From tea parlors to cozy spas, you’ll find the perfect way to celebrate your new arrival
Having a baby is cause for celebration, and NYC moms-to-be get festive in various ways. New Yorkers host baby showers in NYC tea parlors, restaurants and spas, but that’s just the beginning. Check out our favorite venues for baby showers in NYC, no matter what type of mom (and babe) are being feted! (Want something really out of the ordinary? Try these unique locations for NYC baby showers! In Queens? These are our top baby shower venues for your borough!) Need a gift? We recommend these experiences.
FOR A PROPER TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER IN NYC
Alice’s Tea Cup
A reasonably priced tea can be tough to find. At Alice’s Tea Cup, your crew can enjoy a full English tea service without running up a huge bill. This local chain has three locations for a baby shower in NYC: one on the Upper East Side, one on the Upper West and one in Brooklyn Heights. Depending on your party size and preferred location, you can reserve a spot in the main dining room or rent a private room. Guests will get their fill on sweets, savory sandwiches and teas from around the world. Make a morning reservation before 11:30 a.m. on weekdays or 3 p.m. on weekends to take advantage of their Mad Morning Tea and get the best price. It includes popular breakfast foods for just $32 for one person and $44 for two people.
Two locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
If your goal is an authentic high tea with the mom-to-be, try Lady Mendl’s. Up the street from Gramercy Park, located inside The Inn at Irving Place, you’ll find a beautiful room with Victorian-style architecture and finishings. The inn offers a five-course tea with freshly baked scones and classic finger sandwiches. There is just one downside: the experience is costly. Pricing for the main tea salon, which holds up to 50 people, starts at $5000 for four hours on weekends. A more reasonable, yet still pricey, option is hosting the party in their formal library, which holds up to 20 guests. You can rent it starting at $2000 for up to 2.5 hours.
Inn At Irving Place
56 Irving Pl.
Parisian Tea Room: For a Tea Party with a Twist
You can hold a proper high tea at the brand new Parisian Tea Room (opens September 10), the decor of which is inspired by owner Karen E. Lozner’s visits to tea rooms in the French capital. But Lozner’s other passion (fashion) means you can also hold a tea and sewing party! Three-hour events are for 8 to 12 people, with high teas including waitstaff, finger sandwiches, sweets and more.
347 W. 36th St.
FOR A BABY BRUNCH IN NYC
SERRA by Birreria at Eataly
Escape to the Italian countryside on Eataly Flatiron’s rooftop. A dining space that changes with the seasons transitions from a “flowering greenhouse” resplendent in bright pink blooms in spring to a celebration of winter beauty dubbed “Serra Alpina.” (It’s not as traditionally “girly” as the spring/summer iteration, but it’s still gorgeous.) Look for the springtime iteration to return in mid-April or so. Reservations can be made for groups of up to 25 people for a baby shower in NYC.
200 Fifth Avenue at 23rd St.
This Greenwich Village bistro is the spot to host a bridal or baby shower. Many happy customers leave, declaring it the best brunch in Manhattan. The Green Room, Jane’s private space, holds 40 guests for a seated, three-hour party. For $45 per person, everyone will get a starter, main course, family-style sides, coffee, tea, juice, & soda. The events coordinator will work with you to customize and personalize your menu. There is no shortage of delicious entrees; we recommend including the Farm House Popover, featuring scrambled eggs, smoked ham, Gruyère and caramelized onions or the Vanilla Bean French Toast on the menu. Note: There is no room rental for a weekend brunch event, but there is a $2,600 minimum to be met before taxes and fees.
100 West Houston St.
Suppose you want your baby shower in NYC to have that certain je ne sais quoi (in this case, effortlessly chic rustic French charm), head to Maman. The cafe/bakery has numerous NYC locations that host events. Its newest, Maman King (pictured above), is the largest Maman location yet! You’ll find others in Tribeca, Soho, Greenpoint, Nomad, Cobble Hill and the Upper East Side; Marche Maman on Centre Street has an intimate outdoor garden space. In addition to the romantically charming decor, you’ll dine on delectable French bites and pastries, which can be served family style or as finger foods. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are available. Events can be booked for 15 guests or more; brunch rates start at $35 per person, and lunch is $40 per person. More info on events here. (Look good? Get cracking! This place is popular!)
The Crosby Street Hotel Sculpture Courtyard
Book The Crosby Street Hotel’s Sculpture Courtyard for a genuinely luxurious yet intimate experience with European flair. The Soho Hotel’s serene space features a tall organic tree sculpture, suspended pendant lights, and the greenery of a mix of small trees and shrubs, including magnolia, hydrangea and other native plantings. Private events, held from noon to 4 p.m., are capped at 25 guests, and there is a food and beverage minimum of $95/person. Rates are $6,000 for weekdays and $7,500 on weekends. Another stunning option at The Crosby Street Hotel is The Meadow Suite, which, as the name implies, has its very own garden terrace for a special celebration.
79 Crosby St.
This Astoria restaurant is known for its delicious fare and unique cocktails. The restaurant’s layout includes multiple rooms and intimate spaces that can accommodate small and large groups. The three most popular areas for baby showers are The Snug Room, The Oak Room, and the outdoor Bar Garden. It has an extensive array of customizable food and drink packages, including various party platters and open bar options. Prices vary on the time and day of the party.
29-12 23rd Ave.
This award-winning, popular Prospect Heights restaurant recently opened a chic private event space in the storefront next door. The room can host a seated affair or cocktail party for up to 30 people, featuring stylish floral wallpaper and a custom bookshelf stocked with cookbooks and collectibles. The restaurant also has a charming garden open year-round thanks to heat lamps (where some of its food is grown) that can be booked. The icing on the cake is the hallway that leads to the garden, which features an immersive, floor-to-ceiling installation of fragrant, preserved plants, moss, and lush greenery on every surface. Rates start at $95/person.
659 Vanderbilt Ave.
Sunday in Brooklyn
Home to some of our favorite pancakes (and a happening brunch scene), Sunday in Brooklyn also has several event spaces ranging from casual to refined funky, and you can host a party for as few as nine people and as many as 200. Choose from an intimate private dining room for 16 on the third floor, a second-floor sunroom (for 50 people, pictured), a second-floor rooftop covered garden (more casual) and more. Brunch is served family style, with creative takes on hearty classics, starting at $45 per person (unlimited drip coffee included); beverage packages are offered separately. And yes, you can add on the famous malted pancakes.
348 Wythe Ave.
FOR A FLORAL FUN BABY SHOWER IN NYC
Flower Girl NYC
This sweet Lower East Side flower shop will host your baby shower in NYC on-site or come to you. You can host a gathering of up to 24 people in the shop, with the option of catering from the equally chic cafe, Maman (see above). Add on an activity such as making floral crowns, terrariums, seasonal bouquets and more, as well as botanically-inspired favors and memorable decor. Showers include a staff member to assist with setup and lead the class.
Showers are two hours, and if on-site, are $900 (outside of business hours) and $2,000 during business hours. Off-site showers are $1,250 with a 20 percent delivery fee.
245 Eldridge St.
Lower East Side
FOR A SWEET ACTIVITY
Moms-to-be with a sweet tooth will love learning to bake cakes and truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar. Guests learn all the steps for assembling Milk Bar’s most popular layer cake flavor combinations and will learn how to transform cake scraps into delectable bite-sized cake truffles. (This will be great practice for all the upcoming kids’ birthday parties!) Small group classes for 2-20 people last approximately 3 hours and start at $2,500.
55 Hope St.
At Sprinkles, $900 will get you two hours, four dozen full-sized cupcakes, or six dozen mini cupcakes, and you can choose to have them frosted or unfrosted. If you choose the unfrosted option, you can select up to three cakes and frostings and host a frosting party upstairs! If you’d like to add on any additional time, the rate is $100 per hour. Sprinkles doesn’t provide any food or beverages, but you can bring any outside food or drinks or even have them delivered to the store. The space holds about 35 people seated and 10-15 comfortably standing.
780 Lexington Ave.
Upper East Side
FOR SOME TIME AT THE SPA
A salon that uses only 10-free, vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free products, Sundays is a logical choice for a shower event. Studios are in NoMad, Saks Fifth Avenue, and 49th Street; the newest is in Hudson Yards. Treat everyone to the 2 1 Guided Mediation Manicure, which includes a guided meditation from Inscape and an essential oil treatment.
51 E. 25th St.
611 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
A little TLC might be what Mom needs before the baby arrives. This SoHo spa boasts extensive pre- and post-natal services and offers group party packages. Expecting moms will love the signature Mama Massage, which focuses on relaxing the lower back muscles and feet. The Body Buff is another blissful treatment with gentler alternatives to harsh scrubs. There are three party packages available. The Pamper and Primp program includes a group class in the fitness studio or treatment in the spa followed by mani/pedis and makeup application. If you have less time, opt for the Spa Splurge package, which includes a massage or body treatment. For larger parties, Beauty Blast is ideal: your group will get access to the lounge in the spa’s Beauty Loft and receive manicures, pedicures and makeup application — plus all the champagne they can drink.
119 Mercer St.
This is a truly customizable experience that comes to you. Pick what spa services your guests will receive and add-ons that include monogrammed robes and slippers, tarot card readings, DJ, goodie bags and more.
TO GET COOKING
My Cooking Party
Want to throw a co-ed shower with an exciting twist? Get the group together for a cooking lesson at My Cooking Party. This culinary company, located in the Flatiron District and Chelsea, offers a selection of fun courses. It’s the perfect bonding experience for guests meeting for the first time. Their three-hour cooking class provides hands-on instruction and a three-course meal the staff serves. You can also make the event more competitive and split the guests into teams. Each team will invent and create hors d’oeuvres that are judged based on creativity and taste. Pricing starts at $119 per person, plus 20 percent gratuity, but varies greatly depending on your party size and package.
FOR WILLIAMSBURG CHIC
For the boho-chic baby shower of your dreams (in Williamsburg, no less), consider Fandi Mata, where “Brooklyn industrial meets the Mediterranean.” Choose to be seated on the main level, the mezzanine or in the outdoor heated pergola—you’ll be surrounded by plants, vibrant hues and maybe even some macrame. Parties can snack on creative brunch items, large and small plates like breads, pizzas and spreads (lots of varieties of hummus here), and the restaurant specializes in creative cocktails for those who wish to sip a little something. Rates for groups start at $1,000 for a party of 10.
74 Bayard St.
On first thought, wine tasting might not seem like the best activity for a baby shower. After all, the guest of honor can’t indulge in the house specialty! But before you poopoo the idea, check out Brooklyn Winery’s beautiful private space. This boutique urban winery in Williamsburg has a rustic setting decorated with antique glass candle holders and vintage china. The venue offers two packages: The Afternoon Bites menu, which is well-suited for a cocktail-style event, and the Afternoon Luncheon, which features a more traditional lunch service of salads and sandwiches. You’ll also enjoy some of Brooklyn Winery’s best reds and whites. The space holds anywhere from twenty to 160 people, and you can reserve it for up to three hours. Pricing will vary depending on the number of guests and package you choose.
213 North 8th St.
FOR AFFORDABLE OUTSIDE IDEAS
Throwing a baby shower doesn’t have to break the bank. These NYC spots are perfect if you want to host a casual, free outdoor event.
Mad. Sq. Music
Is the mom-to-be a music fan? Get a small group together and spend an evening at Madison Square Park listening to some of the world’s top performers. The Oval Lawn Series is held on Wednesday evenings all summer and features a mix of genres. If you’re throwing a Fall shower, The Studio Series is held on Saturday afternoons all autumn and includes folk, blues and Americana acts. The concert is entirely free. Just make sure you arrive early so that you can snag a good spot.
Madison Ave. at 23rd St.
Hudson River Park Pier 63
This city has no shortage of parks; many are perfect for hosting a picnic lunch. This lush, grassy lawn with unique stone seating and a charming view of the Hudson is one of the best for a laid-back outdoor shower. It’s still not well-known, so it doesn’t get as crowded as the Sheep’s Meadow or other popular spots. Plus, it offers ample room for younger guests to run around. The dads will volunteer to take the kids next door to Chelsea Piers for adult-only events. If you need to create a menu, nearby Chelsea Market is full of gourmet eateries and bakeries.
C or E line to 23rd St.