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Dinner With Friends

The best spots for private dinner parties in New York, London and Paris.

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The best spots for private dinner parties in New York, London and Paris. 

 

NEW YORK

Gramercy Park Hotel Private Roof Club
2 Lexington Avenue;
212.920.3300

VIBE: An eccentric’s penthouse with art by Julian Schnabel on the walls and olive trees on the terrace.
CROWD: Nightcrawlers from fashion and film, including the Olsens, Narciso Rodriguez and Gwen Stefani.
CUISINE: Wakiya, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, or a vast catering menu that includes sushi, Italian and Spanish fare.
PRO/CON: You don’t have to be a member to book a party./No live music allowed or changing the placement of the plants.
COST: $250 to $500 per person; includes beverages.


La Grenouille

3 East 52nd Street;
212.752.1495

VIBE: The private room upstairs is cozy with antique rugs, a fireplace and owner Charles Masson’s beautiful floral arrangements.
CROWD: Everyone from New York social lions to business and media titans to politicos.
CUISINE: Classic, including mushroom risotto, chocolate soufflés, lamb chops or Dover sole.
PRO/CON: The service, atmosphere and food are among the best in the city./The stairs to the private room are vertiginous, so beware of too much fine wine.
COST: $250 per person (20-person minimum); includes one glass of Champagne.


Inn LW12
7 Ninth Avenue;
212.206.0300

VIBE: Gastropub-slash–Canadian hunting lodge.
CROWD: Downtown fashion types including Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
CUISINE: Diet-killing comfort food like poutine (french fries with cheese and gravy).
PRO/CON: Anything goes—as long as the Inn is left as it was found./Battling the ’hood’s B&T crowd.
COST: $75 to $250 per person; includes beverages.


LONDON

Annabel’s
44 Berkeley Square;
+44.207.629.1096

VIBE: Homey and intimate, with sexy, velvet tomato-colored sofas.
CROWD: Old-world posh types such as Tom Parker-Bowles and new-money tycoons like Philip Green.
CUISINE: Mostly Italian, some English comfort food.
PRO/CON: Bartender Mohamed is like an old friend to regulars./The club is strictly members-only (membership is roughly $1,500).
COST: Approximately $160 to $200 per person; beverages not included.


The Soho Hotel
4 Richmond Mews;
+44.207.559.3000

VIBE: Sophisticated country house with a dash of a private club.
CROWD: Media and fashion types and West End actors.
CUISINE: Unpretentious English and Continental fare.
PRO/CON: Roaring fires in the winter./Each of the four separate private dining rooms only accommodates 25.
COST: Approximately $200 to $400 an hour for a room, plus approximately $100 per person for food, wine and service.


Shoreditch House
Ebor Street;
+44.207.739.5040

VIBE: Industrial chic—exposed brickwork contrasts with luxe chandeliers and plush velvet armchairs.
CROWD: Artsy types who have set up camp in gritty Shoreditch.
CUISINE: A mix of traditional British and modern European (rabbit with olives and thyme).
PRO/CON: Lots of rooms mean lots of different atmospheres from which to choose./The rooftop, which seats 160, can get pretty noisy.
COST: Approximately $1,200 to $2,500 to rent a room, plus approximately $80 to $125 per person for food and beverages.

PARIS

Caviar Kaspia
17 Place de la Madeleine;
+33.1.4265.3332

VIBE: An institution among the fashion set, just off the tony Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
CROWD: Tom, Karl and DVF.
CUISINE: Caviar, caviar and caviar with potent vodka
infusions to wash it down.
PRO/CON: A small private room for cocktails only./The old-school decor could use a subtle makeover.
COST: From $200 per person; beverages not included.


Musée Jacquemart André
158 Boulevard Haussmann;
+33.1.4562.1640

VIBE: The most prestigious event space in Paris—a French art collector’s mansion-turned-museum.
CROWD: High society, artists and financial bigwigs.
CUISINE: The museum offers a list of private caterers.
PRO/CON: No fixed closing time at which the party has to end./Host must hire coat check, museum attendants and third-party insurance at extra charge.
COST: From $200 per person to book the room, plus approximately $190 per person; includes wine.


Prunier
16 Avenue Victor Hugo;
+33.1.4417.3585

VIBE: Rich—an Art Deco mosaic and crystal and marble furnishings.
CROWD: Pierre Bergé is the owner, so expect fashion-forward folk such as Alexander
McQueen, Viktor Horsting
and Rolf Snoeren.\
CUISINE: Seafood imported from the world’s top producers.
PRO/CON: The buzz from the open Champagne bar./The hangover from the open Champagne bar.
COST: Approximately $200 per person; includes Champagne bar.