Private Room or Space for 200 People - budget not really an issue
Planning ahead for our holiday party and trying to find a cool venue in Manhattan that can hold ~200 people for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Last year was at the Stone Rose Lounge ... Would love to find someplace fun/cool with a good vibe. Don't want to do a loft space where we have to bring everything in... any thoughts and suggestions welcome!
For a party of 200 people, nothing beats Buddakan. It is IMO built for this kind of events. Chanel did their post-runway dinner party there.
The food is great if you stick with the appetizers (which is likely to be the case for your group). No offense to NiKoLe1625, but I think it beats stanton social in every aspect, from space to food to vibe.
I got married several years ago at Tribeca Rooftop. Very cool downtown vibe and can absolutely hold 200 people. Food was great (or so I heard).
You say that budget is not an issue. But to give you an idea, our wedding was on a Saturday night and it was around $250pp. I'm guessing that a weeknight party would be less.
You might want to consider Amalia, the new restaurant that opened recently on 55th St., b/t B'way & 7th. The Mediterranean cuisine is excellent, and the staff couldn't have been nicer. We were there on a Sunday just a week after they opened, so it was pretty quiet. But I have no doubt that once things get going, there will be a very upbeat vibe.
It's a converted carriage house, so the space is huge. On the street level, there are bar and dining areas with quite beautiful, yet hip, decor. One of the managers showed us the downstairs areas which is accessed via a staircase with steps covered with gorgeous imported mosaic tiles. There is a separate bar down there, and I imagine they will be using the space for private functions. You would have to inquire whether it can accommodate a party your size.
Another possibility might be Japonais, on 18th St., b/t Park Av. S. & Irving Pl. I've never been there, so I can't tell you anything about the quality of the food. However, I've passed by, and it's huge and, from what I could see, it's an extremely attractive place, which is borne out by the photos on their website. They do private functions, and since it is so big, they may be able to accommodate a party your size.
I would check out www.privatepartyroom.com -- it's a company called Eat, Drink & Be Merry and they helped me set up a party with dinner this year. fantastic. the food was amazing. Ask for Kate, she was super helpful. Good luck!
ps: if your budget really isn't an issue than why not do a loft? The caterers will handle all the food and rentals etc....and it's easier to do dinner for 200!