Which NYC Venue is Right for Your Company’s Next Event?

24 Jun 2024


Which NYC venue is right for your Company’s next event?


Variables to consider and suggestions to maximize impact when selecting a venue for your corporate event…


Whether you are hosting a meeting or conference, an annual gala, a fundraiser or charity event, a marketing/PR event, a cocktail reception, a product launch, an employee appreciation event, or a holiday party – the event venue options in NYC are endless and can be overwhelming!  Especially if you have not personally been to the venue or the city!!  There are over 600 event spaces in Manhattan alone and that does not include collaborative work spaces or hotel conference rooms!


The location you choose and the services it provides will be integral to the success of your event.  You might be looking to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Host a very large number of attendees

  • Create a certain immersive environment or experience for guests (in which case a minimalistic space can serve as a blank canvas)

  • Maximize impact through an impressive or iconic venue + high-end food and beverage

  • Move guests seamlessly through a varied program (which may require different types of rooms for different portions of the agenda)

  • A large but not overwhelming space for cocktail service and networking

  • A meeting/conference room equipped with chairs/desks/podiums and well as AV equipment like large monitors, microphones and the ability to live stream

  • Produce an international event or a global summit at a single location that can accommodate your program as well as host your out of town guests on-site

Below we discuss 5 different types of corporate venues and the event type for which they are best suited.  We have highlighted specific venues (providing descriptions and photos for each) which we highly recommend based on our 30+ years of experience covering corporate events in Manhattan.



Types of Corporate Event Venues 


1 –Iconic Venues to WOW (Galas/ award ceremonies/Dinners/ Daytime meetings)


2 – Corporate Meeting spaces for all-day meetings  (conference/tradeshow)


3 – Private Clubs in Manhattan (Galas, cocktails, and meetings/ Have terraces and views and full-service


4 – Hotels (Meetings Day and night/ Award ceremonies/BIG Trade shows/ Dinners)


5 – Luxury Venues (High-end food) (Galas/ Large meetings and award ceremonies)


6 – Miscellaneous



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1 – Iconic NYC Venues

If your company is not based in NYC, hosting an event in the Big Apple can be a special experience for your employees/clients. If you are looking to WOW your guests with amazing views, timeless elegance, or historic landmarks, here are some venues that are sure to impress.

  • The American Museum of Natural History

  • Lincoln Center

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center

  • The Central Park Zoo

  • The Museum of Modern Art

  • The New York Historical Society

  • The Intrepid Museum



The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History has been a New York City landmark for over 150 years. Its famous halls and architectural accents offer a number of unique settings for your next gathering. Host a gala dinner under the 94-foot blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, or in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space, or enjoy a cocktail reception next to the most dynamic dinosaur displays in the world.   The best part – hosting an event at the Museum supports scientific research and educational programs.

In addition to offering a variety of event spaces, the Museum of Natural History hosts Special Viewings and Private Screenings. Take your guests on a private tour of our permanent Museum halls and special exhibitions. See the latest temporary exhibition, or meander through galleries featuring massive Mesozoic mega-predators—minus the crowds.  Or reserve the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater—featuring the world’s only high-dynamic range (HDR) planetarium projection system—for an unforgettable tour of the cosmos. Take in a 3-D film in the LeFrak Theater, where a regal Beaux-Arts setting, giant screen, and state-of-the-art sound and projection systems make an indelible impression.





Lincoln Center


Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center, set in the heart of New York City and it’s cultural epicenter. From music, theater, dance, film, and so much more, it’s venues bring a tapestry of diverse events and celebrations to life.


Lincoln Center’s multi-functional campus is the blank canvas you need to create a buzzworthy occasion. Breathtaking architecture and flexible venues help set the scene for your next performance, fundraiser, conference, or product launch.


The 16-acre adaptable campus empowers you to host your event indoors, outdoors, or both—for when your vision can’t be contained to four walls. From the classic David Geffen Hall to the contemporary Alice Tully Hall, you can have your pick of world-renowned, prestigious concert halls with ample ancillary spaces for a variety of entertaining and hospitality options. For a more intimate alternative, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse is perfect for presentations, cabaret performances, and private dining. The David Rubenstein Atrium is well-equipped for impactful meetings and turn-key receptions. Their range of outdoor spaces include include Josie Robertson Plaza featuring iconic Revson Fountain, the Hearst Plaza featuring Barclays Capital Grove, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn, and the Paul Milstein Pool & Terrace.






The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Met is renowned not only for its unparalleled collection, but for its grand, landmarked building on Fifth Avenue at the edge of Central Park.  The Museum’s many distinct spaces (including the famed Temple of Dendur), are ideal for a variety of events—from large corporate dinners and nonprofit galas to meetings and film screenings—including private dining opportunities for Members and Patrons.

The museum also has a several spaces equipped with state-of-the-art media, which are ideal locations for private screening, concerts, or upfronts. The team is experienced and knowledgeable and will work with you to satisfy your media technology needs and create a truly unique experience for your audience, clients, industry colleagues, or staff.






The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center

Created to be in a class of its own, Rainbow Room is the epitome of New York style and glamour. A place where the food, the setting, the service, the skyline, and the stars all come together to create incomparable, unforgettable private events.

The original home of New York glamour and entertainment,  Rainbow Room is known for legendary occasions. Graced by presidents, dignitaries, and the brightest stars in entertainment, events held here have defined what it means to celebrate in NYC.

And did we mention the views!?!! The below images speak for themselves…

(Note: it can accommodate 250-350 guests depending on event format.)







The Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is a 6.5-acre zoo located at the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City. It is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. This tranquil oasis in the heart of Manhattan is one of the most idyllic locations in New York City. Whether sipping cocktails while sea lions glide gracefully through the water, or strolling through the lush gardens taking in the elegant architecture, you and your guests will be inspired by the exotic wildlife and breathtaking city skyline views.

The zoo boasts a unique, outdoor event space that is perfect for both cocktail receptions and seated dinners. This open space has the flexibility to accommodate a variety of event layouts. A nearly 200’ long, clear-top seasonal tent is included in the site fee, with options to add-on connecting tents for those events with larger guest counts; up to 700-seated. The moss-covered colonnades also provide for additional covered space, as well as a tranquil backdrop to any photo. Exclusive access to exhibits are available, based on sunset times. The Central Park Zoo is much more than just a zoo, it’s a premiere event location!

Great for company outings, summer evening soirees, daytime BBQs, galas, awards ceremonies, and client receptions.






The Museum of Modern Art


Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Today MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.

There are several indoor spaces that can accommodate 350-600 guests seated. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden is ideal for large-scale receptions during the spring and summer seasons. Designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson for the display of outstanding sculptures from the MoMA collection, the Sculpture Garden is a magnificent outdoor courtyard featuring beautiful landscaping and seasonal horticulture. Able to hold a deceptively large number of guests,  it’s maximum capacity for a reception: 1,500.

MoMA also houses four state-of-the-art theaters ranging in capacity from 50 to 400 seats, each with first-rate film and video projection capabilities. Our theaters are the perfect venue for red carpet premieres and film screenings, as well as corporate meetings and conferences. Capabilities: 35mm, 16mm, Dolby Digital Cinema Package, Digibeta, HDCam, DVD, and VHS projection.






The New York Historical Society 


The New-York Historical Society is New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be.  Located across from Central Park in the heart of the vibrant Upper West Side, New-York Historical is an iconic landmark building with numerous gallery spaces to rent that accommodate a wide variety of events.

The spaces available for events are varied including exhibit halls, art galleries (one of which contains the largest Picasso on display in North America), and a state of the art auditorium with in-house AV support. Also available are The Gallery of Tiffany lamps (a stunning display of 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps in a two-level, dramatically-lit space that’s connected by a glowing glass staircase), and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library (which boasts beautiful neoclassical architecture; soaring, 50-foot ceilings; and magnificent stained-glass windows that were gifted to the Society l in 1908).





The Intrepid

The Intrepid Museum (originally the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum) is an American Military and Maritime History Museum. Located at Pier 86th and 46th street, along the Hudson River the museum is composed of exhibits, aircraft, and space craft aboard the USS Intrepid, a World War II-era aircraft carrier as well as cruise missile submarine named USS Growler and exhibits on Pier 86.  Intrepid Museum boasts 13 customizable venue spaces offering endless possibilities, from grand galas to intimate gatherings. The Intrepid is proud to be one of the few venues in the city with the ability to host events from 20 to 5,000 people with both indoor and outdoor options.





2 – Corporate Meeting spaces for all day meetings  (conference/tradeshow)