Bright lights, big city. From Times Square to Broadway, the energy of Midtown Manhattan is unmatched. This distinct area on the island of Manhattan is centrally located, and draws millions each year in business travelers and tourists alike. It’s home to Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, and serves as headquarters for countless businesses. If you are tasked to host a corporate dinner, training session, networking event, or company off-site, Midtown offers hundreds of unique, flexible options. And Midtown is filled with experienced event pros, planners, creatives, and caterers, all looking to make your corporate event a smash.
The Vendry has put together a list of some of Midtown’s top choices for your corporate event. From open concept spaces to restaurants, and local taverns to iconic venues, check out the list below to help guide you toward selecting the right locale.
Capacity: 300 standing, 140 seated
An event space reimagined for the digital world, Lightbox is a venue fully equipped with HD projection mapping technology and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Situated on two levels, this progressive event space is perfect for immersive product launches, elevated meetings, or experiential activations. In addition to all of Lightbox’s remarkable digital features, revel in their 4,000 square foot space with its high ceilings, customizable vinyl, on-site kitchen, and in-house food and beverage catering team. With fully programmable walls, this space tells the story your organization wants.
Capacity: 300 standing, 60 seated
The Stout Group strikes again with their Bryant Park location, steps away from Times Square and the Theater District. Buy out all of Stout Bryant Park for your corporate after-work event, or choose from their Mezzanine, Mezzanine Bar, or Dining Room options. The Mezzanine overlooks the entire restaurant and has a full-service bar, six TVs placed around the room, and can be fully customizable to your business needs. Or choose the semi-private dining room in the back of the restaurant, perfect for your meeting of 100 standing, 60 seated. Wherever you land in Stout Bryant Park, know that the American fare they serve up is just as excellent as what is on tap.
Capacity: 1200 standing, 600 seated
Need a centrally located, sleek locale for your upfront, corporate meeting, conference, trade show, gala, or fashion show? Center415 is in the middle of it all and has everything you need. Located on 5th avenue in Midtown, this unique spot boasts 32,000 square feet of open event space over two floors, 18-foot ceilings, and is conveniently located smack in the middle of major transportation hubs. Install whatever you can dream of in this airy space, complete with a rigging grid. Famed production company AES NYC manages this venue, so you know you will be dealing with some real pros
Capacity: 175 standing, 60 seated
C’mon home to Maggie’s Place, an Irish restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Midtown, hosting after-work events and big celebrations since 1974. Choose from Maggie’s three event space choices. A full buy-out of the joint is always an option, but perhaps the second floor Mezzanine that seats 60 is more your event’s speed. There’s a full-service, private bar and large windows, as well as all the audio/visual capabilities your presentation might need. If you are looking to take your team out, book the Nook, a 15-person book-lined alcove perfect to toast a recent company “W”.
Capacity: 300 standing, 185 seated
Legendary. High on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center is the iconic Rainbow Room, a venue hosting some of the biggest celebrations in New York since 1934. In addition to the large space of the main dining room that can accommodate 300, there are three other private options at this special venue. Select Bar Sixty Five for an after-work meeting or get together, a sleek room overflowing with cocktails, oysters, and awesome views. Or choose the Private Dining Room that only seats 25 for a team celebration, where personalized attention and striking views of the city below await. Finally there’s the Gallery, right next to the Rainbow Room, that can serve as a pre-event space and is anchored by the Empire State Building glittering in the window.
Capacity: 1500 standing, 600 seated
The Museum of Modern Art is where creativity, openness, and generosity come to live and breathe. Aiming to be a consummate inclusive space, the MoMA has legendary event spaces to offer in Midtown, from large venues for presentations to small, private events. Select a theater for your company’s presentation from one of the four stellar choices. Then invite your guests to one of MoMA’s many customizable event venues for drinks or dinner. The outstanding Sculpture Garden can host 1500 people in its outdoor space dotted with seasonal horticulture. Transform the Garden Lobby, with views of the Sculpture Garden, into a large-scale sit down dinner for 700.
Capacity: 75 standing, 20 seated
Make hosting a corporate event look easy with help from The Archer Hotel. One foot in this posh hotel and your guests will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. Spyglass is the real stunner here, a rooftop bar perfect for your next after-work meeting or get together. Combine the Empire Bar Room with the Terrace for spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, craft cocktails, and shareable bites. The top shelf staff will make certain no detail is overlooked for your corporate event at The Archer Hotel.
Capacity: 500 standing, 44 seated
The Big Easy meets the Big Apple at Alligator Pear, an unforgettable New Orleans-inspired hotspot in Midtown just waiting to host your next corporate get together. If you need a spot for a private team dinner, consider the Oak Room, which seats 14, and has audio/visual capabilities. If you need more room, consider the main dining room, where your guests can circulate, sipping on hurricanes and nibbling on blue crab beignets. The pros at Alligator Pear will show your guests that a little Southern hospitality goes a long way, even in Manhattan.
Capacity: 150 standing, 85 seated
If a presentation is a must for your corporate off-site or training, consider the Museum of Arts and Design. Located on Columbus Circle, the Theater at MAD is a mid-century wonder with a gold lame ceiling, seating 143 guests for a presentation or seminar. This theater is ready to meet any of your presentation needs, including DCP, 35mm, 16mm, optical media, legacy video projection with Dolby Digital surround sound, XPAND 3D capabilities, wired or wireless microphones, and various auxiliary inputs. After your crowd is completely captivated, head up to the 7th floor for a lovely entertaining space that seats 85 for dinner, with Central Park Views and the choice of any catering partner of your liking.
Capacity: 150 standing, 65 seated
Touting no barriers or boundaries, MADE Hotel is a conscious, connected venue for your next business meeting. Select their 18th floor lounge cheekily called “Good Behavior”, offering up panoramic views of NYC, Tiki-inspired cocktails, and indoor/outdoor functionality. Or choose Debajo for your team off-site, an indoor dining room with an open kitchen, patio, and private entrance. If you are looking to host your corporate event in a contemporary space in Midtown, this hotel has it MADE.
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Midtown Manhattan might feel like it has it all, but there is still so much to think about before booking your venue for your corporate dinner, conference, training, or private event. A business affair in Midtown will have its own personality and finding a venue to match it can be a snap if you know what to look for. Consider the following:
Agenda. What is the flow of the event? Figuring out the purpose (training session, celebratory dinner, etc.) is the jumping off point for picking a venue in Midtown. For instance, there’s no need for a theater space if you just need to host a dinner.
Crowd Size. It goes without saying the number in your party will help you define your space, but make certain that the space isn’t too tight (or too roomy). People like their space more and more these days, so pick a venue with good flow.
Tech. If you are hosting a training or planning on a guest speaker, make sure your venue has everything you need, top to bottom. If your location doesn’t have production equipment or audio/visual on-hand, bet that you aren’t the first to ask, so acquire a list of vendors from the get-go.
Catering. Is it easier to select a spot that already serves food? Or would you prefer a blank canvas where you can wow your crowd with your own selections? Check your budget and figure out what will work best for the business partners you are looking to entertain.
Midtown Manhattan is bursting with venue options and The Vendry is happy to deliver them all directly to you. With just a few clicks, source the tried-and-true to the up-and-coming on The Vendry, and even request a proposal directly from your search!