Planning the perfect baby or bridal shower in New York City can be stressful. Whether you’re looking for a traditional brunch or to satisfy the guest of honor’s sweet tooth, we’ve done the work for you to reduce some of your party planning anxiety. These restaurants and bake shops are the best for bridal and baby showers in New York City. By Sarah Shaker.
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Book the “Bountiful Bites” package at one of Brooklyn Winery’s rustic event spaces to shower your loved one. For an intimate private party with 30 to 150 guests, you’ll enjoy red, white and sparkling wines with four craft beers and premium sodas. The meal includes antipasti spreads, salad, crudités and tea sandwiches,and ends with dessert bites. This Williamsburg winery also offers elaborate cocktail parties and a family-style sit down dinner, depending on your special event needs.
For a kitschy bridal or baby shower, book the Mad Hatter tea service at Alice’s Tea Cup on the Upper East Side. A tiered array of scones, sandwiches, cookies and desserts are offered with a long list of teas. Custom cakes can be ordered, starting at $65 depending on size and design as well. Special gift bags are also available for your guests to take home a taste of the afternoon’s delights. For something a bit out of the ordinary, accommodations can be made to offer palm, tea leaf or tarot readings for a fun look into the future of the bride or mom-to-be and her guests.
The Stanford White Studio, The Lambs Club
Tucked away to the side of The Bar is a discreet landmarked room known as The Stanford White Studio at The Lambs Club. This elegant private dining room and terrace is lovely for booking bridal and baby showers accommodating up to 36 seated and up to 60 for a reception. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s signature style of hospitality and carefully crafted special event menus will treat both the guest of honor and her partygoers to a special private indoor and outdoor dining experience.
Treat the bride or mom-to-be with sweets by booking the Sprinkles Party Room for a cupcake decorating celebration. The famous Upper East Side cupcakery and private space will delight your guests with its candy-colored floor and adorably dotted windows. Decorate freshly baked cupcakes with creamy frosting and add wedding or baby themed candy toppings, sip on mimosas and snack on homemade savory treats that you’re free to provide. If anyone in your party suffers from a food allergy or is a health nut, both vegan and gluten-free cupcakes and frostings are available.
Anassa Taverna boasts a beautiful bi-level space for private events that can accommodate up to 175 seated guests or you can reserve the second level with a full service bar for up to 75 seated guests. A menu of Greek specialties and fresh seafood dishes along with the staff’s warm hospitality, bring together a delightful experience for an elegant bridal or baby shower.
Sugar and Plumm
Host a whimsical shower on the Upper West Side at Sugar and Plumm’s flagship bistro. The back section of the restaurant can be sectioned off to accommodate your party, like when it was done for Jamie Lynn Sigler’s baby shower last year. Enjoy a completely custom menu off of Sugar and Plumm’s breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner plates. From savory dishes to their famous desserts, all can be included to create the perfect party sampling for your guests tastes and cravings.
With 10 beautiful private banquet rooms, ’21’ can accommodate parties of 10 to 200 for lunch or dinner. Book the legendary Prohibition-era wine cellar, which today is home to nearly 2,000 bottles, for a bridal or baby shower luncheon. Appetizers, entrees and desserts, as well as coffee and tea service can be customized to your guest of honor’s preferences. The hostess can also request assistance with flowers and entertainment for a successful celebration down to the last details. Also worth noting, 21 Club recently underwent a $1.7 million renovation on their biggest private dining space (formerly known as the Main Dining Room).
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.