A private party space is a rarity in NYC, as I discovered when trying to find a space for my 40th birthday. After much searching, I discovered 2nd Floor. Klea, the manager, met with me personally three times as I worked out details for my party...plus she answered emails quickly and filled special requests. Even though I felt I was high-maintenance, she was not. In short, she made it easy for me. You are in very capable hands with Klea, she explains costs clearly, and nothing is hidden. I was so impressed by her attention to details, I had nothing to worry about at the party, except trying to catch up with the 40+ guests that arrived. Throughout the night, empty glasses were bussed away, the alcohol flowed, the music played -- my guests had a wonderful time. Cheese and dessert platter provided by sister restaurant Bar Jarnac were appreciated and devoured. At the end of the night, even though it was included in the price, I tried to tip Klea and Mickey (our private bartender) extra for the service and she politely refused, reminding me it was built-in to the cost, and she was just happy that I had the evening I imagined. Her integrity, humbleness and eagerness to please makes throwing a party at 2nd Floor a pleasure. Highly recommend.
Pros: private space, doorman manages your guest list, no crashers