Having a baby is definitely cause for celebration and NYC moms-to-be get festive in all kinds of ways. New Yorkers host baby showers in tea parlors, restaurants and spas, of course, 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 unconventional locations for NYC baby showers! In Queens? These are our top baby shower venues for your borough!)
FOR A PROPER TEA PARTY
Alice’s Tea Cup
A reasonably-priced tea can be tough to find. At Alice’s Tea Cup, your shower can enjoy a full English tea service without running up a huge bill. This local chain has three locations, 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.
Alice’s Tea Cup
Two locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon (pictured)
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 fresh baked scones and classic finger sandwiches. There is just one downside: the experience isn’t cheap. 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.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
Inn At Irving Place
56 Irving Pl.
Bosie Tea Parlor
Starting at $34 per person, Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village is a less expensive option for a high tea fête. It can accommodate up to 30 guests for seated service. In addition to its over 80 tea options, a la carte picks include soups, salads, entrees, quiches and paninis. On weekends, it has a few brunch options that include French Toast, Baked Eggs and other continental breakfast items. It also has a small collection of tea cocktails for the non-pregnant guests.
Bosie Tea Parlor
10 Morton St.
FOR A BABY BRUNCH
SERRA by Birreria at Eataly
Escape to the Italian countryside on Eataly Flatiron's rooftop. A dining space that changes with the seasons, it 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.) It's currently in a new fall phase, SERRA D'AUTUNNO, dedicated to local and Italian honey. (Hence the beehive-inspired look.) Reservations can be made for groups up to 25 people.
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: for a weekend brunch event, there is no room rental but there is a $2,600 minimum to be met before taxes and fees.
100 West Houston St.
If you want your shower to have that certain je ne sais quoi (in this case, effortlessly chic rustic French charm) then head to Maman. The cafe/bakery has seven locations, all of which host events. Its newest, Maman King (pictured above), opened late January and is the largest Maman location yet! You'll find other in Tribeca, Soho, Greenpoint, and Nomad; Marche Maman on Centre Street has an intimate outdoor garden space. In addition to 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!)
This Astoria restaurant is known for its delicious fare and unique cocktails. The layout of the restaurant includes multiple rooms and intimate spaces that can accommodate both small and large groups. The 3 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 available, including various party platters and open bar options. Prices vary on time and day of party.
29-12 23rd Ave.
This award-winning, popular Prospect Heights restaurant recently opened a chic private event space in the storefront next door. Featuring stylish floral wallpaper and a custom bookshelf stocked with cookbooks and collectibles, the room can host a seated affair or cocktail party for up to 30 people. 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?: 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. (That would be a big baby shower.) 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 offered separately. And yes, you can add on the famous malted pancakes.
Sunday in Brooklyn
348 Wythe Ave.
FOR A SWEET ACTIVITY
Moms-to-be with a sweet tooth will love learning how to bake cakes and truffles at Momofuko 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.
Momofuko Milk Bar
55 Hope St.
At Sprinkles, $900 will get you two hours, four dozen full sized cupcakes, or six dozen mini cupcakes, and you have the choice of having 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 kind of outside food or drinks, or even have them delivered to the store. The space holds about 35 people seated, and then an additional 10-15 people standing comfortably.
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 49th Street, and the newest is located in Hudson Yards. Treat everyone to the 2 in 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.
500 W. 33rd.
A little TLC might be just what Mom needs before baby arrives. This SoHo spa boasts an extensive list of pre- and post- natal services and offers party packages for groups. 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 that features gentler alternatives to the usual 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 just 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, as well as 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 interesting twist? Get the group together for a cooking lesson at My Cooking Party. This culinary company with locations in the Flatiron District and Chelsea offers a selection of fun courses. It’s the perfect bonding experience for guests that are just meeting for the first time. Their three-hour cooking class offers hands-on instruction, plus a three course meal served by the staff. You can also make the event more competitive and split the guests up 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.
My Cooking Party
FOR WILLIAMSBURG CHIC
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 located in Williamsburg provides 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 get to 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 Square Park
Madison Ave. at 23rd St.
Hudson River Park Pier 63
There is no shortage of parks in this city; many of them 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. For adult-only events, the dads will volunteer to take the kids next door to Chelsea Piers. If you need to put together a menu, nearby Chelsea Market is full of gourmet eateries and bakeries.
Hudson River Park Pier 63
C or E line to 23rd St.
—Bethany Braun & Michelle McIvor Cohen
feature image: Maman