Even in the most opulent Manhattan apartments, cooking and dining space can be hard to come by. For hosts and hostesses looking to entertain this holiday season, we’ve rounded up six private spaces that feel just like home.
Sopra is a private dining space above Amali in the historically chic Upper East Side, not far from Central Park. This exquisite Mediterranean-influenced spot seats up to 30 people and is set in an old railroad-style apartment, which really gives it the ambiance of a luxe private home. Party planners can either request a family-style pre-set menu (Sopra’s Aegean dinner series is to die for) or work with chef Rachel Goulet for a more tailored lineup. 115 E. 60th St., 212-339-8363
In a classy hotel like The Ludlow, guests are waited on hand and foot, but the modern vibe and LES location keep it from feeling overly fussy. A luxurious, penthouse-level suite offers a dining space that can accommodate an intimate group, and guests will feel at home among the urban décor curated by hotelier Sean Macpherson. Handpick a meal from chef Rich Torrisi’s restaurant, Dirty French, and after dining, enjoy a cocktail in the skybox living room. 180 Ludlow St. 212-432-1818
Beauty & Essex is famous as an evening hotspot, but its hidden jewels are its private hosting rooms. Located in a LES townhouse, this AvroKO-designed venue owes its chic vibe to its bric-a-brac aesthetic, inspired by an elegant 1930s department store. For a group of 70, The Locket Room is the way to go, and for more intimate dining, The Vault seats 20. Relish chef Chris Santos’ exquisite delicacies in whatever room you choose. 146 Essex St., 212-614-0146
The cuisine and culture of Italy are synonymous with celebratory dinner parties. Fortunately for Manhattanites, that sentiment is brought to the island in an authentic way by restaurateur Luca Di Pietro of Tarallucci e Vino. A two-time winner of the Ospitalità Italiana Award and hailed by both Vanity Fair and the New York Times, Tarallucci e Vino is a perfect choice for an elegant, cozy meal this holiday season. Their 18th street location offers a 45-person private dining space, complete with a comfy couches, exposed brick, and a wine cellar. 15 E. 18th St., 212-228-5400
Perhaps a yacht isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of home, but aboard the Hornblower Esprit, guests will feel just as comfortable as they do on dry land. Get ready to feast on a three-course meal prepared by chef Scott Hauser while enjoying the best views Manhattan has to offer. Choose from the Hornblower Esprit’s various seating choices, as it can accommodate groups as small as 25 and as large as 80. 353 West St. (W. Houston St.), Pier 40, 646-576-8408
Look no further than the Loews Regency for a quintessentially upscale Manhattan soiree. The hotel’s restaurant, The Regency Bar and Grill, is under the direction of Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group’s Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli. The private dining area seats up to 20 and boasts a gorgeous backdrop of stainless steel wine cases. 540 Park Ave., 212-759-4050