Weddings & Social Events
Manhattan Penthouse WEDDING VENUE on Fifth Avenue
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OUR EVENT SPACE HOLDS HOW MANY
Our best number of guests is between 75 and 200 guests in terms of comfort and pricing. Manhattan penthouse is a unique combination of several strengths, which we describe below. If you have less than 75, see " Smaller Sister Venues" at the top of the page.
tOP CUISINE IS our MOST IMPORTANT strength
Executive Chef Andriani, classically trained in Nice, has evolved the menu at Manhattan Penthouse to a unique collection of eclectic offerings that have earned top reviews. Favorite dishes over the years have been retained, and new signature dishes with the bright flavors and artistic looks of today have been added. Guests are served an exciting parade of hors d'oeuvre and courses, and top cuisine and fine services surrounded by city views add up to a fine dining experience. Guests are seated around a large dance floor bordered on both north and south sides by elegantly appointed dining tables and a wall of city views.
best 360 degree views in new york
Manhattan Penthouse looks out over Manhattan in every direction from its 8000 sauare foot perch at the top of a tall beaux arts building in lower midtown. Glorious daytime and nightime views surround the handsome space adding infinite dimensions and prestige. To the north are the Empire State Building and Times Square; to the east, Zeckendorf Towers and Union Square; to the south, the World Trade Center and Wall Street; and, to the southwest, Jersey City and the Hudson.
PALLADIAN WINDOWS, the SIGNATURE FEATURE of our wedding space
Our huge arched Palladian windows, more window than wall, frame our awesome views. We think our views become more like giant three dimensional cubist paintings by being framed so beautifully, as opposed to floor to ceiling windows of modern buildings. During the long days of the spring and summer, and on Sundays, guests enjoy dramatic changes in lighting from day into the night.
Ceremnies usually take place in front of our north middle Palladian window with the Empire State Building "looking on" and showing its colors, thus marking the city and the season of the historic family event. See this relationship in some of our ceremony photos. Dining tables are set up but hidden during the ceremony and are quickly moved into place afterward, transforming the Compass Ballroom for elegant dining while guests are enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvre in the Palladian Reception Room.
The Manhattan Penthouse Venue on iconic Fifth Avenue at 14th Street looks down on the Union Square Park transportation and hotel hub one block east and on a partner garage across the street. Washington Square Park is a few blocks down the Avenue, great for pre-ceremony photos.
A STUNNING First Impression
Arriving at our Reception Room, guests are greeted by giant silvery arched Palladian windows with stunning views north and east. A large custom oak, stained glass and mirrored bar on the west wall is echoed by stained glass and mirrored panels around the room between the windows. Cushioned window seats and herringbone floors complete a handsome I'd-like-to-live-here look. In a leading article on the top 12 wedding venues in NYC, Kim Forrest wrote, "We love how the loft space combines historic elegance with a modern loft feel."
SUPERIOR EVENT PLANNING
Monika Nemeth and Jeno Steiner are our two dedicated and media-praised catering executives in charge of helping you plan a personalized celebration. They are quickly and always reachable in the months prior to your event, and they attend your reception to personally make sure everything is perfect. Both began their professional training in the top hotel and restaurant school in Budapest and have helped clients achieve their goals for over twenty years at Manhattan Penthouse making your experience comfortable, comprehensive, rewarding and fun. They can discuss many options and customized details, and they are familiar with individual vendors who have helped our clients. To begin planning your wedding ceremony, reception, or other event at the Manhattan Penthouse please call 212-627-8838 or send in our Contact Us form, linked at the top of the page.
Unique Integration of Strengths
The Manhattan Penthouse experience is the result of the integration of a number of powerful features, including convenient and iconic location, amazing views, handsome Palladian decor, extraordinary cuisine, great planning help, and tremendous value. This light and airy penthouse tower is the ideal setting for lasting memories of personalized ceremonies and receptions. Couples are supported in their desires to involve their important traditions and preferences in planning a reception at our much heralded party venue.
very small weddings and wedding related events at alger house and sassy
Consider Manhattan Penthouse’s two sister venues, Sassy and Alger House, for events for15 to 75 guests such as very small wedding receptions, showers, birthdays, welcoming receptions, rehearsal dinners, and morning after brunches. Our full-service catering operates there also. See "Smaller Sister Venues" link at the top of the pages.
Best deals in winter and summer months when the demand is reduced.
Other reasons for a better deal: Reception occuring within a few months; a Saturday luncheon reception; a Friday or Sunday winter or summer reception.
please see floor plans and table arrangements for various group sizes below.
We use tables for 10 guests each mostly, and they surround the large dance floor. Our layout is perfect for a wedding sequence. Our bride's room in the northwest corner is outfitted with drinks on your day. The handicap bathroom is perfect for a groom's changing.
PLEASE SEE THE "CONTACT US" FORM link AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.
We show Manhattan Penthouse almost every day, and we hope you can come see us. If you fill out the Contact Us form, we will get back to you very soon. Or call 212-627-8838. Also 212-PARTIES will work too.
Awards and Recognitions
Since 1992, Manhattan Penthouse has provided clients with the weddings of their dreams. Helmed by President and Founder Sam Milliken and supported by Executive Chef Noga Andriani, Director of Catering Monika Nemeth and Assistant Director Jeno Steiner, Manhattan Penthouse has repeatedly won 5 star reviews and acclaim throughout its years of serving wedding couples.
What event services does Manhattan Penthouse offer?
Manhattan Penthouse offers complete event planning and production services, and it supplies all the resources for a wedding reception: food, bar, wine, equipment, staff, set up, clean up, liability insurance, and help in areas of design, lighting, sound, and Wi-Fi. Manhattan Penthouse does not generally provide music, flowers, photography, wedding cakes, or officiants, but we keep a great list of top vendors in the section on Menus and Planning.
What are Manhattan Penthouse’s prices?
In order to produce the best value for clients, Manhattan Penthouse pricing varies according to the number of guests, day of the week, month of the year, menu choices, bar and wine choices, and date proximity. Manhattan Penthouse executives can quote a price range based on several basic details. We help clients achieve their budgets and dreams.
How do I get to Manhattan Penthouse?
Manhattan Penthouse probably has the best traveling options of any wedding venue because of its location off Union Square where guests can arrive on the N, Q, R, W, L, 4, 5 and 6 trains. Alternately, they can arrive a block or two west on the 1, F, E, and M trains and the Path from New Jersey. Numerous buses run down Fifth Avenue or across 14th Street. Travel by taxi, traditional car service, Lyft, or Uber can be easily arranged. Discounted parking is available at Imperial Garage at 7 East 14th Street, about 300 feet away, when the parking ticket is stamped by our coat check to get half price.
Is Manhattan Penthouse wheelchair accessible?
Three passenger elevators and one freight elevator travel up to Manhattan Penthouse, and one of the three powder rooms is wheelchair accessible and can be used for changing. Our staff will accommodate any mobility needs. Most events at Manhattan take place in the evening and on weekends when thebuilding and elevators are not used much.
Executive Chef Noga Andriani, classically trained in France, has crafted menus for Manhattan Penthouse since the beginning in 1992. The techniques of French Cuisine are important at Manhattan Penthouse in creating rich, light, generous sauces and basic preparations. But our Menus have become very eclectic, as we have incorporated successive and recent waves of fresh culinary trends. Our preparations are up to date in terms of the rustic and artistic styles of today. Manhattan Penthouse emphasizes the freshest ingredients, which arrive very early in the day for immediate preparation by a great team of chefs. Manhattan Penthouse emphasizes elegant, artistic plating styles, efficient delivery of the courses, and a wide range of delicious hors d’oeuvre and wonderful signature sauces.
This room offers a 300 square foot private space for the couple and the wedding party, complete with comfortable chairs, fine paneling, a selection of drinks, a Palladian window, Cheval mirror, and a proximity to the powder rooms, one of which can be used by the groom for changing.
Audiovisual Equipment includes a podium, wired and wireless mics, highspeed Wi-Fi, iPod connections, stereo system, a large tripod screen, projector, and black-out curtains. Electricity is mostly 115 volt 15-20 amp circuits, but 400 amps can be tapped by a technician, when a Certificate of insurance would be required.
Lighting includes inside and outside lighting of Manhattan Penthouse’s Palladian windows to add their sculptural presence to the environment. Pin spots highlight important areas including bands, buffets and table centerpieces. Colored wall washes are available.
Music amenities include a classic Baldwin grand piano, stereo systems, and an iPod connection. There is ample space for DJs and bands. The piano is on wheels and can be positioned where one wants.
Powder Rooms include two ladies’ rooms and a men’s room with multiple fixtures.
Catering equipment includes the finest silver and service pieces, Kings Shell silverware, fine china, elegant crystal, round tables with cream linens to the floor, and silver ballroom chairs with pillow cushions. Tables, linens and other details can be customized to suit a particular style or tradition.
Decor includes a large, custom bar with modern design stained glass and mirror panels, the burnished steel Palladian windows, and the stained glass and mirror panels between the windows that echo the bar design. Cushioned window seats, park benches, illuminated ficus trees, beautiful oak herringbone floors, and arched mirrors add to a space that is handsome, low-key and non-commercial, reminiscent of fine, artistic Soho residence lofts. Our palette is white, silver and oak. We are an interesting blend of traditional and modern features, producing a very supportive and unobtrusive look.
Elevators include three passenger elevators and a freight elevator. Loading to the freight elevator is easily accessed from Fifth Avenue. Most events at Manhattan Penthouse take place in the evening or weekend when the building is mostly empty.
FLOOR PLANS SHOWING TABLE ARRANGEMENTS
Manhattan Penthouse’s 8000-square-foot, full-floor penthouse boasts the 4000-square-foot Compass Ballroom, the 2500-square-foot Reception Room, and a 400-square-foot lounge or bridal room. The space can be configured for a wide range of guests, seating plans, and catering strategies that include seated dinners with dancing for up to 200 guests.
“The top penthouse floor of this 5th Avenue Beaux Arts landmark building will take your breath away with commanding views in every direction. The space is immaculately designed to be a combination of traditional penthouse meets modern sleek loft, presenting a uniquely handsome setting that exudes New York style like no other with the Empire State Building as the backdrop. The moment when you say ‘I do” will enamor friends and family and live on as a magical tale to be told for generations.”
- Written by Editor in Chief of a major wedding magazine who chose Manhattan Penthouse for her wedding!
- A handsome and extraordinary venue
- Some of the best 360° views in Manhattan
- Top cuisine, staff services and value
- Highly complimented executives and staff
- Great location just off Union Square hub
- No need for over-decorating
- Up to 200 seated with dancing
- Discounts for certain less sought after days
Hi Jeno, Saturday exceeded my wildest expectations. Everything was perfect! The food, the ceremony, the staff...I can go on and on. Thank YOU. You made it happen!
When my husband and I decided to tour Manhattan Penthouse for our wedding, we instantly loved it. The City views are beautiful, the venue is warm and elegant, and the food is delicious! Monika Nemeth needs a special mention. We could not have asked for a nicer, more professional, responsive, and organized person than Monika. We loved every part of our wedding and are so happy we booked this place!