New Yorkers looking to host a huge gathering of people have a variety of options at their disposal. While this long list of locations reduces once one looks into having the gathering or event catered, there are still plenty of sites that can offer lots of seats and fill lots of plates.
Individuals looking to recapture the wonderful dining experience of a traditional Parisian rotisserie meal would be well-served by Rotisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side. This location makes use of special ovens that allow its clientele to savor the poulet rôti, the proper name for rotisserie chicken, with their eyes and nose in order to better excite their palette. While the site excels at its chicken, it does offer other dishes and has a chef’s table that accommodates up to a dozen special guests.
For individuals seeking more traditional American cuisine, Gramercy Park’s Gramercy Tavern has been offering seasonal, local fare for over two decades. The site’s dining room facilities include a mural of vegetables and makes for an excellent place to hold a private gathering that is accented with familiar edibles like smoked trout, grilled chicken, halibut, pork loin and over a dozen cheeses. While it may cost a pretty penny to eat at the Gramercy Tavern, the flavors and attention to palette make for an experience that is certainly memorable for every guest that its staff serves.
Lastly, gourmands who appreciate the Italian commingling of food and family need look no further than Tarallucci e Vino. While its name translates as “large breadstick twists and wine,” Tarallucci e Vino boasts a much broader variety of foods, including pasta, paninis, shrimp cocktails and desserts all crafted by Chef Riccardo Bilotta. Whether hosted on site or at a client’s own location, all catered dinners follow a package based on whether the client is interested in having a buffet, family style dining or a three-four course meal. Much like Gramercy Park, Tarrallucci e Vino strives for a seasonal menu whose ingredients come from the surrounding markets yet many of its wines come from familial vineyards back in Italy. This exclusivity in wine stewardship means that Tarrallucci e Vino’s guests are given the unique opportunity to sample aged wines that would otherwise be impossible to enjoy within the United States.
While the restaurant maintains two physical locations, in Union Square and Cooper Hewitt, it is more than equipped to cater private functions off-site. The Union Square location offers a mezzanine chamber suitable for 30-80 guests, complete with a bar, wine cellar and lounge and is accented with aesthetically pleasing art objects. The Union Square location also gives access to a loft that can suit between 50 and 120 guests. Much like the mezzanine, the loft has a bar and lounge and is outfitted with elegant mirrors and chandeliers. Tarallucci e Vino has provided a private events space and its signature cuisine to such luminary clients as Facebook, Harvard, Forbes, Chobani, Adobe, Warby Parker, Google, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, Spotify, Macy’s and Pixar.