Weddings & Social Events
Manhattan Penthouse WEDDING VENUE on Fifth Avenue
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our sweet spot
We think 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:
tOP CUISINE IS our MOST IMPORTANT strength
Executive Chef Andriani, classically trained in France and formerly Head Banquet Chef at the Parker Meridien, 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.
We offer special tastings twice a month so that you may experience our food, wines and ambience. You may see some of our cuising in the "Food Gallery" under the "Menus and Planning" Section at the top of the page. Also in this section are recommendations for Vendors and Nearby Hotels.
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.
Manhattan Penthouse on iconic Fifth Avenue at 14th Street is near the Union Square Park transportation and hotel hub one block east, a partner garage across the street, and Washington Square Park just down the Avenue. The two parks are great areas for wedding photo before a ceremony. Manhattan Penthouse in the middle of the city is easy to get to.
A lofty First Impression
Arriving at our Palladian Reception Room, guests are greeted by giant silvery Palladian windows and stunning views north and east and a large custom oak, stained glass and mirrored bar on the west wall, echoed by stained glass and mirrored panels around the room. 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."
THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING is an uninvited guest
As noted in ceremony photographs, the lighted Empire State building oversees a wedding ceremony at Manhattan Penthouse, its colors broadcasting the location and season of the historic family event. 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 enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvre in the Palladian Room.
the Compass Ballroom
Fine dining at Manhattan Penthouse takes place in the Compass Ballroom, where 75 to 200 guests can be seated with a large dance floor bordered on its north and south sides by elegantly appointed dining tables and a necklace of city illuminations. During the day Palladian views are like three dimensional cubist art, and receptions taking place during the long days of the spring and summer, and on Sundays, enjoy dramatic changes in lighting from day into the night. We highlight table centerpieces with spot lighting and wash some walls with color.
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 forever 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 or at one of our sister venues for smaller groups, please call 212-627-8838 or contact us online today.
Unique Integration of Strengths
The Manhattan Penthouse experience is the result of a number of powerful features, including convenient and iconic location, amazing views, handsome decor, finest cuisine, and great planning help. This airy penthouse tower is the ideal setting for lasting memories of personalized ceremonies and receptions. Couples are supported in their desires to bring their important traditions and preferences in planning their receptions at our extraordinary wedding 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, and rehearsal dinners. Our same cuisine and services operate there also. See link at the top of this page: "Smaller Sister Venues"
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 upper right hand corner is outfitted with drinks on your day.
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.
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 three decades 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, or officiants, but we keep a great list of top florists, photographers, DJs, hotels, and other resources on this website under Menu 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. For wheelchair accessibility, our staff will accommodate any mobility needs. Most events at Manhattan take place in the evening and on weekends when th building is 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.
The Bridal Suite offers a 400-square-foot private space for the couple and the wedding party, complete with comfortable chairs, some fine paneling, a selection of drinks, a Palladian window, Cheval mirror, and a proximity near 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 400 amps with 15- and 20-amp circuits.
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 as Manhattan invests in advanced lighting concepts.
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.
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.
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.
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!