A spread of dishes from Dhamaka
Trust us: A spread of dishes from critically acclaimed Dhamaka will always be welcome at any celebration. Photo courtesy of Dhamaka

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The Resy Guide to the Best Restaurants in New York for Celebrating


After a two-year pause, celebrations at restaurants — for birthdays, engagements, graduations, or simply to mark that you can once again see friends and loved ones — are back. But in a city where two-tops and cramped spaces are the norm, finding a table for a group of four to eight requires some thought. Thankfully, all of these restaurants are fit for a party and can accommodate groups — some smaller, others larger. Many also focus on dishes that are designed to be shared.

So, whether you prefer to toast at an iconic steakhouse, a Chinatown favorite, or a Middle Eastern skewer destination with skyline views of Manhattan, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this guide.

A friendly reminder: Making reservations for more than four diners, particularly on the weekends, often requires planning ahead. Many restaurants take reservations one month out, so set a calendar reminder and book your table the day it goes live, or consider a mid-week gathering instead. And don’t forget to set that Notify.