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Dîner en Blanc NYC 2019 guide

Pack your Tide to Go pen: Dîner en Blanc—NYC’s secret outdoor soiree—returns for another night of magic

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Dîner en Blanc—NYC’s pièce de résistance of picnics—returns to New York every year to give Gothamites an opportunity to show off their all-white wardrobe, decorative skills and Top Chef-level cooking. The location for the event changes every year, which makes the party hard to crash. But if you register your table in advance, you can partake in one of the coolest secret things to do in NYC and one of the best things to do outside. From gorgeous table settings to over-the-top homemade and premade picnic baskets, this fine dining experience might be more posh than some of the best restaurants in NYC.

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What is Dîner en Blanc NYC?

This massive, exclusive, French-inspired dinner party takes place all around the world, but comes to New York for one evening every summer. The always-alfresco, dreamlike party gives folks the opportunity to live the high life and dine at one of the city’s most beautiful public spaces (and it’s the perfect opportunity to class up your Instagram account and take many elegant photos). This will be New York's ninth year celebrating the global phenomenon with around 5,500 people in attendance. Note: Everything from the table and chairs is BYO.

When is Dîner en Blanc NYC?

The date for Dîner en Blanc 2019 is July 17. 

Where is Dîner en Blanc NYC?

The secret location is only revealed at the very last-minute. You must register your party and secure tickets in advance to join the exclusive club.

How do I register for Dîner en Blanc NYC?

Participation for the event occurs in three stages (we told you it was exclusive): Phase I registration is for members who attended the previous year; Phase II registration is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; and Phase III is for folks who sign up to be put on the waiting list. Click the registration link here for more information.

What do I bring to Dîner en Blanc NYC?

In order to enjoy the dinner, you must arrive with a square folding-table (the size must be 32x28 inches), two white chairs, a white picnic basket or a white gourmet meal for two, a white tablecloth, cloth-napkins, cutlery, dishware, glassware and a garbage bag (preferably a white one). You can sign-up for a catered meal with beverages, but this must be pre-purchased on the e-store during the time of registration. You have 10 days to place an order before the event.

What is the dress code?

Everyone must wear all-white, from head-to-toe. Ivory, beige or off-white shades are a no-no.

How many guests can I invite?

Registration is for two people.

What do I do when I get there?

You will make your way to the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation with your Table Leader. The Table Leader will assign your exact seating location. You must wait for your entire row to set up before taking a seat (it’s only polite).