New York City’s best venues are out of sight — literally. If you’re planning a wedding and want the Big Apple’s famous skyline to be front and center, there are a variety of options that allow for outdoor ceremonies with stunning views, all above the fray. Here is a look at six to get you started on your search.
In the middle of the Brooklyn Navy Yard — an industrial park along the East River — is a lush, 65,000 square-foot rooftop farm. The Brooklyn Grange’s second New York City farm offers the opportunity for an eco-friendly wedding, along with views of the river and downtown Manhattan. There is a maximum capacity for 150 people. You can do the whole wedding on the rooftop, or move to an indoor space in a nearby building for the reception. The farm can also point you to a number of preferred vendors for catering, flowers, and more.
63 Flushing Ave., Bldg. #3
Brooklyn Navy Yard
La Birreria, the rooftop restaurant and brewery atop the massive foodie haven, Eataly, provides the opportunity for weddings in the shadow of the Empire State Building. You can buy out the entire space for a wedding for 150-seated guests or 175 standing. There is also A/V capabilities for a DJ or live band and a small dance floor to get your groove on after filling up on the German and Austrian-influenced family-style food and beer brewed 30 feet from where you sit. In the case of rain or cold, you can still have your party, thanks to a retractable roof and heaters that keep the restaurant open year-round.
Fifth Ave. and 23rd St.
(212) 539-0204 ext. 304
A few blocks north of Madison Square Park you will find the Midtown Loft and Terrace, which, as the name suggests, combines the best of both worlds. You can get married on the building’s 3,400 square-foot landscaped terrace, with views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, then move to the interior loft space for the dinner and dance reception. The venue accommodates up to 300 guests for a reception and 150 for dinner and can suggest vendors for catering, flowers, and rentals.
267 Fifth Ave. at 29th St., Ste. 100
The Skylark is one of the city’s newest venues, opening in the Fashion District this past fall. The cocktail bar boasts a rooftop deck that can accommodate up to 140 guests standing, with panoramic views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building. The space also provides small bites by Abigail Kirsch and top-shelf cocktails.
200 W. 39th St.
For a 360-degree view of New York City, check out Studio 450, a penthouse duplex loft in the Hudson Yards. The rooftop features a wrap-around outdoor terrace, so your guests can take in the skyline, as well as an enclosed glass room for ceremonies that doesn’t take away the view. The venue can accommodate 250 for a cocktail reception and 230 seated. All vendors are welcome, though the space offers recommendations for catering, lighting, and rentals.
450 W. 31st St.
Across town, the Kimberly Hotel offers views of the Chrysler Building and beyond from the 30th floor of its penthouse lounge. Thanks to ambient heated floors and indoor spaces, the rooftop venue can be used year-round. It also features retractable glass ceilings and walls for a view of the city whether you’re inside or out. The décor is influenced by Old-Hollywood glamour while the chef crafts contemporary-American cuisine. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated in the main space, and 40 in the private room.
145 E. 50th St.
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