-muddled holiday cocktails made with seasonal fruits and herbs,” says general manager Ian Medwin. 43 W. 24th St., 212-929-1200; richardsandoval.com

Trump Soho
Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the Soho Ballroom and Hudson Square within the Trump Soho, while its SoHi space provides amazing views of the Hudson River and lower Manhattan from the 46th floor. This fall the hotel debuts a luxury lounge, ideal for a holiday afterparty. 246 Spring St., 212-842-5500

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