A Long Island guide to private event spaces for your next special occasion


If there’s one thing cheek-kissing Long Islanders love, it’s getting together. We do it often, and the local venues and restaurants have evolved in recent years to better serve our perpetual gathering needs — with super special event spaces. So whether you’re looking to invite 50 or 250 to your next big thing, you can’t miss with this range of options from spots that aren’t your typical Long Island catering halls.



We live on an island, so strongly consider your waterfront options.

Let’s face it: Breathtaking coastal views is a great way to show off. And there may be no better place to show off than at View in Oakdale. Talk about a stunning backdrop for any special event.

View captures the intimacy and elegance of a private party at a restaurant, with the catering know-how of Lessing’s Hospitality Group, which has been in this game since the 1800s. The Lessings have an entire team of specialists with a combined decades’ worth of experience to execute your dream wedding, corporate event, or any gathering with class and attention to detail.

Located where Connetquot River meets the Great South Bay, View plays host to parties of all sizes, from smaller gatherings, such as showers and rehearsal dinners, to larger, more lavish affairs.

Click here to inquire and book a tour. Click here to skim through event packages.

Tap Room


Tap Room offers one stop-shopping for private events, whether you live in Nassau or Suffolk, and whether you’re entertaining 25 or 250 people. Each of Tap Room’s six locations offers private event spaces of varying sizes and vibes, with some upstairs, other downstairs. They also have a dedicated catering team ready to assist you. Click here for packages and pricing.

The photos above highlight the more unique spots in the Tap Room portfolio. Farmingdale, for instance, features an upstairs lounge and bar, as well as a speakeasy for small intimate gatherings. Then there’s the Rockville Centre location’s second floor, The Loft, which can easily accommodate several hundred people and is complete with an HD projector and a stage for live entertainment.

The other Tap Room catering spots are in Patchogue, Bay Shore, Massapequa Park and Jericho.

Click here to submit an inquiry and start planning.

VIP Room


Silver Lining Restaurant group unveiled the brand-new VIP Room on Main Street in Patchogue this past spring. The huge space is impeccably designed to elevate any special affair and only caters to one private party at a time.

It’s lined with mirrors, brass vintage chandeliers, high ceilings and a massive bar. There’s two huge bathrooms in the back, and a bridal suite, which is perfect for micro-wedding brides and grooms.

The food is all prepared on premises in a shared kitchen, with silver, gold and platinum packages available for parties. Platinum packages might include seafood towers, steaks and more higher-end fare.

The space is also fully plugin ready for A/V, including DJ lighting, as well as a 120-inch screen projector and two televisions. DJ’s and live music are not only allowed, but encouraged.

They want this to be a night to remember. Click here to learn more and get in touch.

The Wharf

Catered events and weddings at the Wharf in Oakdale

The revamped Wharf in Oakdale, on the Connetquot River, has quickly emerged as a big player in the South Shore catering game, especially for waterfront weddings.

“This is not a set, structured catering venue,” said Lauren Salamone of operators Lily Flanagan’s Restaurant Group, which oversaw the property’s overhaul and provides all the food. “It could be a rustic affair, or more formal. We can make it as fancy or as casual as a couple needs.”

Features include, among others, three sprawling paved patios, an outdoor bar, several fireplaces and two party tents with spaces for hundreds of guests to eat, drink and dance.

All with the backdrop of the river boat dock and Fire Island. The Wharf can provide guests with music, flowers, desserts and more for complete wedding and event packages. Catered events at The Wharf can be as small as 40 guests, or as big as 250. Click here for availability and package pricing.

Looking to add your space to the list? Click here to get in touch.

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