Here are four out-of-the box Brooklyn venues. Two double as theaters and two are restaurants. All offer a creative vibe if you are looking for something unique.
1. National Sawdust
Located in Williamsburg, National Sawdust is an unparalleled venue and non-profit organization, housed and constructed within a preserved century-old sawdust factory. At its core is a flexible main hall, architecturally and acoustically designed to provide unmatched visual and auditory experiences. Uber-modern, the space has to be seen. Unlike any other mitzvah or wedding venue, they provide state of the art lighting, staging, and sound as well as on-site technicians and a lighting designer in the venue rental. In-house catering is through the connected restaurant, Rider, a Michelin rated ‘Bib Gourmand’ restaurant that serves sophisticated modern cuisine. Capacity: 320 Main Hall (Standing): 169 Main Hall (Theater Seating): 105 Main Hall (Cabaret Seating) https://nationalsawdust.org/venuerental/
2. BRIC House
BRIC presents programs in contemporary art, performing arts, and video that reflects the creativity and diversity of Brooklyn. BRIC House offers versatile spaces in a contemporary setting with state-of-the-art AV technology. There are three areas throughout the event spaces to display impactful graphics or branding. The ballroom is also a black box theater fully loaded with projection and lighting capabilities. One of my favorite areas of BRIC House is called “The Stoop” where guests can gather for a presentation or toast while sitting on concrete “stairs” outfitted with comfortable cushions. I’ve planned a bat mitzvah where this area was used for havdalah service before heading into the ballroom for a fabulous dinner and dance party. Capacity: 250 theater style seating/ 260 seated dinner/440 standing
Annabelle Selldorf Architects converted this former garage into a 9000 sf restaurant for the founders of Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg. A rotation of purveyors provide catering: Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Landhaus, Jianbing Company and Pizza by Charlie. In addition to these creative catering options, Berg’n has one of the best beer lists in NYC, good wine and classic cocktails. The restaurant also offers a coffee bar and dessert station and a 15-foot projection screen. The entire space is available as a buy-out, including the main restaurant hall, which features a monolithic wooden bar, a private dining room and an outdoor garden. The spaces fits up to 350 people and seat 250, Designed by Annabelle Selldorf Architects, Berg’n offers a minimalist vibe with industrial lighting, large windows and an indoor/outdoor experience.
Celestine is an elegant, breezy restaurant featuring Mediterranean fare on the water in Dumbo away from the maddening crowds. Killer views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan provide major wow factor. Celestine hosts both group bookings and private events. A perfect Brooklyn venue for such smaller events as birthdays, kiddush luncheons, bridal and baby showers, corporate events and meetings. Full restaurant buy-outs: Up to 84 seated and 100+ standing.