Planning The Perfect Party

Upstairs at Route 66 NYC Holiday Party 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleNew York City is in full swing holiday party mode. It’s not to late to plan the perfect event and have 2019 go out with a bang. Both large and small intimate events are easily handled by these bash experts.

The Upstairs at Route 66 (46 Stone Street) For a fun, relaxed hang complete with Shuffleboard, Foosball, Pinball and Darts, explore Upstairs. Located on historic Stone Street in the Financial District, Route 66 has a homespun vibe with craft beer selections that scream of southern hospitality. They offer an All-American Whiskey list comprised of an array of highly acclaimed bourbons, ryes and whiskeys. All taps strictly pour 100% American craft beer breweries. Fill up your guests with Pulled Pork Sliders ($95/25) or Sliced Brisket Sammies ($100/25). Pick out half trays of Mac ‘n Cheese ($50), Blistered Shishito Peppers ($45) or Kale Caesar Salad ($45). Snacking options consist of Deviled Eggs ($50), Chicken Buffalo Wings ($70) or Buttery Pretzels ($80). They have year-round deals like $5 select drafts, $8 wines, $9 margaritas and $7 well drinks from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close. Every Wednesday they feature a New Specialty Whiskey Cocktail and whiskey for special price.

City Vineyard Holiday Party NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleCity Vineyard (233 West Street, Pier 26) If you’re looking for the “wow” factor in a unique setting, consider City Vineyard. Located on the water at Pier 26, you’ll be treated to water views as well as a view of the Freedom Tower. Known for outdoor dining in the warm weather, the indoor dining room is stunning. City Vineyard and City Winery are the only working vineyards in Manhattan. While they provide wines from around the globe, they also offer a dozen hand made varietals with grapes flown in from California. Their unique wines truly add a special touch to any event. Two-hour events start at $110 while a three-hour seated event is $170. Guests will enjoy an unlimited offering of four City Winery wines and three craft beers for the duration of the event. The space holds 100 people for an elegant seated dinner or a cocktail reception for 120.

Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar Holiday Party NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleAyza Wine & Chocolate Bar (11 East 31st Street) You may have visited this sweet treat palace for chocolate fondue and chocolate martinis. But Ayza also hosts a variety of events ranging from reserved business meetings to large scale private parties. They offer four different places including Ayza to hold your event. The restaurant’s rustic chic atmosphere complete with a beautiful bar and dining tables fit for small to medium-sized parties. The largest venue is Midtown Loft and Terrace with a wonderful indoor/outdoor space in the heart of Manhattan. Including coveted features like high ceilings and sweeping views of the city, Midtown Loft and Terrace is a truly incredible venue. Food and beverage for two hours starts at $60 per person with each additional hour $20 per person. Hot appetizers include Shrimp Bruschetta with avocado and mini sweet peppers, White Truffle Flatbread and Beef Skewers. You have the option of serving decadent drinks like their Raspberry Chocolate Martini Cocktail and Chocolate covered Strawberries. Stations include Homemade Hummus, Smoked Eggplant and Assorted Cheeses and Charcuterie.

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Monica DiNatale is Deals Expert and author of "365 Guide New York City" which is full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. Her weekly column in Metro NY “Drink. Eat. $ave. NYC” is the source for deals in The Big Apple. Paperback and ebook are available on Amazon.

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