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The Best Venues in Downtown Manhattan

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Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares when you plan an event Downtown. This bustling part of Manhattan is home to some of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods like the Financial District, TriBeCa, and SoHo. Downtown Manhattan in New York City is where you will find some of the most historic and charming venues to hold your organization’s next big corporate event, teambuilding, product training, or off-site,

Stellar Venues in Downtown Manhattan

When it comes to hosting a corporate event in Manhattan, Downtown rolls out the red carpet for you in a way that no other area in the city can. Here you will find seasoned planners and event partners, all of whom have put on some of the most noteworthy gatherings in NYC history. Let The Vendry help you get started with your search with some of their top venue picks.

1. 180 Maiden Lane

Neighborhood: Financial District
Capacity: 250 seated

Situated on an iconic part of the East River waterfront is 180 Maiden Lane. It offers a newly renovated atrium plaza that boasts 26,000 square feet of space, perfectly suited for all your business event needs. Also at your disposal is a 150-seat conference center. There’s an on-site hospitality and service firm dedicated just to this venue. Applaud 180 Maiden Lane’s commitment to the environment, as it is Energy Star and U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified.

2. The Palace NYC

Neighborhood: TriBeCa
Capacity: 400 standing, 150 seated

Loaded with good energy, The Palace NYC is looking to host your next corporate outing, happy hour, or awards event, offering two levels of uninterrupted space in trendy TriBeCa. There is always a full-buyout option at The Palace, but if you are looking for something more intimate, consider the VIP Mezzanine Lounge. This private space upstairs has its own bar, in-house audio/visual, and allows for any catering of your choosing. Use the furniture provided or bring in your own rentals. The Palace is also a night club that has parking on site (a rare find!).

3. The Wall Street Hotel

Neighborhood: Financial District
Capacity: 200 standing, 150 seated

All the glowing reviews can’t be wrong. The Wall Street Hotel lives up to the hype. Fully customizable events are available at this award-winning hotel, from something grand all the way to something intimate. The Gerdau Ballroom serves up 21,000 square feet, and is flooded with natural light by day, and twinkles thanks to the city by night. For your big corporate event, pair the Gerdau Ballroom with the top floor Lounge and Terrace, and you’ve just owned the event scene in Downtown Manhattan for sure.  

4.  Triangle Loft

Neighborhood: Midtown
Capacity: 175 standing, 60 seated

Triangle Loft, situated on the more northern side of downtown Manhattan, stands out as one of the premier venues for hosting corporate events. Located atop the iconic "Little Flatiron Building," this newly renovated loft space offers unparalleled flexibility and style. Encompassing 8,100 square feet of inviting space, it boasts striking exposed wood beams, abundant natural light, and sweeping 360-degree views of the Meatpacking skyline. The Meatpacking district itself is a dynamic hub where culture and technology intersect, hosting major players like Instagram, Samsung, Apple, and more. Triangle Loft's unique pricing approach, tailored to individual event needs, ensures that every partner's vision is realized seamlessly. With its exceptional location and customizable offerings, Triangle Loft stands out as one of the best venues in lower Manhattan.

5.  Public Hotel

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Capacity: 350 standing, 200 seated

Public Hotel on the Lower East Side is an eclectic spot offering up seven different event spaces to fit the needs of your next corporate event. Host your company’s awards dinner at the Public Kitchen and Bowery Garden, a moody, elegant, and cozy restaurant that can accommodate 110 seated at long tables. Try Bar Chrystie, a refined lounge featuring bespoke cocktails and innovative fare all wrapped up in greenery, velvet, and fine crystal. All the options at Public are dynamite but The Roof is a real standout, as it feels like its floating high above the Manhattan skyline with jaw-dropping views and room for 300 standing.

6. One World Observatory

Neighborhood: Financial District
Capacity: 350 standing

One World Observatory, situated atop the iconic One World Trade Center, stands as an exceptional choice for hosting corporate events in downtown Manhattan. With its location on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors, spanning over 125,000 square feet, it offers a truly unparalleled event space. The journey to the top via the Sky Pod Elevator is an incredible experience in itself. Once guests arrive, they are treated to three levels of innovation and inspiration, all while enjoying breathtaking views of New York City's iconic landmarks, surrounding waters, and the impressive skyline. With astonishing 360-degree views that stretch up to 45 miles in every direction, One World Observatory provides an unparalleled backdrop for corporate gatherings, ensuring a memorable and awe-inspiring experience for all attendees.

7.  Hall des Lumières

Neighborhood: Civic Center
Capacity: 1,500 standing, 500 seated

Hall des Lumières emerges as one of the most coveted venues in downtown Manhattan for hosting corporate events, particularly for those seeking expansive and grand settings. With a maximum seating capacity of 500 and the ability to accommodate up to 1,500 standing guests, it is perfectly suited for very large-scale gatherings. This versatile space offers a blend of sophistication and adaptability that sets it apart. Whether it's a conference, gala, or any corporate affair, Hall des Lumières provides the ideal canvas for crafting a memorable event experience. Its spacious layout and prime location make it a standout choice in the heart of Manhattan, promising to elevate any corporate event to new heights of success and distinction.

8. Twenty Three Grand

Neighborhood: SoHo
Capacity: 150 standing, 70 seated

Hovering just above the hustle of the SoHo streets below is Twenty Three Grand, a beloved neighborhood dining destination perfect to host a corporate dinner. The indoor/outdoor functionality of this venue makes it a desirable spot for private events. Choose from five different event spaces. The Lower Terrace is behind the main dining room, and is cozy and enclosed, with the ability to seat 47. Above that is the Back Bar, which offers up space perfect for cocktails. Explore further to find the Upper Terrace, with a greenery-adorned swing, grass and benches, and enough room for 48 standing. Lastly, the Signature Room is an elegant space with an undulating wood ceiling, indoor olive tree, and open bar, perfect for a corporate dinner of 100.

9. Cipriani Wall Street

Neighborhood: Financial District
Capacity: 2,000 standing, 1,700 seated

Cipriani Wall Street stands as an iconic choice for hosting corporate events in downtown Manhattan, particularly for those seeking grand and spacious venues. This historic building, originally designed by Boston architect Isaiah Rogers in the Greek Revival style and built-in 1836-1842, showcases a rich architectural heritage. With its impressive facade adorned by twelve massive Ionic columns crafted from single blocks of Quincy Granite, the venue exudes a timeless elegance. The building's transformation by renowned architect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White in 1899, to serve as the headquarters for National City Bank (now Citibank), added another layer of grandeur. Featuring a Great Hall measuring 188 feet in length and 124 feet in width, supported by monumental Corinthian columns and crowned by a sixty-foot-high central dome, Cipriani Wall Street offers an unparalleled setting for very large corporate events. Its classic architectural elements, elegant marble finishes, and historic significance make it a standout choice, ensuring that any corporate gathering held within its hallowed halls is nothing short of exceptional.

10. New Museum

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Capacity: 350 standing, 180 seated

Want something cutting edge? Consider the New Museum for your next corporate off-site or event. The New Museum is the only museum in New York exclusively devoted to contemporary art, and that vibe is felt throughout all of their event spaces. Look at the theater if you need means for a presentation for your event: it seats 180 and allows for digital screenings, panel discussions, and live performances. Allow your guests to then retire to the Sky Room located on the top floor, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a wraparound terrace, and unreal views of the Manhattan skyline. Located on the Bowery at the intersection of SoHo and the Lower East Side, it’s hard to find a space more chic Downtown than this.

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What to Consider Before Hosting a Corporate Event

Before you sign on the dotted line for your venue, there are a few considerations to think about for your corporate event in Downtown Manhattan. While you are in the cultural epicenter of NYC, make sure your event venue plays into all that you need. When it comes to your event, ask yourself what is:

Your Purpose? Is this event celebrating a big team win? Or is it simply a networking event for your organization? The event’s aspirations are a big determination of the location.

Your Agenda? If you are planning for a screening, a demonstration, or any kind of speaker, make sure you have clearly laid out what the evening will entail to all your guests.

Your Crowd? Is this an event for the C-suite? Or a night to product-train the new staff members? Is your crowd all coming from NYC, or are you entertaining out-of-towners? The personality (and size) will help you determine the right location for your event.

Your Tech Needs? To deliver your event’s message you’ll need the right equipment. Check to see what your venue offers and plan if you have to rent. If a presentation is a must, source out a venue that has a theater or conference room, or at the very least, means for a staging space.

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