Where to Have a Private Lunch or Dinner in Manhattan

Where to Have a Private Lunch or Dinner in Manhattan

Manhattan, the cultural and culinary epicenter of the world, is a haven for those seeking exceptional dining experiences. While its vibrant restaurant scene is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, there are moments when you crave something more intimate. Whether it's a special celebration or a private business meeting, finding a secluded spot in this bustling metropolis can be a challenge.

In this article, we will guide you through an Aston Rose Sports and Entertainment Real Estate Firm curated list of exquisite dining venues that offer private lunch or dinner options.


Carbone NYC is an absolute must for those looking for high-end Italian cuisine with a touch of celeb watching. A favorite of the Kardashians and the Biebers, this “retro-glam” restaurant is sure to provide diners with a world-class experience.

Created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone’s approach to modern Italian fare includes a nod to restaurants of the mid-20th century in New York, where diners could enjoy elevated meals in exquisite yet unpretentious settings. Reservations are sometimes hard to come by but if you can get in, you will sure to be thrilled with your experience.

Carbone is located at 181 Thompson, between Bleecker and Houston

Bar Pitti

A favorite of locals and sidewalk-diners alike, Bar Pitti is as known for it’s charm as it is the high-end Italian cuisine. Owner Giovanni Tognozzi scours Italy for the best olive oil and other ingredients to bring back to this celeb hotspot.

Bar Pitti is intimate, cash-only and does not take reservations, but the food is phenomenal! Celebrities like Heidi Klum, Demi Moore and Taylor Swift have been spotted dining at this hidden gem.

Bar Pitti can be found in Greenwich Village at 268 Sixth Ave

Polo Bar

As one of New York’s most exclusive restaurants, the Polo Bar truly does not disappoint. NYC locals like Andy Cohen and Gwyneth Paltrow have been spotted here, and being closely connected to the fashion industry via owner Ralph Lauren, diners can expect to see plenty of designers eager to try the signature hamburger.

Opened in 2015, the Polo Bar incorporates American classics with an upscale edge, and the ambiance is warm and inviting, with wood paneling and touches of the polo industry. The restaurant is open for dinner 7 days a week.

The Polo Bar is located in Midtown at 1 East 55th St


A chic French brasserie-inspired bistro, this NYC icon is perfect for people watching in a lively environment. Balthazar’s owner, Keith McNally, has been known to give diners a sneak peek at his VIP clientele, including the iconic Anna Wintour and Leonardo DiCaprio. The restaurant has also been featured in pop culture many times, including novels, and was the location where Jerry Seinfeld proposed to his wife, Jessica.

Balthazar is commonly very busy, and sometimes loud. The best time to visit would be early in the day or late in the night, as they are open until 1 am. Stop in for a true Parisian experience!

Balthazar is located in SoHo at 80 Spring St


If you’re looking for an exclusive experience, Saint offers American favorites with an international twist, open for brunch and dinner on select dates.

Directly below, Saint has a classic Speakeasy, where diners can retreat to after hours. A coveted location for private events, the setting is reminiscent of the roaring ‘20s, complete with a dancefloor and disco ball. Celebs like Taye Diggs have visited Saint downstairs.

Saint is located in East Village at 136 2nd Ave

Au Za’atar

Known for their tableside shawarma and a favorite of NYC regulars like DJ Khaled and Cynthia Nixon, Au Za’atar brings classic Lebanese cuisine to the Big Apple. Chef Tarik Fallous creates Middle Eastern favorites from only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, incorporating family recipes. Au Za’atar features patio seating, an intimate bar, as well as a lively main dining room, perfect for groups. There truly is something for everyone.

Au Za’atar has two convenient locations, East Village and Midtown East

Manhattan's culinary scene is a melting pot of flavors and experiences, and finding the perfect private dining spot can be a rewarding adventure. These exquisite dining venues offer exclusive spaces for intimate gatherings, celebrations, or quiet business meetings. To further enhance your life in Manhattan and make your private dining experiences a part of your regular routine, consider seeking a residence in close proximity to these establishments.

Aston Rose, a luxury real estate firm with an extensive portfolio of properties in some of Manhattan's most coveted neighborhoods, can assist you in finding your dream home. Contact the team today to start your search for a private oasis in the heart of the city. Whether you desire to live near Central Park or any other iconic neighborhood, Aston Rose can help you make your dream a reality.


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