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 eighth year celebrating the global phenomenon with an estimated 6,500 people in attendance. Note: Everything from the table and chairs is BYO.
When is Dîner en Blanc NYC?
The date for Dîner en Blanc 2018 is Monday, September 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. Renowned chef and Michelin Star recipient Marc Forgione is curating this year's picnic basket.
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).
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Exclusive: Prospect Park is hosting a magical pop-up dinner under the stars
Prospect Park—also known as Brooklyn's backyard—is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, which is a huge milestone for the beloved green space. Since the beginning of the month, the park has hosted special events in addition to its excellent seasonal programming, which includes New York Philharmonic Concerts, Summer Movies Under the Stars, Campfire Conversations and—of course—Smorgasburg. What really has us pumped? Prospect Park Alliance just announced that the attraction will throw a magical dinner under the stars on the evening of June 24 at one of the park's most secluded locations—The Peninsula. The concept, which is similar to the French-inspired outdoor event Dîner en Blanc, requires participants to sport their fanciest attire and bring a tasty feast, bottles of wine and beer. Unlike Dîner en Blanc, tables and chairs will be provided for groups up to 10 people. While Dîner en Blanc demands guests to sport all-white-everything, Prospect Park Alliance is asking attendees to show off their creativity and DIY skills by crafting an over-the-top head-topper to wear during the evening. Participants are also welcome to bring their own table decorations to enhance the experience. Needless to say, this certainly won't be your average picnic. Apart from the meal and the picturesque setting, expect lawn games and a live DJ to keep you entertained and dancing through the night. Tickets ($40) are available for presale for Prospect Park members now. Not a member? Sign up