New and noteworthy

Manhatta is one of the restaurants with private dining for meetings and events reviewed by Grass Roots venue consultants...

Here are some of the newest hotels, restaurants, and event venues in the New York City market, with a few hidden gems along the way.


Hotel openings
The Wagner at the Battery


Guest rooms 259 
Meeting space 18,000 sq ft of meeting space

The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park has been reflagged to The Wagner. This contemporary luxury hotel allows guests to connect to the heart of the new Downtown, featuring guest rooms with waterfront views and ample meeting space. Find out more


Restaurant openings


Private dining 65 

On the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty building, this new restaurant from Union Square Hospitality Group offers seasonal and soulful food inspired by French flavors. Private dining is available for up to 65 guests for a reception. Find out more




Image courtesy of The Infatuation

Private dining 24 

From the people behind Lilia, Misi, located in South Williamsburg, celebrates handmade pasta dishes and vegetable antipasti inspired by simple Italian cooking. The Pasta Room is available for private dinners for up to 24 guests. Find out more


Venue openings
Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Pier 17 Rooftop

Pier 17 level 4

Pier 17 is a new multi-level venue that opened in the revitalized South Street Seaport district earlier this year. It has already hosted several large events and will be transformed into a winter village this holiday season. Level 4 can accommodate up to 1,800 guests while the rooftop can accommodate up to 3,400 guests. Find out more


Convene 75 Rockefeller Plaza

Convene 75 Rock

The newest Convene location opens this month at 75 Rockefeller Plaza and features 6 function rooms with individual capacity up to 180. Find out more


Hidden Gem
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at the Lincoln Center

Located near Columbus Circle, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers versatile event space and unique team building workshops. The Rose Theatre can seat 1,100 in theatre, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola fits 140 in cabaret seating, and the Appel Room overlooks Central Park with floor-to-ceiling windows to hold up to 600 for a standing reception.

Small groups can take their event to one of the rehearsal studios for the Syncopated Leadership workshop to learn how jazz relates to developing autonomous teams! Find out more


About the author

Zachary Tranter

Zachary Tranter is a Project Manager with Grass Roots since June 2015. He is a graduate of New York University and the University of Central Florida, bringing knowledge in a variety of aspects of event production—from the supplier side to venue management to sales, combining his creativity and logistical mindset.

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