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- First birthday venues are few and far between. Most places tend to cater to older children, leaving the 12-month old’s behind. We want to aid you in your search by offering the 5 best Upper West Side 1st birthday venues
1. Uno Pizzeria and Grill
An all-American classic, Uno Pizzeria and Grill is not only the place to go for great Chicago-style pizza, but it’s also an awesome first birthday venue. You and your guests will be able to enjoy a variety of food and drink while celebrating your child’s special day. They have a pizza making activity for kids (probably will fit the older ones) with a chef hat and a cool gift. It’s relatively affordable to book the back room, so you can have a private space for your event, and the food is great.
“Awesome food, great service.”
-Review from Alejandro G.
2. JCC Manhattan
JCC Manhattan is one of the most popular birthday venues on the Upper West Side. They only offer birthday parties on Sundays, and are often booked weeks in advance. They certainly warrant the exclusivity, as their birthday packages are notoriously convenient, memorable, and always an absolute blast, with activities ranging from sports like dodgeball or soccer and gymnastics lead by a tumbling coach, to crafts like candy sculptures or canvas tote-painting and awesome culinary lessons.
“Very friendly staff. Great programs for children and venue spaces available for adults. Great addition to the Upper West Side.”
-Review from Elizabeth X.
3. Cafe Victoria
Looking for a peaceful afternoon spent celebrating the life and wellness of your 1 year old child? Cafe Victoria is the place to be. The layout of the space is great for a medium sized gathering amongst friends and family, surrounded by full-wall windows, marble tables, and enough seating for up to 50 patrons. This captivating 625 square foot space is made all the more special by a beautiful Steinway and Sons baby grand piano.
“We will definitely use Cafe Victoria for future performances, events, and shows and I recommend this space to anyone looking for a space that gives them flexibility, ease and is wonderful for your guests.”
-Review from Daniel C.
Fantastic Greek specialities, gorgeous decor, and excellent staff are only some of the great things that Ousia has to offer. They’re extremely helpful when it comes to organizing events like birthday parties, as they are able to walk you through menu selections and space reservations to ensure that both you and your guests are satisfied.
“I went for brunch and thought the food was excellent. High end Greek. The place is very beautiful and you almost feel as if you are sitting somewhere in Europe. The service was also great!”
-Review from Gurleen K.
5. Magnolia Bakery
The Upper West Side Magnolia Bakery is equipped with a party room perfect for up to 30 guests. Their birthday party packages, if you have older kids coming, include fun chef’s hat and cupcake decorating activities, and, of course, a delicious custom-made birthday cake. You’re also free to rent out the party room and bring to life your vision of your child’s first birthday celebration.
“This place is great. I love it here. I absolutely love their cupcakes and banana pudding. I'm always so excited to see which flavor will be next on their invention list. This place is super cute. And, it has plenty of seating inside. The line is always long here - but, that means it's good, right? Their baked goods are so fresh and delicious. I'd definitely recommend coming here for baked food for any event. Their cakes are very decorative and delicious, too!”
-Review from Colette H.
What do you think? Have you been to any of these venues for a party? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all sorts of birthday party inspiration!