9 Great Places to Host a Bridal or Baby Shower in NYC
Got something big to celebrate? Whether you’re toasting your BFF’s upcoming wedding or helping your sister get ready to become a mom, you’ll need a unique space suited to hosting an intimate daytime affair (assuming your closet-size living room doesn’t cut it). Fortunately, NYC has plenty: Here are some of our absolute favorite private and semiprivate venues for your dream shower.
Milk and Roses
If your ideal shower includes bottomless mimosas and brunch alfresco, it doesn’t get better than this Greenpoint mainstay. Walk through the restaurant adorned with library-style bookshelves and lipstick-red booths to the shady back patio and you’ll probably forget you’re in Brooklyn entirely. Some highlights of the Italian-leaning brunch menu are the refreshing salmon tartare with watermelon radish and cucumber sauce and the PB&J French toast garnished with berry jam and almond butter.
1110 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn; milkandrosesbk.com
What could be a more picturesque shower venue than your own private West Village carriage house? Set on quiet Cornelia Street, the intimate space is basically begging to be Instagrammed, with an interior filled with candles and flowers. We love the brunch menu, which features Italian-inspired dishes like poached eggs with prosciutto and burrata and cacio e pepe ravioli.
28 Cornelia St.; palmanyc.com
An event at Brooklyn Winery feels like an escape to a bucolic Sonoma farmhouse by way of Williamsburg. The venue offers both brunch and afternoon lunch and can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 100 guests in a stylish space decorated with reclaimed wood tables, bistro chairs and antique china. The best part: Your meal is accompanied by red and white wines made right at the urban winery with grapes from all around the country.
213 N. Eighth St., Brooklyn; bkwinery.com
The Greenpoint outpost of the popular French café is characteristically photogenic, with wooden farm tables hanging from ropes, distressed chairs, white brick walls and floral wallpaper. But this location also has a cozy upstairs room that seats up to 16 guests and can easily be transformed into a dreamy event space. Brunch is served family-style and includes decadent platters of mini pain au chocolat, veggie-filled quiches, and multigrain rolls stuffed with smashed avocado, smoked salmon or egg salad.
80 Kent St., Brooklyn; mamannyc.com
This sophisticated Gramercy restaurant offers both semiprivate and private dining spaces, which you can dress up with banners, balloons and decorations galore. And with a totally customizable menu, you can choose from dishes like grilled peaches and ricotta, citrus-marinated grilled chicken and Jonah crab pasta. If you’re seeking a more casual afternoon or nighttime affair, opt for Covina’s sister restaurant, the Roof at Park South. We particularly love the rooftop venue for a standing event with craft cocktails and passed finger foods like chickpea falafel fritters and grilled shrimp tacos.
127 E. 27th St.; covinanyc.com
The food at this lovely Italian trattoria in Morningside Heights is made from local ingredients that are grown at the restaurant’s very own farm in Hudson Valley. Choose between the intimate den and the larger, more secluded wine room, which can hold up to 50. The team will work with you to design your perfect menu—just make sure to include some of the fresh pastas like the light and summery penne tossed with ripe tomatoes, basil and house-made mozzarella.
125 La Salle St.; pisticcinyc.com
Set in an adorable West Village townhouse, Sotto 13 boasts a sun-drenched atrium and can accommodate up to 80 people without a full buyout. Food is served family-style starting with bombolini—doughnut holes filled with Nutella—before moving on to main courses like avocado toast topped with smoked salmon and focaccia French toast coated in brown butter, rosemary and vanilla crème fraîche. There’s also a handful of festive add-ons, like a champagne toast or DIY mimosa bar.
140 W. 13th St.; sotto13.com
If you can’t get your best girlfriends together for a trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast, you can always book a table at Santina. The restaurant offers half a dozen options for private and semiprivateevents, from the 25-seat patio to a full buyout. You’re just a stone’s throw from the Hudson River, but thanks to the enclosed glass ceiling, colorful umbrellas and Mediterranean-inspired menu, you’ll feel more like you’re dining next to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
820 Washington St.; santina.com
Sunday In Brooklyn
They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but at Sunday in Brooklyn, you actually can. With a private dining room, a covered rooftop garden and a larger second-floor sunroom, the restaurant can accommodate gatherings of anywhere from nine to 200 guests. Each room boasts its own unique feel (think light and bright versus wood-paneled and moody) but all are equally stylish and comfortable. Plus, the menu runs the gamut from healthy oat-milk chia bowls to lavish biscuits and gravy with poached eggs.
348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; sundayinbrooklyn.com