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Dinner With Friends

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

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



Gramercy Park Hotel Private Roof Club
2 Lexington Avenue;

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;

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;

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.


44 Berkeley Square;

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;

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;

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.


Caviar Kaspia
17 Place de la Madeleine;

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;

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.

16 Avenue Victor Hugo;

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.



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