Weddings are back and that means plenty of events to plan or attend. The rehearsal dinner traditionally was hosted by the groom’s family the night before the wedding. Modern couples have made the ‘night before’ into a personalized event to suit their own tastes. From a casual welcome reception at the couple’s favorite bar to a formal sit-down dinner, there’s something out there to make any couple happy, and more importantly, set the tone for the main event. Check out our favorite Hoboken and Jersey City spots for the night before saying, “I do.”
Amanda’s | 908 Washington Street
Delighting customers for over 25 years in the elegantly-restored brownstone, Amanda’s provides the perfect venue with multiple private dining rooms that accommodate from eight to 90 guests. For a nice touch, Amanda’s will print that menu with a personalized heading. Amanda’s team can also provide off-premise catering. To book a party, please contact the restaurant via phone at 201-798-0101 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Nearby garage parking validation is available for reduced rates.
Anthony David’s | 953 Bloomfield Street
Enjoy a private event in Anthony David’s beautiful intimate private backroom with a handmade communal table and textured wallpaper ceiling. Click here to send Pino Hospitality a party request. With Anthony Davids Catering, bring the food of Chef Anthony Pino outside the restaurant. From event planning to location management to a personally customized menu, AD Events helps to make the experience a memory to cherish.
Antique Loft | 33 Newark Street
Antique Loft is a penthouse event space sure to inspire. It’s just steps away from the PATH station, located at the corner of Newark and River Streets. The 4,000 square foot space is a blank canvas full of natural light and high ceilings, has on-site management, hi-speed Wi-Fi, and gourmet cuisine from Antique Bar + Bakery. There is a wrap-around terrace that boasts panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline not available anywhere else in Hoboken. The recommendation is a minimum of 25 guests for a seated affair and a 40 person minimum for a reception. The maximum number of guests is 100 for a plated event and 175 for a cocktail party. Click here to reserve.
ArteVino | 720 Monroe Street
ArteVino Studio provides the perfect BYOB venue to have a great time creating a painting together. Guests will have access to the lovely and elegant art studio, art supplies, all paper products, and a talented instructor to create an interactive and memorable event. Starting at $35/person for a two-hour private painting party with a minimum of 10 people (Friday and Saturday night require a 30 person minimum), up to $45/person for a three-hour party. Anytime thereafter will be $50 for every additional half an hour at the studio. For additional inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 551-226-9442 or fill out the event form here. Note: a refundable $150 deposit is due to secure the desired time slot.
Barsky Gallery | 49 Harrison Street
Hoboken’s premier gallery, the Barsky Gallery, is a stunning commercial art gallery, and it’s available to rent for an art-inspired event. With 1,100 square feet of white and grey brick art-filled space, soaring 15-foot ceilings, and finished concrete floors, the venue welcomes full-service caterers and vendors of the client’s choosing. Vibrant original art throughout the gallery becomes part of the event, so guests can mingle among beautiful conversation starters. The ground-level location is easily accessible to all guests, with nearby public transportation options and a reduced-fare parking lot directly across the street. Call or text 201-464-0908.
Bin 14 | 1314 Washington Street
If you’re looking for a private event in a beautiful secluded backyard patio that includes an impressive handmade wine wall, Bin 14 is the spot. The maximum capacity of the space is 28 people, so it will be an intimate evening with the couple’s nearest and dearest. Click here to send Pino Hospitality a party request.
The Brass Rail | 135 Washington Street
The formal upstairs dining room within The Brass Rail is a cozy spot perfect for accommodating up to 70 people. With a New American menu, the restaurant offers banquet style, formal sit-down, and cocktail reception events. Please contact the restaurant at 201-659-7074 with any questions, or to schedule a time to view the space or fill out the event form here. It also offers off-premise catering with a wide range of options available.
City Bistro | 56 14th Street
Located in uptown Hoboken, City Bistro is a three-floor restaurant, bar, lounge, and rooftop serving an eclectic menu of Italian-American fare. This spot offers two private event areas located on the second floor: The Front Room Lounge and the Back Dining Room. Cocktail-style parties allow guests to mingle and interact with each other for a casual event, paired with an open bar package and passed around hors d’ oeuvres or stationary platters. Sit-down prefixes and family-style dining events are options for a more formal event. A minimum of 20 guests is required to hold the space and a minimum price of $500 per hour, per room, is required to avoid a room rental fee. Call 201-963-8200 or email email@example.com for availability.
Cornucopia Cruises | 14th Street Pier
If you’re looking through typical restaurants and hotels in New Jersey, consider something unexpected: charter a cruise ship. The Cornucopia Cruise Line’s Princes, Destiny, Majesty, St. Charles, and the newest ship, The Star of America, provide fabulous food, impeccable service, and beautiful views aboard a luxury ship. Enjoy dinner, lunch, or brunch year-round. Choose from the various packages depending on the number of guests. Call 732-697-9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Del Frisco’s Grille | 221 River Street
Del Frisco’s Grille also basks in the glory of city skyline surroundings. For a rehearsal dinner gathering filled with local flavor and flair, in between toasts and speeches, guests can dine on everything from Ahi tacos, New York Strip, and Nutella bread pudding. With a chic, modern atmosphere and an ideal waterfront location, with a parking garage just around the corner, Del Frisco’s Grille also offers private party rooms for some quality time with family and friends.
Dino and Harry’s | 163 14th Street
Dino and Harry’s Steakhouse on the waterfront has been named one of the top three steakhouses in New Jersey. The elegant dining room with vintage details such as the 150-year-old clock, the stained glass designs that crown expansive windows, and a tiled floor and tin ceiling that transports diners back in time, can accommodate up to 50 guests. With candlelight, subtle lighting, and elegant dark wood, an event in this room makes for an intimate affair. For information on booking a private party contact 201-659-6202.
Grand Vin Kitchen + Wine Bar | 500 Grand Street
Featuring an array of carefully selected wines and craft beers, delicious dishes made from local ingredients, and knowledgeable staff to accommodate your every need, Grand Vin is the perfect place to create a sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere for the event, and enjoy the “grander” side of life. The restaurant can accommodate parties of 20-60+ with either a family-style buffet or a prix-fixe option with first and second courses and sides. Fill out your event request here.
Halifax | 225 River Street
The breathtaking waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline make for a memorable backdrop to any celebration. Halifax, located in the W Hoboken, is available to host private events, up to 80 people. Halifax will work closely with the host to select the dining and beverage package that best fits the theme. The outdoor patio is available, weather permitting, and is an additional $2,000 rental fee. To host a special event at Halifax, contact the team for a menu consultation and a quote, please call 201-253-2500 or email email@example.com, or fill out the form here.
House of ‘Que | 340 Sinatra Drive
House of ‘Que only smokes the good stuff. This Austin-style BBQ heaven has a $40 per person minimum spend for all parties of 11 or more guests. Catering is also available. For inquiries and bookings contact Natalie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-706-8755 for events.
Hudson Table | 1403 Clinton Street
Hudson Table offers a special venue where up to 50 guests can find entertainment in the open space and charming kitchen. This gem offers fully catered events with customized menus created by one of the in-house chefs prepared right in front of you. Guests can get behind the counter to help out, too. Don’t forget it’s a BYOB. Prices range from $2,000 to $3,000 with fully customized menus and can accommodate any allergies/dietary restrictions guests may have.
Kolo Klub | 1422 Grand Street
The Kolo Klub’s 4,000-square-foot loft is spacious (it can accommodate up to 140 guests), yet still gives off an intimate feel. Hosts can completely customize the event — from the décor to the layout, all the way to the food and menu.
Room rental prices vary by time of year and the day of the week. The prices start at $300 up to $800, and are based on five-hour time frames with each additional hour adding $50 to the package. The maximum capacity for a formal sit-down dinner event with a dance floor is 80 people.
Take note, for decorations, Kolo Klub prohibits confetti of any kind, glitter, sand, and any other small decorations that could get stuck in the hardwood floors including stickers and feathers, sparklers, and taper candles. Balloons are allowed but may not be tied to any furniture or existing décor and must be weighted down. The Klub also does not allow markers, face paint, or anything that could stain the wooden tables/furniture. All decorations are subject to pre-approval by the venue. Fill out the event form here.
Leo’s Grandevous | 200 Grand Street
For a classic Hoboken kick-off to the wedding events, Leo’s Grandevous is the an incredible choice. Leo’s Grandevous is not only one of the oldest and well-known Italian restaurants in the area, but it is also the best place to come to appreciate the music of Frank Sinatra and the classic style of Hoboken. Since 1939, Leo’s has been serving great Italian food within walls that captured the spirit of the town. For private parties, choose from hot and cold antipasti and two kinds of pasta, and a choice of four entrées. With a customized menu and options, Leo’s can do all the dishes “family style.” It also offers flexible bar menu choices depending on what the host would like to offer. Leo’s can also cater and are happy to provide trays of classical Italian dishes to go. Contact Grace to discuss party details and check for date availability.
The Madison Bar and Grill | 1316 Washington Street
This uptown staple can host the whole gang. It’s easy to get to and has something for everyone on the menu, making it an excellent and convenient choice for hosting. The restaurant has a 40 person minimum and can hold up to 90 guests. This spot offers both plated meals and buffets. Call 201-386-0300 to reserve.
Panello | 720 Monroe Street
Pizza lovers rejoice. Panello specializes in artisanal pizzas baked in the Le Paynol all wood-burning oven with fresh, house-made salad (at $23 per person) and buffet-style authentic Italian pasta dishes (menu enhancements for added costs per person). Panello is BYO for décor, cake, and beverages. Private events at Panello are offered for four hours before regular restaurant hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Restaurant buyouts and special occasions are also available. There is a $250 private event fee plus tax and tip. The space holds 47 people inside and 30 guests outdoors, weather permitting. Note: children under three dine for free and are not included in the headcount. Parking is available behind the Monroe Center. Contact Frieda Sciancalepore at 201-779-6983 or email email@example.com to make a reservation.
Paul Vincent Studios | 49 Harrison Street
Paul Vincent Studios is a magnificent space that holds a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery, located just minutes from the Holland Tunnel. The venue is over 2500 square feet and has 20-foot ceilings. There are four distinct rooms, including a private lounge area that can be customized to meet any event need. The venue rental includes all the rooms and amenities including a surround sound system, fridge/freezer, table and chairs, hi-speed Wi-FI for $150 per hour Catering is available. Call 973-464-1893 or email Paulvincentstudios@yahoo.com to see the space.
Pilsener Haus Biergarten | 1422 Grand Street
Everyone’s favorite beer garden is also available to host parties. At Pilsener Haus, groups of 20 or more can reserve a table or tables for up to three hours. Hosts can decorate the tables and bring in a cake to complete the celebrations. To contact the team and get more information, fill out the information request form found here. Prost!
Sappho Sailing Tours | 1301 Sinatra Drive North
For a truly memorable event, book a private tour with the crew of the Sappho. This beautifully restored 1940s vintage sailboat will take guests up and down the Hudson River, including close-up views of the Statue of Liberty. The boat has a kitchen and bathroom on board. The crew will work with the event host to curate the perfect catering menu, or guests (maximum of six, so a small party) can BYO food and alcohol.
Saku | 936 Park Avenue
This elegant sushi spot, known for its excellent rolls and creative cocktails, is a fun choice for a rehearsal dinner or welcome event. The black, pink, and white decor make for a striking color palette for party planning. The Saku team will work with the host to create an event that fits the size and budget of the party. To get in touch to plan your party, fill out the event interest form here.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street
The Italian eatery with retro accents featuring old-country wines, sidewalk tables, and a name that means “little sister” in Italian, was created as a tribute to owner Gabi Lombardi’s Italian heritage and intimate family upbringing. Private events at Sorellina are typically three hours long with the first hour for hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down meal served family-style or via a buffet option. Take a semi-private space, or do a full buyout of up to 65 guests for a sit-down dinner, or up to 75 guests for a cocktail reception. Sorellina has numerous upgrade options for various stations, open bars, desserts, candy bars, … the sky’s the limit! Reach out to the team at 201-963-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability.
Il Tavolo | 700 Clinton Street
A cozy spot serving homemade pasta sounds like the ideal location for a celebration with family and friends. Add in some pitchers of sangria and it’s a party! Il Tavolo is a neighborhood favorite for a reason, with impeccably prepared food, a festive cocktail list, and a spirit of welcome. To contact the team to get more information about your event, please fill out the event request form here.
W Hoboken | 225 River Street
The newly renovated Lulu’s outdoor lounge is a perfect location for a special event. Punctuated by Manhattan skyline views, it holds 60 for a seated event or 150 for a buffet-style lounge. It provides all the tables, chairs, linens, and votives. Pricing averages $3,000 for food and beverage minimum. Call 201-253-2400 to book or fill out the event form here.
The Barrow Mansion | 83 Wayne Street
The Barrow Mansion is and 1837 Greek Revival style building tucked on a leafy street near Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. It is listed in the National and New Jersey Register of Historic Places and is available for rent. The Mansion can accommodate anything from an intimate party to a large blowout. There are three rooms that can be used in any combination for the party’s needs, as well as a large kitchen with a 10-burner Garland stove that can be used for staging food. Fun fact: the Mansion is home to the country’s oldest bowling alley! Click here to fill out the rental form or contact Jim Kellermann at email@example.com or 201-432-5858 for further information.
Battello | 502 Washington Boulevard
Battello sits on the Hudson River, at the edge of downtown Jersey City’s Newport Yacht Club pier. It boasts a metropolitan sophistication and coastal vibe, with unmatched waterfront surroundings and New York City skyline views. Battello has a series of open, elegant areas, as well as semi-private and fully private areas, making the possibilities limitless for curating unforgettable experiences for parties of 18 to 150. Guests will enjoy Battello’s exceptional cuisine, innovative cocktails, and industry-leading service. It is conveniently located near multiple hotel and transportation options. The outdoor seating is an extension to the popular, semi-outdoor patio, and can accommodate 100 to 150 guests. Call 201-798-1798 or inquire here.
Corgi Spirits | 150 Pacific Avenue, Building
Corgi Spirits might be an unconventional pick for a rehearsal dinner location, but its gorgeous and flexible spaces, plus the team’s “you want it, we’ll make it happen” attitude make it an excellent choice. And, for the couple whose fur-baby will be included in the wedding, dogs are welcome in the outdoor space.
The three spaces available at Corgi are designed to fit different-sized groups perfectly. The Lounge is a cozy, private space outfitted with oversized armchairs and couches. It has a library feel, complete with a fireplace, and can accommodate groups from 20 to 40. The Patio can be used year-round and can accommodate from 20 to 80 guests, including pets. Picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and the option of outdoor heaters make this a lively spot. The loading dock nearby can double as a stage for musical guests or party games. Finally, the Tasting Room, which can hold up to 120 guests and includes both the Patio and the Lounge. There’s plenty of room for guests to dance and hang out.
The team at Corgi will help the host plan a top-notch event. Outside catering is required, and the Corgi crew has a list at the ready for food trucks and other creative catering options. The team will also help create a custom cocktail for the event, using their signature gins. And that stage mentioned above? The team can help coordinate live music or a DJ for the party as well. To get in touch with the Corgi team, please fill out the information request form here.
Fire and Oak | 479 Washington Boulevard
This American grill located in the Westin Newport has various rooms that can accommodate from 20 to 150 guests. Also, available upon request, state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment can be installed for the party. Most anything on Fire and Oak’s regular menu can be part of the event menu, such as wood-grilled steaks and rustic flatbreads. Or tempt palates with a savory raw bar and sushi offerings. Owner and operator Errick Paragioudakis say if it’s not on the menu, ask for it, there are no limits. Contact him at 201-610-9610 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty House Restaurant | 76 Audrey Zapp Drive
Eat, drink, and celebrate with three unique private dining options for a memorable event. The patio high-top table is the perfect way to enjoy lunch on a warm day or dinner and drinks under the stars on a balmy night. The garden cabanas provide a unique dining experience for friends and family. Enjoy a private area of the patio facing the stunning lower Manhattan skyline. There is included table service – never have to get up to order snacks, drinks, or dinner. The Gallery at Liberty House offers the most amazing views of the city and can hold a private event for 25 to 40 guests. With customizable menus, guests will enjoy delicious farm-to-table food made from the freshest ingredients available, the same food that has made Liberty House one of the top dining destinations in New Jersey. This space is accessible to an outdoor patio complete with a fire pit, perfect for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres before dinner or dessert and drinks after. Prix-fixe menus are available for 30-40 guests and The Gallery Room requires a 30-person minimum. Call 201-395-0300 to make a reservation.
Liberty Prime Steakhouse | 111 Montgomery Street
Located in downtown Jersey City, The Gallery at Liberty Prime Steakhouse offers an industrial modern look for the modern-trendy mom. It is open for brunch, lunch, or dinner with an elegantly designed bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a balcony. Four different private rooms, all equipped with sound system and customized up-lighting to theme or décor, can accommodate groups of 20 guests to 160 guests. Call 201-333-3633 or email email@example.com to book the event or fill out the event form here including the number of guests, date, and time. Nice perk– parking is included.
The Restaurant at Maritime Parc | 84 Audrey Zapp Drive
The interior of The Restaurant at Maritime Parc is spectacular and the food is stellar. Guests can enjoy a seated lunch, which includes a four-hour beverage package, a cocktail hour with cold hors d’ oeuvres, a three-course plated lunch, and a custom celebration cake. For fun, choose the cocktail reception, which includes a four-hour beverage package, a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres (such as pulled BBQ chicken empanadas and pigs-in-a-blanket) and two stations (such as BBQ, tapas, Mediterranean, fish tacos), followed by four additional stations starting in the second hour, as well as butler-passed sweets for dessert. Major bonus: the on-premise cake-maker is none other than Karen Padilla, a skillful artist and renowned cake designer who loves to travel and incorporate her sensory input experience from other cultures, into an ever-evolving experiment of different dimensions, textures, and colors. Call 201-413-0050 to book.
Porta | 135 Newark Avenue
At Porta, family always comes first. There is something about a long table covered with simple food and surrounded by love that makes us count the good hours. The options for group dining reflect Porta’s commitment to serving the freshest seasonal ingredients in a warm, inviting setting. Porta’s top floor rooftop is a completely private space (at a 50-guest max for sit-down dining) featuring two full bars with large-screen TVs, its own pizza oven, and private restrooms.
For smaller parties, reserve half of the roof, each with its own bar. Tucked underneath the stairs to the main dining room, is The Monk Room, the perfect little nook for a private get-together complete with its own full bar with large-screen TVs and separate access from Columbus Drive. And since Porta is just a block from the Grove Street PATH station, it’s easily accessible from Hoboken or Manhattan. Take a look at the party packages and request a quote here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooftop at Exchange Place | 1 Exchange Place
Rooftop at Exchange Place is the perfect urban venue for entertaining guests in the highest of Jersey City style, with unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic Manhattan skyline. The Rooftop offers a variety of spaces for small groups that include dramatic outdoor water and fire fountain, interior cabanas, and large communal seating pods. The Terrace features semi-private event spaces perfect for small groups and intimate receptions. For larger-sized events, guests may reserve The Terrace’s entire space or one of its semi-private areas: Terrace East or South.
Satis Bistro | 212 Washington Street
This Paulus Hook restaurant specializes in perfection. From the delicious Modern European menu, creative wine list, and great atmosphere, a rehearsal dinner hosted here will be as enjoyable for the host as it is for the guests. In addition to hosting private events on-site, the team at Satis can also provide catering offsite. To contact the team at Satis, please fill out the information request form found here.
South House | 149 Newark Avenue
For an event focused on casual fun, with games and pub food, head to South House in Jersey City. The basement level room, the Rec Room Bar, is available for private parties and oozes charm, industrial-chic vibes, and Texan style. South House is close to the Grove Street PATH station, making it easy for guests to take public transit.
Venue 845 | 845 Newark Avenue
Kick off the wedding festivities in style at this location. Venue 845 offers a completely customizable space that is beautiful and spacious. With the freedom to select decorations, entertainment, and other event design elements, create the style and feel that is perfect to mark the special occasion.
Venue 845 has the capacity to serve a maximum of 75 guests in its two spacious rooms. With on-site parking for 18 and a location that is near major forms of transportation in the NY metropolitan area, guests will have plenty of transit options. The space is equipped with multiple, large plasma TVs as well as Wii, PlayStation4, and Xbox game systems. The lighting and sound systems can accommodate live entertainment of all kinds. Venue 845 will provide an on-site staff member for assistance. Usage of Venue 845 for five hours is $1,250 and includes three hours of guest time, one hour for set-up, and one hour for clean-up for up to 50 guests. Customers must purchase temporary event insurance. For more information, call 973-747-6134.
White Eagle Hall | 337 Newark Avenue
While you may think of White Eagle as a great spot for a night out, it is also available for private events. White Eagle Hall was opened in 1910 and underwent an award-winning restoration in 2016. The original stained glass skylights are a centerpiece of this gorgeous space. Historical details that have been thoughtfully preserved are on view throughout, and the modern conveniences added make this is a comfortable and elegant spot.
Inviting a big crowd? White Eagle Hall will fit the bill, and do so in style. The space’s capacity is approximately 400 seated theater style, 800 standing or 150-190 seated banquet style. A balcony level with beautiful views flanks the inner perimeter of the hall that may be used for extra seating. The venue is also equipped with everything needed for a big bash: the facility comes with its own food and bar service that is complete with three bars and food counters. Guests will have no problem arriving at the venue, as it is located in between the Journal Square and Grove Street PATH Stations in downtown Jersey City. To get in touch with the team about your event, please fill out the interest form found here.